When I was a kid, my favorite holiday was Halloween. There was something about dressing up and gallivanting down the sidewalk with a pillowcase full of candy. I loved the cool crisp air with the feeling of mischief and menace in the air. As an adult, I capture this feeling by watching scary movies. So here’s our top 5 best monster movies list as we wait in anticipation for Halloween.
Our Top 5 Monster Movies List:
(5) John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
Despite receiving a lot of negative reviews upon release in 1982, The Thing is a cult horror classic. The reactions may have been the case because the film was so unique for it’s time. It was unapologetic for it’s psychological and gruesome body horror, which makes it challenging to watch (even for me).
But in terms of fitting the bill as a monster movie, it deserves a seat on this list. Not to mention that Kurt Russell is awesome.
(4) The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
I might be cheating with this pick because The Cabin in the Woods incorporates most horror sub-genres like slasher, zombie, and monster. I don’t want to get into a debate whether zombie or monster movies are the same thing, but I’ll just say that The Cabin in the Woods definitely stands out in the horror genre.
It make sense, considering that Joss Whedon was involved in the writing process. Why is it on this monster movies list? Well, The Cabin in the Woods does a fantastic job of tipping it’s hat to classic monsters movies and has fun doing it.
(3) The Fly (1986)
The Fly is not an easy movie to watch, considering that it dives deep into the emotional and physical toll of scientific discovery. Not that this is a bad thing, but it’s a bad thing when you have a common house fly trapped in a teleporter pod with you. Jeff Goldblum is great as Jeff Goldblum.
That being said, Goldblum’s performance is memorable, considering the tragedy afflicted upon his character and the people around him.
(2) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
I get it. Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker was not the best decision. Regardless, this is a great film and sits in this list because Gary Oldman is terrific as Dracula. He makes one of the most creepiest and scariest figures in literature truly sympathetic.
Not to mention the practical effects are fantastic and I liked the cheeky performance from Anthony Hopkins. The tone is also really interesting and I liked Francis Ford Coppola’s gothic set style.
(1) American Werewolf in London (1981)
This isn’t just a monster movie, it’s a fantastic horror movie. There are so many good parts. But the one that stands out for me is the beginning when two american boys are hiking through rural England and they run into a small pub called the Slaughtered Lamb.
It sets up the tone perfectly and gives audiences a taste of what to expect. It’s a perfect combination of dark humor, eeriness and fright.
If you think I missed a truly awesome flick for our monster movies list — be sure to comment below!
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