Stop-motion films & TV shows are becoming a lost art; the labor-intensive technique is regarded as almost antiquated in the age of CGI technologies and computer animation. It’s a shame, because when it comes to creating something truly creepy, nothing thrust a person into the pit of The Uncanny Valley faster that some jerky, talking, twisting bits of clay and plastic. Even when it isn’t designed to be nightmarish, there’s something about stop-motion animation that’s intrinsically terrifying.
For proof, check out the video below from Macs Media: Top 10 Creepiest Stop Motion Creatures! It includes examples that are both unintentionally terrifying and extremely unnerving by design. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Do you have an affinity or aversion to stop-motion animation?
If you can’t stream, the creatures have been listed below the video. Enjoy!
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Feathers McGraw from The Amazing World of Wallace and Gromit (1999).
Medusa from Clash of the Titans (1981).
The California Raisons
Man with Issues (2012) (Short Film Below List).
Large Marge from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985).
The Peanut Bender (1933) (Video Below).
Amanda’s “Counterpart” on The Amanda Show.
Balance: Best Animated Short Film Oscar Winner from 1989 (Short Film Below).
The Devil in The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985).
The Other Mother from Coralline (2009).
Man with Issues
Official Synopsis: Stop-frame short by New Zealand Filmmaker Tom Reilly. Won Audience Choice Award at London Animation Festival 2004, placed in Saatchi&Saatchi New Directors Showcase 2007, Wellington Fringe Film Festival competition winner…. back in the days before Dragon Frame and YouTube.
The Peanut Bender
Official Synopsis: Creepy 1933 experimental puppet film by filmmaker Len Lye.
Official Synopsis: The film depicts five individuals living on a small platform floating in space. Whenever one of them moves, the others must do so as well to ensure that the platform does not tip over. The group works cooperatively to maintain a “balance” until one individual pulls a box onto the platform. Since all are curious as to what the box is, the individuals try to inspect the box and their actions disrupt the balance of the platform, and those on it. All but one of the individuals is pushed or falls off the edges of the platform. In the end, the lone individual must maintain a balance with the box, which is well out of reach.