The zombie comedy,[1] often called zom com or zomedy,[2][3] is a film genre that aims to blend zombie horror motifs with slapstick comedy as well as morbid humor.


The earliest roots of the genre can be found in Jean Yarbrough's King of the Zombies (1941) and Gordon Douglas's Zombies on Broadway (1945), though both of these films dealt with Haitian-style zombies. While not comedies, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) featured several comedic scenes and satirical commentary on society. An American Werewolf in London (1981)[4] and the Return of the Living Dead series (1985)[5] (especially the first two and the last of the series) can be considered some of the earliest examples of zombie-comedy using the modern zombie. Other early examples include Mr. Vampire, CHUD II: Bud the CHUD (1989), Braindead (1992), and Bio Zombie (1998).

A popular modern zombie comedy is Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (2004),[6] a self-dubbed romantic zombie comedy, or RomZomCom,[7] with many in-jokes and references to George A. Romero's earlier Dead films, especially Dawn of the Dead. Other popular zombie comedies include Gregg Bishop's Dance of the Dead (2008) and the 2009 film Zombieland.

Andrew Currie's Fido,[8] Matthew Leutwyler's Dead & Breakfast, and Peter Jackson's Braindead are also examples of zombie comedies.[9] Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II, although a more direct horror film, contains some lighthearted and dark comedy elements, and its sequel, Army of Darkness, is even more comedic. The Evil Dead series does not, however, feature any traditional-style zombies.


Films that can be considered zombie comedies include:

See also


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  6. ^ Edelstein, David (September 23, 2004). "The Importance of Being Undead: A Zombie Comedy of Manners" Archived July 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Slate Magazine. Retrieved April 9, 2007.
  7. ^ Smith, Kerry L. (2004-09-22). "Shaun Of The Dead: The World's First Rom-Zom-Com (Romantic Zombie Comedy)?". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  8. ^ Capt. Xerox (March 16, 2007). "Critics Love the New Zombie Comedy Fido". The Website @ The End Of The Universe. Retrieved April 9, 2007.
  9. ^ Frazer, Bryant. Braindead (review). Deep Focus. Retrieved April 9, 2007.
  10. ^ a b c d Sullivan, Kevin P. (14 June 2019). "8 Great Zombie Comedies (That Aren't The Dead Don't Die)". Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  11. ^ Kenny, Glenn (19 June 2015). "Burying the Ex". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  12. ^ Lemire, Christy (15 August 2014). "Life After Beth Movie Review & Film Summary (2014)". Retrieved 5 September 2014.