Dark, or black comedy truly is a world of its own. It is a tool that has been used for centuries to satirize popular culture and to tackle taboo issues in a subtle, yet comical way that may not necessarily be picked up on by the untrained eye. there are an absolute ton of movies that fall into this category and they span all genres of film and literature. We recommend giving the following that fall into the horror genre a watch (or re-watch)very closely to try to pick up on some of the humor you may have missed if you weren't looking for it.
10. Street Trash
A wildly outrageous film of non-stop gore, sleaze, and depravity. A movie filled with strangely endearing characters and over the top politically incorrect humor that will have you laughing at things you never thought you would. In the same sense as Basket Case it has to be seen, and you will love or hate it, but either way it's a must see.
9. Basket Case
Frank Henenlotters masterpiece of B horror that is still original over 25yrs later. This movie is hard to describe without making it sound stupid and contrived. It has to bee seen - plain and simple, and you will either be overjoyed or disappointed.
8.Trick r' Treat
Destined to be a Halloween classic, this anthology has me wonder what Warner Bros. was thinking when they sat on this film for a year and then released in the summer. It has everything you could want - black humor, scares, unexpected surprises and everything ties together at the end. Be glad Warner Bros. saw the and finally released this gem of a movie.
A tale of suburban lifestyle in the fifties where nothing is as it seems to a young boy. Are his parents really cannibals or is he just it all a figment of his imagination. A fun and enjoyable film that may take a few viewings to fully comprehend, but well worth the time.
6. The Dentist
OK - who doesn't fear going to the dentist? Corbin Bernsen does a masterful job of playing a deranged dentist who goes off the deep end. It plays on the fear most of us have and takes it to the extreme. It is an unsettling movie from Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon - both of whom are responsible for The Re-Animator, among other horror classics.
A brilliant and extremely creepy film from 1932 that still hold up today. You will find yourself amused and empathetic at the same time thanks to Tod Brownings excellent direction. The sense of unease you get comes from the fact that you will be repulsed by and endeared to the characters. The humor comes from the feeling that such "normal" surroundings and people are anything but.
Vagina Dentata - those two words say it all. This movie will have every male crying in pain and every female screaming with glee. It plays on the old wives tale to both horrify and delight the viewer, all the while never stooping to childish jokes or excessive nudity. Kudos to writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein for not following convention and making a memorable film.
3. April Fool's Day
A grossly underrated horror movie that uses subtle humor to make the viewer comfortable just before they are about to be scared. A typical teen slasher type movie that does not follow the T&A and gore conventions of other movies of the period, April Fools Day has a fun feel to it which is not expected from a horror movie.
2. An American Werewolf In London
A masterpiece of horror from John Landis that influenced horror/comedy movies ever since it first hit the big screen in 1981. The music and offbeat humor contrast the violence and gore brilliantly, keeping the viewer strangely relaxed while screaming at the same time.
This film is a fast paced ride into the world of gore and macabre. It will repulse you, make you laugh, and make you think all at the same time. One of the few critically acclaimed horror movies ever, it launched Jeffrey Combs into horror movie cult icon. The dark humor will unfortunately be lost on the average viewer but for the true horror fan it will delight to the very end.