Monsters may not be under our beds anymore, but they surely lurk in other places! While we love Godzilla and King Kong, the most iconic of all monsters, we always should remember the ones that used to gives us the creeps back in the day. Whether or not you’ve seen these movies, they are still entertaining as hell and for some, still make us cringe! Here are the top 5 must watch monster horror movies.
Did we just have an earthquake because I could’ve sworn that the ground was moving? Tremors tells the story of a small town in Nevada that is rocked by something that is lurking just below the surface of the dirt. A giant worm that has an appetite for humans and well anything that steps foot on the ground! While this movie was expanded into a franchise, Tremors was a nice throwback to the 1950s era of monster flicks. While not exactly scary, the movie has so much humor that it makes for such an enjoyable time. Although, you may get a little nervous if you see the ground moving if you’re out in the desert alone. Can anyone say Graboids?
A true gem that doesn’t get enough recognition. Stephen Sommers (director of The Mummy and Van Helsing) crafted this brilliant monster movie that was released a month after Titanic. Perhaps not the best timing, but this movie is all action and thrills. Plus, if you’re looking for a good amount of blood, then you’ll get that too. Deep Rising borrows from other monster movies but with an incredible cast, a witty and fun script and some solid slick effects, Deep Rising is perfect B-Movie entertainment. Forget that rogue wave from Poseidon, there’s nothing like a freaky sea monster to ruin anyone’s vacation cruise!
Forget the sequels that were released and stick with the original. Think Godzilla but filmed in first person! This movie is non-stop edge of your seat thrills and I’m saying that from experience as I was literally on the edge of my couch when I first saw the film. When a giant monster attacks New York City, you know that things are about to get chaotic but when we see this creature in full view, that’s an image that no one can shake away. Many people didn’t like this movie as much as I did, but considering the skill involved, all monster movies should aspire to be as intense as Cloverfield was!
The Thing (1982)
Imagine being trapped in the freezing cold and a monster is lurking outside? The only difference is is that you don’t know what the monster looks like! This John Carpenter remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World features some of the nastiest effects ever displayed. This creature is able to mimic its host thereby fooling anyone who dares cross its path. With a solid cast, iconic set pieces and one hell of a terrifying monster, The Thing is a monster movie lover’s dream. You want gore, you’ll get it. You want to be freaked out, then look no further than the creature that was discovered in ice!
There are many movie monsters that haunt our dreams and keep us awake at night but what could be more iconic and terrifying than the xenomorph that made its debut in Ridley Scott’s Alien? From the mysterious ship the crew of Nostromo investigate, to seeing the eggs for the first time and even the chest burster sequence still frightens people to this day. Almost everybody says that Aliens is better but in terms of scares and instilling fear, it’s the 1979 sci-fi horror classic that introduced us to a new species of aliens that are more terrifying than ever imagined. Keep away from the eggs and please…leave the Queen alone!