Sigourney Weaver, —Jim Vorel, James Cameron colonizes ideas: Every beautiful, breathtaking spectacle he assembles works as a pointillist representation of the genres he inhabits—sci-fi, horror, adventure, thriller—its many wonderful pieces and details of worldbuilding swarming, combining to grow exponentially, to inevitably overshadow the lack at its heart, the doubt that maybe all of this great movie-making is hiding a dearth of substance at the core of the stories Cameron tells. Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction action adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. —Jim Vorel, True camaraderie or complex relationships between female characters isn’t so much “rare” in horror cinema as it is functionally nonexistent, which is one of the things that still makes The Descent, nominally about a bunch of women fighting monsters in a cave, stand out so sharply, 12 years after it arrived. Bruce Cabot, Sam Raimi Ultimately, Jaws is made into a great film via memorable characters, but it’s made into a scary film by novelty and perfect execution. Pan's Labyrinth opened to widespread critical acclaim. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. $59.62M, Hellboy is a fictional character, a superhero created by writer-artist Mike Mignola. Although sometimes compared with Beauty and the Beast, there are no parallels in the plot except that it features the relationship between a beast and a woman.The film did well in Europe, but the run of the film in France and the U.S. ran into controversy due to its erotic nature and show of bestiality. All hail the queen. Betsy Baker, Votes: It premiered in Detroit on February 12 and was released on a regional basis, opening on various dates. Ridley Scott Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno (English: The Labyrinth of the Faun), is a 2006 Mexican-Spanish dark fantasy film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. He focuses specifically on London’s socioeconomic bottom half and the turmoil surrounding them, exposing the lies that society’s youth buy into that prolong cultural discontinuity. R The film's original 23-minute finale, based on the musical's ending, was rewritten and reshot after receiving a strong negative reception from test audiences. Robert Shaw, Much of the credit belongs to pioneering stop-motion animator Willis O’Brien, who was inventing new techniques on the set of Kong on a daily basis, laying a foundation for an entire field of visual effects that are still being refined by studios such as Laika (the makers of Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings) today. — The monsters shouldn’t be supernatural in origin. Basket Case ultimately combines some of the subversive humor of a Troma film with Henenlotter’s gory streak to make a zero-budget classic. A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. By that token, an earthly animal (like the shark in Jaws, or the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park) can be “monsters,” per se, especially if they’re presented in unrealistically heightened ways, such as being bigger than normal, or operating with unnatural malevolence. That hook is so clever that, although this is a horror movie, I sometimes laughed as much as I tensed up, just because I admired the sheer pleasure of its execution. was for the subsequent boom in atomic-era giant monster movies in the U.S.A. The Cronenberg version, like the remake of The Blob, takes that basic premise and dresses it in both gallows humor and body horror, as Jeff Goldblum’s researcher literally watches pieces of his body gelatinize and melt away in front of him. The 75 Best Horror Movies of All Time For the real horror heads. A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose. The film features the Universal Monsters (re-imagined by a team of special effects artists including Stan Winston), led by Count Dracula. When the defiant juveniles take their crime to a new level and mug an innocent nurse (a delightful Jodie Whittaker), they immediately find themselves plagued by alien invaders. | Kevin Peter Hall, Stars: 22,422 Monster. The film was distributed by 20th Century Fox and released in cinemas in the United States on July 16, 1999, and in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2000. Get your horror fix with these 15 overlooked horror movies available for free on YouTube. | Gross: Hellraiser (also known as Clive Barker's Hellraiser) is a 1987 British horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based upon his own novella The Hellbound Heart. Both book and movie are about an obsessed scientist who is secretly conducting surgical experiments on animals on a remote island. | HAPPY HORROR! The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science-fiction film that depicts a growing alien amoeba that crashes from outer space in a meteorite and eats and dissolves citizens at the small community of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. the Extra-Terrestrial to become the highest-grossing film at the time until Titanic (1997). An early example of this pilgrim’s privilege is Cameron’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s roughly-feminist horror masterpiece, in which Cameron mostly jettisons Scott’s figurative (and uncomfortably intimate) interrogation of masculine violence to transmute that urge into the bureaucracy and corporatism which only served as a shadow of authoritarianism—and therefore a spectre of the male imperative—in the first film. Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film based on the H. P. Lovecraft story "Herbert West–Reanimator." Stars: 814,323 The fourth film, serving as both a reboot and a remake, was titled Evil Dead and was released in 2013. The success of their relationship hinges on performance as much as on direction. $31.77M. A group of strangers are trapped in a grocery store—that most universal of modern agoras—as an unnatural mist rolls into town, learning quickly that what was only minutes before a parking lot is now filled with blood-hungry giant insects and Lovecraftian monsters. 15,070 —Jim Vorel, Wolf Man Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), along with Frankenstein’s Monster, represents the more sympathetic side of the Universal Monster movie canon, although some viewers would doubtlessly use the word “whiny.” Regardless, poor Larry never asked to turn into a werewolf, and he spends most of the sequels trying to figure out a way not only to be cured, but to kill himself and end his long suffering in the process. 70 min Rob Bottin delivers what may be the literal zenith of practical effects in the history of horror cinema during The Thing’s several transformation scenes, and particularly in the mind-blowing sequence featuring the severed head of Norris (Charles Hallahan) sprouting legs to become a crab-like creature, which attempts to scuttle away. The film was one of three high-profile wolf-themed horror films released in 1981, alongside The Howling and Wolfen. 107 min It was also the last film of noted actor Alexander Scourby. Clive Barker John Hallam, Votes: It means nothing, and it means everything, and it means that some poor bureaucrat’s got a lot of paperwork to do. Cloverfield puts its characters into some insane situations, but never breaks the trust it establishes that this is a bystander-eye’s view. | Gross: The film was based on the DC Comics (later Vertigo Comics) character of the same name by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Following an awkwardly tense visit to a village pub, the two men venture deep into the moors at night. Director: But Predator is one of the films of his heyday that dared to conjure a threat that even the specter of Schwarzenegger might not be able to conquer, a space-traveling alien trophy hunter who assembles a grisly collection of skulls and spinal columns throughout. Lee Unkrich As the women descend deeper into the cave, passageways get tighter and the audience themselves can feel the claustrophobia and dankness creeping into their bones—and that’s before we even see any of the resident troglodytes. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Scariest Movie Monsters. The film is the second Universal Pictures werewolf movie, preceded six years earlier by the less commercially successful Werewolf of London (1935).Lon Chaney, Jr. would reprise his classic role as "The Wolf Man" in four sequels, beginning with Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man in 1943. As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look at the very best monsters from the year’s film, television, video games, or wherever! Ultimately, though, you’re watching this film for the performances and subtle interplay between its characters rather than any kind of spectacle. It follows Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (played by Gene Wilder) as he finally gives into continuing his grandfather’s (the Frankenstein) experiments. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The Toxic Avenger caught on with filmgoers after a long and successful midnight movie engagement at the famed Bleecker Street Cinemas in New York City in late 1985. | | | Andre Gower, After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue. Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts. Tremors is likely a bit more visceral a film than one may remember, a fairly gory, silly yarn about the giant worms known as Graboids that infest the deserts of Nevada and threaten Ward’s ability to score a date with attractive young seismologists. It now is regarded as a cult classic.The film has generated three film sequels, a stage musical production and a children's TV cartoon. Richard Denning, Randy Newman, who composed the music for Pixar's three prior films, returned to compose its fourth.Monsters, Inc. was praised by critics and proved to be a major box office success from its release on November 2, 2001, generating over $562 million worldwide.Monsters, Inc. saw a 3D re-release in theaters on December 19, 2012. $25.59M. