False Positive Tips: Best Dark Humor and Satire Thrillers –

Or, Serial KIllers & Pulp Crime Thrillers with two scoops of pitch-black satire.


Contemporary criminals. Not science fiction. Nothing supernatural.

While some of these lean much more into the humor than others, few qualify as comedies—dark comedies. But, there’s plenty of dark humor peppered in with the violence and horror in the all titles here.


The films on this list remind me of pulp crime magazines, novels, and comics from the early 20th century. 


This list has some of my all-time favorite films on it. I love these movies and they inspire my work on False Positive.


Let’s celebrate the Halloween season by sharing more macabre content recommendations.  


Top 14 Dark Humor Horror/Thriller & Crime Noir Films.

In no particular order.

  WARNING: Some of these trailers contain SPOILERS.



Cheap Thrills (2013)


Heathers (1988)


Killing Zoe (1993)


Thoroughbreds (2018)


The Guest (2014)


Stoker (2013)


Parasite | Gisaengchung (2019)



American Psycho (2000)



True Romance (1993)



Fight Club (1999)


Gone Girl (2014)



Pulp Fiction (1994)



Bound (1996)


Resevoir Dogs (1992)



If the List Kept Going…


Barton Fink (1991)

Léon: The Professional (1994)



And Similar Favorites with More Humor…


Raising Arizona (1984)

In Bruges (2008)

Fargo (1996)

Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Payback (1999)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)




Did I miss the mark on some of these?