Not comfortable watching with your eyes closed throughout the movie? We got you covered. Here are eight Asian horror comedy movies that you can enjoy watching with your friends or even on your own.
The Phobia movies feaure work from some of Thailand’s most renowned horror movie directors. Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, for instance, collaborated for Shutter and Alone. Paween Purikitpanya directed Body 19 while Songyos Sugmakanan is the man behind The Dorm.
Out of the lot, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon appears the least experienced director but has worked as a producer for Alone and Ladda Land. His work on the first Phobia anthology may be considered the creepiest by telling a story without any use of dialogue.
For the less terrifying segments, look for Banjong Pisanthanakun’s work “In the Middle” in 4bia and “In the End” in Phobia 2. With the story “In the Middle,” the group get into a kayaking accident while camping out in the woods. When one goes missing, the remaining three do whatever it takes to avoid being haunted by their dead friend.
“In the End” features the same group of four trying to make a movie with the main actress from Alone. The lady playing the ghost in the story has to be rushed to the hospital. Panic seeps in when the attending doctor reports that the patient has died while in his care.
In the Asian comedy horror movie Pee Mak, Mak and his group of buddies serve as soldiers during the war. After the war, Mak invites his friends to stay at his house and meet his wife and newborn son. Unbeknownst to him, his wife and son died during childbirth and has been haunting the village ever since. Mak’s friends try to convince him that something is wrong with his family and household but to no avail.
Considered the highest-grossing Thai horror comedy movie, this colossal blockbuster hit is another work by Director Banjong Pisanthanakun. The movie features the same group of guys from the Phobia movies as comic relief. It is highly recommended not just during Halloween but at any time of the year.
Much like the other men in the village, Remington grew up teasing anyone acting effeminate. Until he teases a gay witch who curses him, saying he will grow up gay as well.
During his teenage years, several gay men have ended up dead in the town of Lucban where Remington lives. At the same time, a childhood friend comes back into town.
Remington starts developing feelings for his female friend. Curiously, he develops feelings for his male friend as well. It seems the curse is coming true!
Watch Remington balance his feelings towards both friends, trying to undo the curse while avoiding getting killed by a horde of gay zombies in the Asian horror comedy film Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings. Available on DVD and Amazon Prime.
Vhong Navarro appears to be a popular choice for directors aiming to create a horror comedy in the Philippines. Here are five of them.
Da Possessed is one of several horror comedy flicks featuring the actor. In this movie, Ramon (played by Vhong Navarro), is an awkward manchild looking for a way to pay his family’s debts. He eventually finds work as a landscaper and falls in love with his boss’ daughter.
While doing his work one day, he unwittingly disturbs the graves of three ghosts. The three ghosts take over Ramon’s body, seemingly destroying his chances with the boss’ daughter.
Falling more on the comedic side rather than the horror, this movie is one to watch if you are looking for some slapstick humor. Buy or rent on Amazon Prime or get a copy of the DVD.
Another Vhong Navarro entry is Bulong. In this movie, Vhong plays the role of Conan, a nurse looking for love. In an attempt to get his crush to fall in love with him, he whispers his wishes to the cadavers in the hospital he works in. The wish works but for a price.
You can also watch Vhong on D’Anothers. In this movie, he plays Hesus, a man who inherits a haunted mansion.
This haunted mansion is a door to the world of the dead. Every century, the current living owner of the mansion is given the responsibility of opening the portal. Unfortunately, skittish Hesus is unwilling and would rather sell the home.
Other than the main actor, watch D’Anothers on Amazon Prime if you are a fan of Filipino celebrities such as Toni Gonzaga, John Pratts or Pokwang.
Vhong’s other appearances include a role in the turn of the century horror comedy movie Spirit Warriors. Here, he is part of a group of amateur ghost hunters who do battle with the supernatural.
The least comedic out of the lot is his role as Hank in the anthology Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 . Hank and his pregnant girlfriend are stranded inside a mall after a group of lobster-esque alien beings bomb the city. Watch how they attempt to escape the mayhem that unfolds.
Buppah Rahtree includes a series of movies. The first one starts with the premise of a promising university student, Buppah Rahtree, who gets pregnant because of a wager involving her boyfriend Ake. She dies alone in her apartment due to complications of her abortion. The comedic side stems from the landlord’s attempts of shooing away Buppah’s spirit.
The succeeding movies involve Buppah and Ake still haunting the apartment or Buppah being reincarnated to exact her revenge. Succeeding movies are titled Buppah Rahtree Phase 2: Rahtree Returns, Rahtree Reborn (aka Rahtree Reborn 3.1) and Rahtree Revenge (aka Rahtree Reborn 3.2) .
Spellbound is an Asian horror comedy movie with some romance intertwined inside. In this story, Yoo Ri has the uncanny ability to see ghosts. To protect the ones around her, she chooses to live alone and isolate herself from the rest of society.
Jo Goo, a street magician, offers her a job in which she plays a ghost in one of his magic acts. Over time, Yoo Ri starts to reveal more about her past and life, forcing Jo Goo to make a choice that will affect both their lives.
One of the older entries on this list, the story centers around a simple family that decides to open an inn in a secluded area up in the mountains. Guests start checking in but never check out.
Did they have something to do with their disappearance or misfortune? Watch The Quiet Family on Amazon Prime to find out. You can also buy the DVD to keep a copy of this classic inside your home.
A series of horror comedy movies produced during the 1980s and 1990s, the Mr. Vampire story follows Master Kau, a Taoist priest who accepts assignments from wealthy clients. Master Kau uses talismans and amulets to protect his home and control spiritual beings he comes across.
The “vampires” in these Hong Kong/Chinese vampire movies are based on the concept of jiangshi or hopping corpses. Said to be based on Chinese folklore, the monsters are a cross between vampires and zombies.
The Mr. Vampire series inspired a host of spinoffs and imitations, one of which is the movie New Mr. Vampire. Released in the late 1980s, the story follows an old feud between vampire hunters Mr. Chin and Mr. Wu. Unlike the other movies under the Mr. Vampire series, New Mr. Vampire does not include Ching-Ying Lam or have hopping corpses/vampires.
There you have it, some of the most iconic horror comedy movies from Asia. Give them a go this weekend or even tonight!