Top 10 Movie Monsters

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Whether you’re following vast, deep footprints through destruction and carnage, searching for a safe zone, or staring down a snarling, drooling, gargantuan beast face-to-face. Nothing beats the sheer adrenaline, fear, and conscientious clarity that comes with outrunning, out-thinking, and hopefully beating the best movie monsters. Sure, there will undoubtedly be casualties and the emergence of this immense life-form could possibly spell the end of civilization as we know it. But, in all honesty, how awesome would it be to take down one of these mothers? But I digress…

For the record, I am not including monsters based off of existing creatures. This means that “Jurassic Park,” “Jaws,” and “King Kong” will all be excluded from the list. However, this mention is somewhat of a shout-out to each films ability to create truly terrifying, malicious beasts out of prehistoric or current beings.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

 

10: “Super 8” alien life form (J.J Abrams, 2011). I know that a lot of you will disagree with this choice. I know the film might have been a bit to nostalgic or cliche for some, but I absolutely adore this J.J Abrams flick for precisely those reasons…oh, and the monster!

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9: “Ghostbusters” Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (Ivan Reitman, 1984).  I know it’s a little wimpy, kind-of funny, but it is still a lot of fun and unnerving…down-right disturbing actually.

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8: “Monsters” alien life form (Gareth Edwards, 2010).  I know most of you won’t agree with this choice, most of you probably haven’t even seen the film. But it is low-budget, science-fiction brilliance and the aliens are just astounding and atmospheric.

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7: “Pacific Rim” Kaiju (Guillermo Del Toro, 2013).  I know it is a bit recent and that some didn’t enjoy the film. However, there is no denying the coolness of the Kaiju.

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6: “The Fly” Brundlefly (David Cronenberg, 1986). Okay, it may not be as monstrous or destructive as the other creatures on this list. Nonetheless, Brundlefly is quite possibly the most petrifying.

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5: “The Thing” (John Carpenter, 1982). I don’t really know what to say about this one. The Thing is a sick, twisted, malicious being that doesn’t stop until everyone and everything is dead.

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4: “Cloverfield” alien life form (Matt Reeves, 2008). The scene where one of the main protagonists is consumed by this foul being still haunts my dreams to this very day.

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3: “The Host” mutated amphibious life form (Joon-ho Bong, 2006). An outstanding monster flick that tackles more than its fair share of questionable subject matter. “The Host” has a misunderstood, agile monster at its centre, but make no mistake, it is badass.

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2: “Godzilla” I am not going to put a specific film or director on this one, seeing as the franchise continues to rejuvenate. This is the ultimate, timeless, gigantic monster. The only surprise here is that you all expected it to be at number 1.

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1: “Alien” franchise, Xenomorph. Hands down my all time favourite movie monster. The Xenomorph embodies everything a movie monster should be and so much more.

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Okay all, that’ll do it for this week’s edition of the top 10. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed compiling it. As always, if you feel I’ve overlooked a monster or listed one that shouldn’t have been ranked, please comment below. Have a great weekend!

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About Joseph@thecinemamonster

Aspiring writer who absolutely adores film and television. thecinemamonster.com

Posted on August 2, 2013, in Top 10s and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. The monsters in Monsters were actually pretty cool. The rest of the movie left me wanting more though. If you remember my post from this morning : ) I think you’d like the monsters in that too : )

  2. Thank you for putting Cloverfield above Pacific Rim, Monsters and Super 8.

  3. Great list! I also loved Super 8 🙂 Glad to see the xenomorph in #1. It is soooo cool!

  4. Who didn’t like Pacific Rim?!

  5. Monsters Inc anyone? It’s not a bad list. I wouldn’t include Super 8. King Kong could be considered a monster as well. Same with the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park.

    • Monsters Inc is a good one! I may have to toss it in there somewhere. Like I stated at the beginning of the post, I am not including monsters based off of existing creatures, seems to defeat the point. However, they are immaculate films and terrifying monsters so I gave them the shout-out anyway :).

  6. Such a difficult list to come up with because there are so many great monsters out there. Very solid my man!

  7. I was pleasantly surprised to see Ghostbusters make the list, and extremely happy that Alien made it to the top spot! Great 😀

  8. Great list! Number one is by far the best. Love HR Giger! Good job putting The Fly in there as well. 🙂

  9. Can’t disagree with the Xenomorph and Godzilla taking the top two slots. Nice list.

  10. Love your choices but will have to disagree with you on Super 8. Still need to see The Host.

  11. Good list but you should have dropped Mr Sta Puft for the far more badass Predator…?

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