Originally Posted by Larry Schuler
I'm not a big fan of serious horror or gore so I tend to gravitate toward horror films that use humor and entertaining scares. I thought the first Insidious did well in that regard. Drag Me to Hell, the Conjuring, and Cabin in the Woods were great at offering entertaining, fun horror experiences. I think the scariness of a film loses out when you add humor and fun but I can't recall the last deathly serious horror I liked. Maybe 28 Days Later? Looking back now all the movies I've listed include some sci-fi elements on top of just demonic or ghost scares.
I liked Cabin in the woods a lot, but I took it more as a meta, deconstructionst-type look at formulaic horror films than as something really scary. The others I haven't seen yet. I like humor in a horror film if it's handled well, but it's tough to do. One of my all time favorite movies, Burnt Offerings, is downright campy, but still manages to induce nightmares.
I can't figure it out in my own writing. I tend to have a dry sense of humor, but every time I try it out in one of my stories, it falls flat.
My avatar managed to combine humor and the supernatural, fwiw. See his short story "The Skeleton" for instance (or the TV episode made from it with Eugene Levy.)
Edge trilogy, by me.
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