Horror-comedy 'Tucker and Dale vs. Evil' director Eli Craig lists his top five funny fright flicks


Like a fat man lying down on a wide wall, the horror-comedy is a notoriously difficult thing to pull off. But that didn’t stop debut director Eli Craig making Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, a humorous twist on the crazed hillbilly genre which opens in theatres this Friday (and is currently available on VOD).

We asked Craig to list his top five movies which combine things-that-go-bump-in-the-night with things-that-make-him-laugh-until-he pukes.

Ghostbusters is the greatest comedy-horror movie of all-time. I was seven or eight when I saw that and it was as frightening as anything I had seen. But it has that heart of gold that I think is hard to find in comedies these days. There’s a lot of satirical comedy, a lot of comedy with a sort of bitter edge to it. But I’m a big fan of that sweet kind of comedy.”

Shaun of the Dead
“They broke new ground, redefined horror-comedy. That was the first movie that took the broadness out of it and played the reality.”

Young Frankenstein
“Gene Wilder has always been brilliant to me and I just love Mel Brooks. I like that it’s such a broad comedy set in the horror context. I don’t see that done much. A lot of the horror-comedies I see are just horrific gore, sort of winking at the camera about how gory this is, but aren’t as great at one-liners. I like there to be real punchy jokes in a movie. And Young Frankenstein really carries itself as a comedy.”

Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead 2 is so creative and Bruce Campbell brought such a light to that movie. That movie definitely winks to the audience but it does so in a way that’s just cool. At college we watched it a ton and a lot of the energy of it, the excitement of it, just rubbed off on me.”

The Frighteners
“I’ve got to throw in The Frighteners because I think Peter Jackson [who directed it] is awesome. I like some of his earlier stuff — Brain Dead, Bad Taste —but the Frighteners had a better balance to me and Michael J. Fox is great. I think it’s Peter Jackson’s forgotten movie.”

You can read more about Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil in the current issue of EW and you can check out the film’s trailer below.

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Comic-Con 2011: Director Eli Craig talks about his horror-comedy ‘Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil’

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  • bgoodmunky

    I really enjoyed Dead & Breakfast.. lmao at the singing narrator and slapstick scenes…

  • PDDB

    I completely agree with his top 5 horror comedy movies. All five of those successfully blend both genres and remain entertaining. I would also add Abbott & Costello vs Frankenstein (which also included Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr’s Wolfman not to mention a “cameo” by Vincent Price as the Invisible Man.)

  • T

    Young Frankenstein tops the list of comedy/horror hybrid of films, I put it on my DVD player every Halloween along with Abbott and Costello meets Frankenstein. Evil Dead 2 & Army of Darkness with Bruce Campbell is also a great pick to watch on the October month.
    Also my guilty pick is “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark”, great funny film.

  • darrin

    love the shout out to “frighteners” so often overlooked

  • deedeedragons

    Love The Frighteners too.

  • Meier

    Okay, I guess I’ll be the one to bring it up: ‘Grindhouse’ and its faux-trailers.

  • ikagirl

    I’ll add “Dead Alive”, “Death Machine”, Frankenweenie” to the list. Speaking of faux trailers..”Hobo With a Shotgun”. Once a faux trailer, simply awesome as a feature length movie.

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