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The Top Six Craziest Movie Families

by G_Shakespeare   October 01, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 2,497

In most horror movies, there's usually one unstoppable dude who does the scaring. He freaks people out, kills them, eats them, or whatever other horrible thing movie bad guys do, and that's it.  That is unless you come from a crazy family. If you're one of the lucky few characters on this list, you don't have to go looking for a partner in terror because you've got one sleeping in the room next to you.

Source: Lionsgate

By Geoff Shakespeare

 

6. The Fireflys - The House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects

For a bunch of people named after Groucho Marx characters, the extended Firefly family of Rob Zombie's The House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects aren't very much fun. Oh sure, they really enjoy what they do, but for anyone unfortunate enough to stumble across their particular corner of the South, they can be a real bummer. You see, despite being so humorously named, they are one of the nastiest, killingest clans in movie history.

Whether it's at their rundown combination ranch house/torture cave in the first movie or on the run in the second, they make ritualistic murder and gory dismemberment a family affair. An homage to the numerous horrible families that have been a staple of horror movies since at least the ‘70s, they represent the very best in familial carnage. All the classic family members are there: the creepy Mom, the even creepier uncle, the sadistic brother, and the sexy, yet crazy sister. They even have their own deformed man-hulk skulking around the woods outside. But despite their individual quirks, the Fireflys know that while victims come and go, family is forever.

 

5. The Stewart Family - The Others

Source: Dimension Films

At first glance, the Stewart Family in the 2001 spook movie The Others doesn't seem all that weird. Sure, they may be a little pasty and repressed, but aren't all British people? Comprised of mother Grace (played by Nicole Kidman- one of the few women who can make pasty look hot) and kids Anne and Nicholas, they wile away the days hiding out in a huge mansion in the middle of nowhere. Since the kids sufferer from a rare photosensitivity disease, they can't be exposed to any sunlight. Unluckily for them, their condition means they have to have the shades drawn at all times. This makes it extra scary when the family starts to see some creepy apparitions.

Grace's staunch English reserve crumbles as things get scarier and scarier. Things deteriorate until the big reveal..

[SPOILERS!]

It seems the Stewart Family's pale skin and dead eyes aren't just because they grew up English; they are the ghosts. Driven to insanity by the crappy English weather and cuisine, Mom actually killed the two kids and herself years ago. Once they realize they aren't alive anymore, the family starts to get along a lot better. Who knew all it took for a family to really gel was for all of them to be the disembodied spirits of people who died horrible, senseless deaths?

 

4. The Jupiter Clan - The Hills Have Eyes

Source: Vanguard

The mutated desert hillbilly scavengers in Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes, the Jupiter Clan are a family of monstrous murderers and cannibals who (of course) terrify a passing family of holiday makers who happen to break down in the wrong place. Leader Papa Jupiter, evil ex-prostitute Mama, and their three sons Mars, Pluto, and Jupiter eke out a living trapping and eating anyone that happens to pass by. With their barbarian wardrobes and extremely causal approach to hygiene, they mess the family up something awful until they finally get theirs. But in the end, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for Jupiter's flock. Living in a cave in the hot arid desert can drive just about anyone mad. Add to that being raised by a psychotic monster and fed human remains from the time you're a child, and the members of the Jupiter Clan didn't have much chance of growing up to be accountants.

 

 

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