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Haunted House Comedies That Make You Scream with Laughter

Our handpicked haunted house comedy movies will take you on a spooky yet hilarious journey from ghostly chuckles to supernatural chaos, laughter awaits..

By Mahad Hussain • Last updated December 15, 2023

Iconic Michael Keaton Character of Beetlejuice

Thrill-seekers and comedy lovers, we've handpicked some seriously great films that'll give you goosebumps and make you burst out laughing.

From the classic ghost-fighting crew in "Ghostbusters" to the hilarious chaos of "The Babysitter," each movie on this list offers a unique concoction of horror and comedy.

Whether you're already in love with the genre or are relatively new to it, these films share a common thread—a delightful marriage of supernatural intrigue and wacky humor.

All of that makes these haunted house comedies a must-watch for anyone with a taste for the supernatural side of laughter.

Ghostbusters (1984)


Bill Murray

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis

Annie Potts

Annie Potts

William Atherton

William Atherton

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

David Margulies

David Margulies

Steven Tash

Steven Tash

Jennifer Runyon

Jennifer Runyon

Slavitza Jovan

Slavitza Jovan

Ghostbusters is more than just a haunted house comedy. It's a timeless, hilarious take on the paranormal.

This gem combines goosebumps and uproarious humor like peanut butter and jelly fused together. The carnival is full of strange characters, from the nerdy Egon to the wisecracking Peter. But who is the real star? An infectious camaraderie that makes you want to be part of the ghost-hunting team.

With a catchy theme song, silly gadgets, and a taste for the Marshmallow Man, "Ghostbusters" will do more than tickle your lustful nerves—it'll give a full-fledged tickle attack!

House (1986)


William Katt

George Wendt

George Wendt

Richard Moll

Richard Moll

Kay Lenz

Mary Stavin

Michael Ensign

Michael Ensign

Erik Silver

Mark Silver

Susan French

Alan Autry

Steven Williams

Jim Calvert

"House" is the perfect blend of spooky and silly, a haunted house comedy that's equally creepy and laugh-out-loud funny.

As we dive into the weird world of Roger Cobb's haunted abode, we're greeted with a mix of spine-chilling ghosts and absurd actions that keep you laughing.

The film taps into the absurdity of horror clichés while delivering genuine scares, making it a rollercoaster of emotions. It's a carnival ride through the supernatural, with each twist and turn unveiling a new surprise.

The movie's genius lies in balancing the eerie with the downright hilarious. It's a ghost story that doesn't take itself too seriously, inviting us to laugh in the face of fear.

What sets "House" apart is its unique blend of humor and horror, making it a standout in the haunted house comedy genre. It's a nostalgic journey for those who love a good scare, sprinkled with moments that will have you giggling like a school kid.

Beetlejuice (1988)


Alec Baldwin

Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Glenn Shadix

Glenn Shadix

Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney

Patrice Martinez

Patrice Martinez

Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett

Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet

Maree Cheatham

Maree Cheatham

Beetlejuice is the wild ride you never thought the world of haunted house comedies needed.

Imagine a zany afterlife where the ghosts are more hilarious than haunting—that's the magic Tim Burton conjured up.

The movie is a bizarre carnival with a mischievous ghost named Beetlejuice stealing the show.

Lydia summons Beetlejuice so he can help her rescue Adam and Barbara.

This movie isn't just about ghosts; it's full of color, curiosity, and quirky characters. Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice is a whirlwind of comedic chaos that turns the afterlife into a breathtaking spectacle. Haunted houses provide a playground for the weird and wonderful, where laughter and fear coexist.

What makes "Beetlejuice" a gem is its balance of horror and laughter, making it a Halloween classic for all ages.

It proves the idea that haunted houses can be more entertaining than scary.

Casper (1995)


Christina Ricci

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

Malachi Pearson

Malachi Pearson

Cathy Moriarty

Cathy Moriarty

Eric Idle

Joe Alaskey

Joe Nipote

Brad Garrett

Chauncey Leopardi

Chauncey Leopardi

Spencer Vrooman

Spencer Vrooman

Devon Sawa

Garette Ratliff Henson

"Casper" weaves a heartwarming ghostly tale that's not just a haunted house comedy but a feel-good journey into the mystical world.

Picture a friendly ghost longing for a friend—that's the adorable Casper, and this movie is a delightful dance between humor and heartfelt moments.

The film turns the haunted house theme on its head and turns it into a place filled with warmth and charm. With his friendly attitude, Casper breaks the ghostly mold and invites us into a world where even ghosts can be sweet.

The CGI magic of the '90s brings Casper and his uncles, the Ghostly Trio, to life in a way that's both comical and endearing.

Dr. Harvey has a rough first encounter with his feisty new paranormal patients.

What sets "Casper" apart is its ability to blend laughter with a touching narrative about friendship and acceptance.

It's a haunted house comedy that doesn't just tickle your funny bone but also tugs at your heartstrings. So, if you're in the mood for giggles, ghosts, and a generous sprinkle of nostalgia, "Casper" is your ticket to a spooktacular, feel-good adventure.

Monster House (2006)


Mitchel Musso

Sam Lerner

Spencer Locke

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Kevin James

Kevin James

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

Jon Heder

Fred Willard

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

"Monster House" is a haunted house comedy full of giggles and spooks that transform the haunted house theme into a rib-tickling delight.

This animated gem takes us into a world where a seemingly ordinary house has a mischievous mind of its own. The magic unfolds as three fearless kids unearth the home's creepy secrets, turning the frightful quest into a memorable laugh riot.

Picture this: a living carpet that snaps like a hungry gator and a chandelier with a penchant for mischief. "Monster House" takes haunted hilarity to a whole new level. The characters, like DJ and Chowder, feel like pals you'd want by your side during a spooky adventure.

It has a clever mix of humor and spine-tingling suspense.

Beneath the laughs, "Monster House" subtly hints at the universal theme of facing fears. The unexpected twists keep you hooked while delivering a nugget of wisdom.

So, if you're prepared for a haunted house adventure, "Monster House" is equal parts spooky and spectacular!

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)


Kristen Connolly

Fran Kranz

Jesse Williams

Anna Hutchison

Anna Hutchison

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Brian J. White

Brian J. White

Amy Acker

With nerve-wracking suspense and witty humor, "The Cabin in the Woods" takes the haunted house comedy genre to a whole new level.

This film not only defies expectations but delightedly smashes them to pieces.

Picture a mysterious, creepy cabin in the woods and toss in a group of unsuspecting friends—that's the setup. Yet, hold on tight because this isn't your everyday horror flick. Director Drew Goddard crafts a twisted narrative that weaves laughs seamlessly into moments of terror.

What sets this movie apart is its self-awareness, playfully poking fun at horror clichés while delivering genuine scares. It's as if the film is in on the joke, inviting you to laugh and scream. The characters, while fitting into typical horror archetypes, surprise you with unexpected depth. And the plot, an ingenious blend of supernatural and satirical, keeps you guessing until the very end.

"The Cabin in the Woods" is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a good scare with a side of laughter.

It's a fresh and clever take on the haunted house comedy, leaving you simultaneously spooked and chuckling—a winning combination for a movie night with friends.

Hell Baby (2013)


Rob Corddry

Leslie Bibb

Leslie Bibb

Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key

Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer

Rob Huebel

Thomas Lennon

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Brittney Alger

Brittney Alger

Dave Holmes

Dave Holmes

Alex Berg

Riki Lindhome

David Pasquesi

David Pasquesi

"Hell Baby" is a rollercoaster of a haunted house comedy that will make you laugh out loud.

Picture this: A couple moves into a creepy mansion in New Orleans, awaiting the joy of impending parenthood. But, surprise! It's not just diapers and baby bottles—they've got a demonic squatter.

The film plunges headlong into hilarious horror, balancing scares with heartfelt laughs. The eccentric duo of Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb are a comedic dream team, navigating supernatural chaos effortlessly and with perfect timing.

What sets "Hell Baby" apart is its talent for combining horror and laughter, making it the perfect entry point into the haunted house comedy genre.

Humor isn't just superficial.

It deftly blends into the eerie atmosphere, creating an experience that will leave you smiling long after the credits have finished.

For a night of spookiness and laughter, don't miss "Hell Baby," which transforms a haunted house motif into a ground-breaking adventure.

Get ready to laugh, scream, and enjoy horror-comedy genius done right!

Housebound (2014)


Morgana O'Reilly

Rima Te Wiata

Rima Te Wiata

Glen-Paul Waru

Glen-Paul Waru

Ross Harper

Ross Harper

Cameron Rhodes

Cameron Rhodes

Millen Baird

Millen Baird

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins

Ryan Lampp

David Van Horn

"Housebound" is a haunted house comedy that's not just a hilarious ride but also a masterclass in blending genres; it's a charming, supernatural joyride that keeps you guessing and giggling until the very end.

