Jun 06, 2023

10 Comedy Movies With a Surprising Amount of Gore

These comedy movies are great for a laugh, but not necessarily for the squeamish.

Comedy films have a lot of leeway when it comes to genre blending. There are straightforward comedy films like The Hangover, there are comedy films that comment on society like Mr. Mom, there are comedies that embrace sci-fi tropes like Paul or Weird Science, and there are comedies that don't mind scaring their audience in between laughs.

On one hand, there are movies with comedic elements that lean more toward horror, e.g. M3GAN or Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Then there are movies that skew comedy but have horror elements, and both types were fair game for inclusion. And, of course, one of the most important elements of many horror films is gore. The following movies may not be Peter Jackson's horror-comedy Dead Alive, but they still do fairly well for themselves in the gore department.

The Wayans Brothers' Scary Movie managed to do something its own immediate sequel could not (besides be legitimately funny): Be surprising. The twist on Scream's Dewey (or Doofy) is so out of left field it manages to be a shock, but so too is the bone that at one point bursts out of '90s icon Shannon Elizabeth's leg.

Not to mention, Elizabeth's Buffy doesn't even seem to notice the protrusion, instead choosing to mock the pseudo-Ghostface. Speaking of which, this is a path she continues to walk even after her head has been removed from her frame. The Scary Movie franchise may have gone increasingly off the rails, but there's a lot of charm to the silly original.

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Team America: World Police is more known for its hysterical sex scene than anything else, but the movie as a whole is still just about as funny as it was when it hit the big screen back in '06. With sharp political commentary and vulgarity to spare, it's one of the early aughts' most raunchy comedies.

It's also pretty bloody when it wants to be. Whether it's a terrorist getting shot in the face by a machine gun-adorned jeep or a pack of extra vicious cougars ripping apart celebrities, Team America knows how to go to extremes. Like by having Swedish diplomat Hans Blix get torn to shreds by a shark.

James Gunn is now one of Hollywood's biggest directors. But, he started out as an incredibly niche filmmaker, with entries such as Slither and Super standing as movies that maybe 10% of Guardians of the Galaxy fans could finish without vomiting. But, like the Guardians, his R-rated films are about as likable as it gets.

And, like his work in both the MCU and the DCU, Gunn's directorial skills are on full display in Slither. The auteur's love for body horror is present in every frame, but so too is his dark sense of humor. For such an early entry in Gunn's filmography, there's a wild proficiency to Slither's genre-balancing. The same could be said of Super, a bloody film in its own right given what happens to Elliot Page's character.

The middle chapter of Edgar Wright's so-called "Cornetto Trilogy," Hot Fuzz somehow manages to be more bloody than the zombie film that preceded it. For instance, there are beheadings, stabbings, grizzly grocery store fights, and a few more stabbings.

And, for Hot Fuzz, that's exactly what needs to be there. A film about a seemingly-sweet town that's actually run by what amounts to a cabal of uptight serial killers, there needs to be some bloodletting. Hot Fuzz checks a lot of boxes and checks them well, including the gore, most disturbingly seen when Timothy Dalton's Simon Skinner falls face-first onto a replica of the town. Unfortunately, his jaw his the church's steeple, and he now has a particularly invasive piercing.

One of Seth Rogen's best movies is also his goriest. That said, Christoph Waltz getting his eyes gouged out via chair legs in The Green Hornet is more unsettlingly memorable than This Is the End's apocalyptic level of bloodletting. Sure, the most memorable death of the movie (Michael Cera's) isn't bloody, but it is grizzly, as he's impaled by a light pole before getting dragged down to the bowels of Hell, complaining about his cell phone's location all the way down.

But he's not the only one, as plenty of other celebrities and partygoers make their descent as well. On the non-famous partygoer side, for instance, Paul Rudd accidentally steps on a woman's head until her eye pops out. Then there is cannibalism, demon sex, bodily fluids of every variety, Satan's disembowelment, and a man desperate to enter James Franco's mansion, at least until he's decapitated.

