->''"I'm a student of both horror and comedy because they're different sides of the same coin: Both are about using emotion to provoke an instinctual, physical response, and if you're lucky, spontaneous evacuation of bodily waste products."''
-->-- '''Ben [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation "Yahtzee"]] Croshaw''', ''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Extra Punctuation]]''

When people think of {{Comedy}}, they rarely associate it with {{Horror}} and vice versa. However, both make great partners in crime together. If they aren't [[CrossesTheLineTwice Crossing The Line Twice]], they're bringing about a SugarApocalypse and [[RunForTheBorder escaping]] to [[RefugeInAudacity Auda City]]. The reason they work so well together is that viewers need "breathers" between nonstop screaming or nonstop laughing, and one can easily segue into the other.

For purposes of this trope, we'll divide Horror and Comedy hybrids into three categories, Horror dominant, Comedy dominant, and balanced.

'''Horror dominant''' works will use comedy as a mood lightener or "breather" from the tension or gore. Characters will crack wise while they're in a safe spot, and have the monster use a BarrierBustingBlow just as they relax. The benefit of this is that just as viewers relax along with the characters, tension is restored along with the scare. Other ways to use comedy in a horror movie is to treat viewers to some funny situational irony the characters can appreciate on an intellectual level while cursing on an "I'm gonna die now" level. The benefit here is that momentum is maintained throughout the scene.

'''Comedy dominant''' works have more leeway here. They may be a straight up comedy or parody set in a typical horror setting or premise, or use BlackComedy along with splatter horror to maximum effect. Comedy dominant works often [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] horror tropes for laughs, other times playing them hilariously straight as an AffectionateParody (with perhaps a LampshadeHanging).

[[LightmareFuel A '''balanced''' work]] is perhaps the most subjective to qualify, because while it has equal amounts of horror and comedy, the viewer may be so sensitive to horror it seems scarier, or so ''de''sensitized to horror it seems funnier.

Of course, these works have one big problem they have to fight: avoiding [[JumpTheShark jumping the shark]] due to MoodWhiplash. Avoiding this requires that the comedy or horror not break the feel of the established setting. Slapstick in the middle of suspenseful horror, or remorselessly and humorlessly killing a character in a comedy would do this. However, [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarking]] and RasputinianDeath respectively would not.

See also {{Narm}} and NightmareRetardant, where something that's supposed to be horrible turns out to be funny, and NightmareFuel, where something that might have been intended to be funny is instead unsettling. Both of them are results of something landing on the wrong side of the scale. See also LightmareFuel, where a perfect balance is actually reached between the two.

!Some works that use Comedy and Horror include:

!!Horror Dominant:

* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' has a fair amount of comedic elements, but tipped to this side because even the director was surprised by how gory it turned out. Also, the humor is almost entirely gone by the conclusion of the movie save some small bits and the SoundtrackDissonance between the final scene and the credits song.
* ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'' has several comedic bits, mostly involving the EccentricExterminator played by John Goodman. The PrimalFear of the spider threat is played very seriously all throughout the movie however.
* ''Film/BubbaHoTep''
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. Despite being a DeconstructiveParody the horror tropes are played very straight in terms of tone; the parody is derived from austere deconstruction without heading into outright comedy. The humorous parts that it does have are mostly derived from the self-reflective aspects of the movie on the horror genre, mostly embodied in the manipulative Controllers.
* ''Film/DeathProof''
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''
* ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' starts off each chapter as a lighthearted SliceOfLife comedy, until someone dies mysteriously. From there, things quickly spiral out of control, usually culminating in the gruesome murder of several major characters.
* ''Literature/{{It}}''. Heavily horror based, but still has some comedic elements thanks to Pennywise.
* ''Film/JennifersBody''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is of the Horror Dominant type. Some lighthearted moments can be found between the MindRape, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, CruelAndUnusualDeath(s) and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', mainly as the series went on.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': In the same vein as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' except it has BreakTheCutie instead of MindRape. Furthermore, most of the comedic moments are in the first two episodes, while the rest are predominately horror-focused.
* ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''
** This is practically the TropeCodifier
* ''Film/TheSignal'' is composed of three vignettes. The middle one is mostly a black comedy (mostly) while also showing us the first signs that [[MindScrew things are even weirder than they seem]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. The [[WorldOfSnark entire character roster are a bunch of snarky bastards]] who can't resist making wise-ass comments all the time, and the humor is largely found in the absurdity of some deaths and the meta-fictional episodes. It still never manages to upstage the genuine horror and drama or eclipse it.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''
* ''Film/{{Teeth}}'': The only real humor is the absurd premise and some potential {{Narm}}. All else considered, it's played about as straight as you can get for a killer vagina movie.
* ''Film/YoureNext''. It's a {{Deconstruction}} of many horror tropes, especially the FinalGirl, that happens to be thick with BlackComedy, yet it plays the horror aspects much more straight.
* ''TheDresdenFiles'' tends heavily towards the horror end of things. Most of the comedy is in the form of Harry wisecracking to save in his sanity in the face of soul-destroying horror and almost certain death. His adversaries range from CompleteMonster to NightmareFuel.