The story follows Kylie, a rebellious young woman sentenced to house arrest in her childhood home, which may or may not be haunted.

What follows is a perfect storm of spooky chills and belly laughs.

This film nails the delicate art of balancing scares and humor. The scares aren't just there to jolt you; they're intertwined with witty chitchats and unexpected twists. Kylie's sarcastic attitude adds a refreshing layer to the typical haunted house scenario, making her the reluctant hero we all root for.

The movie's brilliance lies in its ability to make you laugh out loud one moment and grip your seat the next. Whether you're a horror enthusiast or a comedy lover, this film is the perfect blend of both, creating an experience that's as entertaining as it is unforgettable.

If you are up for a haunted house adventure like no other, "Housebound" is a must-watch!

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)


Jemaine Clement

Jonny Brugh

Jonny Brugh

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Stu Rutherford

Stu Rutherford

Ben Fransham

Ben Fransham

Elena Stejko

Elena Stejko

Jason Hoyte

Jason Hoyte

Karen O'Leary

Karen O'Leary

Mike Minogue

Mike Minogue

Chelsie Preston Crayford

Chelsie Preston Crayford

Moving on, we step into the world of "What We Do in the Shadows," a delightful haunted house comedy that turns the spooky genre on its head with an exciting charm.

This mockumentary, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, introduces us to a motley crew of vampire flatmates navigating the challenges of modern life in Wellington, New Zealand.

The film's genius is its ability to seamlessly blend supernatural absurdity with everyday comedy. The deadpan humor is infectious, and the characters' quirks—from Viago's fastidiousness to Vladislav's swagger—make for a sidesplitting ensemble.

The comedic mastery doesn't just rely on supernatural gags. Still, it cleverly integrates the mundane into the magical, creating a unique and uproarious experience.

What makes the movie truly special is its relatable yet otherworldly atmosphere.

It's a comedic exploration of friendship, conflict, and adapting to change—even if you're centuries old.

The film taps into the timeless appeal of the haunted house genre, turning it into a laugh-out-loud experience for all ages!

The Babysitter (2017)


Judah Lewis

Samara Weaving

Samara Weaving

Robbie Amell

Robbie Amell

Hana Mae Lee

Hana Mae Lee

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne

Emily Alyn Lind

Emily Alyn Lind

Andrew Bachelor

Andrew Bachelor

Doug Haley

Samuel Gilbert

Zachary Alexander Rice

Zachary Alexander Rice

Now, if you are looking for a movie that invites you to a haunted house party like no other, try "The Babysitter."

In a delightful concoction, this horror-comedy blends the screams with laughs and turns the typical babysitter scenario upside down with its devilish twists and turns.

From the get-go, the film's vibrant characters, led by the charismatic Samara Weaving, pull you into a world where horror and humor collide in a spectacularly entertaining way. The scares are cleverly interspersed with witty banter and unexpected behaviors, creating an atmosphere that's as amusing as it is chilling.

What sets "The Babysitter" apart is its ability to balance the spooky with the silly.

It's a ride of thrills and laughs, and just when you think you've got it figured out, the movie throws another curveball your way.

The film celebrates the joy of being scared and having fun simultaneously, making it a perfect addition to the haunted house comedy genre.

So, brace yourself for surprises, and prepare for a babysitting adventure like no other!

Ready or Not (2019)


Mark O'Brien

Henry Czerny

Henry Czerny

Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell

Melanie Scrofano

Melanie Scrofano

Kristian Bruun

Kristian Bruun

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Nicky Guadagni

Nicky Guadagni

John Ralston

John Ralston

Liam MacDonald

Liam MacDonald

Ethan Tavares

Ethan Tavares

With a sprinkle of satire, this haunted house comedy crafts a darkly comedic world where a game of hide-and-seek becomes a life-or-death affair.

"Ready or Not" stands out with its ability to turn horror clichés on their head, making you both jump and chuckle.

Samara Weaving's portrayal of the bride, Grace, is a revelation, effortlessly navigating the thin line between terror and humor. The movie's humor isn't just slapstick; it's brilliant! Poking fun at societal norms and traditions in a way that resonates with a teenage audience.

As the tension escalates, so does the hilarity, creating an addictive viewing experience.

The film's genius lies in blending heart-pounding suspense with laugh-out-loud moments, offering a unique twist to the haunted house genre.

It's a spooky joyride that leaves you questioning, laughing, and thoroughly entertained—a must-watch for those who crave a side of laughter with their scares.

Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)


Amandla Stenberg

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Myha’la Herrold

Myha’la Herrold

Rachel Sennott

Rachel Sennott

Chase Sui Wonders

Chase Sui Wonders

Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

Lee Pace

Conner O'Malley

"Bodies Bodies Bodies" is an absolute gem of a movie that seamlessly blends comedy and horror in a haunted house setting.

The story revolves around a group of young friends who find themselves trapped in a remote mansion, and their worst fears come to life as they are stalked by a mysterious killer.

But don't let the horror genre fool you because "Bodies Bodies Bodies" is much more than just scares and jumps. It's a dark comedy that cleverly satirizes the shallow nature of today's youth and their obsession with social media and appearances.

The witty dialogue and hilarious situations will have you laughing out loud, while the tense atmosphere and shocking twists will keep you captivated.

Beyond the laughter and scares, "Bodies Bodies Bodies" also offers thought-provoking commentary on societal anxieties, digital culture, and generational dynamics. It invites us to reflect on our own obsessions and the superficiality of our online personas.

Visually stunning, with impeccable cinematography and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, this movie is a treat for the senses!

Deadstream (2022)


Melanie Stone

Jason K. Wixom

Jason K. Wixom

Pat Barnett Carr

Pat Barnett Carr

Marty Collins

Perla Lacayo

Cylia Austin-Lacayo

Hayden Gariety

Jaxon Harker

Jeremy Warner

Jeremy Warner

"Deadstream" is a wickedly fun horror-comedy that takes a hilarious jab at the world of social media influencers.

This low-budget gem showcases the egotistical nature of these fame-seeking individuals with a clever found-footage style.

The film follows Shawn, a disgraced influencer, attempting to reclaim his online presence by livestreaming from a haunted house. The filmmakers strike a perfect balance, making Shawn just annoying enough to relish his misfortune without losing our sympathy.

What ensues is a laugh-out-loud rollercoaster ride of spooky horrors and outrageous antics.

"Deadstream" pays homage to classic horror comedies, embracing practical effects that add a nostalgic charm. It's a refreshing departure from the typical haunted house tropes, delivering genuine scares while keeping us in stitches.

With its innovative structure and commitment to humor, "Deadstream" offers both entertainment and insight into our obsession with online validation.

It's a must-watch for horror enthusiasts and social media skeptics alike.

Haunted Mansion (2023)

Last but not least, "Haunted Mansion" is a mixed-bag gem of haunted house comedy.

While it may not reach the heights of becoming a Halloween classic, it offers an entertaining escape into a world of ghosts, mystery, and a touch of sentimentality.

With the help of an eclectic group of characters, they strive to rid the house of its supernatural occupants. The film's Gothic themes and exploration of grief add a layer of depth to the comedic proceedings, making it more than just a typical haunted house comedy.

While "Haunted Mansion" succeeds in creating a visually captivating world, it falls short in terms of script and comedic delivery. Sadly, the cast's talents are underutilized, and the comedic efforts often miss the mark, failing to generate the laughter one would expect from a comedy.

Despite its shortcomings, "Haunted Mansion" still delivers a fun and entertaining experience, especially for those who are fans of the Disney theme park attraction it is based on.

The film's ability to blend elements of comedy, horror, and heartwarming moments creates a unique and enjoyable cinematic journey.

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‘We Have a Ghost’ Review: Netflix’s Family-Friendly Haunted-House Movie Is a Fixer Upper

Despite strong performances from David Harbour and Jennifer Coolidge, this horror comedy feels like a misfire.

By Michael Nordine

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We Have A Ghost

You know the setup by now: A family moves into a run-down, surprisingly affordable old house whose history the real-estate agent is loath to reveal. Though skeptical, mom and dad (Erica Ash and Anthony Mackie) can’t pass on such a deal. It isn’t long before they realize they aren’t alone in their new abode, of course. David Harbour , fresh off December’s “Violent Night” and in between seasons of “Stranger Things,” plays the spirit in question. Appearing in the attic as teenager Kevin (Jahi Winston) explores his new house, the ghost’s futile attempt at scaring his latest housemate results in uncontrolled laughter — understandable, given not only his combover and bowling shirt but how little conviction he puts into his tortured wailing.

