Die Laughing!: The Dark Side Guide To Comedy Horror Movies

Comedy and horror are both movie genres that seek to elicit an audible response from the viewer, and that's why they go together so well. The best horror comedies have you laughing out loud one moment and screaming the next. Like An American Werewolf In London, for example, or 2023's Cocaine Bear, both of which are discussed in this new Dark Side book: a definitive guide covering the full range of comedy horror feature films from both the US and UK.

Whatever your tastes in either genre, you'll be laughing here: from the sophisticated black comedy of James Whale's The Old Dark House to the gory excesses of Troma films and Peter Jackson's Bad Taste And Braindead. From Abbott and Costello's meetings with various classic Universal monsters to Bob Hope wisecracking about zombies in The Ghost Breakers.

All of these and much, much more are covered here in forensic detail, with fascinating background facts to make you cackle and howl. As well as the likes of Young Frankenstein and Carry On Screaming!, you'll find comedy vampires and Killer Tomatoes, and be able to check out the way that The Three Stooges influenced Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series. We also look back at those Plan 9 From Outer Space 'golden turkeys' that weren't meant to be funny but still turned out that way.

And alongside fun chapters on such British favourites as The Ghost Train and What A Carve Up, we have an up-to-date look at how the UK horror comedy landscape has changed since Shaun Of The Dead!

Lavishly illustrated in full colour and printed on high quality glossy paper, this is a special limited collector's edition that will delight every fan of this hugely popular sub-genre.

Packed with never-before-published stills and posters, Die Laughing really is a scream, and also an essential purchase for any discerning reader who enjoys being scared to death and having a laugh at the same time!

First published: Thursday 16th November 2023

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