My Top 5: Monster Movies

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. They may be from outer space or live next door. But whatever their guise or origin, we love them and we love to be scared by them (OK, I love them; my wife and kids, not so much). So here are a bunch of my favorite monster movies just in time for Halloween.

5. Tremors For my money, one of the best big-creature-trying-to-eat-you-and-your-truck picture. I love everything about this movie. The three main protagonists have great chemistry (Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are a blast) and the supporting cast is funny as hell. The suspense is nail-biting and the story is peppered with comedy just at the right moments to lessen the tension. See it.

4. The Mist (2007) If you’ve seen this movie, PLEASE don’t spoil the ending for others (there’s a special place in Hell for people who do). If you’ve never watched this film, prepare to have the shock of your life. It’s been at least two or three years since my last viewing, and I am still distressed by it. Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. That’s all I’m going to say.

3. The Thing (1982) This is one of the best remakes of all time. John Carpenter has crafted a claustrophobic atmosphere where the walls just keep closing in over our isolated protagonists. It doesn’t hurt that the special effects are out of this world (no pun intended). And Kurt Russell has never been better. A truly chilling monster movie (ok, that pun was kind of intended).

2. Alien A horror masterpiece in the guise of a sci-fi movie. The peek-a-boo-monster-leaping-out-at-you shtick might be tame for today’s movie-going audiences, but there’s no denying the pure artistry of the world and creature created by H.R. Giger’s. A must see.

 

1. Monsters, Inc. I’ll admit that I’m a big sissy when it comes to watching horror movies by myself. So I thought I’d lighten the mood a bit by introducing this gem from Pixar. A monster movie for the whole family.

 

Honorable mentions : The Fly (1987), Frankenstein (1931), Hellraiser

P.S. : For more scares, check out my Top 5 Vampire movies.

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