Kevin, who’s withdrawn from his family in the same manner as so many angst-ridden teens before him, eventually stops laughing. Rather than ridicule the entity further or even question whether what he’s seeing is real, he instead tries to understand his plight. He quickly learns that Ernest (as the stitching on his shirt reveals his name to be) can touch others but not be touched. His halfhearted attempt at frightening Kevin seems to have been a defense mechanism, as he’d rather be left on his lonesome. Because he can’t speak and has no memories of his corporeal existence, Ernest is a bit like a stray animal who can only be approached with the utmost caution and on his own terms.

Only Kevin’s mother reacts as you’d expect the average person to: not only with fear when she sees Ernest, but anger upon learning that her family has concealed him from her. (“We are not gonna be like every stupid white family in every horror film. We are leaving!” she yells.) Ernest quickly goes viral, inspiring all manner of TikToks and even a Dr. Phil segment; it’s the latter that finally draws the attention of both a supernatural expert working with the CIA (Tig Notaro) and a TV medium who may or may not be a charlatan (Jennifer Coolidge). It will surprise few in this post-“White Lotus” world to learn that Coolidge steals her scenes and makes you wish there were more of them: It feels like stunt casting, sure, but at least it works. Harbour likewise makes the most of his character’s limitations, with pain etched on every line in his face.

The longer it goes on, however, the more difficult it becomes to discern what “We Have a Ghost” is even going for. On a tonal level, it’s more akin to a feature-length episode of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” than any horror-comedy in recent memory, its 127-minute runtime stretching like so much ectoplasm as Kevin tries to help solve the mystery of Ernest’s life and death. Rarely ha-ha funny and never scary, it’s ultimately more sentimental than anything else — a clunky approach that undermines its strong performances.

“We Have a Ghost” is based on “Ernest,” a short story by Geoff Manaugh first published in 2017 by Vice. Reading it offers a sense of what a better, more ethereal version of this movie might be like had it toned things down and not attempted to go so broad with its comedy. The result feels less like a ghost story than a movie haunted by the specter of what it could have been.

Reviewed on Netflix, Feb. 22, 2023. MPA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 127 MIN.

  • Production: A Netflix release and presentation of a Temple Hill, Halsted Pictures production. Producers: Marty Bowen, Dan Halsted. Executive producers: Christopher Landon, Korey Budd, Geoff Manaugh.
  • Crew: Director, writer: Christopher Landon. Camera: Marc Spicer. Editor: Ben Baudhuin. Music: Bear McCreary.
  • With: David Harbour, Jahi Winston, Tig Notaro, Erica Ash, Jennifer Coolidge, Anthony Mackie, Faith Ford, Niles Fitch, Isabella Russo, Steve Coulter.

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The 31 Best Horror Comedy Movies of the 21st Century, from ‘Zombieland’ to ‘Scream’ to ‘Freaky’ to ‘Fresh’

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Short of outright sobs, there are just two sounds you’ll hear coming from movie theaters: laughter and screams. When filmmakers can successfully elicit both — running horror-loving audiences through emotional minefields that chase each adrenaline spike with just enough comedic relief to set them up for another shock — their films take on an almost electric quality. Just thinking of the stunning yet silly reveals in genre staples like “Shaun of the Dead” or “The Cabin in the Woods” can zap a smile on your face, and leave you itching to rewatch other memorable scenes and scares from your favorite funny yet spooky movies.

There’s considerable debate about which title merits being called the first horror comedy. Numerous shorts, including the 1920 silent film “Haunted Spooks,” might qualify. But by the time Bud Abbott and Lou Costello joined the Universal Monster Movies in “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” the horror comedy was firmly established as hallowed cinematic ground.

In the ’70s and ’80s, film talents from Vincent Price to John Landis joined in the fiendish fun with titles like “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” and “An American Werewolf in London.” Not long after, “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark,” “Evil Dead II,” “Re-Animator,” “They Live,” and more classics popped onto the scene. Horror comedy musicals of that era have been especially enduring, with “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “Little Shop of Horrors” baiting the Broadway crowd into visiting the dark side.

Of course, the horror-comedy genre really belongs to the films of the ’90s. Wes Craven broke the mold with the 1996 titan “Scream.” It was followed not much later by the Wayans brothers’ stupidly hysterical “Scary Movie” series. With such fruitful, frightful territory already explored, horror comedies are a dime a dozen these days: packing an already overstuffed market with nightmares that might be funny and scary, but too often make a mess while managing neither.

Throughout the 21st century, the best horror comedy movies have set themselves apart by lambasting both the tropes of the horror genre and the genuine fears from which those tropes emerged. Genre-defying marvel “Get Out” saw Jordan Peele find the humor in humanity’s hatred. Karyn Kusama’s cult classic “Jennifer’s Body” boasted an unprecedented revenge arc that just so happened to include a man-eating cheerleader. The latest horror comedy heavyweights? Halina Reijn’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” a social media-fueled shitshow you’ll love and Zach Cregger’s “Barbarian,” which is only funny for an act but memorable enough to merit inclusion.

Without further ado (and without any franchise repeats), here are the 31 best horror comedy movies of the 21st century — perfect for binging in the lead up to All Hallow’s Eve 2022.

31. “Velvet Buzzsaw” (2019)

VELVET BUZZSAW, from left: Natalia Dyer, Jake Gyllenhaal, 2019. photo: Claudette Barius / © Netflix / Courtesy: Everett Collection

From the whip-smart auteur behind “Nightcrawler” comes another Los Angeles-set horror story. Dan Gilroy reunites with star Jake Gyllenhaal in “Velvet Buzzsaw”: a supernatural slasher anchored in the well-to-do contemporary art world. Gyllenhaal plays a pompous art critic in a cast that also boasts Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, and John Malkovich among others. Zawe Ashton plays an ambiitous young art dealer who stumbles across a series of eerie paintings when she finds the dead body of her artist neighbor. Her decision to steal and sell the pieces sets off a string of strange events no one can explain.

30. “Come to Daddy” (2019)

COME TO DADDY, Elijah Wood (left and reflected in mirror), Stephen McHattie, 2019. ph: Jamie Leigh Gianopolous / © Saban Films / courtesy Everett Collection

Elijah Wood stars in the nastily excellent “Come to Daddy,” horror producer Ant Timpson’s triumphant directorial debut.

With more twists and turns than an “I Know What You Did Last Summer” turnpike, the laugh-out-loud funny horror comedy seems at first like the story of a young man (Wood) reconnecting with his estranged father (Stephen McHattie). Thanks to a jaw-dropping script from Toby Harvard, it soon blooms into a vibrant hellscape of unforeseen enemies that’s well worth enjoying unspoiled.

29. “Villains” (2019)

VILLAINS, from left: Maika Monroe, Bill Skarsgard, 2019. © Gunpowder & Sky / courtesy Everett Collection

Bonnie and Clyde stand-ins Jules (Maika Monroe) and Mickey (Bill Skarsgård) get more than they bargained for when an attempted burglary leads them to find a young girl (Blake Baumgartner) chained up in an overly cheery couple’s basement. The inspired casting of Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan as horror-show homeowners Gloria and George elevates writer-directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s double date story from believably bad to campy levels of strange and cruel. From Gloria’s increasingly touchy fascination with Mickey to George’s cryptically gentile treatment of Jules, “Villians” is chock-full of bizarre suburban terror that keeps you guessing til the bitter end.

28. “The Voices” (2014)

THE VOICES, Ryan Reynolds, 2014. ©Lionsgate/courtesy Everett Collection

Ryan Reynolds plays a lonely warehouse worker in “The Voices,” a colorful, spectacle-laden exploration of violent hallucinations and a murderer’s guilt.

Directed by Marjane Satrapi and written by Michael R. Perry, the 2014 flick is most memorable for its hysterical use of a talking dog and cat: angel and devil stand-ins for the anti-hero’s conflicting sense of morality. Fittingly, the pets are also voiced by Reynolds.

Anna Kendrick plays the main character’s blissfully unaware love interest, alongside Jacki Weaver as his increasingly concerned therapist.

27. “Fresh” (2022)

FRESH, from left: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, 2022. © Searchlight Pictures /Courtesy Everett Colletion

Daisy Edgar-Jones, known for the hyper-romantic “Normal People,” and Sebastian Stan, nominated for an Emmy thanks to “Pam & Tommy,” team up with Hulu again to star in director Mimi Cave’s debut film “Fresh.”

Written by Lauryn Kahn, the genre-bending thriller adventures through the terrors of modern dating to reach a far more dastardly destination. After the disillusioned Noa meets the charming Steve in a grocery store, the two decide to enjoy a weekend away. What awaits isn’t for the faint of heart.

