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SurlyGurls Halloween Boonanza! The Top 25 Funniest Horror Movies

Here is a list of our top Halloween movies to watch if you’re a big wussy like Whitney is. These are just a little scary, and sometimes it’s the acting, not the plot! These movies are just a good time had by all to watch. Again, they are in no particular order, just the order in which our brains remembered them.

Ghostbusters (1984) – Three out-of-work parapsychology professors decide to create their own ghost removal business.
Why it’s awesome – The dynamics between the four ghostbusters are amazing. Janine is the shit. Gozar was one of the scariest things we’d ever seen as kids. It’s the ultimate balance of the scary, funny and intelligent.

The Monster Squad (1987) – A group of kids who obsess over monsters get the chance to actually fight classic monsters.
Why it’s awesome – It’s full of loudmouth, smart-ass kids that we could 100% relate to! After over 20 years we still love yelling “Scary German Guy!” and “Wolfman’s got nards!”

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Super slacker and his simpleton friend don’t realize the zombie apocalypse is happening right outside their front door.
Why it’s awesome – Their master plan is to hide out in a pub! They use records as weapons and lock a zombified Bill Nighy in a car. Not to mention the zombie beat down set to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen.

Evil Dead 2 (1987) – Dude and his girlfriend break into an “abandoned” cabin and unwittingly unleash evil.
Why it’s awesome – Two words: Bruce Campbell. This is one of the single greatest comedy, gross-out movies EVER!

Tucker and Dale Vs Evil (2010) – Two backwoods hicks buy a dilapidated shack in the woods and are terrorized by a group of college kids.
Why it’s awesome – The lovable bromance between Tucker and Dale, the ingenious role-reversal of the college kids and back woods hillbillies. Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of blood and brutally hilarious slaying of the characters.

Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) – A group of hip-hoppers steal an ancient medallion from a pimp and release an evil leprechaun.
Why it’s awesome – An evil leprechaun RAPS. If that wasn’t enough, the guys try hiding from the leprechaun by dressing in drag. Plus, Ice T plays a pimp!


Underworld (2003)
– A vampire warrior is sworn to decimate the Lycan population in a centuries old blood feud.
Why it’s awesome – Kate Beckinsale’s painted-on leather ensemble is amazing. That, combined with her kicking ass all over the city is enough to solidify its awesomeness.


House of Wax (1953)
– Eccentric wax artist steals corpses from the local morgue to complete his new chamber of the macabre.
Why it’s awesome – Vincent Price is given free rein to be as crazy as he would like. It’s cheesy and over-the-top in the absolutely best possible way.

My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) – Tom returns to his hometown 10 years after a bloody killing spree at his family’s mine. Mysterious killings start again as soon as he returns.
Why it’s awesome – There is some of the greatest 3D use EVER in this movie! The opening scene with a pick axe coming through a skull and the eyeball flying out beats ANYTHING you’ll see in Avatar.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) – Aliens that look like clowns and fly around in a circus tent come to earth to wrap people in cotton candy and drink their blood.
Why it’s awesome – See above.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
– The Pumpkin King gets bored ruling Halloween Town and seeks excitement and something new in Christmas Town.
Why it’s awesome – The songs are catchy and memorable, the stop-motion animation is one of a kind and the characters are instant classics.

Bride of Chucky (1998) – Chucky gets pieced back together by his former flame only to murder her and turn her into his very own doll bride. The doll version of Bonnie and Clyde spend their honeymoon on a road trip/murderous rampage.
Why it’s awesome – The Chucky franchise was in the crapper before this movie came along. It’s hilarious and gory. Not to mention a young Katherine Heigl plays one of the hostages.

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) – Captain Kirk plays a veterinarian who has to protect his town and it’s people from a horde of migrating killer tarantulas.
Why it’s awesome – First of all, Captain Kirk! Second of all, it’s worth watching just for the horrendous final scene that they want you to think it’s a wide shot of the town, but is really just an oil-painting covered in a giant spider web. OIL PAINTING!

The Witches (1990) – A young boy discovers a witch convention plotting to rid the world of children with poisoned candies. He’s turned into a mouse and must stop them.
Why it’s awesome – Roald Dahl is a twisted creator, and this is based on one of his most beloved books. Angelica Houston is amazing as the head witch.

