The zombie comedy, frequently referred to as zom com or zomedy, is a film genre which intends to blend zombie terror topics with slapstick comedy in addition to dark comedy.
The oldest roots of this genre are seen at Jean Yarbrough’s King of the Zombies (1941) and Gordon Douglas’s Zombies on Broadway (1945), although both these films dealt with Haitian-style zombies. While maybe not comedies, George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) featured several comedic scenes. An American Werewolf in London (1981) along with also the Return of the Living Dead show (1985) (particularly the first two and the final of this series) could be regarded as some of the first examples of zombie-comedy working with the contemporary zombie. Other early examples include Mr. Vampire, CHUD II: Bud the CHUD (1989), Braindead (1992), and Bio Zombie (1998).
Modern zombie comedies comprise Zombieland, Gregg Bishop’s Dance of the Dead, and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (a self-dubbed Romantic Zombie Comedy, or RomZomCom). This movie made lots of in-jokes and references to George A. Romero’s previous Dead films, notably Dawn of the Dead.
Andrew Currie’s Fido, Matthew Leutwyler’s Dead & Breakfast, and Peter Jackson’s Braindead are even illustrations of zombie comedies. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II, even though a terror film, comprises some lighthearted and dark comedy components, and its sequel is more comedic. The Evil Dead series doesn’t, however, contain any zombies.
Other films Which Can Be considered zombie comedies contain:
Bio Zombie (1998)
Buck Wild (2013)
Burying the Ex (2014)
Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)
Dance of the Dead (2008)
Dead Snow (2009)
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014), Icelandic-Norwegian
First Platoon (2013)
Go Goa Gone, Bollywood (Hindi) movie
Idle Hands (1999), starring Devon Sawa and Seth Green
Juan De Los Muertos (2010), Spanish-Cuban film released in the UK and US as Juan of the Dead
Life After Beth (2014)
My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2005)
Redneck Zombies (1986)
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
Tokyo Zombie (2005)
Trip Ubusan: The Lolas vs. Zombies (2017)
Warm Bodies (2013)
Zombie eXs (2013)
Zombie Strippers (2008)
Zombieland (2009), starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin
One Cut of the Dead (2017), a low-budget Japanese film