26. “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2003)

BUBBA HO-TEP, Bruce Campbell, 2003

Scream king Bruce Campbell delivers a surprisingly sweet performance as a still-living Elvis Presley in writer-director Don Coscarelli’s “Bubba Ho-Tep.” After the famed rock n’ roller swaps places with an impersonator for some much needed R&R — then the impersonator dies and a fire prevents the real Elvis from proving he’s, well, Elvis — Presley lives out his days in a Texas retirement facility under the name Sebastian Haff. It’s not until he, along with a fellow resident who believes himself to be the late John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis), are forced to face off with a powerful mummy that our hunka burnin’ hero seriously looks back on his tortured legacy. 

25. “Zombieland” (2009)

ZOMBIELAND, Woody Harrelson, 2009. Ph: Glen Wilson/© Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

Before “The Walking Dead” hit 2010 TV lovers with its infamous “Don’t Dead Open Inside” pilot — effectively kicking off pop culture’s more-than-decade-long obsession with extended explorations of humans surviving undead society — “Zombieland” was conquering the post-apocalyptic landscape with its own, far spunkier tale of found family.

When a hoody-wearing college kid (Jesse Eisenberg) meets a snack food-obsessed cowboy-type (Woody Harrelson), an eyeliner-loving rebel (Emma Stone), and that rebel’s devilishly smart little sister (Abigail Breslin), they must come together to survive the end of the world. Rule number one: Cardio.

24. The “Fear Street” Trilogy (2021)

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Co-written with Phil Graziadei and Zak Olkewicz, Leigh Janiak’s “Fear Street” trilogy brings just the right amount of fear and fun . When a masked killer stalks a group of friends around the town of Shadyside on Halloween night 1994, their fight to survive reveals a decades-old conspiracy that dates all the way back to the mid-17th century. Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Maya Hawke, and more appear in this trio of films that aren’t consistently funny, but boast enough light-hearted fare and get in enough zingers to qualify for inclusion on a best horror-comedy list.

23. “Freaky” (2020)

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The body-swap comedy gets a murderous upgrade in “Freaky,” starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton as a serial killer and mousy teen girl who accidentally switch bodies. Known best for “Happy Death Day,” director Christopher Landon brings his signature smarts to the simple premise, pulling thoroughly modern threads that help the standard fare feel fresh. (Plus, you have to give it up for the red leather jacket. Seriously, the red leather jacket rocks .) 

22. “This is the End” (2013)

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Writer-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg pulled off something of a cameo-laden miracle with “This Is the End,” a 2013 apocalypse movie imagining then-contemporary Hollywood contending with Armageddon.

There’s plenty that feels familiar to the duo’s past work; see the exceptionally relatable suggestion that, in the face of fear, it’d be best for them to “do all the drugs.” But what makes “This Is the End” truly awesome is its once-in-a-lifetime cast: a revolving door of visiting celebrities that includes Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson, and even Rihanna. (“Don’t fucking touch my bum, bitch .”)

21. “Barbarian” (2022)

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Zach Cregger’s “Barbarian” is terrifying. And though the majority of this labyrinthian nightmare is far from funny — the first act is nothing short of a nerve-wracking assault on the senses (definitely worth seeing in a theater, by the way!) — there’s no denying this hellish abduction caper knows how to deliver a laugh. Justin Long arrives part-way through in a role reminiscent of his podcaster part for Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” ratched up in an irredeemable #MeToo arc that doubles as a vehicle for pitch-black comedy, perfectly complimentary to the movie’s jaw-dropping main event. 

20. “Scream” (2022)

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More than any other franchise on this list, “Scream” has packed the 21st century with horror comedy sequels worth celebrating.

So, with the full knowledge that recency bias may be at play here, we’re choosing “Scream” (2022) — also known as “Scream 5” — as the crowning jewel in a string of strong follow-up installments. (We’d choose “Scream” itself, but everyone knows that’s a 20th-century gem.) Love it or hate it, the film’s lambasting of “elevated horror” definitely resonates.

Jenna Ortega shines especially bright in a Casey Becker-type role, opening the film with a claustrophobic home invasion sequence that’s evocative of the original without feeling copied. Melissa Barrera fares equally well as the main protagonist, with return engagements from Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette to boot. 

19. “The Final Girls” (2015)

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“Friday the 13th” meets “Pleasantville” in “The Final Girls,” an ’80s slasher sendup that sees the daughter of a late scream queen transported into her mom’s biggest movie.

Well received but arguably still ahead of its time, director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s 2015 flick is an under-appreciated gem that makes as much of a meal out of the movie-making format as it does the occasionally clichéd content of horror movies. Taissa Farmiga and Malin Akerman lead as the mother-daughter duo. Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, and more also star.

18. “Housebound” (2014)

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Writer-director Gerard Johnstone tackles a hilarious premise in his 2014 horror comedy: What do you do when you’re under haunted house arrest?

After the reckless Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) attempts to steal from an ATM, she’s sentenced to eight months living with her mother (Rima Te Wiata). That tense dynamic gets only more fraught when Kylie begins experiencing supernatural phenomena possibly linked to a grisly murder.

17. “Teeth” (2007)

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Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein’s “Teeth” is undoubtedly funnier to some audiences than others. And yet, no matter your genitalia-centric comedy tastes, there is something objectively funny about the straightforwardness of a horror protagonist battling with her own razor-sharp labia.

Jess Weixler is unapologetically great as Dawn: a god-fearing leader in a Christian abstinence group who uncovers she has a strange condition called “vagina dentata.” (Fair warning: “Teeth” explores a lot of campy territory but also includes grounded depictions of assault that can be jarring given the goofy premise.)

16. “The Love Witch” (2016)

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Samantha Robinson channels Bettie Paige, Barbara Steele, and just a touch of Elvira in writer-director Anna Biller’s hyper-femme revenge fantasy about a romance-obsessed sorceress out to find a new apple of her eye in an unsuspecting town. Flush with luxury ’60s style references and boasting timeless witchy appeal, “The Love Witch” casts its spell in two parts: luring audiences in with an earnest homage to soapy bygone cinema then cheekily upending those tropes to deliver a compelling arc that’s more contemporary in spirit.

There’s plenty about this transporting title that could be classified as more dramatic — possibly even tragic — than comedic, but with the campy Elaine spouting off over-the-top sexist platitudes (see “According to the experts, men are very fragile….” and “Giving men sex is a way of unlocking their love potential!”) there’s no use taking “The Love Witch” too seriously.

15. “Bodies Bodies Bodies” (2022)

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Exuding an effortless online comedy style, director Halina Reijn’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” sharpens the typical bullshit you’d see on Twitter into a fearsome spearhead for one of the funniest whodunits ever made.

Written by Sarah DeLappe, the very 2022 slasher introduces a tumultuous friend group (Amandla Stenberg, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Conner O’Malley, Pete Davidson) and their seemingly caught-in-the-middle plus ones (Lee Pace, Maria Bakalova) during a party weekend set against a dangerous hurricane.

14. “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” (2005)


Born of the same scary underbelly as the vicious Belgian mockumentary “Man Bites Dog,” Scott Glosserman’s “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” imagines a world where all your favorite slasher villains are real: Michael Meyers, Jason Voorhees, you name it.

In the sleepy-town of Glen Echo, a new killer is emerging: Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel). The titular killer invites along a journalism student (Angela Goethals) to chronicle his surprisingly entertaining attempt at infamy. Where will she draw the line between observation and accessory? 

13. “Trick ‘r Treat” (2007)

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A surprisingly sweet homage to the spooky spirit of Halloween, “Trick ‘r Treat” is an anthology film from writer-director Michael Doughtery.

The 2007 movie is great for countless reasons: Not only does it feature performances from Anna Paquin and Brian Cox, but the closest thing you’d call a main character — Sam, a silent burlap sack-wearing being with a marked protectiveness over his favorite holiday — has risen to adorable icon status among genre fans. If there’s one horror comedy worth watching on All Hallows’ Eve, it’s this one.

12. “One Cut of the Dead” (2017)

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A zombie movie collides with actual zombies in “One Cut of the Dead” (also known as “Kamera o Tomeru na!” or “Don’t Stop the Camera!”) Writer-director Shin’ichirō Ueda brings fierce, one-of-a-kind fun to the story of an ambitious filmmaker whose underwhelming project gets spiced up by an undead plague… sort of. “One Cut of the Dead” is mandatory viewing for fans of meta mise en scene that pumps fresh blood into not just the zombie category, but the found footage subgenre as a concept.

11. “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)

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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright outright nailed the zombie comedy (zombedy?) with “Shaun of the Dead,” an ambling survival saga centered on Shaun: a depressed salesman whose unlucky lot in life gets flipped upside down by a viral outbreak.

