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The Angry Molesting Tree is one of the Monsters within the Facility. It was listed on the whiteboard and was bet on by The Wranglers department. It was released during the first wave of the System Purge.

Physical Description and Attributes[]

It is depicted as a large, leafless and slow-moving tree. Judging by its name, it can be assumed the Angry Molesting Tree harasses or kills its victims in an extreme sexual nature such as rape or sexual assault. The roots and branches of the Tree protrude from the sides and rear of it, which help it move and ensnare its victims.

The tree seems to be larger than the cube in which it is imprisoned, since all cubes are depicted with the volume of a standard elevator. This implies that either the tree can change its size and mass or even that cubes themselves have supernatural properties and can somehow contain more volume than their physical dimensions should allow.

It is unknown what item from the Cellar summons it. Logical possibilities include specimens of the tree itself such as unusual leaves, samples of bark, or a jar of tree sap.


The Angry Molesting Tree is summoned during the first wave of the purge. After being released, it is seen grabbing a security guard and dragging him into its elevator. The elevator then spews out blood from the entrance, implying that the tree violently killed him in some unknown manner. It is then seen later on a monitor using its roots to drag an unconscious worker off screen.


This monster is probably a direct reference to The Evil Dead (both the original and remake), where a woman is attacked and raped by possessed trees. The tree also kills or devours some victims instead of raping them.

Stories of man-eating or otherwise dangerous trees predate film. Some literary examples include "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid" (1894) by H. G. Wells and the legendary "Yatevo" tree featured in a number of horror stories of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Other films with notably aggressive trees or plants include:   

  • Poltergeist , in which a tree drags a boy from his bedroom window[1]
  • The Harry Potter series, which features the Whomping Willow
  • The Wizard of Oz, which features the Angry Apple Throwing Trees  
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999), where a person is shown disappearing in the roots.
  • The Last Unicorn, in which a tree attempts to kill someone by smothering him between her giant wooden breasts.
  • The Happening, in which trees and other flora release a neurotoxin which forces people to commit suicide
  • The Guardian , in which a nurse, in reality a witch, tried to sacrifice children to a malefic tree
  • Jumanji, in which a carnivorous vine plant is one of the jungle monsters unleashed by the titular haunted board game.
  • The Ruins (2008) and the book upon which it is based features a large mass of predatory vegetation contained within a pre-Columbian edifice.
  • Little Shop of Horrors, both the musical and film, center around a carnivorous plant resembling a giant Venus Flytrap
  • Day of the Triffids (1962) based on a story by John Wyndam features carnivorous alien trees infesting the Earth
  • One of several films based on Slender Man, originating in internet folklore, in which the titular entity can control trees to capture and consume victims
  • It could be based on the children’s book “The Giving Tree” albiet unlikely


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AMT on the right.