That's not to say that this is the scariest film to come out of the 1980's, see the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" for that, or even the best of it's genre, "Fright Night" holds that distinction, it's just that this is the most entertaining (along with "Return of the Living Dead"). And, like that movie,
it's also laugh-out-loud funny. I mean, this is a better comedy than "Scary Movie" or either of it's two sequels, and actually predates those films by about fifteen years. What makes it so hysterical is that it never tips it hat or winks at the camera. Oh, sure there's a moment here or there, like when the gravedigger looks into the camera, breaking the forth wall of filmmaking, and says, "Some people have a funny idea of entertainment." But aside from that it's comedy is very subtle and restrained. In fact, some people might not even pick up on it, which is what makes it so great.