Top Five Monsters in Film

Okay, I’ll start off by saying these are merely my opinion and in no way reflect any factual evidence whatsoever. So, if you do not agree, I apologize, but I did not forget anything.

Anyway, monsters have been a huge part of cinema since it’s birth. Humans have an innate desire to be scared, so from the depths of creature shops and the twisted minds of writers comes my list of top five monsters in film!

5. Predator – Predator (1987)

Predators are virtually unbeatable. Heat vision, impeccable “hearing,” and a self-destruct device that goes nuclear in case they want to go out with a (very large) bang. I mean, this guy pecks out  Schwarzenegger’s (yes, I had to copy and paste that) army buds one by one and makes it look easy. Honestly, I wish Predator had won, but oh well. It’s their uncanny ability to tear someone’s spine out with the head still attached that makes Predators #5 on this list.

4. The Gill Man – Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

She's going to get slimed...

She’s going to get slimed…

You can’t tell me that you’ve looked into the face of death and all that is gross unless you’ve seen this guy up close.

Dear GOD!

Dear GOD!

I mean, seriously. What the hell is that thing? It’s a prehistoric should-have-been-dead-a-long-time-ago creature that suddenly turns up on an expedition in the Amazon River. Then, it has the wherewithal to kidnap the fiancé of one of the explorers. How would you feel if that fell in love with you?

Yeah, that's...that's probably about right.

Yeah, that’s…that’s probably about right.

The poor, poor misunderstood thing. All it wants is a little love and tenderness. And because it managed to hide its hideous face for so long, Gill Man gets the #4 spot.

3. Thing – The Thing (1982)

That's isn't even its final form.

That isn’t even its final form.

Okay, first of all, these American scientists are stuck in Antarctica on a scientific expedition. If you learn anything from this list, it’s do not go on a scientific expedition. If you do, you will most certainly be attacked by a monster or alien or something that will horrifically murder you. This thing can mimic your best friend and you wouldn’t know the difference until his or her head started slipping off their shoulders. The Thing was only trying to go home and it’s reckless attempt at escape gives it the #3 spot on this list.

2. Alien – Alien (1979)

Yet another scientific expedition… When the exploration vessel Nostromo intercepts a distress call, the crew finds themselves on a seemingly uninhabited planet. That is, until one of these cuddly little creatures deemed “face-hugger” attacks John Hurt.

And then explodes out of his chest.

Who's hungry?

Who’s hungry?

And then runs rampant on the ship, killing everyone in its path. We never quite get a good enough look at the fully grown alien, but it’s design was inspired by HR Geiger (whose thoughts seem to revolve around the seven circles). And it’s ability to remain unseen until it strikes puts it at #2.

1. Godzilla – Godzilla 2000 (1999)

I have a huge soft spot for Godzilla because not only do I love dinosaurs, but the original film being a reference to a nuclear bomb was an incredible idea. Sure, some of the effects look lackluster these days, but for the time, it was amazing. Godzilla (or Gojira) has been through many changes. But it’s the Godzilla 2000 that makes this list because the dude looks mean. He’s a fighter and he keeps coming back. He never gives up.

What monsters make your list?

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Best (Or Worst) Horror Movie Quotes

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a poster of the 101 most famous movie lines of all time. The first thought was, “How can you whittle down so many amazing films into 101?” My second thought upon actually reading the poster was, “Who the hell wrote this? These lines suck!”

Half of them were not the most memorable quote from the film. In fact, I had never heard anyone quote them before. Which lead me to wonder what the 101 most memorable horror movie quotes are. I found a website seconds later.

The site it here.

I’ve scrutinized the list to the best of my abilities. There weren’t many revisions, but I did notice some films were left off the list completely. Among the lines that were either inaccurate or plain erroneous were:

97. Aliens (1986)

  • Ripley: “Get away from her, you bitch.”

Really? That line? I have a few more for you:

Aliens (1986)

  • Hudson: “Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?”  Vasquez: “No, have you?”
  • Hudson: “Game over, man!”

95. Army of Darkness (1992)

  • Ash: “Good Ash, bad Ash. I’m the guy with the Gun.”

That one I get. But there are so many more! Such as:

Army of Darkness (1992)

  • Ash: “Name’s Ash [cocks rifle] housewares.”
  • Ash: “Hail to the king, baby.”
  • Ash: “Keep your damn filthy bones outta my mouth.”

90. Carrie (1976)

  • Margaret White: “They’re all gonna laugh at you.”

Again, I have another:

Carrie (1976)

  • Margaret White: “Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you.”

83. Dead Alive (1992)

  • Lionel: “That’s my mother you’re pissing on.”

Another:

Dead Alive (1992)

  • Father McGruder: “I kick ass for the Lord”

 

79. Evil Dead II (1987)

  • Ash: “Groovy!”

Forget it… There are way too many good quotes from Evil Dead II.

77. The Exorcist (1973)

  • Demon: “What an excellent day for an exorcism.”

A few more:

The Exorcist (1973)

  • Demon: “That’s much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.”
  • Father Merrin, Father Damien Karras: “The Power of Christ compels you!”
  • Karras’ Mother: [to Karras] “Why you do this to me, Dimmy?”

60. Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Dr. Peter Venkman: “We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”

I’ll give you that one. But this one is also good:

Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Dr. Peter Venkman: “He slimed me.”

57. Gremlins (1984)

  • Murry Futterman: “Goddamn foreign TV. I told ya we should’ve got a Zenith.”

My fiancé pointed out another great line from Gremlins:

Gremlins (1984)

  • Kate: “Now I have another reason to hate Christmas.”

14. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

  • Barbara: “It’s been a funny sort of day, hasn’t it?”

Really? That line?? What the hell ever happened to:

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

  • Multiple: “You’ve got red on you.”

09. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • Clarice Starling: “If you didn’t kill him, then who did, sir?”    Hannibal Lecter: “Who can say. Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere.”

Did we just forget about:

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • Hannibal Lecter: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

The following films were not even included on the list, so I thought I’d take it upon myself to give them an honorable mention:

Alien (1979)

  • Ripley: “Micro changes in air density, my ass.”

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

  • HAL: “Just what do you think you are doing, Dave?”
  • Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

What are some of your favorite horror movie lines? Do you think the site needs to include more or was misquoted? I’d love to know your thoughts!