Now that it’s October, it’s probably time for me to start recommending some spooky flicks, right? This month’s movie recommendations should probably at least hew toward horror. I will acquiesce, though the genre of horror is far from my favorite. That’s why I am beginning the month with three horror comedy recommendations. I have much more acceptance of this genre mashup. The gore just sits better with some laughs. I decided to find three movies from HBO Max for the occasion, so let’s get to the scares and the laughs.
Let’s start with something a little campy in Death Becomes Her. It’ll sort of ease you into the evening. You can even start watching it while it’s still light out. The film has quite the cast in Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis. There are some great sight gags that are both funny and gross, which seems like a good combo for horror comedy fans.
Then, after the sun sets, be sure you stay off the moors by watching An American Werewolf in London. The transformations in this movie are brutally visceral, but there are also a lot of laughs. This is probably John Landis’s best film, and also a great role for Griffin Dunne. It’s a particularly good watch for movie buffs, given various references and riffs on common tropes.
Finally, end with my favorite horror comedy of all time, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. It’s barely a horror movie as it’s high on the comedy, but it’s just such a fun film. It’s super funny and is even more meta than An American Werewolf in London. If you haven’t seen Gremlins, don’t start with the sequel, of course. If you have seen Gremlins, though, this is maybe one of my favorite sequels ever.
If you want to take part in the Halloween season but don’t love gore or scares, here is a great way to do just that.