As you’d expect, Pegg is killer in the main role, bringing lovable sweetness to the gritty world his character inhabits. That’s in large part thanks to co-star Nick Frost, whose collaborations with Pegg would continue across “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”: the other two films in Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy.

10. “Happy Death Day” (2017)

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“Groundhog Day” meets people screaming the “Happy Birthday” song at you in the maddening and hilariously repetitive “Happy Death Day,” directed by Christopher Landon and written by Scott Lobdell.

It looks like the end of the line for hard-partying sorority girl Tree (Jessica Rothe) when a masked murderer, dressed as her school’s creepy mascot, stabs her to death on the night of her birthday. But when she wakes up in some guy’s (Israel Broussard) bed — inexplicably for the second time — a confusing time-loop whodunnit begins. The movie got a surprisingly great sequel in 2019, titled “Happy Death Day 2U.”

9. “Ready or Not” (2019)

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Meeting the in-laws has never gone so poorly.

Samara Weaving stars as a blushing bride suddenly fighting for her life in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s “Ready or Not,” a pitch-perfect remix of the mysterious dinner party trope that sees a game of hide-and-seek enter “Most Dangerous Game” territory fast . Mark O’Brien plays the hapless groom, with Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, and more making up the rest of the not-exactly-happy family.

8. “Slither” (2006)

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James Gunn’s “Slither” is genuinely gross, boasting the most gut-churning scenes of any of the movies on this list. That said, if you can stomach the slipperiness, “Slither” is also one of the smartest Gunn titles to date: a mutant marriage of his goofy live-action “Scooby-Doo” sensibilities with the ruthlessness he’d cultivate in “The Suicide Squad” that top-to-bottom works .

Michael Rooker and Elizabeth Banks lead as a man infected by an alien parasite and his suddenly tough-as-nails wife who must fight for survival alongside the rest of her South Carolina town. Nathan Fillion, Gregg Henry, Jenna Fischer, and more also appear.

7. “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012)

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Drew Goddard makes his directorial debut with the unforgettable pop-up book that is “The Cabin in the Woods.” Starring Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, and Anna Hutchison, this mostly sexy zombie slasher kicks off with five college kids settling in for a fun wilderness weekend. But when two snarky technicians from a mysterious facility (a perfectly cast Bradley Whitford and characteristically excellent Richard Jenkins) offer the group as bait in an ancient ritual, an epic battle begins.

6. “Scary Movie” (2000)

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Fun fact: Wes Craven’s “Scream” was originally written with the title “Scary Movie” in mind. Thankfully, that franchise went with something else, and the Wayans brothers were free to build their aughts horror comedy empire.

The original “Scary Movie” kicked of five films’ worth of fun, spoofing, yes, “Scream” but also the likes of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “The Matrix,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Dave Sheridan, Marlon Wayans, and more also star in a shock comedy that’s aged well enough (if not gracefully). 

5. “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” (2010)

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Tucker and Dale are having a tough day.

Directed by Eli Craig, from a script co-written with Morgan Jurgenson, “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” sends up your standard hicksploitation tropes with a twist. When two well-meaning country guys (Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine) save a vacationing psych student (Katrina Bowden) from drowning in a West Virginia river, her friends assume she’s been kidnapped and decide to go after “her captors.”

4. “Get Out” (2017)

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Yes, Jordan Peele’s triumphant “Get Out” is a horror comedy. It’s also a searing sociopolitical commentary with elements so terrifying that  just calling it a horror comedy would be a laughable understatement.

“It’s not a movie that can really be put into a genre box,” Peele argued following its classification as an outright comedy at the Golden Globes.

However you define it, the Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner is a masterpiece, and Lil Rel Howery’s performance as Rod “Motherfuckin’ TSA” Williams is one of the funniest horror performances ever.

3. “Jennifer’s Body” (2009)

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At the peak of her “Transformers” fame, Megan Fox starred in a little ol’ demonic possession flick called “Jennifer’s Body.” Directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Diablo Cody, the 2009 feminist fright fest was horrifically misunderstood upon release, with male audiences angry that it didn’t subvert the genre tropes they were interested in seeing subverted.

But hidden just beneath the surface was a heart-stopping revenge flick with plenty to say about patriarchy and power. It’s since become something of a cult classic among women and nonbinary horror fans, with particular attention paid to its brilliant queer and bisexual representation.

2. “American Psycho” (2000)

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Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel remains one of the more terrifying titles you’ll find on shelves, spinning a gut-wrenching tale of an ’80s New York City banker-turned-sadistic killer of women. Christian Bale acted the ever-living hell out of that premise in Mary Harron’s hard-to-stomach but still decidedly satirical “American Psycho” adaption. Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Reese Witherspoon, Matt Ross, Justin Theroux, Cara Seymour, Chloë Sevigny, and more also appear in this nightmare with an unreliable narrator.

1. “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014)

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Before Jemaine Clement spun “What We Do in the Shadows” into one of TV’s most enchanting vampire series , the Sundance mockumentary told its own tale of blood-sucking flatmates battling life’s everyday annoyances.

Written and directed by Clement and Taika Waititi, the 2014 horror comedy left audiences howling with laughter thanks to classic lines like “Werewolves not swear-wolves!” and “Leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet!” The former “Flight of the Conchords” collaborators also star, with Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Rhys Darby, and Jackie van Beek.

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The 10 Best Found Footage Horror Comedy Movies, Ranked

These movies satirize one of the most recent trends in horror movie history.

Ever since the massive explosion in popularity of films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity , found footage has become a staple subgenre of lower-budget horror films. Their focus on realism and real-life recordings of supernatural and horrific events uncovered and shared with the masses has given these films a level of mystique and allure that has enthralled audiences for decades.

As the films could be considered in certain viewpoints as fictitious documentaries, it was only a matter of time before comedy was injected into the horror-centric found footage genre, as mockumentaries have been a staple genre of comedy. Horror and comedy have always been a combination for some all-time great movies , and the found footage premise only further added to both comedic and horror potential.

10 'They're Watching' (2016)

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They're Watching follows an American TV crew as they travel to Moldova to check in with a new homeowner for their home improvement show. The recording sessions quickly go awry when the crew begins to be attacked by angry villagers, as they soon find themselves wrapped up in a centuries-old tale of witches and legacy.

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The biggest draw for They're Watching comes from its trio of main characters, as their back-and-forth and reactions to the increasingly terrifying situations at hand make for great comedy. The film's most notable highlight is its finale, where it stops holding back and transforms into the amazing, low-budget, self-aware thrill ride that it has been building towards for the entire runtime.

9 'Incident at Loch Ness' (2004)

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Incident at Loch Ness features legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog , who is joined by fellow filmmaker Zak Penn , set off to explore the legend of the Loch Ness monster in their latest filmmaking venture. Chaos erupts among the crew and filmmakers as they have an unexplainable encounter with the creature, with the crew quickly turning on each other amid the madness.

Especially for fans of the documentary work of Werner Herzog, Incident at Loch Ness acts as a perfectly unique parody of his career in which a mythical creature ends up being both real and dangerous. The film dives into a realist angle to a commendable degree, with a real-life film crew all playing themselves as if they were actually making the movie in the film. It also makes for an interesting viewing experience seeing Zak Penn both playing a major role and behind the director's chair, as less than a decade later, he would be a credited writer for 2012's The Avengers .

8 'I Blame Society' (2020)

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I Blame Society follows struggling filmmaker Gillian (played by writer/director Gillian Wallace Horvat ), who decides to prove herself to her peers by creating a film where she commits a perfect murder. As she gets deeper into the role and filmmaking process, she becomes increasingly estranged from her peers. Eventually, she goes past the point of no return and fully commits to being a serial killer.

The Hollywood culture focus that I Blame Society tackles results in plenty of comedic moments, as the film's satirical angle on the struggles of creatives makes for hilarious results. While I Blame Society may share elements with other darker "girl boss" films, such as Promising Young Woman and I Care a Lot , the amateur filmmaker footage angle provides a unique and engaging jumping-off point for the film as a whole.

7 'Bad Ben' (2016)

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Created with a budget of only $300 and only the first in a surprisingly expansive series, Bad Ben follows Tom Riley after what he assumed was a great deal in purchasing a new house well below market. However, he soon realizes a number of strange paranormal occurrences within the house and, after installing a system of security cameras, discovers the apparition that resides within the home.

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While Paranormal Activity was mostly devoid of comedy, Nigel Bach was able to create a hilarious spin on the security camera paranormal haunting premise with his amazing leading performance. Bach's Tom Riley is a character that lights up the screen every time he speaks, immediately cursing out in profanity whenever anything slightly off occurs and directly engaging in arguments with the spirits. It's a simple twist on the tried and true formula that does wonders for the genre's notorious pacing issues, keeping audiences engaged with nearly every scene.

