Originally Posted by Morpheo
+1. Which is why I usually hate horror comedies Ã* la Sam Raimi's. There. I said it.
If it's a "horror/comedy" then there's little hope of there being any actual horror (that is suspense or anything to scare, over mere gore or monsters).
One of my pet peeves was how horror became watered down in the 80's by introducing the comedy element, or by just watering down the scares to appeal to broader audiences. It's like horror films felt they couldn't be taken seriously anymore so there were so many winks at the audience "Don't worry, we aren't taking this seriously, so neither should you."
Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movies (even though I enjoyed them) was part of this (how anyone ever was fooled that The Evil Dead was a scary horror movie, as many people were, is beyond me), but so were movies like The Goonies, Gremlins, and for me the big "uh-oh, horror is dead" movie was Poltergeist. I know lots of people love that film, but for me it tried to be too many things, and traded true horror for crowd-pleasing special FX. Not a moment scared me or creeped me out in that film even as a teenager, and from then on it seemed like so many other horror films started losing their bite.
For me, the best movie ever to combine comedy with true horror/scares successfully was Jaws (at least back in the day when the scares were still fresh). The scary parts were truly seat-ripping, with scenes like the floating head giving nightmares for weeks. Which was part of the reason why all the funny little character moments got real laughs as well - a way to ease the tension. Somehow in Jaws the balance was perfected, but in other movies too often the laughs or the winks undermine the threat in the movie so it tames all the scares.