Monster movies have been around since the dawn of cinema, and people have always gotten a kick out of what kind of weird and wonderful creatures Hollywood could scare us with.
Except that sometimes these creatures are the result of a budget lower than you could ever imagine, and the results are far more hilarious than scary. Let’s take a look at some of the best/worst examples.
Leprechaun (1993) – Leprechaun
Someone decided that a leprechaun looking for his pot o’ gold was good fodder for a horror movie, and while it spawned a pretty hilarious series, the leprechaun itself is anything but scary.
Fun fact: the original Leprechaun features one of Jennifer Aniston’s earliest roles!
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Dracula
A big-budget adaptation of one of the definitive horror novels, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has all the makings of a creepy movie; gothic imagery, creepy music, and an excellent cast. That is, until you actually see Gary Oldman as the Count.
Who the hell thought that one of the most iconic horror villains of all time needed a double beehive hairdo and bright red silk robe?! Seriously, I dare you to watch his scenes and not laugh.
Robot Monster (1953) – Ro-Man
The 50s were an absolute gold mine of bizarre science fiction, as the advent of both space travel and nuclear power made humanity question what was to come. Robot Monster is not one of the better entries.
Ro-Man, supposedly a terrifying alien that has wiped out all but six humans on Earth, ends up looking like a gorilla in a diving helmet just stumbling after a bunch of bored actors. It’s so bad it’s amazing.
Night of the Lepus (1972) – The Lepus
Genuinely billed by MGM Studios as a terrifying monster flick taking place in American suburbia, Night of the Lepus went to great lengths to keep its monster a secret. When it’s finally revealed, you’re going to scream… from laughing so hard.
That’s right, the monster of this movie is a herd of giant bunny rabbits (played by real bunny rabbits and a lot of forced perspective shots) that attack people. I’m willing to bet that nobody whatsoever was scared by this.
Troll 2 (1990) – Goblins
Troll 2 is infamous for being one of the worst movies of all time, so much so that it even has a documentary about it called The Best Worst Movie. Taking place in the town of Nilbog (that’s “Goblin” spelled backwards), all terror goes out the door when the monsters show up.
Look at these things. They’re not even trolls; they’re goblins. So you have a movie called Troll 2 that doesn’t have any tolls in it. Seriously.
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Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) – Killer Bed
Because nothing says gut-wrenching terror like a monster that can’t move, communicate, or do anything other than just stand there and wait for people to sit on it.
Seriously, the monster is a bed that’s made of some kind of secret acid. We are not kidding.
From Hell It Came (1957) – Tree Monster
With a title like that, you’d be expecting one hell of an intense monster movie. Even the poster is pretty creepy! The result though…
Yes, that is a tree monster. Yes, it is supposed to be scary. No, it is not in any way.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) – Birds
A recent staple in the world of “so bad it’s good” movies, Birdemic tries to recreate the tension of something like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds while also making a statement about the environment. Instead, it ends up being a statement on terrible special effects.
That is an actual shot from the movie. People paid money to make this.
Jack Frost (1997) – Killer Snowman
No this is not the same Jack Frost where Michael Keaton dies, comes back as a snowman, and tries to make amends with his family. In fact, this one beat that movie to release by a full year!
Instead, this is a horror movie about a serial killer who comes back as an EVIL snowman and tries to wreak havoc on the people who killed him. So like a Christmas-y Freddy Kruger. The less said about the snowman’s shower sex scene the better (no I am not kidding).
Son of Godzilla (1967) – Minya / Minilla
If I were to ask you to describe what you’d think Godzilla’s son would look like, you’d probably guess a slightly smaller, but still terrifying version right? Welp, prepare to be disappointed
Minya (or Minilla, people can’t agree on the name) is the dopey-est creature ever made by Toho, and that’s saying something. The company admitted he was entirely created to sell toys, and the results are obvious when you actually watch this horrible movie (and the one that followed it).
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