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Camp Nightmare: The 10 Best Campy Horror Movies That Will Make You Scream (with Laughter)

Welcome to Camp Nightmare, where we’re about to embark on a wild adventure through the wacky world of campy horror movies. The moon casts an eerie glow on the haunted cabins, and the rustling leaves whisper tales of horror. Gather ’round the campfire, fellow thrill-seekers, as we invite you into the twisted world of camp. Not summer camp, but camp camp. These delectably cheesy flicks have achieved legendary status, eliciting uproarious laughter and spine-tingling cringes in equal measure.

Before we delve into the world of campy horror movies though, we should probably answer the question: What is camp? It’s the B-movie that’s loud and proud. The intentionally over-the-top horror movie that winks at the audience, saying, “Sure, we might be cheesy and predictable, but isn’t that part of the bloody charm?” Camp is a whirlwind of blood-splattered delight, where rubber monsters and questionable dialogue collide in a gleeful explosion of entertainment. It’s the black sheep at the bottom of the DVD bin. It’s low-budget effects, over-the-top acting, and delightfully absurd storylines. Catch my drift?

So, pass me a marshmallow and prepare for a wickedly kooky ride as we explore 10 unforgettable campy horror movies that will leave you howling with delight!

 

 



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NAI Entertainment

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

Go on a tomato-infested rampage as menacing fruits roll into town, creating chaos with every squishy step. This cult classic transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, delivering a riotously fun experience that will have you questioning your produce aisle choices.

 

 

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MGM

Troll 2 (1990)

Brace yourself for an adventure where trolls are strangely absent, yet the campiness is off the charts. This unintentional comedic masterpiece has secured its place in the annals of “so bad it’s good” cinema, delivering unforgettable moments and delightfully cringe-worthy performances.

 

 

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Valiant Pictures

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Prepare for an otherworldly invasion as extraterrestrials unleash their plan to resurrect the dead. Ed Wood’s magnum opus may feature flying saucers suspended by visible strings, but its earnestness and audacious storytelling make it a campy horror gem.

 

 

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Double Helix Films

Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988)

Angela returns(?) to wreak havoc at a new summer camp, Camp Rolling Hills in Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers. With a lethal combination of dark humor and bloody mayhem, this campy horror sequel will have you cackling with delight over its gleefully twisted blend of slasher thrills and self-aware quips.

 

 

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Trans World Entertainment

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Step right up to witness the bizarre and hilarious terror brought by otherworldly clowns invading a small town. This campy horror gem combines slapstick humor, memorable visuals, and a cotton candy-coated sense of dread.

 

 

House II: The Second Story (1987)
New World Pictures

House II: The Second Story (1987)

Prepare to be transported to a supernatural realm where the house itself becomes a character. This horror-comedy sequel takes campiness to new heights, with time-traveling cowboys, adorably spooky pets, and a dash of quirky humor that defies logic.

 

 

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
Severin Films

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Brace yourself for the onslaught of poorly animated birds as they unleash their wrath upon unsuspecting humans. This unintentionally comedic masterpiece offers wooden acting, laughable special effects, and a story that will have you cawing with laughter.

 

 

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Trimark Pictures

Dead Alive (1993)

From the surprisingly demented mind of Peter Jackson comes a blood-soaked spectacle of zombies and outrageous humor. Join Lionel as he battles hordes of the undead, including his own ravenous mother, in this gore-filled campy delight. Try the custard!

 

 

Blood Diner (1987)
Lightning Pictures

Blood Diner (1987)

Satisfy your appetite for campy horror as two brothers serve up a feast of human body parts in their vegetarian restaurant. With dark humor, over-the-top gore, and eccentric characters, this gem is a culinary journey like no other.

 

 

Army of Darkness (1992)
MGM

Army of Darkness (1992)

Join Ash Williams in his time-traveling misadventures as he battles medieval undead and evil forces with a chainsaw for a hand and a snarky attitude. This horror-comedy romp brings campiness, one-liners, and delightful chaos to the screen in one of the most a-typical sequels of all time.

 

As the fire dwindles and the night grows silent, we bid adieu to the campy horror movies that have both amused and terrified us. These films, ridiculed by some and cherished by others, have carved a special place in the heart of the horror genre.

So, dear campers, embrace the deliciously camp-tastic experience of these so-bad-they’re-good gems that will leave you laughing, cringing, and longing for more adventures in the realm of campy horror!

What are your favorite campy horror movies? Do you have a so-bad-it’s-good fave? Tweet at us or start a conversation in the Nightmare on Film Street Discord!

 

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