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The Scariest Rabbits in Movie History - Mean and Frightening Pop Culture Bunnies that Terrify Us

Updated on March 28, 2013

Terrifying Rabbits

We all love rabbits, right? These fluffy little creatures are best known for their meek and mild disposition. They have been adopted in cartoons with the funny Bugs Bunny and the kind and gentle kids from PBS' hit show, Arthur. Kids love them, too! Their soft fur draws children to these gorgeous animals at petting zoos and fairs, but what happens when these animals turn bad?

Many directors have taken these harmless bunnies and transmogrified them into horrifically scary monsters that are sure to haunt your nights.

Look closely at the most terrifying rabbits in movie-going history. From invisible monsters to hairless monstrosities, these warped creatures have earned their place in the horror genre's hall of fame!

Twilight Zone - Hat Trick

This episode is one of the scariest, most horrifying pieces of film I have seen. Expecting the classic Twilight Zone shenanigans like William Shatner's monster on the wing of the plane, this episode pushes the limits and scares the crap out of people!

A little boy with almost unlimited supernatural powers forces his "uncle" to perform a magic trick for his unwilling guests. Please make sure you keep liquids away from your computer as you watch this video and see the horrific rabbit that is pulled from the hat.

After you finish watching this clip, please make sure you call your therapist. You will need a bit of time to purge this from your nightmares!

Harvey, the Invisible Rabbit

Sure, this 1950 film featured James Stewart as the meek Elwood Dowd, but the true star of the show is arguably the giant, invisible rabbit. Reputed to be a pooka (a Celtic shapeshifter), this creature is the best friend of the socially challenged Dowd. Granted, in the movie Harvey was not portrayed as being particularly frightening, but it doesn't take much imagination to see where the pooka folklore would make him absolutely terrifying!

Why is this scary? Imagine, as a middle aged man, you had an invisible friend and you were absolutely convinced that this rabbit existed?

Would it be more terrifying to be that man or one of his friends? This movie is just begging for a re-make. Imagine what today's directors would do with this?

Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is scary? He sure is! Although, this particular bunny goes beyond breaking into your home at night to hide eggs and candy. In the movie "Easter Bunny Kill Kill", the cute little rabbit is nothing short of brutal.

This campy, low-budget slasher film is a classic B-Movie! When a working mom leaves her mentally disabled son at home with her new boyfriend, very bad things happen and the Easter Bunny turns violent!

You will be surprised what power tools are used by the person behind the bunny mask in this classic slasher film!

Night of the Lepus

Night of the Lepus

What do you get when curious and somewhat ignorant scientists naively inject harmless rabbits with an untested serum? Well, horrible, giant, and vicious bunnies of course!

This cheesy 1972 film stars Janet Leigh (of Psycho fame!) and a warren of carnivorous rabbits. Complete with horrible special effects and lousy dialogue, this movie makes for the perfect gory fan flick!  You can't beat rabid rabbits licking their blood-soaked faces!

Add rabbits hopping through miniature props and campy corpses laying around, and you have the perfect date-night movie. But seriously, giant, hormone-infused rabbits attacking virtually everything that moves? SCARY!

Night of the Lepus
Night of the Lepus

Inland Empire

This movie is a bizarre experience to say the least. Featuring cryptic bunny-headed sitcom stars, polish killers, multiple identities and a cursed movie, this film is troubling on many, many levels. This movie is so weird, there are rampant debates about what it actually means.

I have no idea how to classify this...but it is bizarre and is sure to warp your mind.

Regardless of your views about this movie, these rabbit headed people are freaky!

Watership Down

General Woundwort

I loved the book Watership Down. I read it several times and each time, I seem to learn something new. My parents made the mistake thinking that because the movie was animated, it was good for kids. It wasn't! I had nightmares for weeks, thinking about the terrible General Woundwort.

Blind in one eye, this brutal dictator leads the rabbit warren in a military life.  He is big, mean, and all around savage.  Years after his death, young rabbits believe that the boogeyman is the evil General Woundwort.

General Woundwort
General Woundwort
Frank - The Scary Rabbit in Donnie Darko
Frank - The Scary Rabbit in Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

What happens when a large bunny rabbit appears as a vision and begins to manipulate you? Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this movie featuring the super-scary rabbit named Frank.  

This horrifying bunny tells Donnie about time travel, the end of the world, and convinces him to commit a series of crimes.  This mind-bending show features "Grandma Death," Patrick Swayze and falling jet engines.  What's not to love?

Of course, Frank the Rabbit is darn-right freaky!!  Just look at the costume featured below.

Hide this one from the kids unless you want to scar them for life!

The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

This mythical beast was the guardian of the Cave of Caerbannog. While Tim the Enchanter led the crew to the cave, he continued to report that the ferocious monster had big, nasty, pointy teeth and scared Arthur and the quest-goers.

When they see the peaceful rabbit grazing amongst the bones of the fallen, they mistakenly fail to take the monster seriously. What happens next is horrific and funny!

Fortunately, the monster falls to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (we all need one of these, right?)  

To memorialize this classic piece of film history, make sure to collect one of the great plush rabbits (complete with vicious teeth!)


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    • agvulpes profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      I remember seeing 'Harvey' when I was young?

      It just about left everything to the imagination but all the same it was a 'scary' movie.

      If my memory is correct I think it was James Stewarts first 'weirdo' movie ?

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      Carlo Giovannetti 

      6 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice recap, hehehe... I wonder how the amount of evil/scary rabbits would correlate to any other evil/scary animals.

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      8 years ago from Bangkok

      General Woundwort really scared me when I watched Watership Down as a kid.

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      Keith Abt 

      8 years ago from The Garden State

      If there was ever a throwdown between the "Lepus" rabbits and the Killer Bunny from "Holy Grail," my money would be on the "Lepus" rabbits for the win. Python's killer bunny may have big pointy fangs and the ability to fly, but the "Lepus" have got the advantage of size and numbers.

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      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      just remember when using your Holy Hand Grenade to read the manual in full!!!

      "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin.

      Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less.

      Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three.

      Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three.

      Five is right out.

      Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

      I really want to know if this artifact would be useful against all of the other merciless rabbits that you mention above??


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