Lisa Frankenstein, Abigail, and 7 of our favorite horror movies that are also genuinely funny

Get ready to laugh between scares!
Kathryn Newton stars as Lisa Swallows in LISA FRANKENSTEIN, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Michele K. Short / © 2024 FOCUS FEATURES LLC
4208_D001_00030_R Kathryn Newton stars as Lisa Swallows in LISA FRANKENSTEIN, a Focus Features release. Credit: Michele K. Short / © 2024 FOCUS FEATURES LLC /

We're all familiar with iconic horror comedy movies like Cabin in the Woods, Scream, and Evil Dead, but there are plenty of lesser-known horror movies that you might not have realized are just as hilarious as they are scary!

This year alone has given us a couple between Lisa Frankenstein and Abigail. Here are a few of our favorites and where to watch them!

4208_D023_00173_R Kathryn Newton stars as Lisa Swallows and Cole Sprouse as The Creature in LISA FRANKENSTEIN, a Focus Features release. Credit: Michele K. Short / © 2024 FOCUS FEATURES LLC /

Lisa Frankenstein (2024)

  • Where to watch: Peacock | VOD | DVD/Blu-ray/4K UHD

I feel like I will be beating the "Lisa Frankenstein was misunderstood/underrated" drum for years to come, especially because the movie inexplicably received a "rotten" score on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. It's not that critical scores are the end-all-be-all, especially when it comes to horror movies, but I was genuinely surprised to see so many of them dislike this delightfully dark movie!

Kathryn Newton is a modern scream queen who has been killing it in the horror-comedy niche between this, Abigail, and Freaky. She's one of those actresses who immediately elevates whatever movie she's in. It has been enjoyable to watch her career trajectory over the years. If you haven't seen Lisa Frankenstein, it's on Peacock. Give it a chance. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy it.

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The Babysitter (2017)

  • Where to watch: Netflix

The Babysitter is one of those Netflix Originals that made a big splash when it premiered, but then people forgot about it afterward. It's the movie that first put Samara Weaving on the map as a potential scream queen, a crown she's confidently held ever since. If you have never watched this one, it's a blast. And if you like it, there's a sequel available, too, though it's not as good as the original.

Jennifer's Body (2009)

  • Where to watch: VOD | DVD/Blu-ray

More than a decade since it was released, and it's still unfathomable to me that Jennifer's Body received such poor reviews upon debut. Thankfully, the film has been vindicated by fans and is now a venerated cult classic beloved by many, but it's a shame it took so long for us to get there. Megan Fox plays Queen Bee Jennifer Check, a popular high schooler who gets possessed by a demonic entity with a hunger for boys, forcing her BFF Needy (Amanda Seyfried) to do whatever it takes to stop her best friend's rampage.

(from left) Abigail (Alisha Weir) and Sammy (Kathryn Newton) in Abigail, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett. - Courtesy Overlook Film Fest /

Abigail (2024)

  • Where to watch: Currently only in theaters | Coming to VOD on May 7

Scream actress Melissa Barrera takes center stage in this hilariously gory vampire movie about a group of people roped into a heist that takes a terrifying turn when they realize the ballerina they've just kidnapped is a centuries-old vampire. Kathryn Newton also stars, and she's excellent as always. The entire cast shines, particularly Barrera, Newton, and Dan Stevens. If you've hesitated to see Abigail, I suggest biting the bullet and watching it in theaters if possible, though it will also be released digitally on May 7.

Mark O'Brien and Samara Weaving in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved /

Ready or Not (2019)

  • Where to watch: VOD | DVD/Blu-ray/4K UHD

Speaking of Samara Weaving, she proved herself as a horror powerhouse in this excellent black horror comedy movie. She plays a bride who unknowingly marries into an eccentric family who commemorates weddings with a unique "game." Grace (Weaving) is unlucky enough to get drawn into hide-and-seek, but the way the Le Domas family plays it, the goal is for them to kill the bride. Grace must do whatever it takes to survive the night.

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Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)

  • Where to watch: Netflix | VOD | DVD, Blu-ray

This hilarious slasher follows a friend group of 20-somethings throwing a hurricane party in a remote mansion. While playing a game of Bodies Bodies Bodies, someone ends up dead, resulting in these "friends" viciously turning on one another as they try to find the killer while reckoning with their dark secrets.

The Menu
Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy in the film THE MENU. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved /

The Menu (2022)

  • Where to watch: VOD | DVD/Blu-ray

The Menu is one of those films that's a bit hard to define as it blends a few different genres, but I don't think anyone can argue that it has a vicious and darkly comedic streak. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Craig, and Anya Taylor-Joy, The Menu takes place on a beautiful coastal island home to a world-renowned chef. A couple, played by Taylor-Joy and Hoult, are excited to receive an invitation to the exclusive restaurant on the island, only to discover the chef has several shocking surprises in store for his latest guests.

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