Death Becomes Her (1992) – After drinking a serum that will keep them young forever, two old friends take their fight over the same man to the next level. After killing each other they have to figure out how to keep their decaying bodies together.
Why it’s awesome – It was full of such high-caliber stars in such a fun and off-beat comedy. It was also fun to see Bruce Willis as the most spineless man alive.

Arachnophobia (1990) – A killer South American spider hitches a ride in a coffin to the U.S.A and mates with the first local it sees. Their hybrid babies attack a small town and threaten to kill everyone.
Why it’s awesome – The big star here was Jeff Daniels, which gives you an idea of the acting caliber. Aside from that there are some serious skin-crawling moments. Hilarious and creepy; the best combo.

Cloverfield (2008) – A going away party is interrupted by an unseen monster destroying New York City. Five friends try to save someone they know from her destroyed building.
Why it’s awesome – The hand-held camera style adds to the suspense and the realism of the movie. It’s terrifying more in a “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?!!?” way than a normal horror movie just scares the shit out of you.

Gojira (1954) – Radioactive reptile monster destroys Tokyo.
Why it’s awesome – A guy in a rubber suit kicking the shit out of a model city is amazing!! The English dubbing is possibly the worst ever committed to film.


Hocus Pocus (1993)
– Three witch sisters are resurrected on Halloween and its up to three kids and a 300-year old cat to save the day.
Why it’s awesome – Bette Milder is pretty hysterical as the leader of the witches. It’s cheesy as shit what with the talking cat and the witches riding vacuums, but it’s got a soft spot in our hearts from childhood.

Day Breakers (2009) – The entire population has been turned into vampires in the near future, and they are even worse at resource management than we are today.
Why it’s awesome – It’s a smart twist on vampire lore. We also loved that it explains why there are disgusting, gross vampires and also hot, Ethan Hawke vampires.

King Kong (1933) – A film crew travels to a tropical island where they discover a colossal gorilla. In typical Hollywood fashion they bring it back to America to cash in on it.
Why it’s awesome – This is one of the original creature features, and has become a pop-culture staple. Its been spoofed, quoted and referenced in just about every way. The scenes when King Kong and the dinosaur battle and when he climbs the Empire State Buliding are amazing.

Drag Me To Hell (2009) – A modern-day tale of gypsy curses and why you should always be nice to little old ladies.
Why it’s awesome – Its super fun and disgusting. Everything is over the top, including the curse itself. It’s a scary good time, plain and simple.

Jaws: The Revenge (1987) – Ellen Brody tries to convince her family that the shark is targeting them. They think she’s nuts, until the shark shows up in Barbados and starts killing everyone.
Why it’s awesome – Not only does the shark now roar, it also somehow manages to follow this woman to Barbados and to sink an airplane. The plot is really just a bunch of random shit that happens between the opening and closing credits. It is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever created.

Pumpkinhead (1988) – A man summons a demon to bring down unholy revenge on the teenagers who killed his son.
Why it’s awesome – Revenge is always a great plot device, especially when it involves a scary pumpkinheaded demon. Not to mention it’s a horror movie with a moral, there is always a price to pay for revenge! It was also the directorial debut of the incredible Stan Winston!

Resident Evil (2002) – A genetic research facility gets shut down after becoming contaminated with a zombie- making virus. It’s up to Alice, an Umbrella Corporation security agent, to stop things from getting worse.
Why it’s awesome – The laser room is THE SHIT! It alone is worth watching this movie.

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Posted on October 31, 2011, in AWESOME, LISTS, OPINION, REVIEWS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love this list…but I am going to criticize this blog for the first time ever, at the risk of Andrea’s wrath. Ahem…I don’t think that Cloverfield belongs on a list of “funny horror movies” that are “a good time to watch.” Cloverfield was really creepy…and very scary…not just “a little bit scary” as your intro states that these movies are. Also, I think that “Daybreakers” was not a “smart twist on vampire lore”. The idea behind it was good, but the movie itself was a piece of garbage,…but not in the “so bad it’s good” category. Those things being said, I agree with the rest of the list.

  2. this is a very nice diverse list! Although they are nto all horror (like Nightmare before Christmas), there is a good variety here. Excellent list! King Kong, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, great choices.

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