Comedy Movies with High Body Counts
January 8, 2019 12:07 PM   Subscribe

A friend is doing a movie marathon for their birthday, and wants a theme of comedy movies with high body counts, preferably death by murder. Examples inside.

-Hot Fuzz
-Serial Mom

They shouldn't be very serious or sentimental. We're looking for lighter fare. Cabin in the Woods for example is a bit more horror than comedy.

What else should we consider?
posted by Garm to Media & Arts (61 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Pineapple Express is pretty violent throughout and then goes super bloody and dark at the end.
posted by Etrigan at 12:12 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

A Fish Named Wanda - if you count dogs that are collateral damage during attempted murder.

Arsenic and Old Lace
posted by Jane the Brown at 12:12 PM on January 8 [9 favorites]

Shaun of the Dead
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:12 PM on January 8 [15 favorites]

And from many of the same people as PE, This Is the End starts at the end of the world.
posted by Etrigan at 12:12 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

In the ending of Penn & Teller Get Killed, everyone dies. I won't spoil it by explaining exactly how I mean that, but the phrase is perversely literal.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:13 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

Grosse Point Blank. One of my favorite romantic comedies. No, really.
posted by PussKillian at 12:16 PM on January 8 [34 favorites]

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a recent-ish good buddy movie with a really large number of people who die.
posted by jessamyn at 12:23 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

The Last Supper (1995) ticks all the boxes except "lighter fare." It's more of a dark comedy.
posted by Boxenmacher at 12:23 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Eating Raoul
posted by paper chromatographologist at 12:24 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

A Film With Me In It (2008). Not murder, per se, but a body count all the same.
posted by wellifyouinsist at 12:24 PM on January 8

Quite a few people die in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, some of them by murder. Others by rabbits and cows.
posted by bondcliff at 12:26 PM on January 8 [5 favorites]

The Ladykillers
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 12:27 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

And also on the Alec Guinness/Ealing theme, Kind Hearts and Coronets, of course.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 12:29 PM on January 8 [5 favorites]

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, definitely!
posted by gideonfrog at 12:30 PM on January 8 [15 favorites]

If you don't mind dumb movies starring Charlie Sheen, Hot Shots! Part Deux has a literal body count on screen at one point.
posted by FakeFreyja at 12:30 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

Dr. Strangelove
The Death of Stalin

Both are pretty firmly in the black comedy category, are pretty grim at points, and the deaths that occur are mostly at the hands of state actors rather than private murder. Both are great though!
posted by burden at 12:31 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys are maybe more neo-noir mystery than light comedy, but they are very very funny.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:32 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

In Bruges has five on-screen deaths, if that's high enough. Very dark comedy, though, not in the spirit of, say, Clue (first two deaths are a priest and a little boy), so it depends on what you're looking for.
posted by praemunire at 12:32 PM on January 8 [8 favorites]

The "old mysteries" parody Murder by Death is one I liked (more than Clue)

I'm not sure about body count on all the Pink Panther movies, but the one with a non-Pink title, A Shot in the Dark, kills a number of characters behind Clouseau's back.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:33 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Stewart Gordon's Re-Animator(yt) might be an option, for a (sort of?) Lovecraftian change of pace.
posted by howfar at 12:33 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Keanu, about Key and Peele looking for a lost cat, qualifies.
posted by The_Vegetables at 12:36 PM on January 8 [11 favorites]

If you assume that there is at least one cop in each cop car that crashes, the Blues Brothers has a pretty high body (and car) count.
posted by Gray Duck at 12:37 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Following up on In Bruges, also by Martin McDonagh - Seven Psychopaths.
posted by librarianamy at 12:39 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

What We Do In The Shadows would work really well in that lineup, if vampire murders count. Sweeney Todd might be too dark but it's got moments.
posted by tchemgrrl at 12:39 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Very Bad Things is worth considering.
posted by juliplease at 12:39 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

On preview, seconding Very Bad Things.
posted by General Malaise at 12:40 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Drop Dead Gorgeous features quite a few deaths I seem to recall.