6 'WNUF Halloween Special' (2013)


WNUF Halloween Special provides the sole surviving VHS recorded footage of a special 1987 Halloween broadcast in which a long-time local news reporter goes live to investigate a notorious haunted house. Joined by a duo of paranormal investigators and a catholic exorcist, the experts delve into the darkness of the Webber house to bring the truth of the matter to live audiences.

WNUF goes through great deals to amp up the realism of the recording itself, featuring a multitude of commercial breaks, fast-forwarded segments, and incredibly low video quality. It all comes together in a beautiful way to amplify both the genuine horrors on display and the hilarious juxtaposition and whiplash when it immediately cuts to an overplayed carpet commercial. It makes for an incredibly unique found footage experience that is willing to get a great deal of laughs out of its audience before going delving into true horror in its final act.

5 'Deadstream' (2022)

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Deadstream follows the story of disgraced internet personality Shawn Ruddy (played by co-director/writer Joseph Winter ), who attempts to win back his audience by live-streaming a night in a haunted house. Things soon go wrong for Shawn when he accidentally enrages a vengeful spirit, turning his attempted comeback into a battle against paranormal forces.

Deadstream perfectly understands the landscape and ins and outs of the content creator landscape, which allows for Winter's performance and satire to shine through with frightening amounts of accuracy. This works heavily for the film's comedy, as Winter's performance as a cowardly problematic streamer makes for the perfect character to place in a situation filled with scares left and right.

4 '15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot' (2019)

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15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot provides a comedic parody of a modern-day digital journalism video, such as from Vice or Vox, following a journalist's journey at a Bigfoot Convention. He soon finds himself joined by only his producer and a local Bigfoot expert as they journey into the woods for a few nights in search of the Sasquatch, where they discover much more than expected.

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The film is perfectly able to capture the tone of a quirky clickbait YouTube video and spin the trends and conventions of modern digital journalism on its head to make for a hilarious satire. The main trio of host Brian, producer Zach, and Bigfoot expert Jeffrey provide amazing back-and-forth with one another, which evolves and continues to raise the stakes comedically as the film goes on. Even if a tad predictable at times, the comedy pulls through in a major way to make the film a genuine delight from start to finish.

3 'Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon' (2006)


Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon follows a documentary crew as they receive exclusive access to follow the life of Leslie Vernon, a man determined to become the next great psycho slasher. He begins enacting his plan to terrorize the citizens of Glen Echo while deconstructing the ins and outs of his job to the documentary crew, giving them a firsthand account from the killer's perspective.

The satirical approach that Behind the Mask has towards the conventions and staples of the slasher genre clearly comes from a place of both respect and love for the slasher genre. The documentary found footage angle works hand in hand with the film's comedy, providing an awkward day job style to the act of literally planning out and executing murders. The film takes a step back when it abandons its found footage angle and becomes a direct slasher in the final act, but even then, the twists and turns throughout still make the experience satisfying.

2 'Spree' (2020)

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Spree follows the story of Kurt (played by Joe Keery ), a rideshare driver who is determined to become the next big internet celebrity and willing to do just about anything to gain followers. Kurt enacts a deadly plan to attain stardom and decides to murder the customers he picks up live for viewers to experience in real time. As the internet embraces Kurt's murders, it becomes up to a comedienne to stop his rampage.

Spree captures the desperation for fame and fortune that has been a classic killer motivation, simply updated for the digital era in an ingenious and highly effective way, both for horror and comedy. Keery's performance especially does a great job at bringing the whole film together, as he perfectly balances the inherent comedic and terrifying nature of the socially awkward and insecure Kurt. More than any other film that tackles digital platforms, Spree might be the most accurate recapturing of social platforms, especially live streaming platforms such as Twitch.

1 'What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

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What We Do in the Shadows follows the daily lives of a collection of vampire roommates attempting to deal with and adapt to the complexities of modern life and its effects on vampires. When a new vampire joins their crew, they are tasked with teaching them the perks of being an undead creature of the night.

Before the massively successful television adaptation , What We Do in the Shadows first made a big splash as a feature-length film, complete with all the charm and wit of the show. The movie perfectly translates the classic vampire mythos in a hilarious and grounded way for the modern world, making for an iconic experience that has had a lasting legacy in the eyes of fans.

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The 20 best haunted house films of all time, ranked

From The Innocents to Paranormal Activity, most of these haunted house movies will have viewers leaving all their lights on at bedtime.

Georges Méliès' Le Manoir du diable (1896) deserves much reverence for its impact on scary movies over the years, and even though the silent film is only a few minutes long, The House of the Devil marks the beginning of the horror genre. Released as The Haunted Castle in the United States, Méliès' motion picture is the precursor to all haunted house movies.

Films in the following century like The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Old Dark House (1932), and Rebecca (1940) certainly presented creepy, decrepit manors, but their walls were haunted by earthly threats. However, The Uninvited (1944) creates the supernatural template by which horror films like The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Crimson Peak (2015), and Hereditary (2018) still follow today.

Now, enjoy EW's ranking of the 20 best haunted house movies of all time.

20. The Amityville Horror (1979)

Not even Fixer Upper 's Chip and Joanna Gaines can salvage your house when its walls start bleeding. George Lutz ( James Brolin ) and his wife, Kathy ( Margot Kidder ), get the deal of a lifetime when they buy a home in the quaint, seaside town of Amityville, N.Y. — but their new digs come with a sordid history and house full of haunting horrors.

The Amityville Horror , a somewhat underrated flick, is based on the real-life Lutz's unsubstantiated claim that the house was actually haunted. The Dutch Colonial-style home still stands in Amityville, but its address has been changed from 112 Ocean Ave. to 108 Ocean in order to throw off curious tourists.

Where to watch The Amityville Horror : Max

19. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Irena isn't Casper, but she certainly is a friendly ghost, and she still haunts her husband Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) and his new wife, Alice (Jane Randolph). However, Irena only allows Oliver and Alice's daughter, Amy (Ann Carter), to see her when the Reeds' lonely child wishes for a friend.

The film marks the first directing credit for Robert Wise (later of 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still and 1965's The Sound of Music glory), since he was uncredited for directing additional sequences in The Magnificent Ambersons two years prior. While virtually every character — and performer — from 1942's Cat People returns, The Curse of the Cat People is, to this day, argued by most film historians as being a sequel in name only.

Where to watch The Curse of the Cat People : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

18. Paranormal Activity (2007)

Do not wait around for the entity haunting your house to fully possess you or your partner. Don't do it! Filmmaker Oren Peli 's supernatural take finds a young couple ( Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat) haunted by an unseen force, as the audience watches the couple chronicle the ghost's movements via their home security cameras.

The movie cashed in on the found-footage phenomenon that 1999's The Blair Witch Project proved to be a potential gold mine. Paranormal Activity grossed more than $193 million worldwide, and it only cost $15,000 to produce. Steven Spielberg saw the original cut of the film prior to its release in which Katie dies, and convinced Peli to reshoot the more ominous ending where Featherston simply goes missing.

Where to watch Paranormal Activity : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

17. Beetlejuice (1988)

Barbara ( Geena Davis ) and Adam ( Alec Baldwin ) Maitland might be dead, but they don't have any intention of sharing their home with its new residents, the Deetz family — parents Delia ( Catherine O'Hara ) and Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and their goth icon daughter, Lydia ( Winona Ryder ). When the Maitlands' attempts to frighten the Deetzes away fail miserably, Barbara and Adam turn to the mysterious and mischievous Beetlejuice ( Michael Keaton ) to rid them of the living.

Keaton's portrayal as the unscrupulous "ghost with the most" garnered him a Saturn Award nomination, even though he appears on screen for less than 15 minutes, and the actor acknowledges Beetlejuice as his favorite film from his own library of work.

Where to watch Beetlejuice : Max

16. The Others (2001)

While the living and dead coexist in Beetlejuice , The Others teaches horror fans a different life lesson: Sharing isn't always the answer. Grace ( Nicole Kidman ) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), live together in a Gothic country house in the aftermath of World War II, but it seems increasingly likely their Bailiwick of Jersey home is haunted.

The Others offers scary movie enthusiasts one of the genre's most memorable twists, and it's unlikely the filmmakers really wanted audiences to laugh at the very last shot of the film. It's hard not to chuckle, though, and the comedic moment certainly lends itself to the storytelling. The Others also marked the final time Kidman worked with her then-husband, Tom Cruise (executive producer), prior to their divorce.

15. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren (Vincent Price) is throwing a party, and he promises each of his guests $10,000. The catch: They have to spend the night in a haunted house and survive until morning. Filmmaker William Castle couldn't afford to pay Price the salary the actor had become accustomed to, so he offered him a percentage of the profits to land the horror movie maestro as a cast member.

