Posts Tagged "comedy"

Titles of Interest: The Laughing Dead

The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland, edited by Cynthia J. Miller and Bowdoin Van Riper (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) Hybrid films that straddle more than one genre are not unusual. But when seemingly incongruous genres are mashed together, such as horror and comedy, filmmakers often have to tread carefully […]

Call for Papers: Horror (as/is) Humor, Humor (as/is) Horror: sLaughter in Popular Cinema (collection)

CFP: Horror (as/is) Humor, Humor (as/is) Horror: sLaughter in Popular Cinema (collection) Johnson Cheu ( and John Dowell (, eds. Deadline: 15 September 2012 In his review of Tavernier’s Coup de torchon, David Kehr wrote in When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade, Death, violence, and moral corruption aren't just slapstick props … but […]

Young Frankenstein Turns Thirty-five

My poking around the fine blog Frankensteinia reminded me that I was remiss in recognizing the 35th anniversary of the film Young Frankenstein which appeared in theaters in North America on December 15, 1974. I saw this film in the theaters at ten years of age and laughed from scene to scene. Today this film […]

Bob Hope, Zombies, and Politics

The following post brings a little levity to TheoFantastique with a brief clip from a Bob Hope film, The Ghost Breakers (1940),  that combines comedy, pre-Romero voodoo conceptions of zombies, and politics. The clip seems especially relevant in light of our current national debate over health care legislation and the Democratic majority related to this […]

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