Halloween comedies are pretty hard to come by, but most of them seem to feature zombies. There is even a name for this genre hybrid of comedy and zombie movie: zomedy. Clever, no? Zomedies go way back into the history of Hollywood. Of course, the earliest zombie comedies stuck to the historical record as far as such a subject can stick to facts. Keep in mind that zombies didn't become a name for the walking dead out looking for a brain salad until the 1960s.
King of the Zombies
"King of the Zombies" is a poverty row thriller with much comedy, mostly courtesy of the brilliant Manton Moreland. Moreland is so good, in fact, that he actually rises so far above the level of the rest of this zomedy that his performance deserves to be mentioned in polite conversation on the subject of overlooked Best Supporting Oscar nominees.
Zombies on Broadway
Orson Welles once produced a stage version of "Macbeth" set among the voodoo culture of Haiti. This was back when zombies in fiction were much closer in resemblance to zombies in reality. "Zombies on Broadway" does not tell that tale, but a great movie is waiting for someone to do just that. Interestingly, in this zomedy, the lead characters head to the same island where the best zombie movie ever made, "I Walked with a Zombie" was set. The plot revolves around the attempts of a couple of press agents to cash in on their can't miss idea of utilizing a zombie in a nightclub act.
Jumping ahead several decades brings the zomedy to the new level where they are the walking dead in search of cannibalistic sustenance. "Dead Snow" requires some reading as it is a Norwegian film, although catching it in its dubbed version might actually increase the comedy. What can you say about a movie where the zombies are all dead Nazis? If you haven't seen "Dead Snow" you need to catch it at least once. The comedy turns as dark as the snow turns red with blood.
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
The great thing about low budget movies is that you get the chance to sneak in some social commentary that bigger budget movies might be disallowed due to conflicting interests of those behind the money. A movie titled "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead" may not immediately come to mind a movie attempting to satirize Big Business, but take it that way if you dare. If watching a zomedy that takes the fast food industry to task isn't your idea of great fun, then catch one of the greatest social commentaries ever put on film: the original "Dawn of the Dead."
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