House on Haunted Hill also features one of Castle's vaunted gimmicks: Emergo . When the skeleton terrorizes Mrs. Loren (Carol Ohmart) on screen, a plastic skeleton would swoop over the heads of audiences all across the country. Ever the showman, Castle wanted to give moviegoers something even better and more exciting than 3-D could ever deliver decades later.

Where to watch House on Haunted Hill: Amazon Prime Video

14. Scrooge (1951)

While there have been many fine adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol , Alastair Sim's performance as the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge elevates this version to must-see status. With Christmas soon approaching, Ebenezer's old friend, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), returns from the grave to offer Scrooge a chance at redemption through the haunting of three spirits.

Invariably and inexplicably, A Christmas Carol is absent from many best-of haunted house lists, but Dickens' tale is the preeminent example of this type of supernatural story. Now, despite the positive critical and fan response to this 1951 version, there is a famous bit of dialogue omitted from this particular film: "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."

Where to watch Scrooge : Plex

13. Poltergeist (1982)

The real estate market is always a monster, but the Freeling family lucks out and gets a good deal on a nice house. There's just one little catch: The home was built on a Native American burial ground. And those spirits are not happy about the new tenants. Poltergeist pairs two Hollywood heavyweights, with Steven Spielberg behind the story and Tobe Hooper in the director's chair — and the result is pure movie magic.

The infamous TV scene , with Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), is well-known, but it's nothing compared to what happens to the television in the last shot of the movie. No spoilers here, but viewers are bound to roll with laughter. Drew Barrymore auditioned for Spielberg for the role of Carol Anne, but, despite not landing the part, it was her Poltergeist tryout that led to her being cast in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Where to watch Poltergeist : Max

12. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Filmmaker Kim Jee-woon 's heartbreaking horror film gives audiences valid reasons to avoid adultery. Su-mi (Im Soo-jung) returns home from a mental facility after her mother dies, but there's a strange family dynamic between her father and stepmother, Eun-joo (Yum Jung-ah). Su-mi is also very protective of her younger sister, Su-yeon (Moon Geun-young).

The film's twist is one of those watercooler moments that rivals any horror movie ending. Without spoiling the climax, A Tale of Two Sisters uses the haunted house motif almost as a window dressing to obscure the psychological aspects at play in this immensely enthralling, supernatural flick.

Where to watch A Tale of Two Sisters : Kanopy

11. The Conjuring (2013)

Lorraine Warren ( Vera Farmiga ) and her husband, Ed ( Patrick Wilson ), are paranormal investigators hellbent on helping the Perron family as they're haunted in their own farmhouse. The Warrens were real people who dedicated their lives to exploring the paranormal (or as some see it, duping the vulnerable), and they also investigated the real-life mystery of the Amityville house purchased by George and Kathy Lutz.

The Perrons, too, were not just characters, and The Conjuring is based on what happened to them in their Rhode Island home. The Perrons often visited the set while the film was being shot, and Farmiga and Wilson met with the Warrens to further their understanding of the characters they were portraying.

Where to watch The Conjuring: Max

10. The Orphanage (2007)

Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can't Go Home Again , but Laura (Belén Rueda) doesn't heed the novelist's advice. Rather, Laura takes her family back to the closed orphanage she was adopted from with the hopes of reopening it to help children with disabilities. But things take a bizarre turn when her son, Simón (Roger Príncep), goes missing.

The Orphanage , which also features a cameo from producer Guillermo del Toro as the doctor attending to Laura in the emergency room, received a standing ovation when it premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival . Filmmaker J. A. Bayona found inspiration for The Orphanage from watching 1961's The Innocents and 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind .

Where to watch The Oprhanage : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

9. We Are Still Here (2015)

One hundred and twenty years of haunting and horror isn't going to stop Anne Sacchetti ( Barbara Crampton ) and her husband, Paul (Andrew Sensenig), from buying a rural home, but perhaps they're blinded by the death of their son, Bobby. It isn't long before the couple realizes the house is alive — and it is hungry for a blood sacrifice.

We Are Still Here is loaded with homages to other horror films, and one of the most obvious is the appearance of the home's original residents, the Dagmars. They look like the vengeful ghosts in John Carpenter 's The Fog (1980), and the stair scene is a clear nod to Nancy ( Heather Langenkamp ) trudging up the staircase in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Where to watch We Are Still Here : Amazon Prime Video

8. The Haunting (1963)

Very few horror films evoke a creepier vibe than 1963's The Haunting , even with its black-and-white cinematography. Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) assembles a team to investigate the paranormal activity of the Hill House in Massachusetts — but escaping the haunt unscathed may prove futile.

The film is based on the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by author Shirley Jackson. Director Robert Wise was coming off his immense success with West Side Story (1961), which he codirected with Jerome Robbins , while another west-sider joined him for the Hill House horror: Actor Russ Tamblyn , who portrayed Riff in West Side Story , tackles the role of Luke Sanderson.

Where to watch The Haunting : Max

7. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) starts her life anew when she buys a cottage in a quaint, seaside village, but her house is purported to be haunted by a seaman, Capt. Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is by far the most romantic of the haunted house films, and its storytelling — rather than fright and fear — makes it one of the top supernatural tales of all time.

Natalie Wood portrays Lucy's daughter, Anna, when she's a child, and the actress shot to stardom later that same year by appearing in Miracle on 34th Street . The screenplay for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was also adapted by Amanda Duff, and she claimed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were originally courted to play the lead roles.

Where to watch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

6. Lake Mungo (2008)

Alice Palmer's (Talia Zucker) drowning isn't the end of her tragedy when it comes to her family trying to cope with their loss and move on. Instead of closure, the Palmers are plagued by unexplained sightings of Alice, and, later, an even more mysterious, bloated-faced doppelgänger emerges.

Lake Mungo is chilling from start to finish, employing a mockumentary and found-footage style of filmmaking to exude an atmosphere of realism and tension that is supremely frightening to the senses. The fun of Lake Mungo , without spoiling the film's well-executed jump scare, is its use of modern technology to frighten audiences when they least expect it.

Where to watch Lake Mungo : AMC+

5. Hausu (1977)

Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) and her friends find themselves facing off against a haunted house that murders its victims like a serial killer straight out of a slasher film. The same studio that produced the Godzilla franchise, Toho, masterminds one of the most horrifying and disturbingly humorous psychedelic films to date.

Hausu's over-the-top subject matter isn't for everyone, but horror fans — particularly of Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992) — will find the movie resonating with them. The success of Jaws (1975) inspired Toho to make Hausu , and none of the lead actresses were trained thespians. Rather, the seven women were all models.

Where to watch Hausu : Max

4. The Evil Dead (1981)

Before becoming the "this is my boomstick" housewares expert of S-Mart, Ash Williams ( Bruce Campbell ) makes the unfortunate mistake of spending his vacation in a haunted house with some friends. There, they find the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis in the cabin, also known as the Book of the Dead, and all hell breaks loose into two sequels (1987, 1992), two remakes (2013, 2023), and a TV series Ash vs Evil Dead .

If you don't know what the "tree scene" is, you'll never get that imagery out of your head after watching The Evil Dead for the first time. It's one of the most appalling and unforgettable scenes to appear in any horror film, ever. The Evil Dead was the feature film debut for both Campbell and his best friend since high school, director Sam Raimi .

Where to watch The Evil Dead : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

3. The Uninvited (1944)

Rick (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) make the spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a lovely seaside home, and, as a result, Rick meets and becomes quite taken with young Stella (Gail Russell). The Uninvited is one of the first full-length haunted house movies, making it a cornerstone model moving forward for all other films to follow.

While Martin Scorsese called it one of the scariest movies of all time , The Uninvited kindles a wonderful romance between Rick and Stella. In fact, the serenade Rick writes and plays for his love, "Stella by Starlight," was composed specifically for the movie. However, it became a sensation when lyrics were later added, and it was even performed by Frank Sinatra .

2. The Innocents (1961)

Miss Giddens ( Deborah Kerr ) is hired to be a governess for Flora (Pamela Franklin) and her older brother, Miles (Martin Stephens), once he returns from boarding school. While Giddens takes an almost instant liking to Flora, she soon fears the children's secretive bond when Miles returns. And things grow even more disconcerting when Giddens begins seeing things and hearing voices.

The film is based on Henry James' 1898 horror novella, The Turn of the Screw , and both Truman Capote and William Archibald won the Edgar Allan Poe award for their screenplay. Jack Clayton directed and produced The Innocents , and he later went on to direct Hollywood icon Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby in 1974.

