25 Strange and Ridiculous Horror Movie Villains

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.

The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Day of the Triffids
© Pro-Active

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.

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Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)

Matango Attack of the Mushroom People
© Tokyo Shock

From Godzilla 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.

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Sting of Death (1966)

Sting of Death
© Image

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.

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Blood Freak (1972)

Blood Freak
© Image
Blood Freak 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?

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Night of the Lepus
© 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.

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Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) / Black Sheep (2007)

Godmonster of Indian Flats
© 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.

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Soul Vengeance (1975) / Teeth (2008)

Soul Vengeance
© Xenon

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)

 

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) / Deathbed (2002)

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
© 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.

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
© Rhino

This campy send-up of monster movies is so well-known, it's almost not absurd anymore. Almost.

 

Mystics in Bali (1981)

Mystics in Bali
© 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.

 

The Lift (1983) / The Shaft (2001)

The Lift
© Media

A state-of-the-art elevator develops a mind of its own, and unfortunately for its passengers, that mind is homicidal. Dutch director Dick Maas remade his own 1983 film in 2001 as The Shaft, starring a young Naomi Watts. Both efforts, surprisingly, are quite entertaining.

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The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff
© Anchor Bay

Killer dessert! This bitingly satirical film from Larry Cohen will have you asking who's eating whom, as a new dessert -- a white paste discovered by miners (!) -- sweeps the nation, proving to be not only highly addictive but also highly alive.

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Dial: Help (1988)

Dial Help
© Prism

This cheesy Italian thriller about an evil spirit that possesses telephones includes the death of a would-be rapist by a barrage of coins shooting from a telephone booth.

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Baby Blood (1989)

Baby Blood
© Anchor Bay

Perhaps Attack of the Killer Fetus would've drawn more attention to this warped French flick about a woman who's unborn child falls prey to a parasite in the womb, turning the fetus into a little beast who demands that she supply it with fresh blood.

 

Attack of the Killer Refrigerator (1990) / The Refrigerator (1991)

Attack of the Mushroom People
© Media House Productions
What was it about the 1990-91 era that made people want to make movies about killer refrigerators? Gulf War Syndrome? The cancellation of thirtysomething? No, there's really no excuse for this pair of films.

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Jack Frost (1997)

Jack Frost
© Alllumination

A year before the release of the family film Jack Frost, starring Michael Keaton as a dead father reincarnated as a playful snowman, this film about a dead convict reincarnated as a killer snowman came out. Come to think of it, the Michael Keaton version sounds scarier.

 

Killer Condom (1997)

Killer Condom
© Troma

Straight outta Germany comes this zany horror-comedy about condoms that sprout teeth and feed on human flesh. I'll leave it to your imagination as to what sort of flesh is involved.

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Trees (2001)

Trees
© Brain Damage

A lighthearted homage to Jaws ("We're gonna need a bigger axe."), Trees finds a forest ranger teaming with a botanist and a lumberjack to take on a man-eating Great White Pine.

 

Piñata: Survival Island (2002)

Pinata: Survival Island
© First Look

A group of fun-loving college kids on a tropical island battle a demonic...piñata? Just because it happens to be an ancient clay piñata and not the multicolored papier-mache variety doesn't make it any less silly. Inexplicably, this film has found its way into the rotation on American Movie Classics.

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Terror Toons (2002)

Terror Tunes
© Brain Damage

Devilish cartoon characters escape from the television and attack a group of young partygoers in cartoonishly over-the-top fashion -- falling anvils and such. This never happened when Thundarr the Barbarian was on the air.

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Monsturd (2003)

Monsturd
© Elite

Awfully close in concept to Jack Frost, Monsturd features a homicidal criminal who's exposed to toxic waste in a sewage tunnel, transforming him into a fecal beast hell-bent on stinky vengeance. Surprisingly, there have been no sequels (Poopenstein? Fartzilla? Diarrheanimator?).

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Blown (2005)

Blown
© Sub Rosa

The spirit of a voodoo priestess possesses an inflatable sex doll just so she can get revenge on her noisy neighbors? That's what I call commitment.

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The Gingerdead Man (2005)

Gingerdead Man
© Wizard Entertainment

Killer doll auteur Charles Band (Doll Graveyard, Blood Dolls, Dangerous Worry Dolls) directed this tale of a serial killer (Gary Busey) put to death in the electric chair who comes back to life -- as a gingerbread man -- when his mother mixes his ashes into some cookie dough. Frankly, Gary Busey is scary enough without the whole cookie angle.

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The Wig (2005) / Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

The WIg
© CJ Entertainment

Hair today, dead tomorrow. These two Asian horror flicks (The Wig from Korea, Exte from Japan) explore the dangers of fake hair as women realize that their newly acquired hair pieces are cursed with more than just your average bed head.

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Evil Bong (2006)

Evil Bong
© Wizard Entertainmemt

Charles Band strikes again! This time, the pint-sized evil comes in the form of a wicked, smack-talking bong that grants your wishes but then turns them into nightmares. Tommy Chong makes an appearance because, well, that's what Tommy Chong does.

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