Nervous laughter. Gallows humor. The Devil’s chortle. These well-worn phrases all describe the human need to let off some steam when things get scary. This Halloween, check out two great examples of horror comedies that really get it right.
e Woods is the brainchild of Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and the person behind TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Its raison d’etre is to deconstruct the classic horror movie setup that began with Friday the 13th. The results are all very fun and interesting but the true genius of this movie lies in the supporting performances by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as government drones. It is an absolute joy seeing these two brilliant character actors playing off each other. Sharp script, sharp wit.
Zombieland asks the all-important question: “How bad could the Zombiepocalypse be if Bill Murray is still around?” Turns out not that bad. Especially when you throw in Jesse Eisenberg’s droll narration and Woody Harrelson’s Zombie Kill of the Week. More than that you don’t need to know. It’s a zombie movie after all.
And if you’re hungry for more, I also recommend Army of Darkness.
Wait…did you hear that…..? Heh. Heh heh. Must’ve been the wind.