!!Balance Between Comedy and Horror:

* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''
* ''Film/BadTaste''
* ''Film/{{Braindead}}'', also known as ''DeadAlive''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': One reason Creator/JossWhedon wanted to do it as a series was that [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]] had been more comedy-dominant than he hoped.
* ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''. Specifically, ''Planet Terror'' is balanced, while ''Death Proof'' is more serious. The film as a whole (including the trailers) plays the Grindhouse conceit mostly for the camp value while retaining a lot of genuine scares.
* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' is pretty balanced, and it's not unusual to find comedy and horror on the same page. This is partly because the protagonists seem to use humor as a coping mechanism, and partly due to the sheer ridiculousness of the things they encounter, like the [[MixAndMatchCritters wigmonsters]], or the ghost that possesses an entire fridge full of meat to give itself a corporeal body.
* ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' is largely balanced. The film is played surprisingly straight for such a silly premise which the filmmakers wisely didn't take too seriously. The klowns are very often LaughablyEvil, but the movie keeps some genuine scares for even non-coulrophobes.
* ''KolchakTheNightStalker'': Due to the idiosyncratic nature of its protagonist, who walked from the mostly comedic scenes of the newsroom and witness interviews to the mostly horror scenes of investigations and monsters without changing his style one bit.
* ''Film/LakePlacid''
* ''Film/PlanetTerror''
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. Of all the Franchise/ScoobyDoo incarnations, this is the one that takes the horror elements most seriously, with the usual [[ScoobyDooHoax criminals in costumes]] gradually being replaced by an AncientConspiracy built around an EldritchAbomination; while at the same time deconstructing many of the series' well-worn tropes for both laughs and drama.
* ''Film/{{Slither}}''
* ''RedLetterMedia''. Yes, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' reviews.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}''. The first film was more horror dominant, but every installment after that struck the balance.
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead''
* ''Manga/TasogareOtomeXAmnesia'': Bounces back and forth.

!!Comedy Dominant:

* ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' is nearly pure comedy; the only real "horror" aspects it has are those that are ''unavoidable'' when you decide to parody the B-movie horror genre.
* ''Film/BigTitsZombie'', a J-horror flick that slides much more towards the SexComedy genre.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''. WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit playing werewolf movie tropes for kid-friendly laughs. The filmmakers billed it as the first "vegetarian horror movie".
* ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks''
* ''EvilBong'' is advertised as a "horror/comedy", but is predominately comedy. The sequel, ''Evil Bong 2: King Bong'', isn't even a horror movie, but a combination of fantasy/adventure and stoner comedy.
* ''Franchise/EvilDead'', particularly ''Evil Dead 2'' and ''Army of Darkness''. The first film falls off the scale entirely.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''. This is mostly the result of [[LighterAndSofter making the movie lighter in tone]] from the original conceit, which was a straight-up horror with body parts flying everywhere and the Gremlins being even ''more'' psychotically murderous. The second movie went even further and made the comedy dominant to the point of SelfParody.
* ''Film/AHauntedHouse'', a parody of the first ParanormalActivity.
* ''Film/HotFuzz''. It's a comedy, but most of the film is an homage to slasher flicks and there are some bona fide [[{{Squick}} gory]] bits in there. It's something of a three-way hybrid, among a Badass Cop movie, Comedy and Slasher. The slasher elements also segue into TownWithADarkSecret.
* ''LightNovel/KoreWaZombieDesuKa?''. Heavily on the comedy side.
* ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', as well as [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors the musical of the same name]], and [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors its 1986 movie version]]. The 1960 film is more of a broad comedy, whereas the musical and the 1986 movie are [[DarkerAndEdgier morality plays, and somewhat darker]].
* ''Film/MyNameIsBruce''
* ''Film/ScaryMovie'' series. Mostly spoofs horror movies, except for some of the more recent sequels which predominately spoof sci-fi movies.
* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. The ZombieApocalypse is played almost entirely for laughs. The only real horror comes from when the zombies make their true presence known.
* ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth''. Predictably, since it's an outright horror spoof.
* ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'': Like {{Film/Shaun Of The Dead}}, the Biblical Apocalypse is strictly played for laughs, with small moments of horror sprinkled in throughout. Yet even these scenes have a punchline to them, including one part where a man getting ''decapitated'' leads to an impromptu game of soccer.
* ''[[TreehouseOfHorror The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror]]'' are [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] BlackComedy episodes with 3 segments each, usually parodying horror films. However, some segments can be [[NightmareFuel genuinely scary.]]
* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil''. It's a straight DeconstructiveParody that flips the HillbillyHorrors genre on its head by making the hilbillies the heroes. Even the most gory deaths are BloodyHilarious and not really played for horror.
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' has all sorts of unsavoury characters, from demons, witches, and criminals (ranging from: Yakuza, present and past; assasins; and serial killers), and quite a lot of weird natural occurrences on the island to boot, but things are consistently light and funny. [[NightmareFuel Most of]] [[TearJerker the time.]]
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.



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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
* ''[[BehindTheMask Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon]]''
* ''BioZombie''
* ''[[Film/BlackSheepTheMovie Black Sheep]]''
* ''BoyEatsGirl''
* Any commercial featuring Advertising/TheBurgerKing
* ''Film/ChildsPlay''
* ''Film/ClubDread''
* ''DanceOfTheDead''
* ''DeadAndDeader''
* ''Film/TheDeadNextDoor''
* ''DeadSet''
* ''Film/DeadSnow''
* Some ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', notably ''The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents'' and ''Hogfather''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' in spades.
* ''Manga/DororonEnmaKun''
* ''Film/DrGiggles''
* ''Film/{{Excision}}''
* ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers''
* ''Film/{{Fido}}''
* ''FrankieAndStein''
* ''Film/FreshMeat''
* ''Film/{{Frostbite}}''
* ''HannaIsNotABoysName''
* ''Film/{{Hatchet}}''
* ''{{Homestuck}}'', comedy dominant.
* ''{{Horndog}}''
* ''{{Jam}}''
* ''TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService''
* ''Film/TheLastCircus''
* ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen''
* ''LevelE''
* ''TheLieutenantOfInishmore''
* ''ManiacMansion''
* ''Film/MonsterMan''
* ''NightOfTheLivingBread''
* ''[[BrothaLynchHung Now Eat]]''
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' combines both elements of SurrealHorror with elements of BlackComedy.
* ''PoultrygeistNightOfTheChickenDead''
* ''{{Psychoville}}''
* ''Film/RareExportsAChristmasTale''
* ''Film/{{Ravenous}}''
* ''Film/ReAnimator''
* ''Film/{{Severance}}''
* ''WebVideo/SexHouse''
* ''SlaIndustries''
* ''SluggyFreelance''
* ''ShadowHearts''
* ''SoulEater'': It starts out fairly light and FanService filled, but gets darker and darker as the story goes on.
* ''TalesFromTheCrypt'': Mostly the TV series and it's [[Film/DemonKnight two]] [[Film/BordelloOfBlood theatrical]] movies, but the stories from ECComics upon which they are based counts too.
* ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2''
* ''Film/TheatreOfBlood''
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger''
* ''Film/{{Transylmania}}''
* ''Film/{{Undead}}''
* ''WastingAway'', a zombie film from the zombies' point of view.
* ''Manga/YondemasuyAzazelSan''
* Most works by GarthEnnis
* Most works by NeilGaiman too.
* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale