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.
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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.Hilariously violent?
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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.Hilariously violent?
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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.Hilariously violent?
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Paranoia aside, smoking weed is typically a relaxing and/or hilarious venture. For the most part, the first half of Pineapple Express perfectly aligns itself with this fact, tracking the exploits of stoner Dale Denton and his dealer Saul. The film's second (and more violent) half is provoked by Dale's witnessing of a murder, dropping a roach filled with a rare strain of weed, and then being pursued by a drug lord and crooked cop who tracks said pot back to Saul.
Amid the explosions, people getting run over by cars, getting stabbed, or getting shot in the stomach (while duct-taped to a chair), Pineapple Express justifies that initial paranoia by becoming a more gratuitous version of Superbad, all in the name of what Red (Danny McBride) would call "Thug Life."Hilariously violent?