Horror and comedy go together like peanut butter and pickles. They seem like polar opposites but man do they work well together.
And in that beautiful pairing, few matchups are quite as wonderful as the zombie comedy (or "zomcom," if you will). Throw a little romance into the mix and you have a wonderfully weird combination of tropes to play off. From Shaun of the Dead to Zombieland, it's a winning formula all around. Maybe there are a few winners you missed over the years.
Here are nine zombie romcoms (aka zomcoms) you shouldn't miss.
The title of this movie should sell you on it without needing to know anything else about it. If that's not enough, then know that it's 100% accurate — it's a movie about zombie beavers. Make no mistake, this is absolutely a B-movie, it's supposed to be goofy and over-the-top and it is, in a perfect way. There's crazy gore and tension and the zombie effects are literally something you have never seen in another movie ever. Because they're beavers.
Dead Alive/Braindead (1992)
The fact more people don't know this movie outside of horror circle is a shame. From director Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson, this low-budget Aussie gorefest includes a rat-monkey, the world's worst Oedipal complex and what is hands down the single most extreme lawnmower massacre ever committed to film. The ending is one of the most unforgettable things you'll ever see in a horror movie, too. Or any movie, for that matter.
Cemetery Man (1994)
This surreal Italian horror is just baffling in so many ways, but all you really need to know is that there's a busload of zombified Boy Scouts and a guy who keeps a woman's zombie head because he fell in love with her. If that doesn't sell you on this, nothing will.
Juan of the Dead (2014)
This exceptional Cuban movie hits the satire hard and doesn't skimp on the gore. The fact that, for much of the movie, the government continues to assure people that the zombies are just political dissidents and the heroes just exploit the end of the world for profit make this a really cool and unique take on the genre.
Dead Heat (1988)
Dead Heat is one of the pioneers of the zom-com genre from way back in 1988. It features not just the acting talents of Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo, but an entire Chinese restaurant full of reanimated food. Few movies dare to show you a zombified side of beef, but this one does.
Ever wish there were more strippers in zombie movies? Well, someone must have thought that because they made Peelers, a movie that takes place almost entirely inside a strip club. And the weird thing is, it actually has some heart and decent special effects that help it rise above some of the other zombie stripper movies out there, of which there are actually several.
When Australians set about making a horror movie, they really give it their all, and Undead is no different. Sure, it could have been a predictable zombie movie, but instead it also throws in an alien curve ball and maybe the odd zombie fish. Also this is the only film you're ever going to watch in which a backwoods man named Marion goes full kung-fu badass on an army of zombies.
Ever wonder what happens after a zombie apocalypse? Like say the apocalypse never fully apocalypses and then humanity is saved, what do you do with all the corpses? Shaun of the Dead teased this at the end of the film, but Fido dives right into a world where zombies do menial labor and maybe become beloved family pets.
Dance of the Dead (2008)
For a lot of kids in high school, the fear of something screwing up prom is both real and terrifying. So a movie that delves into what happens when zombies are what ruins prom seems almost too obvious. Sort of. But it definitely works, and will probably fill you "kids destroying zombies with sharp tools" quota for the week.