I would say that you can’t make up this sh*t, but over the years, horror movie writers and directors have created some pretty crazy creatures. Ranging from the silly to the disgusting, here are 12 of the most bizarre movie monsters ever depicted on film.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
In this spoof of horror B-movies, tomatoes become sentient for unknown reasons and attack humanity. And it actually kind of works.
Here, take a look at the trailer for the original film.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. A zombie, venus fly-trap? I’m listening…
The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant. First killer tomatoes, now a killer venus fly-trap. Weird.
Robot Monster (1953)
The Ro-Man Extension XJ-9 is half robot, half gorilla, and it’s on a mission to Earth to destroy humanity!
It’s successful, except for eight human beings who are immune to its death ray. However, he fails at killing them when he develops an illogical attraction to a scientist’s eldest daughter.
Chillerama was part of a low budget indie horror anthology directed by Adam Gree, Joe Lynch, Bear McCreary, Adam Rifkin and Tim Sullivan.
Adam Rifkin’s segment might be one of the most bizarre “monsters” on this list. “Wadzilla” is a spoof on 1950s monster movies and is about “a guy that goes to get his sperm count raised, and it creates one big sperm that attacks New York City”.
It Follows (2014)
The “IT” in It Follows is an unknown supernatural force that passes from person to person after a sexual encounter. It takes the form of the last person “IT” had sex with.
Acting like a ghostly zombie PSA for STD’s it can take just about any form and won’t stop until it passes into someone else like a bad chain-mail case of herpes.
The Trollenberg Terror aka The Crawling Eye (1958)
Out of an unexplained radioactive mist and odd cloud formation crawls a giant, multi-tentacled creature with a single huge eye.
It’s the first of many such monsters, but they’re nothing that some Molotov cocktails and aerial firebombing can’t contain.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)
Also known as Hedorah, the Smog Monster is a microscopic alien lifeform that feeds on Earth’s pollution and grows into a poisonous, acid-secreting sea monster.
Thank goodness Godzilla arrives to save mankind!
The Host (2006)
Six years after 200 bottles of formaldehyde are dumped down a drain into the Han River in South Korea, a huge creature emerges and begins attacking people. Not only is it a huge threat, it also is the host of a deadly virus.
The picture above focuses on its disgusting mouth as it eats someone, but doesn’t demonstrate the unusual number of appendages it uses to scurry along.
Artist Neville Page designed this alien with a biological rationale for it in mind, even though many of his ideas (elongated and articulated external esophagus) did not appear on screen.
Its movements represent an immature creature suffering from separation anxiety, recalling real-life elephants that get frightened and lash out.
In the climax of Bryan Yuzna’s film, a high school student learns that his family and their high-society friends are actually a different species. To demonstrate, wealthy party guests strip to their underwear to literally feed on the poor, physically deforming and melding with each other.
What the student does to one of the monsters during a fight is best left to experience for yourself.
The Thing (1982)
Ten years before Society, John Carpenter envisioned a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms in order to ultimately imitate them.
The incredibly realistic (and disgusting) transformations were brilliantly depicted using practical effects, which many fans prefer over the CGI of the 2011 prequel.
The Manster (1962)
A mad scientist working on evolution caused by cosmic rays in the atmosphere stimulates chemical change in a foreign news correspondent. After a few days, the man discovers a large eyeball growing out of his shoulder.
Eventually, the eyeball grows to an entire head, then later he splits into two completely separate entities.
There are so many bizarre monsters to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down to just 12. So tell us in the comment section some of your favorites we left off our list.