Top 10 Movies That Are Hilariously Violent
VOICE OVER: Matthew Wende
Written by Thomas Robinson
Movies whose violent antics are so extreme they become hilarious and will make you laugh out loud. WatchMojo presents the top 10 movies that will have you laughing because they are so violent. But what film will make the top spot on our list? Machete, Crank, or the instant classic, Deadpool? Watch to find out!
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These films are a bloody good time. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies That Are Hilariously Violent.
For this list, we’ll be looking at films that feature over-the-top and gratuitous violence for the purpose of being funny. That means plenty of blood and guts, so viewer discretion is advised.
#10: “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
What makes this crime classic so funny? It’s that perfect Quentin Tarantino combination of snappy dialogue, electric performances, and of course, outrageous violence. Featuring a cavalcade of carnage, from the famous adrenaline shot scene, to Bruce Willis turning into a pawnshop samurai, and of course John Travolta’s infamous lack of trigger discipline, “Pulp Fiction” is filled with moments that should be shocking. Yet, thanks to the actors’ performances, in addition to some funny quotable lines and pitch perfect soundtrack choices, you’re more likely to bust a gut from laughing than from puking. “Pulp Fiction” is a prime example of how to make violence funny, from A to Zed.
#9: “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012)
As rib-tickling as it is spine-tingling, this satire of modern horror movies took audiences by surprise. While it looked like a by the numbers teenage kill-fest, writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard concocted a clever story that pokes fun at the tropes and clichés that have plagued the genre for years. Filled with in-jokes and almost sitcom-like banter, “The Cabin in the Woods” also has its fair share of gruesome kills, especially in the monster-filled final act. But when the film itself is having so much fun with its Easter eggs and characters, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the blood-soaked proceedings.
#8: “Evil Dead II” (1987)
If the Three Stooges ever had to fight for their lives against demons, the result would be Sam Raimi’s classic horror comedy. Starring legendary B-movie actor Bruce Campbell at his peak level of hamminess, “Evil Dead II” is just as comfortable with slapstick gags as it is with reckless chainsaw usage. The film’s mood deftly changes from horrifying to hilarious and back again, and the screams and laughs are complimented nicely by quotable lines and eye-popping special effects. When Campbell’s character Ash is forced to do battle with his own possessed hand, you know you’re in for a good time. We are, Bruce. We are.
#7: “Zombieland” (2009)
When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. And apparently, it’ll be hilarious. Turns out when you cross the post-apocalyptic stylings of a zombie film with the zany antics and family bonding of a road trip movie, “Zombieland” has just as many thrills and chills as an amusement park. With an A-list cast that includes Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson, these characters love finding the most creative ways to re-kill the undead. But when the blood stops flowing, the laughs keep coming, in the form of hilarious character interactions. Throw in a great cameo, and you’ve got something special… It’s important to enjoy the little things.
#6: "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" (2010)
These teens should’ve known better than to judge a book by its cover. After mistaking good-natured, goofy hillbillies Tucker and Dale to be murderous rednecks, a group of college students try to “save” their friend from the harmless hayseeds– “try” being the operative word here. Instead, the students end up offing themselves one by one, usually in the most hilariously gruesome ways possible, all while Tucker and Dale try multiple times to explain themselves. The misunderstanding pile-up alongside the bodies, but the situations are so outrageous, and Tucker and Dale are so endearing, that you’ll be giggling with glee every time another teenager meets their end. A doozy of a day, indeed.
#5: “Hot Fuzz” (2007)
Sometimes gratuitous violence can serve the greater good. This is definitely the case in Edgar Wright’s movies, which include the zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead", and this action movie parody, where excessive gore makes the clever lines and ingenious sight-gags all the more sidesplitting. The shooting, head-exploding, and chin-impaling are brilliantly contrasted with the peacefulness of the English countryside and the overall jovial nature of most of the film’s characters. With jokes set up left and right throughout the entire film, they all payoff in a satisfying, action-packed, and of course, bloody finale, followed by a considerable amount of paperwork. Now that’s entertainment you just can’t say, “Narp,” to.
#4: “Shoot ‘Em Up” (2007)
The title is as accurate as the film’s protagonist. Starring Clive Owen as square-jawed vigilante Mr. Smith, “Shoot ‘Em Up” begins with a woman giving birth in the middle of a shootout, and only gets crazier from there. Whether he’s dispatching thugs with an arsenal of guns or a plain old carrot, nothing will stop Smith from unraveling the strange conspiracy that lies at the heart of the film’s plot. Not even a roll in the hay with a good-hearted prostitute. Thanks to its willingness to push boundaries and revel in its own excess, “Shoot ‘Em Up” has become a cult classic among action aficionados and comedy enthusiasts alike.
#3: “Machete” (2010)
Back to the old grindhouse. Robert Rodriguez is no stranger to gratuitous violence, as seen in his past work, which includes the ultra-cheesy “Planet Terror”. But the writer-director truly outdid himself with “Machete,” his love letter to the exploitation movies of yesteryear. That means tons of cheesy lines, larger than life characters, gratuitous sex, and buckets and buckets of blood and guts. However, what should be horrifying and shocking instead comes across as darkly humorous, thanks to terrific performances by talented actors that are clearly having a ball, and a campy tone that never takes itself seriously. Even the priest kicks serious ass.
#2: “Deadpool” (2016)
Bust out the chimichangas and tear down that 4th wall, because the Merc with a Mouth is here to do what he does best: massacre armies of faceless goons and look fabulous while doing it. The little movie that could, “Deadpool” started off as some leaked test footage and eventually became one of the most successful R-rated movies of all time. And make no mistake, it earns that R-rating with plenty of swearing, shooting, bone-snapping, and sword-chopping to go around. But thanks to star Ryan Reynolds’ cocky charm, and a healthy dose of meta-humor, this superhero origin story laughs in the face of danger, and the audience laughs with him.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“An American Werewolf in London” (1981)
“Hobo with a Shotgun” (2011)
#1: “Crank” (2006)
All aboard the Statham wagon. Despite not being based on any particular video game, “Crank” is one of the best video game movies ever made, mostly due to its simple premise: If Jason Statham’s hitman Chev Chelios doesn’t constantly keep his heart rate up, he’ll die. So in order to stay alive, Chelios does whatever possible to keep the adrenaline pumping, including taking drugs, stealing motorcycles, having very public sex, and killing as many people in as many ways as possible. Despite all the outrageous violence, Chelios always maintains a comically serious face, which makes the death and destruction much funnier than it should be. You gotta respect a movie that makes “Grand Theft Auto” look tame.