The card fronts featured a black and white photo depicting a scene from a classic monster movie, surrounded by a white border along the card edges; the base of the card contained a humorous caption.
The card backs featured an unrelated, cornball-style joke, usually with a horror or monstrous connection. This was surrounded by an elaborate border made up of various monster characters laughing uproariously. Along the top of the card was the card number (in what is apparently the moon in the background) and the set title in large, 'creepy' lettering.
This is actually the second trading card series to go by the You'll Die Laughing name; the first came in 1959, with nearly identical card backs. Yet a third YDL series was released in 1980, again with the same card back design. Both this and the 1980 sets were sold in wrappers and boxes featuring the title Creature Features, and many collectors still refer to them by that name. The 1959 set was issued in wrappers containing the title Funny Monsters.
The laughing monsters on the card backs were drawn by veteran cartoonist Jack Davis.
A number of human faces appear in this set other than the 'monsters'; if some of them look a bit odd, it's because they are the faces of Topps employees (or perhaps hired models) whose photos have been superimposed on the original movie stills. This was apparently done for some technical legal reason.