While some legends are legitimately frightening, others are so magnificently weird they sound like they were conceived in the midst of an acid trip at a freak show.
The below list is confusing. On one hand, the thought of a featureless creature bending over and revealing a giant eyeball where the sun don't shine is hilarious. On the other hand, it's haunting and terrifying in its freakishness.
Either way, seeing such myths turned into films would be well worth the entrance fee. Let's take a look at some of the weirdest.
1. Ashiarai Yashiki
Bear with me on this one. It's weird and I'm going to go out on a limb and say this isn't actually true.
This spirit derives from Japanese folklore, taking the form of a disembodied foot. It floats in, wiggles its massive toes and demands to be washed. Those on the receiving end don't really have a leg to stand on; say no, and it'll smash you to smithereens.
2. The Sihuanaba
This spirit, from Central American folklore, preys on men, showing up as a naked woman who is seen only from behind. When men lay eyes on her, they go crazy and chase after her, but there's one catch; when they finally get up close to her, she has the head of a horse.
The direct translation of this creature is "butt-eye," for valid reason; he has a massive eyeball instead of an ass. I'm thinking this one would make a good Seth Rogen comedy-horror genre mash-up.
4. The Leshy
The lesh you hear about this one, the better. Based on Slavic mythology, the weird creature is a shapeshifter that can take the form of any human.
It's responsible for the death of people, but in kind of a sweet way, as far as murder goes. The little demon has a fondness for tickling, which sometimes gets way out of hand, resulting in the death of its poor victim.
Actually, now I think of it, death by tickling is kind of terrifying. Urgh.
5. The Hidebehind
Probably the spirit with the most literal name on the list, the Hidebehind... hides behind things. You'll hear its presence, but no matter how quick you are, you'll never catch it before — yeah, you guessed it — it hides behind something.
According to its origin, lumberjacks claim its only fear is alcohol. Hmm, I think maybe those particular lumberjacks created the creature to hide behind latent alcoholism.
What myth would you most like to see turned into a movie?