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  • Everything about Horace the Hate Bug, Herbie's evil twin car from the 1997 remake. The mere existence of the car is enough to make Dr. Gustav Stumpfel, Herbie's original creator, shiver with fear, going as far as to have an immediate desire to destroy the car minutes after constructing it. Horace is the only vehicle in the series to ever be portrayed as a villain, and great lengths were clearly put to make him as terrifying as possible. To further elaborate:
    • The build-up to the reveal of the car itself is unsettling all on itself. Simon impatiently rushes Dr. Stumpfel to show him the car, but the doctor repeatedly tries to warn him that there is something seriously wrong with it. The entire scene was trying to warn not only the characters, but the audience, that whatever Herbie's clone was going to be like, it was not going to be pretty.
    • Horace's behavior. It's as if the car was possessed by the spirit of some sort of wild animal. It even somehow manages to be able to make growling noises.
    • Not only the sounds he makes, but his facial expressions are the definition of Uncanny Valley.
    • Horace's theme song... is nothing like Herbie's. It is easily the most ominous and sinister theme to every be put in a Herbie film. It is composed by the one and only Shirley Walker.
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    • Unlike his lovable counterpart, Horace has no regard for human life, and has no problem with driving himself violently in populated areas.
    • Not only does Horace not care for anyone other than himself, but he has a murderous nature. He is the only character in the film to ever have the audacity to kill Herbie without hesitation, and leave absolutely no evidence that he was responsible
    • Horace's main priority seems to be to specifically have a strong hatred for Herbie, and to ensure his complete destruction. It is basically the car's way of saying that There Can Be Only One.
    • The most disturbing thing about Horace is probably the fact that since a part of Herbie's was thrown into the mix that was used to create him, Horace is somehow able to know where and how Herbie is at all times. In the movie, the second Herbie was fixed after being brutally smashed by Horace, Horace sensed it and immediately drove Simon to the garage where Herbie was being kept.

  • There's a Missing Trailer Scene from Herbie: Fully Loaded (pictured above) where Herbie deliberately scares Trip Murphy by charging forward while snapping his hood up and down and blinking his headlights.
    • The scene that was kept in the final product, while removes Herbie's aforementioned expression, it does leave him blankly staring down at trip, which is still pretty unsettling for Herbie standards.
    • Despite this scene being toned down however, the shot is then immediately followed by a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of Herbie completely falling apart and mocking Trip behind his back. A fun fact is that the producers of this movie aptly titled this scene the Large Marge shot.
  • Herbie Rides Again has the Nightmare Sequence where Alonzo Hawk, driven crazy by Herbie's interference in his evil schemes, is tormented by menacing Herbie clones, including one where Hawk is King Kong and flying Herbies shoot him off the Empire State Building. If Hawk wasn't such a scumbag, you'd almost feel sorry for him.

  • Herbies Goes Bananas has the distinction of having the scariest and most dangerous human bad guys (especially from the perspective of the children watching the film). The three, led by Prindle, are motivated by greed and don't care who suffers or gets hurt. Unlike every other villain in the other films, the big bad of this film distinguish themselves by being willing to hurt a child. The only thing that stops them from being Complete Monsters is the fact that they stop short of killing anyone.
    • They chase down and kidnap Paco because he had film they needed to find a site that has gold.
    Paco: Someone want a taxi?
    Prindle: Just the driver.
    • After they get the gold they were after, they leave Paco, a barely ten-year-old kid, stranded in the jungle. The scene goes out of its way to show how dangerous his situation is. It's dark, raining, cold, Paco is soaked, shivering, and you can hear a wild animal growling.
  • In the original film, anyone with a fear of heights will have a hard time when Tennessee's hanging off Herbie's side to balance his missing wheel gets him dangling over a giant cliff.
  • There's also Herbie's violent breakdown when Jim buys a new Lamborghini in his place and agrees to sell Herbie back to Thorndyke. Clearly in an emotional rage, Herbie starts ramming Jim's new car completely beyond the point of repair, causing Jim to furiously slam Herbie on the hood with a shovel as the others try to stop him. It's only after witnessing this that Jim realizes that Herbie is truly alive, causing him to have a serious My God, What Have I Done? moment.
    • This is followed up by Herbie's attempt to throw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge, only to be stopped by Jim who himself is nearly sent falling to his death until Herbie comes to his senses. The bridge's real-life reputation as a notorious site for suicidal jumpers only makes this scene that much more unsettling.
  • Herbie's first attempt to woo the Lancia "Giselle"; his hood is covered in black soot from a truck's muffler and in his excited attempts to get her attention his hood is flipping up and down and his eyes are flickering like mad. He looks positively insane in that moment and it's no wonder Giselle elected to ignore him until Herbie realized what a mess he was.

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