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film. Disqualifying “undead” in general also keeps vampires off this particular list, but don’t fret: You can visit our list of the 100 best vampire films of all time, or the 50 best zombie movies of all time. Vin Diesel, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. He was discovered by the Allied Forces; amongst them, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who formed the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). John Boles. Robert Armstrong, | Not Rated Laurie Holden, | Gross: Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Action, Adventure, Drama. Jim Dale, It treads an expert line between adventure, humor and light scares. Not monsters. Directors: All of which wouldn’t work were Mitchell less concerned with creating a genuinely unnerving film, but every aesthetic flourish, every fully circular pan is in thrall to breathing morbid life into a single image: someone, anyone slowly separating from the background, from one’s nightmares, and walking toward you, as if Death itself were to appear unannounced next to you in public, ready to steal your breath with little to no aplomb. But regardless of how you’d classify it, there’s no denying that Jaws is anything but brilliant, one of Spielberg’s great populist triumphs, alongside the likes of Jurassic Park and E.T., but leaner and less polished-looking than either, which actually works in its favor. Horror films have been around almost as long as movies in general, meaning Hollywood has created enough monsters, maniacs, and murderers to haunt the dreams of moviegoers for centuries to come. | David Gale, Votes: Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. | Also starring Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Jim Dale, Red Buttons, Jeff Conaway, and Shelley Winters. This story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. At the height of his powers in the early ’80s, one year removed from The Blues Brothers, Landis opted for a much grittier, scarier story that stands as what is still the best werewolf movie of all time. An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. His only friend is a dragon named Elliott, who also acts as his protector and can make himself invisible and is generally visible only to Pete, which occasionally lands Pete in trouble with the locals. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. Ariadna Gil, With an incredibly bleak ending that diverges significantly from King’s work, the film is ultimately among the most deeply nihilistic adaptations of the author’s work. Hellraiser was No. In time Hellboy grew to be a large, red-skinned man with a tail, horns (which he files off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead), cloven hooves for feet, and an oversized right hand made of stone. Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. Ron Underwood Alien (from Alien, 1979) 6. After seeing a man-sized Brundlefly vomiting acid, it’s difficult to ever look at a common housefly in the same way again. R VFX and CGI were produced by effects studios Double Negative and Tippett Studio. The original music score is composed by Pino Donaggio. Laura Dern, Swamp Thing is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Wes Craven. This King Kong is rife with monster-on-human violence. | | R Looking back, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi seem to have preemptively rescued what Hollywood would have otherwise lost. Margaret White (from Carrie, 1976) We’ve covered more than a few tragic, unwitting villains on this list so far, and while Stephen King’s Carrie ... 3. taps into the burgeoning existential dread of the early nuclear age, as society came to grasp with the fact that the species now possessed weapons that could effectively end the world overnight. It might be the most “pure” of all the modern werewolf films, with a singleminded focus on blood, guts and crowd-pleasing thrills. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, the screenplay is written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless. After an animated third film, a fourth live-action film simply entitled Riddick was released in 2013, with Diesel and Twohy reuniting again. The dinosaurs were created with groundbreaking computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light & Magic and with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by Stan Winston's team. | Sean Chapman, Votes: Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. The film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The creature, also known as the Gill-man, is usually counted among the classic Universal Monsters. Stars: —Jim Vorel, Because someone is sure to ask: Is Jaws a monster movie? Stars: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller. 79 min Andre Braugher, Votes: It was followed by three sequels, none with the participation of Spielberg or Benchley, and many imitative thrillers. It was co-directed by Lee Unkrich and David Silverman, and stars the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn and Jennifer Tilly.The film centers on two monsters employed at the titular Monsters, Inc.: top scarer James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (John Goodman), and his one-eyed partner and best friend, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). And so Lee and his family—including wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and children Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe)—have learned that to stay alive they must be completely silent. 