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These are the funniest horror movies and TV shows

Leslie Gornstein
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Scream Queens

In 2015, Ryan Murphy -- creator of American Horror Story -- introduced a new horror comedy series to his canon of camp. The scarily funny show's cast includes Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Jamie Lee Curtis and more.

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The Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon's 2012 spoof sends up every tired genre, from slasher flicks to torture porn to hillbilly horror. There are so many creatively realized monsters that if you blink, you'll miss them.

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Cabin Fever

Rider Strong stars with Jordan Ladd in this ridiculous thriller that will make your skin crawl.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James Marsters (left), Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan anchored this unforgettable cast of supernatural creatures and the adorable hunters who love them. The turn-of-the-century TV juggernaut didn't take the whole vampire myth too seriously, but instead injected humor into every, well, bite.

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Evil Dead 2

Widely considered to be better (and funnier) than the original, this movie includes a now-iconic slapstick scene that pits horror veteran Bruce Campbell against his own severed hand.

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Goosebumps

The nightmare-inducing books you read as a kid come to life in this silly film.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson star in one of the funniest movies of the 1980s. The story about ghostly possession (and ancient, murderous goddesses) still resonates, and most of the jokes still land.

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Ghostbusters (2016)

The original Ghostbusters left big shoes to fill, but Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon were up for the gut-busting... err, ghost-busting challenge.

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Scary Movie

This over-the-top horror movie is the first of five, with Scary Movie 2 hailed as the favorite.

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Young Frankenstein

Gene Wilder, Teri Garr and Marty Feldman kill the resurrection game in Mel Brooks' 1974 sendup. As any fan will tell you, it's pronounced "FRAHNK-en-steen."

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Zombieland

Time to nut up or shut up! What The Walking Dead does for drama, Zombieland does for comedy. Bill Murray pokes fun at himself, Woody Harrelson hunts for Twinkies, and everybody has to outrun the undead.

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Gremlins

The love for these scary-when-wet monsters was so great it warranted Gremlins 2.

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Re-Animator

Can the terrifying world of H.P. Lovecraft be funny? Apparently yes, as fans of this darkly gruesome movie will attest. Necromancy has never been this fun.

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The Fearless Vampire Killers

As its promotional poster declared: "Who says vampires aren't a laughing matter?" The alternative name for this 1967 spoof: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck.

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The Addams Family

John Astin played Gomez on The Addams Family, a 1960s TV series that delighted in contrasting the cluelessly creepy Addams clan with the boring, judgmental folks who surrounded them.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Some people prefer the original Roger Corman version from 1960; others like the 1982 musical adaptation co-starring Rick Moranis and a sadistic Steve Martin. Either way, talking plants are always funny, no matter what -- or who -- they like to eat.

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Shaun of the Dead

Are boring workaday people all that different dead than alive? That's the spot-on thesis behind this 2004 British zombie jape.

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Trollhunter

Freeze-dried Nordic humor fuels this Norwegian mockumentary about a man who -- yep -- baits and kills three-headed giants in the wilderness.

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The Munsters

Fred Gwynne and Yvonne DeCarlo brought campy laughs to this TV show, playing a group of classic Hollywood monster types who try to live like a typical 1960s nuclear family.

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

What would happen if the whole world mistook you for a murderous hillbilly? Well, hilarity, if this movie is any indication. Two regular dudes find themselves on the receiving end of a teen onslaught when they retreat to a vacation shack in the woods.

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What We Do In the Shadows

Vampire roomies in a New Zealand flat fighting over who does the dishes. That's the idea, and it works. Flight of the Conchords alums Jemaine Clement and Rhys Darby co-star.

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Slither

Before he brought his sense of humor to Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn helmed this sci-fi gross-out flick co-starring Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks. Bonus: Walking Dead alum Michael Rooker as a ravenous monster.