Halloween is a time for Horror! Movie-wise, it’s a time to hunker down with friends and loved ones, and watch the most terrifying films ever made. A time to scream, jump, shake, and generally have the Beetlejuice scared out of you. Some people, however, like a little more treat, and a little less terrifying trick, in their Halloween fare.
In honor of the holiday we have compiled a list of some of the most ridiculously, hilariously fun Halloween and horror films in creation. A few of our selections do have some elements of traditional horror, and genuine scares in the mix. For the most part, however, these films offer laughs, deliciously cheesy moments, and occasionally – music.
We love all of the movies on this list so much, that after number one and two (which are the poster children for this kind of list) it is almost impossible to order. So please feel free to give your feedback on order, and add any additional favorite hilarious horror movies of your own.
Welcome, to the late night, double feature, picture show…
10. Young Frankenstein
“For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius.”
This 1974 Mel Brooks classic stars Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, and Gene Hackman. It is full of characteristic Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder satire (they co-wrote the script) and is a fabulous parody of the 1930s Frankenstein monster films it is based on.
This film is a bit older, but a great one to revisit for Brooks fans; or to introduce to a younger generation who is willing to stick with some of the dated qualities and see the classic nature of the humor. Take a look at the scene from the film below; you can feel the fun energy that Gene Wilder brings to the role, and the old-school one liner still absolutely works.
I love this movie and encourage all comedy lovers to check it out. It helps if you have a sense of the films he is riffing on, but the movie is enjoyable whether you’ve seen the 1930s Frankenstein adaptations or not. It would have been cheating to include it, as this was an Internet-based property and not a theatrical release, but we would like to include an honorable mention for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-ALong-Blog.