If You Like Get Out, Watch These Horror Comedies Next

Watching a horror movie is almost always a visceral experience. When the violins get screechy, and you suspect the killer is about the pounce, your stomach clenches. When the villain pops out unexpectedly, you jump out of your seat. In the same way, a really, really funny comedy can elicit full-body reactions, too. True story: I fell out of my seat watching The Hangover.
Released earlier this year, Get Out married the best of the comedy and horror genres into a powerful, hilarious, terrifying film. Whether you were watching Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) hurtle into the Sunken Place, or laughing along to his banter with his friend, you felt each scene in your gut. Jordan Peele used the vehicle of a genre movie to give a brilliant takedown of race in America.
Granted, Get Out was a landmark pop culture sensation. But if Get Out’s combination of jokes and jump scares left you wanting more, then the films on this list will satisfy your urges. Here are the best horror comedies you should watch if you loved Get Out.
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Mom and Dad (2017)

Nicolas Cage is at his most unhinged movie, and that's really saying something. Mom and Dad captures the instant terror of a world in which all parents suddenly turn homicidal on their children. Selma Blair and Nicolas Cage's two kids have to hide out from their parents for the course of the 24-hour frenzy.
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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Let's be honest: Unlike some of the other movies on this list, Young Frankenstein was not designed to scare. The Mel Brooks film is purely a parody on classic horror movies, much like Scream is a parody on slasher flicks. Young Frankenstein is about a young doctor (Gene Wilder) from the Frankenstein family who wants desperately to escape from his grandfather, Victor Frankenstein's, legacy. Instead, he ends up in Transylvania, creating a monster of his own.
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Beetlejuice (1988)

With its extended (and campy) scenes that take place in a hellish afterlife, Beetlejuice is the kind of movie that would scare you as a kid, and make you laugh as an adult. After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, their souls return to their beloved home. Unfortunately, the new owners want to "modernize" it. Barbara and Adam enlist the help of an erratic professional haunter named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to scare the owners off.
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Scream (1990)

What do you do if your small town begins to resemble a gory slasher movie? If you're the kids in Scream, you use your knowledge of slasher movie tropes to outsmart the killer, who roams around in an unmistakable white mask. Scream revitalized the slasher comedy genre by poking fun at it.
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Dead Alive (1992)

Before directing The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson directed this gory horror comedy. The trouble begins with the creation of a hybrid Rat-Monkey, capable of turning whomever it bites into zombies. When Lionel Cosgrove (Timothy Balme) and his controlling mother, Vera (Elizabeth Moody), visit the zoo near their small New Zealand town, Vera is bitten by the rat-monkey. She becomes a zombie, who passes her condition on to the rest of the town.
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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

This teen slasher isn't a straight comedy, but the sheer ridiculousness of the movie will make you laugh. Four teenagers are hunted down a year after they covered up a hit-and-run murder. Each scene contains a self-referential wink to the '80s slasher films that had come before it.
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun (Simon Pegg) is too concerned with the mundanities of his life — a dead-end job in sales, a faltering relationship — to realize the world outside is falling apart. While London succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Shaun and his roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), sit on the couch morosely. Shaun takes the apocalypse as his opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of his girlfriend and family. He leads an expedition to turn the local bar, the Winchester, into a fortress against zombies.

What makes Shaun of the Dead funny is Edgar Wright's relentless visual comedy, with gags that include fights timed to Queen songs, and zombies that closely remember Shaun, slogging through his day.
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Zombieland (2009)

Combine a road trip movie and a zombie apocalypse movie, and you'll get this story of a college student nicknamed Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who traverses a ravaged America in search for an oasis from the zombie virus. In order to survive, Columbus and his fellow travelers, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), all abide by a stringent set of rules.

A sampling: The number one rule is "Cardio." Number six is, "Don't be a hero."
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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

A group of friends go on vacation to a cabin, only to be weirded out by two men lingering around the campgrounds, who they suspect to be violent country boys right out of the movie Deliverance. The misinterpretations between the two groups escalate to the point of murder. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a comedy of errors, where the errors are bloody and the comedy is boisterously funny.
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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Five friends go on vacation to a cabin in the woods. With that sentence, I could be describing so many teen slasher movies. But the self-aware, very meta The Cabin in the Woods is entirely set apart from the rest. Though the movie begins to follow the well-worn tracks of the horror movie genre, it soon spirals into something else entirely — best left as a surprise.
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Housebound (2014)

After being released from a juvenile detention centre, Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly) is shipped to somewhere worse — her estranged mother's (Rima Te Wiata) house. Her mother's convinced that someone's haunting their large house. Though Kylie's reluctant to agree with her mother about anything, a series of inexplicable circumstances leaves her thinking her mom might be right.

This gem of a movie runs at the pace of a thriller, but characters speak in the droll, hilarious dialogue of a comedy. Thank Netflix for making this New Zealand-based indie readily available.
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What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Frensham) are just like any old group of bickering roommates sharing a flat — aside from the fact that they're vampires. All Viago, the uptight ringleader, wants is for his roommates to chip in, and clean up the bloody dishes.

This side-splittingly hilarious mockumentary follows this group of vampires after Petyr converts a local New Zealander to their tribe.
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The Final Girls (2015)

If you see enough slasher movies, you'll realize just how many of the same tropes are recycled through each. Most common is the trope of the Final Girl, the ordinary, somewhat virginal character who survives the slaughter.

The Final Girls manages to lambast these overdone tropes, as well as delivering some serious scares. In the movie, Max's (Taissa Farmiga) mother had been a Final Girl in an iconic '80s movie. By some supernatural miracle, Max and her friends find themselves sucked in that movie. In order to avoid being killed by the shadowy serial killer, the friend group tries to outsmart movie tropes — the first one being don't have sex.
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The Voices (2015)

Haven't you always wanted to see Ryan Reynolds as a serial killer? Now's your chance. In The Voices, Reynolds plays Jerry, a relentlessly cheerful factory worker whose dog and cat may be trying to pull him in opposite moral directions. According to the voices Jerry hears in his head, Mr. Whiskers, his cat, is needling him closer and closer to murder. Whereas Bosco, his ever-loyal and kind dog, is offering Jerry a chance to stay on the moral side.
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Tragedy Girls (2017)

Are you obsessed with true crime? These high schoolers certainly are, but they're not just listening to Serial or binging Making a Murderer. Instead, McKayla Hooper (Alexandra Shipp) and Sadie Cunningham (Brianna Hildebrand) are building a following on their crime blog by, well... actually murdering people. Outrageous? Of course. Hilarious? If you can stomach the not-here-to-play gore... definitely.
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