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13-03-2004, 18:03

I'm basically looking for something to beat Man Bites Dog (fucking great movie). Please list your black comedy suggestions here...

13-03-2004, 18:09
I know i will be back with more because i like dark comedys and have seen a ot but right off the top of my head i will say Heathers and War of the Roses would be two of my favorites.

Unless you consider Clerks a dark comedy (which i wouldnt but some may) in which case that would be my favorite.

13-03-2004, 19:01
Happiness (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0147612/)

13-03-2004, 19:12
Happiness is the best - no description needed

'In the company of men' is pretty dark but quite funny, its about people ripping each other off

'Orphans' has one of the best scenes I've ever watched

'Festen' is a bit like happiness but not as good

'Welcome to the dollhouse' (mentioned below) is by the same person that did happiness, so is 'storytelling'
the last is the worst but they are all fairly good dark comedy

'sitcom' a french film is very surreal and dark with totally bizzare scenes

13-03-2004, 19:47
even though some might classify it as something else, i thout May was pretty funny.. also rather dark is Peter Jackson's Meet the Fleebles, which if full of puppets and was made before he did all those uplifting fantasy movies..

14-03-2004, 01:26
Very Bad Things was pretty damn dark.

14-03-2004, 02:01
Fear & Loathing...Nuff said.

14-03-2004, 02:47
dr. strangelove

14-03-2004, 08:43
Welcome to the Dollhouse, maybe Down by Law would qualify.
Definentely 'Bad Boy Bubby' The ultimate twisted comedy. A real heart-warmer

15-03-2004, 16:05
Jesus, I forgot Happiness. Yeah good one. Checkmate, as it were. I think the sickest thing about that movie is the soundtrack (fucking Disney-like).

Meet the Feebles, Very Bad Things, F&L, Dr.S, etc. Good ones.

The rest I have taken on board. Thank you punters!

I suppose the Evil Dead trilogy apply. Seen 'em, got 'em.

Any more ? Come on you sick fucks...:p

15-03-2004, 20:51
aaaagh - happiness...

mind numbingly dark...the only movie i've ever had to watch in two parts because "i just couldn't take it any more"

15-03-2004, 21:41
First time I watched it I struggled to get it down.
I watched it again quite soon after.

But the real highlight was the 4th time when I was showing it to some other people for the 1st time. I knew what was coming and was laughing my ass off but mainly at the digust the other people were showing!

Ha ha, when you can laugh at it show it to some other people

16-03-2004, 02:26
ok i have a pretty sick sense of humour so try audition (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235198/) its not what everyone would call comedy , but i was laughing my ass off towards the end, also try .....coldblooded (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112702/)

both are great and ( for me) very dark

16-03-2004, 09:53
Amistad and Passion of Christ

16-03-2004, 14:29
Yes, Happiness has got to take the cake. Also Cannibal, by trey parker and Matt STone (southpark) is a mad funny musical comedy.
Good one kemikals with Dr Strangelove

Also you can't go past the EVil Dead trilogy (makes it sound so mature calling it a trilogy) especially number two

16-03-2004, 18:21
a South Korean film called THE HUMANIST might be another that you'd like... It's definately a cool dark comedy %)

16-03-2004, 20:22
in the company of men.

spanking the monkey.

17-03-2004, 16:35
i'll second very bad things along with anything by todd solondz :)

(death becomes her is pretty damn good, too.)

19-03-2004, 00:36
rushmore, election, throw momma from the train, ma vie en rose.,C'est arrivé près de chez vous ,Tenue de soirée

19-03-2004, 03:03
Originally posted by Pounding_Grooves
coldblooded (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112702/)

Awesome movie!

19-03-2004, 07:47
I forgot Storytelling . The most recent todd solondz film. It's wickedly dark, and demonstrates, yet again, what an underrated talent John Goodman is.

19-03-2004, 10:05
I actually rented Happiness from my local public library for free! I could not believe my eyes when I saw it on the shelf. If you are looking for majorly fucked up movies to scare the kids, check your local library! =D

I didn't like Happiness at all. Too fucked up for me.

21-03-2004, 06:40
Wow nobody has said Fargo

21-03-2004, 07:28
^ good call..

many of the dogme95 movies are very dark comedy - especially, of those i have seen, festen (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154420/) and mifune (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164756/[/url).


Chaos Butterfly
21-03-2004, 11:40
What about Shallow Grave?

