A horror film's purpose is not just to entertain the viewer but to unnerve them. When you experience genuine fear while watching a scary movie, you know it's done its job.
But that doesn't the film can't inject a bit of humour. Classics like Jaws and The Thing are terrifying but they also have some laugh-out-loud moments. In fact, there are some horror movies that manage to depict death itself in a hilarious manner. Some of the kills in Child's Play or the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise are so over-the-top, you can't help but chuckle a little.
But we're not looking at those moments. We are looking at deaths that were unintentionally funny. Considering comedy is so difficult to pull off, it's bewildering when it's performed perfectly by mistake in, of all genres, horror. Unintended moments of hilarity can occur from bad special effects, ropey dialogue, shameless acting, or an absurd premise.
When you look at movies with headless dancers, butt aliens, and killer corn, how can you expect the viewer to react with anything but laughter?
James Egan has written 80 books including
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