Also browsing the Comedy genre index over at Movie Body Counts might turn up a few more, I'd imagine.
posted by Happy Dave at 12:43 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

I doubt they've aged well (and they were flawed on release), but the Austin Powers movies are neither serious nor sentimental, and contain a number of bodies IIRC.
posted by matrixclown at 12:47 PM on January 8

True Lies.
posted by mkb at 12:58 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Kingsman: The Secret Service - look, I wouldn't watch it again, mostly due to the lady at the end who is pretty much the reward for the hero (gross) but it does have a super violent scene where many many people are killed through brutal physical violence, but it's played as a comedy.
posted by freethefeet at 1:01 PM on January 8 [12 favorites]

posted by BoscosMom at 1:09 PM on January 8

An oldie, Kelly's Heroes.
posted by Altomentis at 1:12 PM on January 8

And Tropic Thunder.
posted by Altomentis at 1:15 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

Demolition Man
posted by Altomentis at 1:19 PM on January 8

Well, there’s the end of Life of Brian.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 1:24 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

Shoot Em Up (youtube link to trailer)
posted by itesser at 1:51 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Zombieland? Many Zombies died to bring us this movie. Not as many humans though.
posted by boghead at 2:14 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Radioland Murders!

(One day all of MeFi will have been convinced to see this movie and my work here will be complete.)
posted by Flannery Culp at 2:19 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Club Dread is not Broken Lizard's... best work. But I include it for completeness's sake.
posted by BrashTech at 2:29 PM on January 8

Love and a .45


I tend to define "comedy" rather broadly. ;-)
posted by humboldt32 at 2:30 PM on January 8

I remember laughing a lot during Dead Heat, but I haven't seen it since opening weekend.
posted by kimota at 3:22 PM on January 8

Keeping Up with the Joneses (++Gal Gadot)
posted by artdrectr at 3:40 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Cannibal the Musical (Early Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Very catchy tunes)
posted by ananci at 4:13 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Little Shop of Horrors! Campy fun, with music!
posted by annieb at 5:46 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

posted by nickggully at 6:07 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

Happy Death Day has many murders in it, many of them of the same person.
posted by Tabitha Someday at 6:36 PM on January 8

Dead Alive (US)/Braindead (NZ): SPOILER ALERT: After his grandma is zombified by the bite of the Sumatran Rat Monkey, hilarious blood and gore ensues, culminating in the hero walking into a room of zombies armed with a lawnmower. LOL. 4 star. (Directed by Peter Jackson)
posted by sudogeek at 6:57 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]

Murder by Death!
posted by JimN2TAW at 7:45 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]

Game Night Is unexpectedly violent and very funny, though I can’t remember if the actual body count is higher than 1. That 1 is a doozy, though.
posted by Mothlight at 8:19 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

Seconding Braindead. Extremely funny, and a truly profound amount of carnage.
posted by equalpants at 10:22 PM on January 8

Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy:
* Shaun of the Dead (mentioned above by LobsterMitten)
* Hot Fuzz (mentioned by you)
* The World's End
posted by Secret Sparrow at 11:03 PM on January 8 [4 favorites]

Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe is fun. Also seconding This is the End
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 2:10 AM on January 9

I'd like to second The Death of Stalin.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:11 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]

Jerry and Tom is a series of vignettes about a pair of hitmen. Funny, but nuanced in a Coen brothers kind of way.
Funny, not-nuanced action-comedies: Spy, Black Dynamite, The Last Boy Scout, Gunmen, and Big Trouble in Little China
You might enjoy Operation Endgame. It's about top-tier hitmen locked in an office building trying to kill each other with whatever's in the copy room. It had a unique, award-winning script that attracted an excellent cast, but the film had production difficulties that left it a little flat.
posted by heatvision at 4:30 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]

Student Bodies, death count, strange characters, super cheesy.

I won't say it is good, but it would seem to fit your request.
posted by bonofasitch at 8:59 AM on January 9

The first Kingsman was atrociously body-filled. Ugh, that scene in the church.
posted by SinAesthetic at 11:01 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]

Evil Dead 2? Not sure about the body count total, but it is billed as "splatstick," so it seems in alignment.
posted by SoundInhabitant at 3:49 PM on January 9

If you like Seth MacFarlane and his brand of humor: A Million Ways to Die in the West.

(FYI, I am NOT a fan of SMF's brand of humor (nor of him) but our friend had a bit part as SMF's character's father, so we watched it.)
posted by mon-ma-tron at 5:47 PM on January 9

Galaxy Quest, Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Men in Black, R.I.P.D.
Seconding Shaun of the Dead (best of the trio), Hot Fuzz and At the World's End
Red and Red 2
posted by TrishaU at 2:32 AM on January 11 [1 favorite]

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