10 Best Splatter-Gore Horror-Comedy Films
Splatter-gore horror-comedies are characterized by common horror film tropes and situations that bring about absurd and over the top scenes of violence and gore. Zombies, mad scientists, aliens, dismembered zombies, etc.
I've chosen the ten best classic films from the genre, focusing mostly on those that use practical effects (as opposed to CGI) to achieve their famous shots.
This list will highlight and allude to these famous effects, which could be considered spoilers by some.
Braindead (aka Dead Alive)
After seening Braindead, most people have trouble believing that it was directed by the same guy who did the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson. It is probably the goriest film on this list, in terms of sheer volume. It features a famous scene involving a lawnmower and a house full of zombies.
Jeffrey Combs plays Herbest West, a young mad scientist and medical student obsessed with re-animating the dead. When a professor threatens his research, he decapitates him and keeps his severed head alive with his experimental 're-agent' serum. The whole film is excellent, but the finale alone makes it worth a watch.
One of the all-time classics of the genre, Evil Dead was one of the first of its kind. Not unlike with Braindead, people find it hard to believe the director of Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, went on to direct Spider Man. Among many famous scenes is the one in which the main character (played by Bruce Campbell) severs his own possessed hand and replaces it with a chainsaw which he uses to dismember the undead corpse of his girlfriend.
Evil Dead 2
While Evil Dead is an absolute classic, I think the sequel offers a more fun viewing experience. With a much larger budget and less need for a slow build up, Evil Dead 2 delivers a lot more gore and slapstick than the original.
Street Trash is probably the schlockiest film on this list. While not particularly violent, it does involve hobos drinking a mysterious liquor which causes them to melt into puddles. The director, J. Michael Muro also uses a disorienting palette of neon colors throughout the film.
John Carpenter's The Thing is arguably not a comedy, but it's incredible practical effects make it an essential entry on a list like this. If shape shifting parasitic aliens bursting out of human hosts interests you, then look no further.
Another Peter Jackson film, Bad Taste is closer to a comedy than a horror film. An intergalactic fast food chain run by aliens needs human meat for their burgers, but they meet resistance on Earth. One unlucky alien gets his oversized head cut in half vertically with a chain saw...
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Riki-Oh features a combination of absurd violence and hilariously campy kung-fu film parody. The bad guys are 'super prisoners' in sparkly power ranger costumes, and the hero fights the villain who morphs into a 10 foot tall ogre while being pushed feet first through an industrial meat grinder...
From Dusk Till Dawn
From Dusk Till Dawn is interesting becaues it throws off the viewer's expectations so much (spoilers ahead). The first half of the film features Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel and plays out like a normal crime thriller. However, after about an hour of this, it devolves into a ridiculous gore-fest involving cannibalistic zombie vampires.
Army of Darkness
The sequel to Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness is less violent but more conventionally funny. After being sent through a portal at the end of Evil Dead 2, Ash (Bruce Campell) travels back in time to a medieval castle, armed with a shotgun, and helps the town fight an army of undead skeleton creatures.
These films aren't for the faint of heart, but you also don't need to be a gore-hound to enjoy them. Fans of more extreme films (Hostel, Saw, etc.) might be disappointed by the unrealistic and tongue-in-cheek nature of the violence, but will still probably have a good time if they go in expecting to laugh.