Welcome to The A-Z of Horror – an alphabetical window into the horror genre. Over the course of 26 days, I’ll be taking a look at horror in all its facets and forms, offering up suggestions of what to watch, should you be in the mood for a real good scare.

Today: L is for Laughter

And now we enter the laughter zone.

Horror doesn’t have to be scares and nothing else – more often than not, the scares can be replaced (quite effortlessly) with laughs and the end result is pure entertainment throughout. Step forward: Carry On Screaming (1966), Beetlejuice (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992), Ghostbusters (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) and so on.

Below are my top three picks for horror comedies, which you should dive right into as soon as you get the opportunity. Each of these choices is perfect for a Saturday night with mates and offer laughs and scares in equal measures.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) – Starring Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil turns horror stereotypes on their head in a laugh out loud comedy which mixes gore with heart. The film is a must-see movie for any horror aficionado or those who have seen one too many hill Billy slasher movies.

The Babysitter (2014) – Over the top, explosive and downright fun, The Babysitter is horror-comedy at its blackest and most overblown. Charlie’s Angels (2000) director, McG calls the shots in a tale about a 12-year-old tasked with taking down a demonic cult and his devilish babysitter.

Zombeavers (2014) – The title alone should put you off – but don’t let it, Zombeavers is a surprisingly hilarious horror comedy from director Jordan Rubin. The story follows a group of college students who are attacked by a group of… er… zombie-beavers. Sure, it sounds daft, and it is, but Zombeavers is one of the funniest and most fun horror comedies of recent years.

Should the above three movies tickle your pickle, then why not add Wolf Cop (2014) and The ‘Burbs (1989) into the mix too. You won’t regret it.

Tomorrow: M is for…