Horror and comedy are at polar ends of the genre spectrum. The former is designed to make moviegoers scream in terror whereas the latter is intended to make viewers laugh with delight. Given how radically different these flavours are, you would think merging them together would be a recipe for disaster.
However, it turns out that this combination is a match made in movie heaven. Often relishing in a more macabre sense of humour and indulging in over-the-top gore, horror-comedies are the home to an expansive list of cult favourites ranging from Young Frankenstein, Re-Animator, Shaun Of The Dead, The Cabin In The Woods, and many, many more.
Horror-comedy is the place to go to find the weirdest and most unique genre flicks out there. Musicals, zombies, satirical slashers, deadpan delights, and psychedelic gorefests, this genre has it all.
But with so many ludicrously insane outings hitting our screen, especially in the last decade, numerous gems have unfortunately fallen through the cracks and under the radar of many fans.
If you want to see the weirdest, strangest, and downright brilliant horror-comedies of the last ten years, you've come to the right place.
10. PG: Psycho Goreman (2020)
The best way to describe writer-director Steven Kotanski's (The Void) PG: Psycho Goreman is Power Rangers meets The Toxic Avenger. It's super campy, gory, silly, and a whole lot of fun.
The premise sees bratty girl Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and her nerdy brother Luke (Owen Myre) uncover a mysterious amulet buried in their garden. Unbeknownst to them, they've awakened an all-power being of pure evil whose sole purpose is to destroy the galaxy.
That creature is Psycho Goreman - or PG for short. He's an unstoppable force of darkness who can devour his enemies whole and explode innocent bystanders into puddles of gore. And he's under the complete control of the children thanks to the amulet in their possession.
Most of the schlocky fun of PG comes from watching the relationship between the self-described Archduke of Nightmares and his child captors evolve into a blossoming friendship where the murderous monster is viewed as a quirky alien sidekick. It's utterly ridiculous, and this flick knows exactly how to make the most out of its lo-fi premise.
Throw in some wickedly creative monster designs that would feel at home as Power Rangers villains alongside gnarly gore effects, and you have one strange movie experience.