The Voices was one of many smaller films Ryan Reynolds slid in between his big-budget ventures throughout the later aughts and 2010s. And, while not for everyone, Persepolis writer and co-director Marjane Satrapi's film is well-written and comes equipped with a suitably unsettling tone.

Then there's the gore, all of it courtesy of Reynolds' Jerry Hickfang. A man suffering from schizophrenia, Hickfang is constantly spoken to by his closed-off cat (Mr. Whiskers) and his ultra-friendly dog (Bosco). The former is a pretty terrible influence and often leads his master to some pretty dark places. For instance, after slitting a deer's throat in front of her, Hickfang stabs and then decapitates Gemma Arterton's Fiona. Then, like his pets, Fiona's head starts talking to him. But there's also Anna Kendrick's sweet Lisa, who discovers the head and swiftly meets her own end via a broken neck. Then, Hickfang repeats what he did to Fiona, adding another voice to the unwanted collection.

Todd Strauss-Schulson's The Final Girls manages to be both one of the 2010s' best slashers and a pretty solid comedy. The plot finds a group of "teens" magically placed within a fictional 1980s slasher film. There, they run into a group of similarly-mid-20s "teens." But, the latter group doesn't seem to know they're in a fictional world, the same way they seem utterly ignorant of the machete-wielding monster of a man lurking in the woods outside their cabin. Naturally, both groups find themselves targets, and that's where the impressive bloodletting begins. That said, the best aspect of the film is the mother-daughter dynamic between Malin Akerman and Taissa Farmiga's characters, Amanda and Max Cartwright. The former is one of the fictional film's cast members, who unfortunately passed away in the real world.

The inventive meta-slasher also has a pretty impressive body count. Thomas Middleditch's Duncan gets smacked by Billy Murphy's (essentially an off-brand Jason Voorhees) machete, Adam Devine's Kurt is mutilated in a car crash, while Angela Trimbur's Tina falls face-first into a bear trap. The latter kill isn't the bloodiest thing in the world, but its immediacy sure is disturbing.

While not nearly as memorable or quotable as the first Deadpool, Deadpool 2 has its merits, they're just trapped in an overstuffed narrative that has a tendency to go just a hair more mean-spirited than its predecessor. For the most part, the change in tone is fine, but there's little doubt the sequel works less than the original as a comedy.

Unless it's viewed strictly as a dark comedy. For fans of that subgenre, the scene where the majority of the (perfectly cast) X-Force dives from a plane heroically only to get bisected by helicopter blades, converted into a puddle, electrocuted on a power line, burned alive, and fed into a wood chipper is a masterstroke. Toss in the perpetual violence dished out by Josh Brolin's Cable, and it almost makes sense Deadpool 2 was re-edited into a PG-13 pseudo-Christmas film.

Renfield may have tanked at the box office, but at least it put Nicolas Cage back in the studio system. The actor can survive the movie's failure, he's survived bigger bombs, and there's even a more than good chance the film ends up being a major cult item.

It's a movie that balances horror and comedy with a bit more emphasis on the latter than the former, but Cage can still make his Count Dracula quite fearsome. He plays the character as unhinged, but it's calculated. Dracula knows he has power over people regardless of whether he's doing tricks. This includes young Renfield who, oddly enough, is responsible for the vast majority of the film's bloodletting. Namely, there's a scene at an apartment complex that's about as gory as anything ever seen in a mainstream American comedy film.

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Elizabeth Banks was brilliant to pick the relatively low-budget studio film Cocaine Bear as her follow-up to the financial debacle that was Charlie's Angels. For a second there, the movie even caught the pop-cultural zeitgeist, with the titular bear going so far as to help present an award at the Oscars.

And it deserved to capture the zeitgeist, because not only is Cocaine Bear an effective comedy, it's a fairly effective horror film to boot. Toss in one of the late Ray Liotta's best roles and grizzly death scenes for the ultra-lovable Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Margo Martindale, and Cocaine Bear is a winner of a film that knows precisely what it is and is proud as hell.

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