ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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!)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 

      4 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 ?

    • Thief12 profile image

      Thief12 

      5 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.

    • nickupton profile image

      nickupton 

      7 years ago from Bangkok

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

    • FatFreddysCat profile image

      Keith Abt 

      7 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.

    • LeanMan profile image

      Tony 

      7 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??

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)