It’s Halloween so what better time to revisit an older Phenomenal 5 that’s all about the scares. We all know the Jasons and the Freddys of the genre. We are all familiar with Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Mummy. These horror movie baddies have been carving their names into the minds of horror fans for decades. But not every horror movie terror is all that frightening. In fact, there are some that are just plain goofy. Today we’re looking at five of the silliest horror baddies to ever grace the genre. There are so many to choose from therefore I wouldn’t call this the definitive list. But I think we can all agree that these are five phenomenally goofy horror Movie villains.
#5 – THE GREEN GOBLIN SEMI-TRUCK (“Maximum Overdrive”)
“Maximum Overdrive” was an odd horror movie about machines coming to life after a comet passes by the earth. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? The machines, ranging from vending machines to automobiles, begin attacking people. At a North Carolina truck stop Emilio Estevez and a handful of survivors are trapped inside as a number of “living” semi-trucks circle the building. What’s even goofier is that they have a “leader” – a menacing black semi with a huge Green Goblin face mounted on its front. There’s a big final battle between the human survivors and the trucks (no, I’m not kidding) but ultimately it comes down to stopping the green-faced 18-wheeled evil. This film was based on a Stephen King short story and it marked King’s one and only foray into directing. I think it’s easy to see why.
#4 – KILLER CLOWNS (“Killer Klowns from Outer Space”)
Yes, this is a movie that’s just as goofy as it’s title. Now to be fair, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” knows it’s idiotic and it does have a little fun with it. But it’s still a horror picture with antagonists that fit perfectly on this list. Do you need proof? Ok, how about this – an army of “Klowns” land on Earth in their circus tent-shaped space ship and begin killing the residents of a California town. We find out these Klowns (and yes they are actually clowns) are here to harvest us as a food source. But the town fights back and soon find the Klowns have one big weakness. Remember how zombies die with a bullet to the head? Well Killer Klowns can be killed by taking out their bright shiny noses. Shoot them in the nose and watch them spin like a top before blowing up into pieces. But it’s not a simple thing to do. They’re armed with everything from deadly ray guns to lethal balloon animals and acid pies. Now do you question their inclusion on this list? I thought not.
#3 – CHUCKY (The “Child’s Play” Series)
I still find it amazing that Chucky was actually part of a multi-film franchise. In case you don’t know, Chucky is a children’s doll possessed by a serial killer. Sounds like a completely rational idea for a horror villain, doesn’t it? Yet regardless of how preposterous it may sound, Chucky gained a strong cult following that resulted in several sequels. This foul-mouthed, murderous, red-haired doll kills indiscriminately and learns to enjoy his new “body”. He’s a tough cookie too. Chucky has been shot, burned, melted, blown up, decapitated, and cut into a million pieces. But despite all of the attempts he keeps coming back. And life has been good for Chucky. He’s met a female doll and married her. He’s even a proud father. Ok, I feel idiotic even typing that. It’s hard to believe that a corny concept like a killer “My Buddy” doll could have had such success. But if you doubt me keep in mind he was rebooted early this year.
#2 – KILLER TOMATOES (“Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”)
It’s obvious that the creators of the 1978 horror film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” intended to inject a lot of humor into their movie. I mean how could they avoid it with a title like this? If you think about it, how many ways can a tomato actually kill you? But don’t underestimate the proficiency of these vine-ripe terrors. The have many plump and juicy methods including devouring their prey and drowning their victims in tomato juice. Pretty scary stuff, huh? But like every ominous threat, these killers have a weakness. Their kryptonite isn’t a sharp knife or boiling water. No, it’s the song “Puberty Love”. Whenever they hear it they begin to shrink and are easily squashed. There have been three other “Killer Tomato” sequels but none have reached the B-movie cult status as the original. And let’s be honest, are there any other horror villains quite like them?
#1 – ZOMBIE ENTRAILS (“Dead Alive”)
If you haven’t seen Peter Jackson’s earlier film “Dead Alive” you’re probably trying to grasp the idea of zombie entrails. But yet it’s exactly what you think. “Dead Alive” is a nutty, off-the-wall gorefest that soaks the audience in blood and laughs. It takes the zombie and splatter films to new heights and I promise you it’s like nothing you’ve seen before. It all starts when nerdy Stewart’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran Rat-Monkey that’s carrying a rare disease. It ends up turning her into a zombie and you know that there can never be just one. Soon things get way out of hand highlighted by zombified entrails that attack our hero Stewart. The entrails chase him, throw him, and strangle him and it takes his greatest innovation to survive. Sounds terrorizing doesn’t it? This film has been called by some the goriest movie of all time. It’s also very funny and how can you argue with the horror of zombie entrails?
There you have them – the goofiest of the horror villains. I can think of several others that could grace this list but I think these have earned their spots. So how about your choices? Who would you include on this goofy list?
Oh, Dead Alive. I haven’t seen that film in years. I remember the first time I saw it on IFC (when it showed movies uncut and commercial-free) as I had no idea what I was in for. I only have 2 words: zombie baby.
Zombie baby indeed. And in the case of this list, zombie entrails! LOL!
When I first saw that zombie baby sequence, I lost it as I had never laughed so hard in my life. Whatever happened to that version of Peter Jackson?
And don’t forget the bowl of custard scene with its special ingredient! 😂
Chucky is phenomenal! I love the original movie and all its creepiness. I am still to see the new remake and hopefully I will. I wish I never knew about his bride or the baby. Great list!
It was a fun list to do. As for Chucky’s remake, I wasn’t that impressed. I was hoping it would be a good horror-comedy. Unfortunately it takes itself way too seriously.
I haven’t seen any of these (surprise! 🙄) and I’m not sad about that one bit! 😊
Ha Ha!!! You mean none of these horror movie baddies sound terrifying to you? I can’t imagine why, LOL.
Amazing Post! I’ve only seen the Child’s Play films, but I’m familiar enough with the others to where I haven seen clips of these before.
I also share your amazement that Chucky was and still is so popular. Of all the horror movies to spark a franchise it’s one with a killer doll. I still like Child’s Play 2 the best.
Thanks! I remember when the first couple of Child’s Play movies came out I was in High School. My buddies and I had a lot of fun yucking it up to those things. But it really went bonkers after 2.
Leprechaun. The first one was played straight as a horror (though not that good as a movie), and the next few played more to a mix of comedy and horror. Warwick Davis really did a lot with the role.
That’s a great pick!