After Happiness this would be pretty high up on my list of fucked up dark comedies...

I recently bought Happiness on DVD and none of my housemates have seen it yet. I'm just waiting for an appropriate time to unleash it on them ;)

CB :)

22-03-2004, 00:59
pardon my ignorance, what is "dark comedy"?

i read through all the movies for an example, but ive seen none of them. please inform me

22-03-2004, 16:56
^^^ something that draws its comedy from perverse situations. death becomes her is a fantastic example, because it's so damn funny, yet the entire film is spent laughing at the plight of these three desperately lonely and (for the most part) totally reprehensible characters, but still identifying in some weird way.

dark humour :)

22-03-2004, 22:58
I've got to throw a few more out there: Ghost World, Magnolia, and the Robert Altman classic Nashville. All very well written, very funny and very dark.....enjoy!

23-03-2004, 00:27
Would you consider Being John Malkovich a dark comedy? If so... by far my favorite...

23-03-2004, 09:47
Originally posted by LapDawg
Very Bad Things was pretty damn dark.

And oh so funny :)

23-03-2004, 10:29
I just saw Festen. Great movie, even above and beyond this thread.

25-03-2004, 09:09
I like Solondz and Happiness really left me disoriented. I would say that I thought the Man who Wasn't there was funny... I find pretty much everything funny though=D

25-03-2004, 17:43
Being John Malkovich is deffinetly a dark comedy in my opinion.

I'm partial to Rushmore and Ghost World

I've got to throw a few more out there: Ghost World, Magnolia, and the Robert Altman classic Nashville. All very well written, very funny and very dark.....enjoy!

I don't really see how Magnolia is a dark comedy.

03-04-2004, 03:24
while not a comedy by any strech of the imagination funny games (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119167/) will certainly rival man bites dog in the level of depravity, in fact its even worse, its a genuinly disturbing film.

04-04-2004, 02:42
definitely HEATHERS,AMERICANPSYCHO, and the ultimate best: PINK FLAMINGOS by john waters although im not sure if that would be considered just plain trash mwahhahahah :)

05-04-2004, 15:50
Surprised no-one has mentioned delicatessen...

Chaos Butterfly
05-04-2004, 16:56

Ah hah, I agree that is a crazy fucked up movie, but awesome :)

I rewatched Happiness yesterday with one of my housemates who hadn't seen it, and she loved it... I'm not sure if I should be scared or not ;)

Happiness is an awesome movie although quite fucked up.

CB :)

05-04-2004, 17:14
the last supper (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113613/)
and the curve (http://http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123034/)
are both great black comedies, both written by the same guy, although i think the last supper is a lot better.

06-04-2004, 21:17
The Last Supper is a brilliant movie. Absolutely fucking brilliant!

07-04-2004, 03:51
Throw Momma From the Train isn't terribly dark but it is somewhat dark and very funny, IMO.
And i just saw Duplex and it was funny yet dark as well.

07-04-2004, 12:16
my vote goes to House of 1000 corpses


07-04-2004, 19:05
I'd have to add

* Death to Smoochy
* American Splendor
* The Ladykillers [just caught it, was plesantly surprised]
* Bad Santa

and I think Six Feet Under should be considered (although it's a series)

07-04-2004, 19:29
The House of Yes

i love that movie.. it's on its way from Netflix too!

10-04-2004, 22:27
one of my favorite dark comedies is the 80's film "river's edge" with crispin glover, keanu reeves and dennis hopper. highly reccomended.

the danish film "the idiots" directed by lars von trier is a shocking and highly un-p.c. comedy that i enjoyed a lot.

11-04-2004, 04:45
would "kill bill" be considered dark comedy?

11-04-2004, 05:17
Dr Strangelove

12-04-2004, 09:09
Originally posted by mintalyelevatid
would "kill bill" be considered dark comedy?

i would say that it has elements of dark comedy (say, the scene where the hospital worker uses the bride's comatose body for sex), but i wouldn't call it a dark comedy as such :)

but that's just imo, of course...

13-04-2004, 16:35
My money's on Series 7.
Survivor. With guns.
Fucking awesome.

13-04-2004, 19:26
But doesn't Battle Royale one-up Series 7?
Survivor. With various weapons.
They're 14 years old. =D

13-04-2004, 19:39
Series 7 is more humourous than battle royale I reckon