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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5 (More) Zombie Films You Haven’t Seen

Okay, I understand the last list wasn’t as indie as it could have been, so I took some suggestions from readers and am rebooting my list.

1. Dead Girl

Dead Girl made this list because after reading the synopsis, I have to watch this one. It’s about some teenage boys who find this dead girl tied to a gurney in some abandoned warehouse in the middle of nowhere. Things get out of hand and the boys end up getting a little too comfortable with the corpse.

A non-traditional zombie movie in every sense of the word. Although I did run into some who were not too thrilled about me using this film nor wanted to actually sit an watch it with me due to the graphic nature of it. And the naked dead girl. To which my response was as follows.

2. The Signal

The Signal is a three-part film with a separate director for each segment. The plot is about a signal broadcasted through technological means which turns people into murderous monsters. This film made the list because of its unique look into the zombie infection.

3. Dead Snow

Dead. Nazi. Zombies. Need I say more?

Okay, I’ll say a little more. Dead Snow is another comedy horror that takes zombies to the next level. Clichés are usually frowned upon, but this film uses them to its advantage. A very fun work indeed.

4. Versus

What are Japanese films known for? Random explosions? Whacky misadventures? Versus does not disappoint in any of those categories. Oh, and there’s swords. And martial arts. Just…just watch it.

5. The Dead

Slow zombies again! Yay! The Dead is more of a traditional zombie flick, so don’t expect a lot or originality. It takes place in Africa, which I thought was interesting, with only two main characters. If you’re looking for a timeless, sit-on-your-couch-with-beer-and-popcorn kind of movie, this is it.

So, did this list please you? I have an idea. List an indie zombie film you think I haven’t seen. I’ll collect five of the best and make another list based on your suggestions. Ready? GO!