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Sometimes campy and spooky, but mostly just hilarious, the movies on this list deliver both frights and laughs!
1. Satan's Little Helper (2004)
This bizarre low-budget black comedy tells the story of nine-year old Dougie, who is disappointed on Halloween when his older sister returns from college with a new boyfriend in tow.
Without anyone to take him Trick-or-Treating, Dougie finds a new friend in a man wearing a devil mask who he believes is Satan from his favorite video game: Satan's Little Helper.
Dougie thinks he's having a blast, pranking people and wreaking havoc in his small New England town with his new friend. But little does Dougie know that the masked man is actually an escaped serial killer, and that being "Satan's Little Helper" will be more than just a game tonight.
2. Scare Me (2020)
An amateur writer recovering from a bad breakup and mental breakdown escapes to the mountains to work on his book, and he meets his neighbor- a best selling author who also fled the city to write in solitude.
After a storm knocks out the power to the area, the two decide to meetup for pizza, beers, and of course, scary stories. But with two writers butting heads, each trying to tell the scarier story, the terror seeps from their tales and into the cabin.
The movie plays on a ton of horror tropes through a framework that, while tense at moments, rarely overwhelms the viewer. It also has a wild ending that I doubt many viewers will see coming!
3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
Tucker and Dale are best friends on a vacation to fish in a serene mountain lake, and fix their newly purchased mountain hideaway.
But after a series of tragic misunderstandings, a group of big-city college kids on a camping trip lay siege to Tucker and Dale's tiny mountain shack, thinking that the men are backwoods homicidal maniacs who kidnapped their friend. In reality, however, they saved the young woman from drowning and were diligently looking for her friends to help her.
Despite satirizing dozens of horror tropes, this movie stays fresh by developing unique characters who are both hilarious and full of heart. You'll have so much fun cheering them on as they defend themselves against the murderous college kids as long as you can tolerate buckets and buckets of blood!
4. Yoga Hosers (2016)
Yoga Hosers is the often forgotten follow-up to a much better known dark comedy by director Kevin Smith: Tusk.
But Yoga Hosers is a similarly goofy story about two convenient store attendees who have to save their town from an army of human/bratwurst hybrids with fascistic tendencies who seem to be ascending from an underworld beneath the store.
You read that right. Yoga Hosers is an all-out slaughter fest of tiny sausages, hellbent on world domination, at the hands of two ambivalent teenagers who find just enough time to look up from their phones to save the day and uncover the mystery behind the sausage people.
5. Willy's Wonderland
Nicolas Cage plays a rough and tumble loner, just passing through town, who takes a job at an abandoned family entertainment center to pay for work on his car.
He has one night to clean up the place and get it ready for reopening. The only thing standing in his way is a pack of animatronic characters, possessed by the spirits of deranged serial killers.
You'll have a ton of fun watching Nicolas Cage's character smash and bash his way through increasingly deadly enemies, all the while holding up his end of the bargain, and continuing to spruce up the place by the time the owner comes back.