Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Creature Features with Awesome Monsters
It doesn't have to be Halloween for you to be in the mood to binge-watch couple of good monster movies. And what better type of monster movie is there than a classic creature feature. But with there being for many low-quality movies on the market nowadays finding a good film that you have not seen can sometimes feel impossible. To help save you some time and get right into watching your movie, here is a list of the Top 10 Creature Features with Awesome Monsters for you to enjoy.
Top 10 Movie Monsters
10. The Blob
9. The Descent
7. The Host
5. Pitch Black
2. A Quiet Place
1. The Relic
10. The Blob
The Blob is a horror classic that was originally released on September 12, 1958 and remade 30 years later in 1988. The plot of the film is pretty straightforward with a meteorite crashing into a small town that contains an alien lifeform. Once on our planet, the blob begins to consume all life in its path. The concept itself sounds a little strange, but The Blob is one of the most remembered monster movies ever made.
The Monster from The Blob
The Blob is a strange but creepy monster that first appeared in the 1958 movie of the same name. The creature that appears to be the Gelatinous Cube from Dungeons and Dragons making its first onscreen appearance is actually and glob of alien goo that landed on earth. The mass of red gelatin only possesses the most basic of animalistic intelligence and acts on nothing but its instinct to feed. And while it may seem harmless, if this monster makes contact with human flesh it immediately begins to digest, decompose and consume it, all the while growing in size.
9. The Descent
The Descent is a monster movie that was released in theaters on August 4, 2006. The film follows an unfortunate group of women that stumble across the dwelling of a carnivorous race of underground cannibals while cave-diving in North Carolina. From the moment of discovery, the film turns into an edge-of-your-seat ride with the stars fighting against the blind beasts while trying to escape the dense maze-like cave system they are lost in.
The Monsters from The Descent
The monsters of this film are a subspecies of humans known as "Crawlers" that have evolved over time to survive without ever leaving the darkness of the caves. Crawlers are blind due to the amount of time they spend in the dark and use echolocation to hunt their prey. They have also developed incredible strength and agility due to their need to free climb around their environment just to survive. According to the director of the movie Crawlers should be considered "Cavemen that never left the caves". Of all the monster movies I have included on the list, the Crawlers are the most likely to be able to actually exist, making them all that much more scary.
Creature is a horror movie released on September 9, 2011, only to receive a terrible reception from the audience. The movie was so disliked it only brought in $327,000 on its opening weekend. This low reception has forced 'Creature' to be remembered for being the movie with the second-lowest grossing first weekend ever rather than the campy classic it truly is.
The Monster from Creature
The creature from the movie 'Creature' is just what you would expect, a creature with no real name. It is an alligator-man hybrid that is known to lurk around the swamplands of the Louisiana Bayou viciously attacking and killing anything that is unfortunate enough to come across its path. With a terrifying appearance that is reminiscent of both Swamp Thing and Predator and origins explained by an equally disturbing local legend, this grotesque monster is quite capable of leaving you with nightmares for months at a time. While the movie it comes from has not garnished any sentiment in the eyes of horror fans, the creature within 'Creature' speaks for itself.
7. The Host
The Host is just one of the many South Korean monster movies that were released in the 2000s. And while most of them are good in one way or another, this creature feature was able to capture the world's attention by storm. The film follows a family that is pulled into the fight of their lives when a giant monster attacks the shore near their shop. Soon after, they are abducted by the government and thrown into the line of fire a second time when the creature returns. This is definitely a good movie to check out when you get the itch to watch some good creature features.
The Monster from The Host
The Gwoemul is an extremely large amphibious monster known to kill any humans it comes into contact with. The Gwoemul is a tadpole that was mutated by pollutants in its local habitat, the Han River. Like several other monsters on this list, the Gwoemul does not seem to have malicious intentions and is merely acting out of its animal instinct to feed and survive. Given the creature's body count, we can only imagine how much carnage it would cause should it develop a brain capable of evil.
The Tremors franchise is easily one of my favorite series of creature features to ever be released. Each film in the series follows a random collection of unwilling victims and the self-proclaimed gun nut Burt Gummer, as they battle with mysterious man-eating worms recently awakened from a long period of dormant sleep. Each one of the monster movies introduces a new member of the species to the mix, making them all original works of art that do not suffer from repetition like other ongoing horror movie franchises.
