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10 Funniest Sci-Fi Horror B-Movies, Ranked | ScreenRant

The B-movie is a tricky thing to accomplish. By their very natures, these cheesy films aren't particularly good, favoring gleeful fun and unabashed silliness over genuine thrills.

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If this type of film is too silly or nonsensical, it risks losing an impatient audience. If it appears too cheap, then it just comes across as amateurish. A truly great low-budget film is professionally produced and genuinely well-made while still retaining the core goofiness. These movies toe the line perfectly, balancing quality with no-holds-barred hilarity.

10 Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Giant spiders make for great B-movie fodder. A perfect example of a great mutant arachnid schlock film is the 2002 David Arquette film Eight Legged Freaks, which depicts murderous oversized spiders invading a small American town. The movie pays direct homage to the classic B-movies of the 1950s and never takes itself too seriously.

The film always has a firm tongue in its cheek. The storyline doesn't lend itself to serious drama, and the spiders even make goofy, cartoonish sound effects like "bleh!," "pitui!" (while spitting out a fake moose head), and "omnomnom." One spider even punches a man in the face. It's all completely ridiculous, and absolutely hilarious.

9 Mars Attacks! (1996)

Most of the greatest alien invasion movies are straight dramas, but Mars Attacks! flips the genre on its head. Based on a Topps trading card game, Mars Attacks! was directed by visionary Tim Burton and concerns the invasion of Earth by a group of big-brained Martians.

The computer animation is certainly dated, but that only lends to the otherworldly, parodic nature of the comedy. The actions of the Martians are often hilarious (like their helmets getting steamy while watching two characters make love), and the script is also filled with great one-liners, including, "Whoa! He just made the international sign of the donut!"

8 Big Ass Spider! (2013)

Big Ass Spider! harkens back to Roger Corman's glory days of the 1960s and bears many resemblances to the intentionally cheesy schlock found on the Syfy channel. Distributed by Epic Pictures Releasing, Big Ass Spider! concerns a giant spider that goes on a rampage through the streets of Los Angeles.

There's no high art here. Just mindless, silly entertainment featuring a massive spider and some great interplay between the characters like one character using code names over walkie-talkies for no particular reason.

7 Sharknado (2013)

The film that launched a popular franchise, Sharknado took the world by storm in the summer of 2013 and single-handedly revived the corny B-movie. Starring D-list actors Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, the movie tells a simple yet absurd story of a tornado full of sharks threatening Los Angeles.

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The Syfy channel movie quickly became a phenomenon thanks in large part to its camp, over-the-top goofiness, and heavy marketing campaign. The film is filled with ludicrous moments, like sharks flying through city streets and being sliced up with heavy machinery. Not only are the individual scenes and situations imaginative and hilarious, but the low-budget effects only add to the heightened sense of surreal comedy.

6 Snakes On A Plane (2006)

Proving to be one of Samuel L. Jackson's best films, or at least one of his most entertaining, Snakes on a Plane was released to great fanfare in the summer of 2006. The movie is ostensibly about a captured gang member trying to escape custody, but all anyone wanted to see was a plane, some snakes, and plenty of madcap carnage.

Audiences were not disappointed. The film is filled with memorable dialogue ("Praise to the PlayStation!", and of course, Samuel L. Jackson's iconic "I've had it" speech), and the deaths are suitably over-the-top, like an unfortunate passenger getting bit in the groin by a wayward snake. The absurd nature of this hilarious movie reaches its zenith when a group of snakes attempts to mate with a lei laced in pheromones.

5 Night Of The Creeps (1986)

Night of the Creeps did not do well upon its original release in August 1986, but time has been exceptionally kind to the film, and it is now regarded as a cult classic. The movie is primarily set on a college campus, where extraterrestrial slugs slowly take over the student body.

The film pays homage to many different styles and subgenres of horror, uniquely blending elements of the zombie film, alien invasion movies, and slashers. The special effects are quite poor (perhaps intentionally so), and the film effectively spoofs many different and beloved aspects of the horror genre. The 1980s were a great time for over-the-top horror-comedy, and Night of the Creeps is one of the best examples of the era.

4 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Perhaps the ultimate cult movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is widely regarded as one of the most unique musicals ever made. Honoring the B-movie genre, The Rocky Horror Picture Show contains Tim Curry giving a wickedly campy performance as a cross-dressing alien, a fiercely quotable script ("Say, any of you guys know how to Madison?"), and a buff guy running around in his underwear.

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The movie itself is quite funny, but much of its charm lies in the community surrounding the film itself. The community helps make a funny movie even funnier, often interacting with the characters on screen and calling back in various creative and hilarious ways.

3 Tremors (1990)

One of the greatest horror movies starring Kevin Bacon (and there are a lot), Tremors is a delightful mix of western, horror, sci-fi, and comedy. Taking place in the very small town of Perfection, Nevada, Tremors concerns a group of citizens who must defend their home from giant worm creatures who burrow underground.

The film's screenplay is wonderful, full of memorable characters and endlessly quotable lines. The interactions between Earl and Val are especially funny, and Michael Gross gives one of the all-time greatest performances in a B-movie as Burt Gummer ("We killed that motherhumper!"). The special effects are amazing, but it's the charming human characters that make Tremors such a delight.

2 Arachnophobia (1990)

One of the greatest spider movies ever made, Arachnophobia was released to great acclaim in the summer of 1990. Like all B-movie arachnid movies, this film depicts a small town being overrun by spiders from Venezuela.

The film contains a spectacular cast, with Jeff Daniels and John Goodman hamming it up as the heroic defenders of the invading spiders, and it expertly blends elements of horror and comedy. Much of the humor belongs to Goodman's Delbert McClintock. His goofy behavior always proves charismatic and enjoyable to watch, and Goodman provides some great line readings ("Yeah, that's right. I'm bad!").

1 The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)

Arguably Roger Corman's greatest accomplishment, the original Little Shop of Horrors is perhaps the greatest horror-comedy ever made. The film possesses a very unique style of comedy and filmmaking, expertly blending elements of horror, parody, and black comedy while mesmerizing audiences with the now-iconic carnivorous plant, Audrey Jr.

Jack Nicholson makes a brief yet gut-busting appearance as Seymour's pain-loving dental patient, and Mel Welles gives an uproarious performance as Gravis Mushnick, containing many notable and sarcastic bits of dialogue ("No, I was calling John D. Rockefeller for to make a loan on my Rolls-Royce!"). Audrey Jr. also proves one of the most unique villains in a horror-comedy, giving its ludicrous nature as a house plant that talks and eats human beings.

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