For this week’s Thursday Movie Picks, run by Wandering through the Shelves, we’ve been asked to list three to five films that are in the comedy-horror subgenre for the next part of a special Halloween series of posts. As usual I have based my selection from films I’ve watched.
Shaun of the Dead (2004, Dir. Edgar Wright)
I’m a big fan of Messrs Pegg, Frost and Wright, and there’s a lot to like in the first instalment of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. It’s packed full of British humour and has an excellent supporting cast including Brit favourites Bill Nighy, Dylan Moran and Lucy Davis.
Sightseers (2012, Dir. Ben Wheatley)
Sightseers is a black comedy gem that, like Shaun of the Dead, is quintessentially British. Principally written by its leads, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, it follows a couple as they take their dream caravan holiday across the UK. It’s well worth a watch, especially if you can relate to the humour and misadventures that come with caravanning.
Death Becomes Her (1992, Dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Rounding out my selection is this classic from Robert Zemeckis. I adore 1980s/90s Goldie Hawn and she is in fine form here. Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis round out the trio and while the special effects are a bit hit and miss now, it is still a fun film with some brilliant melodramatic performances.