black or dark comedy
  a type of comedy film, first popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s in which normally serious subjects, such as war, death, dismemberment, misery, suffering, or murder, are treated with macabre humor and satire through iconography, dialogue, and the characters; settings may include cemeteries, war rooms, funerals
  Examples: Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry (1955), Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Loved One (1965), Robert Altman's M*A*S*H (1970), Harold and Maude (1972), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Heathers (1989), and Fargo (1996).

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