Few film genres have as much leeway to push the envelope as horror, and here are 25 examples of envelopes pushed WAY off the table, out the door, across town and into another time zone. These are some of the weirdest and wackiest horror movie villains of all time.
Plants aren't exactly the most terrifying entity on Earth, so if you're going to make a horror movie about killer plants, I guess you should make sure they don't come from Earth. Such is the case with Day of the Triffids
, in which alien plants walk (of slide) around England stalking human prey...reeeeeeally slowly. Luckily for the plants, all of the humans were blinded by the meteor shower that brought the spores to Earth, so they're pretty much sitting ducks. This is one of the few films on this list that's actually good, despite the silly villain.
© Tokyo Shock
director Inoshiro Honda comes this Japanese tale of a group of boaters shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Overcome with hunger, the castaways begin to eat the island mushrooms, apparently never having heard the phrase "You are what you eat." Soon enough, they turn into mushroom people who resemble something from Sid and Marty Kroftt's nightmares.
The monster in this hammy feature is half man, half jellyfish and all ridiculous. What's basically a man in a diving suit with a balloon on his head wreaks havoc in the Everglades, menacing fisherman, marine biologists and teenie boppers in typical '60s bikini beach fashion. Neil Sedaka, apparently at a low point in his career, contributed the song "Do The Jellyfish" to the soundtrack.
Blood Freak (1972)
is a truly bizarre mix of after-school special, creature feature and splatter pic in which a Viet Nam vet (and Elvis look-alike) is seduced into the world of drugs by the simplest of tactics: a woman calls him a coward for not smoking a joint. He shows her...by becoming a junkie! What really gets him into trouble, though, is that he agrees to be a guinea pig in an experiment by eating bioengineered poultry. The tainted meat turns him into a turkey-headed monster -- a jive turkey, as it were -- who feeds on blood, although strangely, he kills his victims with a switchblade. So, what's the point of the beak?
© Warner Bros.
It's hard to believe that anyone could find fuzzy little bunnies scary (That said, Watership Down
scarred my childhood.), but maybe fuzzy HUGE bunnies...? No, not really, but that's the premise behind this tale of science gone awry, as a serum meant to control the rapidly breeding rabbit population instead turns them into giant man-eaters. Oopsie.
© Something Weird
Mutant sheep are the source of terror in this pair of tongue-in-cheek films. In Godmonster of Indian Flats
, toxic gas from a mine creates a giant sheep that belches flammable orange gas, walks on its hind legs, has comically uneven front paws and looks kind of like a rabid Joe Camel. The sheep in Black Sheep
are smaller but more vicious, preferring to swarm and eat their victims like woolly, four-legged zombies.
Visual Evidence (Godmonster of Indian Flats)
Visual Evidence (Black Sheep)
Most people would be proud if someone told them that they had "killer genitalia," but in the case of the antiheroes of these two movies, they quite literally murder with their crotches. In Soul Vengeance
(AKA Welcome Home Brother Charles
), a man develops the ability to grow a several foot-long prehensile penis that he uses to gain revenge on the corrupt judicial officials who wrongly sent him to jail, while in Teeth
, a virginal teen girl's private area grows razor-sharp teeth when it feels threatened.
Visual Evidence (Soul Vengeance)
Visual Evidence (Teeth)
© Cult Epics
Is there any doubt that these two movies came up with the title first and then wrote the script around it? How else could you explain a film about a killer bed -- much less two? The first Death Bed
was made in 1977 but wasn't released until 2002, allowing the second to slip in with the similar premise of a possessed bed that kills those who lounge.
Visual Evidence (Death Bed: The Bed That Eats)
Visual Evidence (Deathbed)
This campy send-up of monster movies is so well-known, it's almost not absurd anymore. Almost.
© Mondo Macabro
In this outrageous Indonesian effort, a young American woman studying black magic in Indonesia falls prey to a witch who transforms her into a flying disembodied head (with her internal organs still attached) who feeds on the blood of unborn babies. In a perfect world, she'd then proceed to sing "I Ain't Got Nobody" with a top hat and cane, but alas, the world stinks.