The most violent comedies in film history revolve around a key juxtaposition: movies that are ostensibly silly, frivolous, and/or lighthearted... but just happen to be punctuated with a ton of legitimate violence, bloodshed, and gore. Violent comedy movies' over-the-top carnage often plays into their comedic context without seeming overly dark. While they could be classified as black comedies, some of these present violence in such a matter-of-fact manner that it's downright shocking; some moments and scenes have you laughing one minute and holding back a shocked gasp the next. Think Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool, talking about his "brown pants" before counting bullets and inevitable dismemberment.
Leaving aside comedies in the horror realm (where bloodshed is always to be expected), the following films took many of us by surprise with their hilarious disregard for human life. Vote up the comedies that are a truly bloody good time.
- 1156 VOTESPhoto: Rogue Pictures
When top London cop Nicholas Angel is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford, nothing is as it seems. The peacefulness of the English countryside and the cheery nature of its inhabitants mask a pending bloodbath.
Angel and his inquisitive partner Danny Butterman clash with the powers that be in a very Stepford Sanford; heads explode, forks are weaponized, bullets fly, and someone is impaled on a church spire (somehow managing to have a conversation afterward). The film's most graphic scenes play for laughs, making Hot Fuzz a perfect example of excessive gore elevating comedy.
- Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton
- Released: 2007
- Directed by: Edgar Wright
- 2149 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
After being tortured, cured of cancer (sort of), and granted regenerative abilities, Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool, sets out to find the man responsible for his current disfigured state. Deadpool is framed by its antihero's wisecracks and meta-humor. Nothing is off-limits - a philosophy that's fully utilized in the film's action sequences, during which the Merc with a Mouth offs a boatload of people with his collection of guns and swords.
The violence is over the top in a comedic way - for instance, when Wilson gets stabbed in the head with a knife (cueing Chicago's "You're the Inspiration"), or breaks his bones punching Colossus, or (slowly) runs over a bleeding man with a Zamboni, or turns a minion into a kabob.
- Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano
- Released: 2016
- Directed by: Tim Miller
- 376 VOTESPhoto: Sony Pictures Releasing
In London's underground world of gangsters, crooks, boxers, and boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) has to settle a debt with the shamelessly villainous Brick Top or risk being fed to the latter's pigs.
In addition to the plot involving Turkish and bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (who serves up more than a few beatings/climatic executions), multiple crooks converge on a stolen diamond. People perish, or otherwise get seriously maimed - including a Russian who notoriously refuses to kick the bucket, prompting Bullet Tooth Tony to shoot him numerous times out of frustration. Like many of Guy Ritchie’s films, Snatch’s violence is almost always witty and well thought-out.
- Actors: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Rade Serbedzija
- Released: 2000
- Directed by: Guy Ritchie
- 447 VOTESPhoto: Focus Features
Not much happens in Belgium's picturesque medieval city... that is, until hitmen Ray and Ken arrive after a job gone awry. The grizzled veteran Ken (Brenden Gleeson) loves the place, and thinks Ray will, too. (Ray doesn't.) The bulk of In Bruges isn’t too merciless (aside from a few fists thrown and a man getting blinded by a blank round) until the pair's boss (played by an amusingly profane Ralph Fiennes) comes to finish a job Ken cannot bring himself to pull off.
The last 30 minutes of the film contains shootouts, murder, and Ken's sacrificial (and grotesque) jump to save his friend. In Bruges' laughs are situational, a byproduct of the movie's fantastic writing and acting, and the same can be said about its bloodshed.
- Actors: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds, Clémence Poésy
- Released: 2008
- Directed by: Martin McDonagh