Horror Comedies are by far the most difficult horror sub-genre to execute. They’re also the most likely to fail commercially. While they’re one of my favorite sub genres and I wish there were more of them, when you combine those factors it’s a miracle there aren’t even less.
And many of them are quite great! So much so that I had to strip all numbers and rankings out of this list. While I certainly like some more than others, when you get down to stuff like Gremlins and An American Werewolf In London you’re dealing with grade A classics to which assigning a number would be an insult.
Also, please note that while I love The Cabin In The Woods and Scream, I don’t consider them “comedies.” They’re both intentionally funny, but I feel like their laughs exist to provoke a very specific conversation about horror tropes, which is its own thing.
So, in no particular order, head inside for my Top 10 Horror Comedies! READ MORE
One of the greatest movies ever made was released in June of 1984. Produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Chris Columbus, and starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and an adorable furry puppet, Gremlins is still amazing to watch. With merchandising – including a Hardee’s deal with the story in a series of 5 books on 45 (yes, records), coloring books, school supplies, Colorform playsets and more – the film became a massive hit with children despite its violent and terrifying antagonists. In 1989, an over the top sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, was released. READ MORE
Out today on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers home video is a new Blu-ray of Gremlins and the first Blu-ray release of Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Of course the original film is a classic, but the sequel stands the test of time as well. It’s a brave, bold and funny departure from the first film and more sequels should aspire to take the chances it took.
“Gremlins is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you’ll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules surrounding their care and feeding are inadvertently broken one fateful Christmas. Written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, Gremlins unleashes special effects that dazzle and enchant and merriment that lingers in the memory. And isn’t that “what superior popular moviemaking is all about” (Richard Corliss, Time).” You can pick it up here.
In the sequel, “Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe.” Click here to grab it.
Head inside for the clips and box art. READ MORE
Underworld: Awakening headlines a busy week of horror releases. Darren Lynn Bousman’s disturbing version of Mother’s Day is being loosed upon the world and in classic late ’80s/early ’90s news of the awesome, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is finally out on Blu-ray. Not bad. Not bad at all. Also of note The Shrine (which is really good), Shock Labyrinth and Humans Vs. Zombies are coming to a retailer near you. Check out the rest of the releases below, let me know what you are picking and have a great week. READ MORE
First Prize – Winner is Bigfoot-Lives with “Yeah, I didn’t think Human Centipede 2 was very good either.”
Second Prize – Winner is babagloom with “Billy shows Gizmo ’2 gremlins 1 mogwai.’”
Third Prize – Winner is drock85083 with “Reaction to sneak preview of ‘The Hobbit’ 48fps.”
All three winners receive a Gremlins 1 & 2 Blu-ray prize pack courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. The Gremlins Blus have an onsale street date of Tuesday, May 8th and we’ll be featuring some cool stuff from them later this week.
Winners, please DM me your US mailing address (no PO boxes) for the prizes. On to this week’s contest.
1. We pick a still from a movie. It’s included after the jump. You head to the comments section and submit your best one-liners, zingers, pathos riddled couplets etc…
2. You can enter as many times as you like and submit as many captions as you want, but each caption must be in a separate comment. Otherwise it will be too hard to tell where one caption ends and the other begins. Your entries can be posted anytime during the first five days after the still is announced (you don’t want to submit your winning zinger after we’ve picked the winner). Also any racist, sexist, homophobic or generally hateful jokes will be disqualified. You don’t have to be insanely PC – just use your best judgement.
3. We pick the winner and announce them and their winning caption when the next photo in the contest is posted. We will address you by your BD Infected name. You can then DM me your address and I will send you your prize in a timely manner (i.e. you should have it in about a week). You must be a US resident to receive your prize!
This week’s prize is a DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack of Darren Lynn Bousman’s Mother’s Day.
Head inside for this week’s picture! READ MORE
Warner Home VIdeo is finally putting Gremlins 2: The New Batch on hi-def Blu-ray. Street date is May 8. Extras yet to be revealed, but it’s nice to finally see all of the Gremlins running amok in HD.
“The follow up feature to the cult hit Gremlins 1. Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe.” READ MORE
Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe.