For film fans who are not entirely obsessed with the horror genre, October can be a long and lonely month indeed, since we’re seemingly expected to spend our every spare movie-viewing moment consuming horror movies as a kind of extended Halloween celebration. The trouble is, some of us just aren’t that nuts about horror movies — but there’s all of these “31 Days of Horror” and “October Horror Movie Challenge” threads, and nobody wants to be the killjoy who spoils the party. But remember this, fellow indifferent film fanatics: the nice thing about the horror genre is that it’s adaptable. Elements of the scary movie not only can be easily combined with those forms you’re more at home with, but have been. After the jump, we’ll take a look at a few of our favorite horror hybrid movies.
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
DIRECTOR: Charles Barton
STARS: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr.
Universal had watched both its monster franchises and the comedies of Abbott and Costello cool at the box office when some smart guy decided to combine them — and ended up with a rare horror/comedy that’s both funny and scary. It also marked a new direction for the comedy team, who took on the Invisible Man, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and “the killer, Boris Karloff” in future vehicles. Chief among the film’s present-day fans is Quentin Tarantino, who credited its early influence with teaching him that different tones could be juggled in the same film. “This was one of my favorite movies as a kid,” he proclaimed in 2006. “When it was supposed to be funny, it was really funny, and when it was supposed to be scary, it was really scary.”