In addition to a slew of hardcore/bloody offerings, 2017 was an excellent year for the horror comedy subgenre. If you’ve got a mind to look back on some of the year’s best with an eye towards films that will tickle your ribs along with your gag reflex, we’ve got you covered!
Below, in no particular order, are my selections for the Top 10 Horror Comedies of 2017! Give it a read and let us know what you think in the Comments section. And, no, Get Out isn’t on the list!
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Happy Death Day (Directed by Christopher B. Landon)
Official Synopsis: Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.
Yes, Happy Death Day is exactly what you think it is: A horror movie version of Groundhog’s Day (and it knows it!). That doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining as hell, and it doesn’t prevent director Christopher B. Landon from including some creative innovations on established time-loop tropes. If you don’t believe me, take into account that Happy Death Day was a huge financial bonanza for Blumhouse, grossing $115M on a $5M budget.
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Cult of Chucky (Directed by Don Mancini)
Official Synopsis: Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica, who is confined to an asylum for the criminally insane. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.
The first 3 films in the Child’s Play franchise, launched by Tom Holland and Don Mancini in 1988, were pure terror. The 4th and 5th installments (Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky respectively) took a huge detour into campy horror comedy territory. 2012’s Curse of Chucky swung the pendulum back to horror, but this year’s Cult of Chucky finally balances the disparate tones of the enduring Child’s Play series. It’s hardcore horror and side-splitting mayhem all in one.
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The Babysitter (Directed by McG)
Official Synopsis: When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot babysitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
While it doesn’t reinvent any wheels, The Babysitter is nonetheless a potent mix of irreverent horror and John Hughes-style teen comedy. It’s pure bubblegum, perfect for when you’re in the mood for something mildly subversive and highly hysterical.
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Tragedy Girls (Directed by Tyler MacIntyre)
Official Synopsis: Teenage crime reporters Sadie and McKayla are hot on the trail of a crazed serial killer. After capturing the maniac and holding him hostage, they soon realize that the best way to boost their social media stardom is to commit the murders themselves.
Lauded by some as the best R-Rated, teen-centric horror since Scream, Tragedy Girls is loaded with satirical social commentary aimed at fame-obsessed, technology-addicted millennials.
Little Evil (Directed by Eli Craig)
Official Synopsis: A newly married man starts to believe that his 5-year-old stepson is the spawn of Satan.
The story of a man with a demonic step-son becomes a perfect allegory for relationship phobia and parental anxieties. This one flew under most horror fans’ radars, but it’s definitely worth a watch. It’s yet another Netflix Original, one that proves the streaming giant has become a force to be reckoned with on a global level.
Mayhem (Directed by Joe Lynch)
Official Synopsis: Derek Cho is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all.
28 Days Later meets Office Space in Joe Lynch’s extremely violent and hilarious romp aimed at shaming corporate greed and the dehumanization of global commerce. Attentive stoners may catch a nod to the iconic comedy Half Baked!
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Directed by Macon Blair)
Official Synopsis: After being burglarized, a depressed woman (Melanie Lynskey) and her obnoxious neighbor set out to find the thieves, but they soon find themselves up against a group of dangerous criminals.
While the 3rd Act goes to some dark places, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore delivers the deadpan comedy of Napoleon Dynamite with the warm fuzzies of a bro-mance. Jane Levy is a consummate scene-stealer in her most unhinged performance since she played Mia in 2013’s Evil Dead.
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Prevenge (Directed by Alice Lowe)
Official Synopsis: Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.
Alice Lowe, the star and co-creator Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, is in full control of this brutal yet hypnotic masterpiece. Prevenge delivers humor that’s black as coal with satire sharper than a cutthroat’s blade, all set against a backstory that exacerbates anxieties associated with pregnancy and isolation. Do not watch if you or someone you love is expecting!
Game of Death (Directed by Sébastien Landry and Laurence Morais-lagacé)
Official Synopsis: Seven friends go on a killing spree to keep their heads from exploding.
Game of Death, which premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, is a gross-out, high-octane viewing experience that’s as violent as Natural Born Killers, potentially approaching the borders of torture porn. While the scenes of death are shocking and the suspense in gut-twisting, Game of Death remains thrilling and hilarious throughout. It’s so madcap, it’s almost as though the story takes place in an alternate reality.
Tonight She Comes (Directed by Matt Stuertz)
Official Synopsis: After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and several strangers are drawn to the cabin where she disappeared. They laugh, drink and kiss before they all must die.
A film that will absolutely cripple anyone with an intense aversion to menstruation, Tonight She Comes is as fun as it is grotesque. Ultimately, the movie can be viewed as a meditation on female sexual frustration and modern gender roles. Tonight She Comes offers buckets of blood, dozens of boobies, gag-inducing groans, and drop dead hysterical comedy.