10 Best Monster Movies of All Time
1. The Thing From Another World (1951)
One of the first monster movies ever made; a Howard Hawks classic and the vehicle that introduced James Arness (though you never see his face) to the world. It has held up its title through the years as one of the best-made monster movies ever. Perhaps singular as the only monster who is actually a vegetable with a brain.
2. Alien (1979)
That weird, terrifying thing that we can’t really describe remains one of the scariest in the monster movie business, due in part to its jet black skin/scales—whatever you want to call it—copious amounts of drool, acid blood, and the way its body unfurls when it’s about to attack. Add in that just-plain-creepy-spider-thing that lays its egg in your chest and it brings a whole new level of fear towards anything with multiple legs. You can understand why it only took one try to film the scene where it makes its first appearance by bursting out of the guy’s chest.
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
Okay, so maybe this wasn't technically a monster movie but honestly, who didn’t have nightmares or jump when they saw their dog’s shadow after watching these movies? My puppy’s tail over the couch scared the daylights out of me because it looked like a raptor tail!
4. Gremlins (1984)
A week before I saw this movie I got my first Ferbie. The Ferbie was wrapped in blankets, locked in a wooden toy chest, stuffed in the back of the closet, and never seen again until thirty minutes later. I could still hear it talking at night for about a week. Damn Duracell batteries. It’s like an evil version of the Tribbles from Star Trek. Thank god Gremlins couldn’t multiply at the same speed or the side of good would never have won!
5. The Wolf Man (1966)
Ahh, there have been so many over the years, starting all the way back in 1915. The most well known is the 1941 movie. He’s probably the only monster we feel sorry for and on top of that, the remake with Benicio Del Toro looks great.
6. The Blob (1958)
Aside from the fact that this monster helped introduce us to the unmatched Steve McQueen, The Blob stands apart as perhaps the simplest monster movie in history. All it does is eat and grow and eat some more, which seems to make it all the more terrifying. A monster with no goal but to eat and who grows every time seems like it would be impossible to beat.
7. Paranormal Activity
Though it lost the scare factor for me after the Ouija Board went up in flames, it was definitely worth seeing. The subtle build-up and knowledge that the monster is there without ever actually seeing it, except for it’s footprints (one of the most terrifying moments in the film), forces us to imagine the worst, thus upping the tension the way a good monster movie should.
8. Godzilla (1998)
The original giant monster attacking Tokyo, who in several movies actually turns out to be good and helps save mankind from other giant monsters. Godzilla is a well-loved classic no matter what monster movies you have seen and still manages to inspire terror.
9. The Marshmallow Man (1984)
Despite being pure ridiculousness, it’s still a terrifying monster movie to see. A giant marshmallow man, grinning in what is supposed to be a kind, welcoming way only comes across as pure evil when he’s taller then the Empire State Building and trying to eat you.
10. Jaws (1975)
It had to be on the list. No one I know could swim in the ocean for months after seeing this monster movie. Despite not even being real, the way it’s filmed makes Spielberg’s mechanical shark seem more terrifying then the real thing. The scariest part is the following exchange:
“Is it true most people get attacked by sharks in three feet of water about ten feet from the beach?”
Swim, swim away!
You can find more information on these and other movies at the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com
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