With Halloween less than two weeks away, horror movie season is in full swing, and we’re enjoying our skeery movies as much as anyone. But the horror/sci-fi chiller genre is a tricky thing, especially when it comes to the most important of elements: the antagonist. For every iconic killer or beast (Jason, Freddy, Dracula, the Wolf Man), there’s one somewhere that some enterprising filmmaker tried to build their movie around, only to watch it collapse around said villain’s inherent silliness. After the jump, in our latest supercut, we take a look at some of the genre’s dopiest evildoers.
CREDITS Edited by Jason Bailey Music by Jon Brion and Michael Jackson
FILMS (in alphabetical order) Amityville: The Evil Escapes (Sandor Stern, 1989) Black Sheep (Jonathan King, 2006) Bride of the Monster (Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1955) The Day of the Triffids (Steve Sekely, 1962) Death Bed: The Bed that Eats (George Barry, 1977) From Hell It Came (Dan Milner, 1957) Killers from Space (W. Lee Wilder, 1954) The Food of the Gods (Bert I. Godron, 1976) Frogs (George McCowan, 1972) The Gingerdead Man (Charles Band, 2005) The Hand (Oliver Stone, 1981) The Horror of Party Beach (Del Tenney, 1964) Ice Cream Man (Paul Norman, 1995) It (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1990) It Conquered the World (Roger Corman, 1956) Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Stephen Chiodo, 1988) Killer Tongue (Alberto Sciamma, 1996) Leprechaun (Mark Jones, 1993) Manos: The Hands of Fate (Harold P. Warren, 1966) Night of the Lepus (William F. Clayton, 1972) Robot Monster (Phil Tucker, 1953) Santa’s Slay (David Steiman, 2004) Silent Night, Deadly Night (Charles E. Sellier, Jr., 1984) Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Lee Harry, 1987) The Stuff (Larry Cohen, 1985) Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso, 1990) The Wig (Won Shin-Yun, 2005) Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (Albert Band, 1978)
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