Thursday Movie Picks: Horror Comedy
This week's Halloween Theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is horror comedy! I tend to enjoy these films because camp and horror go so well together. There's a lot to choose from, but here's what I came up with.
1) Deathgasm - This little film from New Zealand about a group of kids in a heavy metal band who summon a demon is as ridiculous as the title sounds.
2) Zombieland - At this point, Zombieland is a classic. The rules Columbus talks about are still pretty widely quoted today. I love this movie.
3) Warm Bodies - This was one that I watched solely for Teresa Palmer and ended up really enjoying. Who knew a zombie romance could be so funny?
As I'm sure to be saying frequently today I've seen none of these though I have at least heard of the last two. With Zombieland's cast I should break down at some point and watch it. I usually check out a few scarier movies during October since they're everywhere so perhaps this will be the year.ReplyDelete
Since horror isn't really my thing I had to reach back to a gentler form of horror comedy this time out.
Hold That Ghost (1941)-Inheriting a mobster’s dilapidated country tavern rumored to contain hidden treasure through an odd set of circumstances Chuck Murray and Ferdie Jones (Abbott & Costello) find themselves trapped there on a dark and stormy night. Along with some other stranded travelers the boys live through a night of wacky shenanigans including a ghost, hidden doors and a couple of vanishing detectives while looking for the loot. One of A&C’s better films, you even get a couple of musical numbers by The Andrews Sisters.
You’ll Find Out (1940)-Heiress Janis Bellacrest (Helen Parrish) books Kay Kyser (Kay Kyser) and his big band “The Kollege of Musical Knowledge” including singer Ginny Simms and Ish Kabibble to play her 21st birthday party at her country mansion. When an intense storm blows in the band finds themselves stuck along with Janis, her eccentric Aunt Margo (Alma Kruger) and trio of questionable “friends” professor Fenniger (Peter Lorre), Prince Soliano (Bela Lugosi) and Judge Mainwaring (Boris Karloff) as things go bump in the night. A trifle overlong but a chance to see three horror giants playing for laughs.
The Ghost Breakers (1940)-Inheriting a distant relative’s supposedly haunted castle of an isolated island off the Cuban coast young Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) decides to take possession despite a stranger’s (Anthony Quinn) warning to stay away. Setting sail Mary finds radio announcer Larry Lawrence (Bob Hope), on the lam because he thinks he’s bumped off a gangster’s henchman, stowed away in her trunk. Amid pratfalls and wisecracks Mary & Larry team up to get to the bottom of the voodoo magic, zombies and ghosts that curse the spooky estate.
I haven't heard of any of these movies, or more of the actors involved. Bob Hope's the only name that rings a bell. I'll have to look into these more.Delete
I'm surprised you've never heard of Abbott & Costello. Their films used to run all the time on Saturday mornings, they have several routines that are legendary as well. Who's on First? is the best known.Delete
Here's a link to it:
Here's another of my faves as well 7x13=28
Ooookay. This rings a bell lol.Delete
I really need to catch up with Deathgasm--I've heard it's a lot of fun.ReplyDelete
It is! Very worth it.Delete
I have never even heard of Deathgasm but I'm definitely going to fix that!ReplyDelete
It's so dumb but so much fun. You have to check it out!Delete
Deathgasm is the one film on that list but I do love your other picks. Plus, Warm Bodies was better than it should've been as I do think Teresa Palmer is extremely underrated.ReplyDelete
Yeah, Warm Bodies soared. That was awesome and Hoult's comedic timing is excellent too.Delete
I have not seen or heard of the first one. I love the second one which is surprising since I can’t stand the lead and don’t like zombie movies. I heard of the last one and I do want to see it.ReplyDelete
Deathgasm is pretty random but I think it's worth the watch.Delete
I've seen 2/3 of your picks - Warm Bodies is very kooky and sweet while Zombieland is just an absolute hoot. Deathgasm sounds fun!ReplyDelete
It is! You should check it out.Delete
Zombieland is a great pick. Funny that you should mention that rules, I actually end up thinking about them quite a lot - just compeltely randomly.ReplyDelete
Deathgasm is one I haven't heard of but I will definitely check it out.
I think about "The Little Things" quite a bit!Delete
Haven't heard of the first one.ReplyDelete
Really like Zombieland, but I think its sequel was disappointing.
I agree. It was just meh. Not terrible, not great.Delete