Zombies in media
The zombie comedy,  often called zom com or zomedy,   is a film genre that aims to blend zombie horror motifs with slapstick comedy as well as morbid humor.
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 and satirical commentary on society. 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 , CHUD II: Bud the CHUD (1989), Braindead (1992), and Bio Zombie (1998).
A popular modern zombie comedy is Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (2004),  a self-dubbed romantic zombie comedy, or RomZomCom,  with many in-jokes and references to George A. Romero's earlier Dead films, especially Dawn of the Dead . Other popular zombie comedies include Gregg Bishop's Dance of the Dead (2008) and the 2009 film Zombieland .
Andrew Currie's Fido ,  Matthew Leutwyler's Dead & Breakfast , and Peter Jackson's Braindead are also examples of zombie comedies.  Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II , although a more direct horror film, contains some lighthearted 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.
Films that can be considered zombie comedies include:
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Braindead is a 1992 New Zealand zombie comedy film directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Jim Booth, and written by Jackson, along with Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair. It stars Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody and Ian Watkin. The plot follows Lionel, a young man living in South Wellington with his strict mother Vera. After Lionel becomes romantically entangled with a girl named Paquita, Vera is bitten by a hybrid rat-monkey creature and begins to transform into a zombie, while also infecting swathes of the city's populace.
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Fido is a 2006 Canadian zombie comedy film directed by Andrew Currie and written by Robert Chomiak, Currie, and Dennis Heaton from an original story by Heaton. It was produced by Blake Corbet, Mary Anne Waterhouse, Trent Carlson and Kevin Eastwood of Anagram Pictures, and released in the United States by Lions Gate Entertainment.
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A zombie film is a film genre. Zombies are fictional creatures usually portrayed as reanimated corpses or virally infected human beings. They are commonly portrayed as cannibalistic in nature. While zombie films generally fall into the horror genre, some cross over into other genres, such as action, comedy, science fiction, thriller, or romance. Distinct subgenres have evolved, such as the "zombie comedy" or the "zombie apocalypse". Zombies are distinct from ghosts, ghouls, mummies, Frankenstein's monsters or vampires, so this list does not include films devoted to these types of undead.
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