One of the most horrifying and disgusting elements of a good horror film is the birth of the monster. It may be a person turning into a beast or an already-grotesque creature becoming something even worse. In many movies, the transformation is as terrifying as the monster itself. These ten disgusting mutations are guaranteed to make your stomach churn.
10. Re-Animator (1985)
Zombies are always gross, whether they’ve been dead for a hundred years or just recently turned. In Re-Animator, Dr. Herbert West attempts to revive the dead with a glowing green serum. It works, except that the reanimated corpses are mindless killing machines. Even a severed head and a mutilated cat are brought back to life. The amount of blood splattered on the screen means this one’s not for the queasy.
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The idea of being replaced by an alien duplicate is horrifying, but the idea of growing a human body in an alien pod is downright appalling. They look like people when they’re done, but the developing doppelgängers are blank and inhuman, like a basic template without distinguishing features.
8. Gremlins (1984)
Gizmo and his fellow Mogwai are undeniably cute, which makes the metamorphosis in Gremlins even more horrible. A little water on a Mogwai creates more cuddly little fuzzballs. Feeding those fuzzballs after midnight, however, turns them into slimy, scaly cocoon pods. Get a gremlin wet, and its skin will bubble and boil while more pop out.
7. Hellraiser (1987)
Hellraiser is the story of Kirsty and a puzzle box known as the Lament Configuration, which unleashes Pinhead and the Cenobites. Kirsty’s uncle Frank, however, takes the spotlight when he is brought back from the dead. Frank is reborn by a drop of his brother’s blood; his body is slowly reformed piece by piece. The end result is a skinless Frank dripping blood and in dire need of a new epidermis.
6. Dead Alive, a.k.a. Braindead (1992)
Lionel’s mum is your stereotypical overbearing mother who’s bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She disapproves of Lionel’s girlfriend and eats her dog. She spews pus from open wounds and raises an undead horde of zombies. She turns into a giant beast and tries to capture Lionel back in her womb. The worst part is that her personality doesn’t really change from when she was human.
5. The Thing (1982)
Much like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing features alien duplicates of human bodies. Unlike the pod people, however, these humans (and dogs) are absorbed by the alien, which then mimics the human form. During the process, however, the alien takes on many horrific shapes, sprouting huge tentacles, opening additional mouths, and even branching off into several separate creatures.
4. Alien (1979)
From egg to full-grown alien, the lifespan of the xenomorph in Alien is revolting. After the slimy egg hatches, the appropriately-named facehugger wraps itself around a person’s head and lays an embryo in the unwilling host. Next, a chestburster frees itself from the person’s torso. That little guy grows into the acid-drooling alien we all know and love.
3. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The transformation scene from The Wolf Man (1941) was a simple effect, yet extremely effective. Makeup and special effects artist Rick Baker took werewolf transformations to the next level in An American Werewolf in London. The sequence, which highlights David’s pain as his human body contorts into a wolf, is easily the movie’s most memorable moment. In fact, a picture of the wolf mid-transformation has been used on several home video releases.
2. Slither (2006)
Slither combines the most disgusting elements of zombies and sci-fi into one horrific being. Grant is possessed by an alien, which impregnates Brenda with countless slugs. These slugs, after exploding out of Brenda’s bloated body, get into other people’s mouths and turn them into zombie’s with Grant’s collective consciousness. Finally, these zombies meet up with Grant and press themselves into his body, merging into one colossal, deformed blob.
1. The Fly (1986)
Seth Brundle’s mutation from human to giant insect makes up the bulk of The Fly. The scientist inadvertently fuses his genetic makeup with that of a fly in an experiment gone awry. The new being, which calls itself Brundlefly, slowly loses all traces of its humanity. Before long, it’s vomiting onto food to digest it and consuming as much sugar as possible. Because the transformation happens for the majority of the film, each scene shows us a gross new stage in Brundlefly’s existence.
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