Cinematic Soulmates: Ghostbusters and The Frighteners

"There is a long tradition of films that mix horror and comedy, going at least all the way back to the Harold Lloyd film Haunted Spooks (1920). Sometimes it works (An American Werewolf in London, Shaun of the Dead), but quite often it doesn’t (Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Evil Toons). The reason so many films that attempt to mix the two genres fail is due to the fact that there is a very delicate balance that must be struck between them, otherwise one will simply overshadow the other. If the film is too focused on the comedy, it won’t be scary. If it’s too scary, the audience may not find themselves laughing as much as they would have otherwise. Very few films manage to successfully strike this balance, but the ones that do often pay great dividends for both horror fanatics and fans of comedy. The films I’ll be looking at today manage to hit that sweet spot that exists right in the middle of both genres, and are funny and frightening in equal measure."

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Defectiv3_Detectiv32580d ago (Edited 2580d ago )

I revisisted 'The Frighteners' recently, the first time since I saw it in theaters as a child, and if I must say it hasn't aged well. I'm not sure if I would lump it with a classic like Ghostbusters. A lot of the humor was so juvenile - like when one of the ghosts humps the corpse of a mummy...funny when I was 13, not so much now. I will give the film cool points though for casting Jeffery Combs and Jake Busey, and their were some legit chills to be had. In that department it did rival GB.