I don’t know about you, but for a comedy, the original film version of ‘Ghostbusters‘ has a LOT of truly frightening, horrifying, even downright chilling bits.  The free-floating full-torso vaporous apparition in the library?  Dana’s abduction by disembodied arms?  Venkman torturing the actual psychic kid out sheer jerkassery?   All really scary.  Even the stop-motion devil “dogs” rank about the scariest funny things I’ve seen, and Mister Stay-Puft becomes quite unnverving when he starts emoting, leading us to today’s Wes Craven query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds much of the imagery in ‘Monsters Inc’ to be blood-curdling, but it’s not as scary as ‘Pink Elephants On Parade’ from ‘Dumbo’, asking: What’s the scariest funny movie, book, show or comic you’ve ever experienced?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    “Tremors” does a great job of balancing sublimely ridiculous moments with a real sense of menace and danger. The scene in the survivalists’ basement is masterful.

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