The earliest roots of the genre can be found in Jean Yarbrough's King of the Zombies (1941) and Gordon Douglas's Zombies on Broadway (1945), though both of these films dealt with Haitian-style zombies. While not comedies, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) featured several comedic scenes. An American Werewolf in London (1981) and the Return of the Living Dead series (1985) (especially the first two and the last of the series) can be considered some of the earliest examples of Zombie-comedy using the modern zombie. Other early examples include Mr. Vampire (1985), Evil Dead II (1987), CHUD II: Bud the CHUD (1989), Braindead (1992), and Bio Zombie (1998).
Modern zombie comedies include Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (which was in fact a self-dubbed Romantic Zombie Comedy, or RomZomCom). This movie made many in-jokes and references to George A. Romero's earlier Dead films, especially Dawn of the Dead.
Andrew Currie's Fido, Matthew Leutwyler's Dead & Breakfast, and Peter Jackson's Braindead, are also good examples of zombie comedies. Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II, although a more direct horror film, contains some light hearted and dark comedy elements, and its sequel, Army of Darkness, is even more comedic. The Evil Dead series does not, however, feature any traditional style zombies.
Other films that could be considered zombie comedies include the 1986 film Redneck Zombies, 1993's My Boyfriend's Back, 1986's Night of the Creeps, 1998's Bio Zombie, 1999's Idle Hands, starring Devon Sawa and Seth Green, 2005's Tokyo Zombie, 2005's Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, 2008's Dance of the Dead and Zombie Strippers, as well as 2009's Dead Snow and Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, Zombie Dearest, 2011's DeadHeads, 2013's Warm Bodies, Buck Wild Movie, Zombie eXs, First Platoon and Cockneys vs Zombies, 2014's Life After Beth. and Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, and 2015's Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
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