1. The Changeling (1980)

It's hard to have your car break down on the side of the road and not think about The Changeling . John Russell ( George C. Scott ) watches helplessly as his wife and daughter are cut down by a tow truck in the snow. Russell moves on and buys a house once owned by the family of Senator Carmichael (Melvyn Douglas), but he soon realizes he's not as alone there as he previously felt.

The character of John Russell is a music composer, but Scott wasn't musically inclined. Even so, the actor practiced the piano pieces Russell plays so that he could actually tickle the ivories on screen. Also, the actress who portrays historical society agent Claire (Trish Van Devere) was Scott's wife in real life, and they made five feature films while they were married, as well as a made-for-TV movie and a play.

Where to watch The Changeling : Peacock

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This is a ghoulish list of the best ghost parody movies! Parodies of ghost films tend to play with the tropes of horror films involving ghosts and haunted houses, and the pottery scene from Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Funny ghost movie spoofs work since ghost/haunted house films tend to have little to no levity to them.

The seriousness of ghost films allows satirical ghost movies to take the wind out of their sails and allows the humor to not be beholden to those films, although that doesn’t mean they don’t play with ghost stereotypes. Mining humor from ghost films for parody or satire has proved to be a good idea as one of the most successful and popular ghost films ever made was created by some comedians. You might have heard of it; it’s called Ghostbusters and it’s listed on most lists of best ghost movies ever made. You will also find several famous actors on this list like Michael J. Fox in The Frighteners  which was directed by Peter Jackson. There is also the Abbott and Costello movie  Hold That Ghost  on this list.

So, pass through to the other side with this list of top ghost parody films and share it with your friends and re-rank it to your liking. If you see a film missing from the list, feel free to add it!



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Haunt ending explained: What do the killers want?

"Such a pretty mask."

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The haunted house horror set on Halloween might seem like it's been released at the wrong time, but this isn't the first release for the movie.

Written and directed by A Quiet Place duo Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, Haunt was released back in September 2019 digitally, so there's every chance that this is the first time you've heard about it.

It sees a group of friends decide to try out an "extreme" haunted-house attraction on Halloween, only to discover that the terrors in store are very real. Soon, they're fighting for their lives against a group of masked killers.

But who are the killers and what do they want? Let's dig into Haunt 's ending to explain all in case you were too busy hiding from the gore.

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Haunt ending explained

The killers make short work of most of the group, leaving only Harper (Katie Stevens) and Nathan (Will Brittain) to fight back against them. Together, they manage to kill three of the masked killers, before capturing one of them wearing a vampire mask.

Earlier, when one of the killers unmasked himself to Harper, he had extreme modifications to his face. However, when the vampire killer takes off his mask, he has yet to have any modifications done to his face.

"They didn't tell me it was going to be real. I thought, you know, 'Sure, we'll mess with some kids', but then they started killing them. And then they said if I killed someone, that I would earn my face," he explains.

Before he can help Harper and Nathan further, he's killed by one of the killers in a zombie mask, who's then killed by Nathan. The duo manage to make it out of the haunted house, although Nathan is shot when killing one of the killers in a witch mask.

The only killer left is the ringleader, wearing a clown mask, who proceeds to burn down the haunted house, likely aware that either of the survivors could lead the police to it.

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As Harper and Nathan recover in hospital, Harper has a revelation when she's asked to sign a release form by a nurse. She remembers that when they all entered the haunted house, they signed consent forms that also included their addresses and their parents' names, in case of emergency.

The final scene of Haunt sees the clown mask killer arrive at Harper's house, but she's ready for him. Harper has set up her own trap and kills him when he gets stuck in her trap as soon as he arrives.

And that's it.

Haunt doesn't really delve into why the killers are doing what they're doing, beyond their obsession with facial modification. When Harper sees one of the killers unmasked earlier in the movie, he says to her: "Such a pretty mask. Why don't we take it off and find out who you really are?"

They appear to take new potential modifications from their victims as we see one of them ripping off Evan's face earlier, so perhaps they're doing all of this to showcase their true selves behind the 'mask' of their ordinary face.

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Don't expect Beck and Woods to reveal any more about the motivations of the killers, even if they know it themselves.

"Our philosophy is always less is more, we love when the audience can participate in the story and come up with their own theories," Woods told Screen Anarchy after the movie's release in 2019.

"We talked a lot about it with our producer Eli Roth, he felt very strongly that we all needed to know the backstory even if we didn't communicate that to the audience, he felt that the audience needed to know that we know, so that we kind of suggest into it, which we absolute love doing."

Haunt is available to watch now on Netflix in the UK and Hulu in the US.

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CBS is using the Super Bowl on Sunday to promote its entire lineup of returning series which will roll out during the premiere week that will follow the sporting event. Two of them, comedy Ghosts and drama Fire Country , are getting special promos created specifically for the Big Game.

The Ghosts spot features Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar), Sam (Rose McIver) and their house ghosts doing a running commentary while sitting on the couch watching the Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg movie Ghost .

The Fire Country promo, designed to run during half-time features co-creator, executive producer and star Max Thieriot delivering a speech akin to an rousing coach half-time pep talk from a movie or TV series.

"Both are really high performing shows, and we think there is still a lot of opportunity to grow the audience for both," Mike Benson, CBS' President and Chief Marketing Officer, said about the choice of Ghosts and Fire Country for custom Super Bowl spots.

Ghosts and Fire Country both ranked as the most watched new series of the seasons they premiered in, 2021-22 and 2022-23, respectively, and have remained strong ratings performers for the network.

On Ghosts , "we have been leaning into the bigger idea about believing in ghosts in the supernatural sense but also in Ghosts the show, going for a double entendre and connecting the two things," Benson said.

The Ghosts-Ghost mash-up came out of a desire to make the spot feel like a scene from the show. On the series, Jay & Sam and especially the ghosts, regularly watch TV and comment on it.

That's what the gang is doing here as they banter about what would happen if Jay were a ghost, with the conversation referencing the Super Bowl, electoral college and a penny joke comedian Goldberg could've said in the movie - while Asher recreates the moving penny trick performed by Swayze's character in the film.

CBS' marketing department developed the skit with Ghosts executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman who wrote the dialogue to get the voices of the characters right.

A 30-second version of the spot will air during the Super Bowl. You can watch below the full 1:07-minute version, which will be available online. The site the ad sends viewers to was created for the occasion with the idea "to create a community of believers in a fun, comedic way."

CBS marketing execs also worked with the Fire Country creative team on their spot whose premise came about after Benson and his group saw that there was a lengthy promo spot available during half-time.

Taking inspiration from great sports movies or TV series, Benson said his team asked, "what if we take the sense of pep talk and bring it to Fire Country ."

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A killing machine sloth named Alpha gets her claws out on a group of sorority sisters in this silly – and sadly unfunny – comedy-horror

A s another academic year begins, the sisters at university sorority Sigma Lambda Theta are all a-flutter over rush week ( whatever that is ) and the election for this year’s sorority president; this is expected to be top mean girl Brianna (Sydney Craven) for the third year in a row. However Emily (Lisa Ambalavanar) longs to be popular too in this world where esteem is measured in social media likes and followers. Reasoning that people love interesting pets, she decides to adopt a three-toed sloth from a dodgy exotic animal importer (Stefan Kapicic) and bring it back to the sorority house. Unfortunately, no one realises until too late that the sloth, whom Emily and the others named Alpha, is a homicidal killing machine who doesn’t move all that slowly when she’s on a mission to slash with those gnarly knitting-needle-long claws. What’s more, Alpha can also drive, use a computer, and take her own selfies. OMG!

As the above might suggest, the very premise of this film is fantastically daft – so silly that one can only imagine that director Matthew Goodhue and writers Bradley Fowler and Cady Lanigan cooked up the idea while bingeing lord knows what infernal substance. Perhaps someone dared them to make a horror film with the most unlikely species they could think of, and after dismissing platypuses (already used in Phineas and Ferb), echidnas (Sonic the Hedgehog), and dwarf lemurs (Madagascar), they settled on sloths.

But beyond that one joke set-up and the title itself, Slotherhouse is sadly not that funny, even accounting for the fact that it has such a soft target in the American campus “Greek” system. A few more script drafts might have helped sharpen this into something a little more bitingly satirical, comparable to, say Black Sheep , a cracking little New Zealand comedy-horror film about mutant sheep from quite a few years back. Budget must have been tight, which is why the film is shot mostly in two or three locations in Serbia, and all the American sorority sisters are played by British actors. They, at least, deserve some credit – especially Ambalavanar, EastEnders veteran Craven and Bianca Beckles-Rose who gets to be the comic relief butch among the femmes – for screaming with such commitment and managing to keep a straight face throughout.

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A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House. A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House. A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House.

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