From Big Budget Studio Films to Small-Time Independents, The Contrasting Of Emotions Is Key To Success
The blend of comedy and horror is not a new concept. It dates back to the early days of cinema, with classics like "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948) and "The Ghost Breakers" (1940). However, it's in recent years that this genre has truly come into its own, with films like "Shaun of the Dead" (2004), "Zombieland" (2009), and "Get Out" (2017) achieving both critical acclaim and box office success.
The appeal of this genre lies in its ability to balance two contrasting emotions. Comedy provides relief from the tension and fear induced by horror, while the horror elements add a thrilling edge to the humor. This delicate balance creates a unique viewing experience that keeps audiences engaged and entertained.
"Comedy and horror are two sides of the same coin," says Jordan Peele, the director of "Get Out" and "Us" (2019). "Both are about eliciting strong emotional responses. The best comedies make you laugh uncontrollably, and the best horrors make you scream. If you can make an audience do both at the same time, you're onto something special."
The success of this genre also lies in its ability to subvert expectations. Audiences are used to certain tropes and conventions in both comedy and horror films. By blending these two genres, filmmakers can surprise viewers, keeping them guessing and heightening the impact of both the comedic and horrific elements.
Moreover, the combination of comedy and horror allows filmmakers to explore deeper themes and social commentary. For instance, "Get Out" uses its horror-comedy blend to tackle racial tensions and prejudice, while "Shaun of the Dead" uses its zombie apocalypse setting to satirize modern life's monotony.
The future of this genre looks promising, with more filmmakers exploring this unique blend. The recent success of smaller budget Independent films like "Wrecker" (2022) suggest that audiences continue to crave this mix of laughter and fear. Bryan Brooks, the writer, director and producer of “Wrecker” was heavily influenced by the beginning works of Sam Raimi with the Evil Dead trilogy. Raimi almost overused the combination of horror and comedy in his early films which are still praised by some as indelible cult classics. “When you see a martial arts film that has nothing but martial arts action, it gets boring half way through. That’s why I believe in testing the audience’s emotions, providing for them an irresistible concoction of sensations of sadness, laughs, thrills, anger and more,” says Bryan Brooks.
The blend of comedy and horror in filmmaking offers a unique and engaging viewing experience. It allows filmmakers to subvert expectations, explore deeper themes, and elicit strong emotional responses from audiences. As more filmmakers experiment with this genre, we can expect to see more innovative and exciting films that make us laugh, scream, and think.
Bryan Brooks’ “Wrecker” (2022) can be viewed by clicking the following links;
Amazon Prime Video
Wrecker (2022) Official Trailer