Well, after Darryn was scraping the bottom of the barrel for those b-rated monsters that we love to hate, I thought I’d bring you guys a few familiar faces from our nightmares over the past few years. While this is by no means a complete list, here they are, in no particular order!
Well, fine. You might argue that Mr. Rex isn’t a monster because of it being a dinosaur but let’s think about this for a second. Big teeth … check. Bad temper…check. Eats anything in one big gulp…check. While most of you might recognize that description as your mother-in-laws, I assure you a quick watch of Jurassic Park books it a firm place in one of the best, most terrifying monsters of all time. So what if it existed? All the scarier!
If you’ve never heard of graboids, you are definitely not as old as I am. From the cult classic Tremors (and its many sequels), the graboids are giant subterranean worms, much like tiny b-grade sandworms from Dune. These monsters might be cheesy, but they have large appetites so you had better head to higher ground!
Easily thwarted by a almost-Jedi Luke Skywalker, the Rancor has quickly become an essential part of the Star Wars universe and it is easy to see why. Large, slimey and all teeth, the Rancor is a fearsome enemy if you don’t happen to have a large, falling door with spikes handy.
One of the most well-known monsters on our list, King Kong has never been my favourite but I can’t think of much scarier than a giant monkey with a bad attitude. He has an eye for a pretty girl though, and I respect him for it. Strong and agile, King Kong makes a fearsome foe indeed.
Spawning multiple incarnations, mankind has always had a soft spot for this large reptile mutant monster. It has destroyed Japanese cities in film for many years now, and it will be the star of a new film that will hopefully make us all forget about Matthew Broderick, who very nearly made it onto this list as well.
Mysterious and deadly, these other-wordly creatures might as well be spawned right from the nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft. Only able to survive in the mist, it might always be handy to keep a flame thrower around for when they are around but that might not help for the gigantic ones…but you might survive the acid spiders.
One of the newer monsters on the list, it did a very good job of making us remember that monster films exists, and it also did a very admirable job (in a monster-sense) of destroying New York. The creature from Cloverfield has it all – it is mostly immune to weaponry, is able to attack with smaller monsters that are latched onto it and it is also very, very big. Someone call Guillermo!
One of the smallest monsters on our list, the Brundlefly is all horror. Half Jeff Goldblum, half fly, I am finding it quite hard to figure out which side the Brundlefly inherits its terrible looks from. Able to spit a potent acid, the Brundlefly is not the monster you want to be stuck in a room with.
A monster so terrifying, it has spawned a whole franchise and not even a string of terrible films can tarnish its classic quality. A strangely elegant creature with acid for blood and big teeth, the xenomorph (as they are called) is a natural killing machine and even one can lead to the destruction of your entire planet…as long as Sigourney Weaver doesn’t live there.
An ancient creature from out of space, the Thing is the stuff nightmares are made of. Able to mimic other liveforms before morphing disgustingly into something else, the Thing can look like your friend or run around as a human head with spider legs. Good luck sleeping tonight.
Last Updated: August 1, 2013