The Monsters from Tremors
Graboids are a fictional subterranean species of sandworm that made its debut in the 1990 horror film Tremors. While Graboids are large enough to swallow a human whole, their mouths contain three scary-looking snake-like tentacles used to capture prey that is out of reach. What makes them different from the other beast on this list is that they evolve through several different physical states in their lifetime. Tremors has always been one of my favorite movies so if you haven't seen it make sure you check it out.
Official Tremors Movie Trailer
5. Pitch Black
When Pitch Black was released on February 18, 2000, it introduced something all-new but still familiar to all the creature feature film lovers. The film itself is about a spacecraft that crash lands on a hostile planet while carrying a wanted murderer. What first starts as a film about a wanted prisoner quickly turns into a movie of survival when everyone must band together to outsmart an alien race and escape the doomed planet.
The Monsters from Pitch Black
Bioraptors are an incredibly aggressive type of alien creature known to inhabit the planet of M6-117. They are capable of flight and are known to eat anything they can manage to kill, including their own young. Because of their endless appetite and violent ways, the planet has been left a barren wasteland.
The 'Alien' franchise has become one of the largest and most successful science fiction horror franchises to ever exist. Spanning almost 40 years with 3 sequels, 2 prequels, and a couple of spin-off movies Xenomorphs have become a solid part of pop culture and have no plans on leaving. The original film follows the crew of a space vessel as they unknowingly pick up an alien lifeform and it begins to murder the crew one member at a time.
The Monster from Alien
Xenomorphs are an alien species that is believed to have originated from the planet a planet named Proteus, which eventually became known as Xenomorph Prime. They are possibly the deadliest of all known alien species. Because these creatures require a host to reproduce their appearance can vary depending on the species the Facehugger implants. The most commonly seen phenotype is generally around 7to 9 feet tall and has an oblong head and a long, muscular tail that can be used as a weapon.
Splinter is a gem of a horror film that was released on October 31, 2008. The story follows a young couple that becomes the victims of a carjacking prior to being assaulted by a fungal parasite capable of reanimating the dead. Soon they must band together to do anything they can to escape the reach of this fungus from your darkest nightmares.
The Monster from Splinter
Splinter, or more so the monster from the movie Splinter, is a fungal parasite that is capable of killing and transforming its host in a matter of hours. After combining with its host the Splinter is able to move its corpse around seeking additional hosts to infect. The creature has no evil intentions, it is merely an unevolved organism that instinctually seeks to spread its self. Its cold behavior and the excruciating pain it inflicts on those it infects make this monster something we really hope is not possible in real life.
2. A Quiet Place
The Quiet Place is a horror film that was released on April 6, 2018. To be honest, I put off watching this movie for quite some time believing it would bring nothing new to the table, but how was I wrong. Aside from the guaranteed scariness provided by the appearance of the Death Angels, the modern creature feature provides the viewer with lots of long-lasting and well-acted suspense-filled drama. The Quiet Place will quite easily feel at home on any 'Top 10 Monster Movies' lists for at least the next 15 years.
The Monsters from The Quiet Place
Death Angels are highly evolved aliens that crashed landed on Earth when a large number of meteors collided with the surface. Since their arrival, the Death Angels eliminated almost all life on Earth leaving only a handful of survivors that have been forced to adept their own way of life. Death Angels are humanoid predators that have developed a highly advanced sense of hearing and nearly indestructible armor plating.
1. The Relic
The Relic is by no means one of the best monster movies available to watch. But for everything it lacks, it still was about to provide us with, in my personal opinion, the best movie monster ever created. The film follows the story of an ancient creature that is unknowingly transported to a museum located in the center of a packed city. And when the beast starts killing people, a cop and a handful of the other museum guests must band together and kill the creature before it can escape into the city's sewer system. As I kid I loved the Kothoga because of its original appearance and terrifying presence.
The Monster from The Relic
The Kothoga is a crazy looking creature that has an appearance containing aspects of reptiles, fish, primates, and even insects. The chimeric monster is quadrupedal with crocodile-like scales all over its body making it extremely tough. The Kothoga is extremely large in size and also has rows of large teeth and a pair of large tusks allowing it to hunt and kill with ease.
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