There are evil villains, there are terrifying villains, there are even sympathetic villains... and then sometimes there are simply disgusting villains. These gross villains may also be terrifying or evil, and often their effectiveness as villains is tied into their very repulsiveness. It isn't just that they do foul deeds; their very presence seems noxious, their touch slimy and repugnant. Just the idea of being in the same room with them might make us gag or set our skin crawling.
More than merely ugly, these villains are the most wretched and grotesque spectacles ever captured on screen - whether that screen is large or small - and they've haunted us and stuck in our minds for that very reason. Remember to vote up the most stomach-turning antagonists.
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When scientific genius Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) goes through his newly completed "telepod" - a system for transporting matter instantaneously from one point to another - he's unaware that he has a miniscule stowaway in David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the 1958 classic. In the original film, the result was a monstrous humanoid figure with the head and arm of a fly. In Cronenberg's hands, the results are more complicated... and predictably gloppier.
Over the course of the film, Brundle, whose DNA has been disastrously mixed with that of the fly, undergoes a tragic metamorphosis, gradually degenerating into an extremely gross fly-like monster that, among other things, dissolves its food with acidic vomit. The unbelievably nasty special effects by Chris Walas were so good they won an Academy Award.34240Gross?
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John Carpenter's 1982 monster classic is a cult favorite for countless reasons, but one of them absolutely has to be the gnarly practical effects that help to bring the titular shape-shifting alien to life. Created by Rob Bottin, the effects work on Carpenter's film was so intense that Bottin was actually hospitalized for exhaustion after his work was completed.
While the alien monster in The Thing can look like anyone it assimilates, the film is loaded with transformations in which human (and sometimes canine) bodies violently morph into horrific, gooey alien anatomy. Those transformations remain grotesque and gut-wrenching some four decades later.33241Gross?
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Before he helmed the Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn made this incredibly gloppy ode to alien invasion movies, starring one of the grossest monsters ever committed to film. Michael Rooker, who would go on to fame as Yondu in Guardians, plays Grant Grant, the wealthiest man in the small town of Wheelsy, SC.
When an alien entity that's equal parts John Carpenter's The Thing and those slug critters from Night of the Creeps lands in the woods outside of town, Grant becomes its unwitting host, gradually transforming into a hideous alien monstrosity that gruesomely absorbs some of the townspeople while turning others into living wombs or slug-possessed zombies. Gunn's screenplay manages to make Grant's predicament surprisingly poignant, but that doesn't make the creature into which he transforms any less repulsive.28527Gross?
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Mason Verger was a former patient of Hannibal Lecter. During one of their sessions, Lecter dosed him with hallucinogens and convinced him to cut off his own face and feed it to dogs - except for his nose, which Verger himself consumed. Unlike most of Lecter's victims, however, Verger survived his ordeal, albeit severely disfigured and mostly bedridden, reliant on a ventilator to breathe.
While the makeup under which Gary Oldman played the character in the 2001 movie Hannibal was pretty gruesome, what really made Verger gross wasn't his appearance, but his sadistic appetites, which ranged from assaulting children to planning to feed Lecter to hogs that he had bred specifically for that purpose.26141Gross?