We live in dark times today, but that doesn't mean we cannot have a good laugh at all the sensitive and taboo subjects that curve our spine, give a shocking, yet giggling sensation, and keep our country from winning the war. Here are some funny dark movies to check out.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Kicking things off is one of the oldest and popular political satires in Hollywood which caused quite a scare during the Cold War. It's like if Jack The Ripper, The Joker, and that one Russian Sushi guy debated on who's gonna make the call to push the shiny red button. It's cleaver back in its days, carries a bit of a Monty Python-esque humor, and if you want to, try to watch this and the GOP debate (Although in different rooms and not the highly famous War Room) for some extra laughs.
Harold and Maude
It's weird how death can be funny in a thousand different ways and then comes the tragedy and then what happens next? Harold shares that experience with an elderly woman named Maude and grow an oddly ironic relationship with each other. This may seem a bothersome to people for it's main boundaries, but is charming and forgiving if you make all the way to the end without doing any of the creative stuff Harold does.
Just when your night goes accordingly and all the sudden you're out of money, things can get awkwardly emotional. The Manic energy in After Hours is startling with a screwball landscape of sounds and music, making this movie look like Benny Hill on crack. Oh, and there's Cheech and Chong.
The flavor is horror while the aftertaste is quite funny. Ravenous has it's labels, but call it what you want, it's still worth watching while eating your TV dinner. It's the texture of the director's filmmaking that is interesting to see even when you cannot stand the missing cues of the story.
The first rule of this movie is you don't talk about this movie. You just have to see it, even if you've been sleeping under the corrupt blanket for years. It's not what you think about in daily life: Angry men, some with bitch-tits, and nonstop mischief, not to mention the hilarious cameo references to actors and advertisement, is what you keep from the rest of the world.
This is the evil twin of Miracle at 34th Street. It plows through all the Christmas bullshit every year and gives it just enough cheer to brighten up. And by brighten up I mean alcohol, sex, conning, and a pain in the ass kid who believes Billy Bob is the real white bearded fable.
It may not compare to the tone of the book with the same name, but Choke still has a variety of orgasmic extremities and remedies. The movie has plenty of fake deaths and real confessions about love and sticking around for the good times.
John Dies at the End
Again, if you've read the book, there isn't a whole lot going on, but still offers the genre-bending aspects. It's consistent, zany antics of horror and comedy make it an unexpectedly fun movie. If you want to know what an out-of-body experience is like while on a drug made from another dimension, it's this one. But don't say I didn't warn you about it.
If you're planning on taking a vacation, don't go to Bruges. Just fucking watch In Bruges and you'll see how two killers think about the whole damn town. In Bruges provides the crime thriller elements with some added cultural references and deep dialogue that may or may not be obscene.
This is the tale of seven psychopaths written by a struggling screenwriter who is also a psychopath. Just by the sharp, witty dialogue and gleeful violence, there's a lot of great conflicts and obsessions to be found. It's like if Aaron Sorkin and Quentin Tarantino shared the same story, this movie would be it.
What are some of your favorite dark comedy movies?