In the past month or so, I’ve watched a fair share of goofy horror films that kept me smiling throughout their runtime. I have the most fun with horror movies that lack gravity—the ones that don’t have a pretentious bone in their filmic body. While a heavy, disturbing horror film is a wonderful treat, I’d like my primary diet to consist of light-hearted horror fan fare. Here’s a couple mini-reviews for some recent viewings that satisfy these needs.
Dead Snow (2009)
While some found the on-the-nose horror references to be annoying in this Norwegian Nazi-zombie film, I couldn’t help but fall in love with all of its silliness. Sure there are far too many unnatural plugs for films like The Evil Dead and Friday the 13th, but hey, it’s Nazi zombies! Lighten up! Machine gun mounted to a snowmobile, entrails wrapping around trees, and chainsaw amputation? Sold.
Night of the Comet (1984)
When the guys over at All Things Horror were raving about this gem of a movie (well, mostly raving about Kelli Maroney), I knew I had to bump this up to a higher position on my Netflix queue. You couldn’t ask for a more perfectly 80’s sci-fi/horror/comedy than this! Trained in combat by their military father, two sisters kick ass in the post-apocalyptic fallout of a comet. I knew I loved this movie when Regina looked sooooo serious playing the arcade game, Tempest. And the fact that the original title for this film was intended to be Teenage Mutant Horror Comet Zombies says more than enough.
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)
I guess I have poor taste because a lot of you out in the horror blogosphere hated this movie. I, on the other hand, completely loved this movie. So many gross moments to make you laugh while cringing. So many teen dramas unraveling that you long for 90’s horror. So much bloody projectile vomit that it makes the ipecac scene from Family Guy look tame. Ti West’s style is all over this one, even if the studio tampered with his ending and final cut of the film. I’m still a fan!