Horror films have often been ludicrous. From the very beginning of Universal Pictures, where undead ghouls became bats and men created monsters in laboratories, our sense of wonder has always been a major part of our enjoyment of the genre.
The concepts and antagonists that drive horror movies have changed. Some filmmakers have strayed the line between the ridiculous and the grotesque, resulting in some quite bizarre tales unhindered by logic. Silly doesnt necessarily mean bad either, and many of the villains on this list pose a real threat in spite of their eccentricity.
10 The Gingerdead Man
Full Moon Pictures is a creative company that is known for producing decent low-budget horror films. In 2005, they added a brutal gingerbread man to their list of nastiness, voiced in the first installment by Gary Busey.
The Gingerdead Man is a reincarnated serial killer whose ashes were mixed into the baking of some gingerbread man. He is a rude, crude slasher, seeking for vengeance against the woman who had him executed. Busey, however, did not return to the franchise.
9 Jack Frost
Jack Frost, a 1997 film, isn't to be confused with Michael Keaton's tearjerker of the same name. Of course!
Frost (another reincarnated serial killer) is after the Sheriff who caught him. He can turn into water at will, and some of his killings are appropriately festive in their execution (pun intended). In the sequel, Jack Frost is resurrected with some antifreeze, allowing him to continue his evil spree on a Caribbean island.
8 Possessed Shark
Shark Exorcist isnt a so terrible film as to be a terrible film; it's just a bad movie. Crossing the line between the ever-terrifying shark films and something slightly more serious, its a confusing mess of a film with an extremely stupid villain.
An evil nun summons the Devil to possess a (badly CGId) shark to go on a killing spree. The same animation effect is used every time the shark appears, but it does very little other than flail around and kill people till the end, when it begins to possess the protagonists.
7 The Killer Tomatoes
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and its many sequels, which are a deliberate spoof, casts sentient, man-eating vegetables as its antagonist.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is one of those classic horror films that most people have heard of rather than seen. It was the subject of several sequels (one with George Clooney in an early role) and an animated series!
To horror filmmakers, no holiday is sacred, and it was only a matter of time before Thanksgiving was given its own punny slasher franchise, thankskilling.
The primary antagonist in these films is a turkey (called, imaginatively, Turkie). Turkie is a cartoonish persona, almost like an X-Rated Looney Tunes character. In one scene, he pops on a pair of glasses, and the protagonists in the other films fail to recognize him.
5 Eebee (The Evil Bong)
Full Moon Pictures is open to inspiration from various inanimate objects when it comes to creating horror villains. In 2006, they introduced a bong to their repertoire, catering to the stoner crowd.
The Evil Bong (or Eebee for short) exploits all who use her, attracting them into her Bong World where she can kill them. She has appeared in seven sequels, as well as several spin-offs and crossovers.
4 Robert The Tire
Rubber was a surprise hit in the horror industry when it was released in 2010. A clever spoof, but tense and effective at the same time, it was a surprise triumph. It's a deliberately random film where things don't necessarily happen for a reason.
The villain in this film is a tire called Robert. There is no real explanation for how Robert came to life, or why he has telekinetic powers. But what powers he has? He is capable of causing objects to explode, including human heads. He's also reincarnated as a tricycle at the end.
3 Gregory Tudor
The Ice Cream Man is a fantastic cult horror film from the mid-nineties, with a late, great David Warner's surprise appearance. A sequel was planned in 2014, but it unfortunately failed.
Gregory Tudor is played to perfection by Clint Howard, a disgruntled ice cream man who delights in dismembering his customers and serving up some truly nasty delights in his ice cream van-lab. Howard clearly enjoys the role, adding a strange complexity to Tudors damaged character.
2 The Leprechaun
Friendly, mystical figures are often recast as murderous psychopaths in horror long. From genies and fairytale characters to Winnie the Pooh (seriously!) nothing is sacred. It was only a matter of time before macabre attention was paid to Irelands mascot of luck.
The Leprechaun movies are excellent, with Warwick Davis' outstanding central performance. A cheeky wisecracker with a genuine nasty streak and some inventive kills up his sleeves, the Leprechaun remains one of the great horror icons of the 1990s.
1 The Killer Klowns
Killer Klowns From Outer Space offers a different perspective on the creepy comedy performers.
The Klowns of the title are aliens with a wealth of amusing (and deadly) abilities, and a penchant for human blood. Indeed, they store people away in candyfloss cocoons and have a slurp whenever they feel pity. Add to that their horrific ventriloquist act, and you get a truly iconic shudder of nasties.