They're creepy, they're kooky, they're altogether ooky, and they’re also the stars of the strangest '90s films. Everyone who grew up watching the Addams Family movies has a soft spot for these macabre characters. But as fun and chaotic as their films are, they're far darker than you remember.
Each one is essentially about how the Addams are more loving and sweet than so-called "normal" society, but they're also peppered with spooky scenes that don't belong in a family flick. The most twisted moments from the Addams Family movies feature characters intentionally harming one another and loving every second of it.
Each film is full of sight gags, double entendres, and racy material that went over your head as a kid. But the Addams Family movies' most messed up moments prove this dubious clan isn't as family-friendly as they pretend.
Arguably the most famous scene from the Addams Family Values is the Thanksgiving play that Wednesday sabotages by seizing her fellow campers and their parents while setting fires across the stage and leading the rest of the kids in an uprising.
She ties her nemesis, Amanda Buckman, to a stake and shoves an apple in her mouth while the rest of the kids set the stage ablaze and topple the parents sitting in the stands. One girl is even thrown into the lake via catapult.
Even though no one explicitly eats it onscreen, it's likely that at least a few children met their end that day.
While most of the things that happen in Addams Family films are heightened, the scene where a woman almost drowns in Addams Family Reunion is genuinely upsetting to watch. After arriving at the wrong reunion, Wednesday and Pugsley play an intense game of croquet. Wednesday whacks a ball so hard that it bounces over to the pool and hits a woman in the face. She falls into the deep end and sinks directly to the bottom.
No one dives in after her, and she lies there for a while as bystanders scream for help. Thankfully, Lurch is around to save the day.
After arriving at the Adams' family reunion rather than the Addams' family reunion, Wednesday and Pugsley go about making enemies as quickly as possible with the "normal" kids they meet. To assert their dominance, they get into a croquet fight with the Adams family - but that's not all they do.
Wednesday detonates a croquet ball to freak them out, they entomb Lurch, and they even tie up an entire family and tease them with the possibility skin grafts. Thankfully, Gomez shows up and gets them out of the house before they can go any further.
After a short period of "romantic" courting in The Addams Family Values, Debbie marries Fester as part of her plan to take him out and inherit his money. Even though the film is rated PG-13, Debbie throws a toaster into a bath with Fester, and when that doesn't work, she tries to detonate their house with him still inside.
By the end of the film, she even tries to do away with the entire family by hooking them up to a homemade hot seat. She definitely gets an E for effort.