Horror movies have plenty of surreal scenes, but some of the best ones involve animals. Here are some of the best surreal animal moments in horror!
8) Chicken Egg Boob Job, from Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken DeadWe’ve all been there, right?
(Poultrygeist: Night of the Chick Dead)
A strong candidate for best worst movie ever made, Poultrygeist is basically a cornucopia of disgusting and surreal moments. The background for this scene? A fast food franchise was built on a cursed “Indian burial ground,” and it seems the chicken has gone rogue. Of course, the characters were messed up even before all this madness…Oh, and the movie is also a musical. Let that sink in. Anyway, of all the surreal moments I could list, I decided to settle upon this little gem of a moment, which qualifies as something you won’t see every day:
7) Flaming Puppy Toy, from Storage 24Arf Arf! (Storage 24)
Okay, so I’m kind of cheating with this one, as it’s a stuffed toy and not a real animal. Nevertheless, it does involve the concept of a dog (and, let’s face it, plenty of animals in weird movie scenes are just props or animations anyway, which isn’t far from a stuffed toy). The movie itself is alright, too.
6) Roast Pig, from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream WarriorsOink oink! (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors)
A very simple moment, yet nevertheless powerful, memorable, freaky and funny. Apparently the pig was very real, and very stinky. Imagine being the puppeteer for that thing!
5) Cat From Hell, from Tales From The Darkside: The MovieCoughing up a hairball. (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is not the most surreal anthology series ever. Still, a cat crawling out of David Johansen’s character’s mouth is a bit surreal, and definitely a classic horror moment. It’s definitely not a sequence for ailurophobes (that means people who fear cats…don’t feel bad, I had to look it up myself).
4) Human-Beaver-Zombie Hybrids, from ZombeaversSomeone’s going to need a bigger toothbrush! (Zombeavers)
Zombeavers was a pleasant surprise for me, as I was expecting it to be like Citizen Kane…boring! Instead I got zombie beavers going after people, biting them viciously, and transforming them into additional zombie beavers who try to keep the cycle going. Yay! The concept is pure B-movie schlock, but also highly surreal.
3) Mr. Skinny, from NecromentiaNightmare fuel! (Necromentia)
Wikipedia describes Mr. Skinny as “a diaper-wearing, fat, Caucasian butcher in a pig mask,” but it’s implied that it may not be a mask at all, but the demon’s actual head. Speaking in a deranged, cartoon-ish voice, Mr. Skinny pretends to be a children’s TV show host, encouraging a young man to commit murder and/or suicide, referring to it as “Suey suey suicide!” Nice!
2) The Laughing Deer Head, from Evil Dead 2: Dead By DawnWho doesn’t enjoy a good laugh every now and then? (Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn)
A great scene! Here we have Ash Williams on the brink of insanity, coaxed further along into it by the stuffed and mounted head of a deer. Hey, you can say what you want about the Evil Dead, but at least they have a sense of humor…even if they’re trying to kill you and swallow your soul. A little humor goes a long way.
1) The ‘Chaos Reigns’ Fox, AntichristInsert obvious “What does the fox say?” joke here. (Antichrist)
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Sometimes, a single scene changes how I feel about a movie forever. The “chaos reigns” fox scene accomplished just that for Lars von Trier’s Antichrist. I had mixed feelings about the movie up until that point. Before the fox, the film was tragically sad, weird, moody and sexually explicit, but I wasn’t convinced it was a masterpiece or anything.
However, that fox changed all that, and I laughed pretty hard about it, as if I were watching a rip-roaring comedy all along. Throw in other strange animals, a blossoming fear of the woods and scenes of genital mutilation, and you suddenly have one of the most bizarre movies ever. Lars von Trier’s movies are considered controversial, and sometimes just plain boring, but with this movie none of that matters. Chaos reigns, baby!
So there you have it. These are some of the best surreal animal scenes out there. Still, were some left out? What are your favorite surreal animal scenes in horror? Let us know in the comments!