102 min After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. Monsters, Inc. employees generate their city's power by targeting and scaring children, but they are themselves afraid that the children may contaminate them; when one child enters Monstropolis, Mike and Sulley must return her.Docter began developing the film in 1996 and wrote the story with Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, and Ralph Eggleston. | Del Toro has us set down in 1960s Baltimore, where Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) works the janitorial night shift for the not-at-all-shady Occam Aerospace Research Center. Kong, meanwhile, is a misunderstood creature, operating on the sense of self preservation he learned in a home where he’s only ever known a daily fight for survival against a neverending stream of monsters. Momoko Kôchi, Votes: The maze was popular enough to be used in Universal Studios Hollywood's 2014 Halloween Horror Nights event. It surpassed Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. Since its premiere and the subsequent release of the Director's Cut edition, the film has become a cult classic. Here are some of the best creature horror movies i have watched. John Louie, Votes: Ishiro Hondo’s smash hit monster movie—the first of its kind in Japan, the most expensive movie ever made in the country at the time, not even a decade after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—is, after 20-something sequels over three times as many years, a surprisingly elegiac exorcism of its own, a reminder of one nation’s continuing trauma during a time when the rest of the world jonesed to forget. A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. —Jim Vorel, If you were making a list of comic book film adaptations that truly understood their source material, that accurately capture the tenor of the comic, then you’d have a hard time keeping both Hellboy and Hellboy 2 off the top of the list. | | Godzilla (Gojira?) Horror. Colin Clive returns as the Doctor in this first sequel, now haunted by the destruction his creation has wrought. | Gross: | Richard Roundtree. Where other films in the genre would be more concerned with that spectacle, Cohen instead is digging ever deeper into that cynical commentary on our tendency to always look out for #1. Mike Vogel, The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife, Ellen. | | $17.99M. 187,162 | Directors: Paul Sorvino. In 2008, it was ranked as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre by the American Film Institute, and as the 33rd greatest movie of all time by Empire magazine.The success of Alien spawned a media franchise of novels, comic books, video games, and toys. Veronica Cartwright, Votes: It blooms into a story about sacrifice and martyrdom, while simultaneously featuring an array of largely unlikable characters who are not “good people” in any measurable way. Director: | R Incredibly icky sequences of melting faces and severing limbs give certain sequences a Dead Alive sort of flair for comic ultraviolence, but nothing surpasses the phone booth scene, wherein we learn exactly what happens when the full force of the Blob comes crashing down on someone in a confined space. | | | The story follows an elite special forces team, led by 'Dutch' (Arnold Schwarzenegger), on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America. —Jim Vorel, The specter of Old Detroit haunts It Follows. —Jim Vorel, Monsters, Inc. may very well be the most lovable film in the illustrious Pixar canon, even if it might feel initially out of place on a list of the best “monster movies.” But given that it literally revolves entirely around monsters, how can you keep it off? Its prequel, Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon, was released on June 21, 2013. Stephen Macht, Stars: Taking the lessons he learned as a ’70s Roger Corman protege, Dante borrows character actors like Dick Miller to create a cynical, biting rebuke of maudlin sentimentality and children’s entertainment. Stuart Whitman, Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it was a sleeper hit, grossing over $53 million USD worldwide and developing its own cult following, particularly around the antihero Riddick. Stars: 97 min $80.05M. | Gross: | Gross: —Jim Vorel, Rick Moranis shines as nerdy, milquetoast florist Seymour Krelborn, whose Venus Flytrap-esque plant Audrey II requires human blood to survive. $57.27M. Janet Leigh, R Patrick Macnee, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. Stars: Reddy's recording (with a different arrangement than the one her character sings in the film) was released as a single by Capitol Records, reaching #27 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Matthew Robbins | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi. PG-13 Sure, those fears are manifested here as giant, irradiated ants, but the symbolism isn’t hard to grasp, even more than 60 years later. Comedy, Horror. $37.90M. Based on everything from the exhilarating door-chase sequence to the brilliant decision of naming its colorful monsters run-of-the-mill things like Mike Wazowski, it might be Pixar’s most inventive, encapsulating the spirit of childhood unlike any other of the company’s singular creations. or The Deadly Mantis. Night of the Lepus, also known as Rabbits, is a 1972 American science fiction horror film based on the 1964 science fiction novel The Year of the Angry Rabbit.Released theatrically on October 4, 1972, it focuses on members of a small Arizona town who battle thousands of mutated, carnivorous killer rabbits. 100 min what did I miss? 91 min 109 min Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the first film in the Re-Animator series. Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west. You need to take it for what it is: a realistic story about what it might be like for two average people with complicated emotional baggage being thrust into a challenging scenario.