The Top Six Craziest Movie Families
3. The Mantle Brothers - Dead Ringers
Source: 20th Century Fox
The standard killer movie family may be a pack of inbred hicks with a penchant for murder, but not all of them are backwater psychos. Some of them are positively urbane. Take for example the twin gynecologists of David Cronenberg's 1988 freakfest Dead Ringers. Elliot and Beverly Mantle (both played by a simultaneously charming and creepy Jeremy Irons) are a pair of highly respected and totally insane doctors who specialize in "lady parts." As the film progresses, the brothers get weirder and weirder as they explore the darkest corners of being a twin and gynecology. Yes, it is a very disturbing movie.
Once the odder twin (well, the slightly odder twin) decides to invent his own gynecological tools, things go from very weird to totally f-ed up. It's a great scary movie full of the body horror Cronenberg is famous for. It's also a wonderful reminder that as much as they may be alike, twins should always pursue different careers. Or at least not ones that involve genitalia and surgery.
2. The Hillbillies - Deliverance
Source: Warner Bros.
Although a blood relation is only hinted at in the film, the Hillbillies in the 1972 thriller Deliverance are probably the most realistic of all the killer families on the list. And by realistic, we mean they are crudely drawn stereotypes of poor people rather than rampaging maniacs who wear masks made of their victims' skin. Despite their lack of mutations or signature costumes (or maybe because of it) they are just as scary as any other family on this list.
Encountered by a group of "city boys" out for a weekend of adventure in the Georgia wilderness, these mountain folk have strange ideas about hospitality. After agreeing to drive the city slickers' cars downriver, they instead stalk them and in one of the most famous scenes in movie history, teach Ned Beatty how to squeal like a pig and the harsh realities about hillbilly "romance." A few deaths and injuries later, three of the heroes make it out alive and learn a valuable lesson about life in the mountains: if you ain't kin, you ain't welcome.
1. The Sawyers - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Source: New Line Cinema
The granddaddies, daddies, and brothers of all hideous sociopathic murderous families, The Sawyers (yes, they actually have a name) from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre films wrote the blood-soaked book on being a crazy pack of wild killers who share not only a little DNA, but an insatiable lust for violence and people who get lost on country roads. From their first appearance in the classic 1974 original to the slew of sequels and remakes that followed, the Sawyers have been terrorizing and mutilating their wayward victims in an orgy of chainsaw fuelled destruction.
Whether it's the insane hitchhiking son who slashes strangers for fun, the dad with the award winning chilli recipe, the nearly dead grandpa who still tries to kill even though he can barely hold a hammer, or the favorite son Leatherface, this is one family that's as devoted to unspeakable acts of inhumanity as they are to each other.
It's almost kind of sweet, if it wasn't for all the torture and cannibalism.