It is now officially Year of the Rabbit, and if you follow the Lunar New Year, rabbits are often described as responsible, timid, playful and polite.
Well, not all of them, because movies and cartoons tell us otherwise. Check out these evil little rabbits from movies and television:
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog guards the cave passage to the Grail in the comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Don’t be fooled by his appearance, or death will come to you with big sharp nasty pointy teeth.
You know, I’m not even sure what kind of nasty bunny like critter this harbinger of the World’s End is supposed to be in the sci-fi horror Donnie Darko. However, I know he’s creepy as all get out. Fun fact, one the masks used in the movie is now owned by horror fan and Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett.
The Killer “Lepus”
I don’t know who had the weirder job in this 1972 cheesy creature feature, the guy who green-lit the big “Killer Bunnies” stampede, or the effects person who had to smear fake blood on the poor rabbit actors’ faces. Either way, I had to see this, now you do, too.
Uncle Walt’s Mutant Bunny
Remember Twilight Zone the Movie from 1983? It can’t hold a creepy flickering candle to the epic original anthology television series, but it does have its share of scares. The creepy kid holding his family hostage was the worst. The nasty animatronic rabbit Uncle Walt pulled from his has was a fleeting scene, but left a big nightmarish impact on a bunch of us Gen X-ers.
I love Bugs (who doesn’t), but he’s a certified psychopath at times. He has buried his foes alive, blown up countless people and animals with dynamite, played some creatively evil tricks on his friends like Daffy Duck, and used some serious mind tricks on poor Elmer Fudd. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the time he killed some poor schmo for coughing.
Bust out the Holy Hand Grenade, and break out the old trusty huntin’ rifle, because those killer wascally wabbits are all around, and it’s their year!