Scary movies have been a staple in the entertainment industry for as long as we can remember. However, there is a sub-genre of horror films that adds an element of humor to the mix – scary movie spoofs.
These movies are known for their satirical take on popular horror films and their exaggerated depiction of the genre’s tropes. But with so many scary movie spoofs out there, which one is the best? Let’s take a look.
1. Scary Movie (2000)
This film can be credited with popularizing the scary movie spoof genre.
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, Scary Movie is a parody of popular horror films such as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Blair Witch Project. The film stars Anna Faris and Regina Hall and is known for its crude humor and over-the-top scenes.
2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
While not strictly a scary movie spoof, Shaun of the Dead is a comedic take on zombie movies.
Starring Simon Pegg and directed by Edgar Wright, this film perfectly balances humor with genuine scares. It also pays homage to classic zombie films such as Dawn of the Dead while still being fresh and original.
3. Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
Tucker & Dale vs Evil takes the horror trope of hillbillies being evil and turns it on its head.
Starring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk, this film follows two lovable characters who are mistaken for killers by a group of college students on vacation. The film’s humor comes from its reversal of expectations and its clever use of horror cliches.
- Zombieland (2009) – Another zombie comedy that has become a cult classic
- Cabin in the Woods (2012) – A horror movie that parodies horror movies
- What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – A mockumentary-style film about vampires living in modern-day New Zealand
While each of these scary movie spoofs brings something unique to the table, Scary Movie takes the top spot for its role in popularizing the genre and its lasting impact on comedy films. However, any of these films would make for a great night of laughs and scares with friends.