Horror movies are a unique genre that entertains the audience with fear, using scary images, ghosts, or imaginary creatures. Although the genre is a very old one, the introduction of technologies has given it a new outlook. It has made the genre more entertaining and dynamic, making the audience forget about its fictional nature. It was not a huge surprise that these movies got teens arguing about the existence of vampires, monsters, or any of these imaginary creatures.
Although monsters and strange-looking creatures characterized these movies, they sometimes appear as heroes or villains, and some of these monsters have appeared as fans’ favorite over the years.
Presenting our list of the top ten movie monsters of all time.
10. Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein was a crazy scientist who wanted to have his creations and experience a God-like feeling. His experiment goes wrong, and Frankenstein realizes he has created a monster. Frankenstein’s creation was a violent-looking beast, but his attributes are in sharp contrast with his look.
The monster was rarely aggressive or violent except when engrossed with his quest for vengeance.
Frankenstein’s creation was excessively strong and huge. However, unlike other monsters, the creature later acquired human attributes such as sympathy, the quest for attention, and many others. His natural inclination towards humans and their consistent rejection, caused by his physical appearance, triggered a sense of vengeance in him towards Frankenstein. However, this monster was the friendliest towards humans.
9. Blob (The Blob)
The Blob was a creature enclosed in a meteorite that landed on earth. Coincidentally, an old man carved open the meteorite, and the creature attached to his hand and feeds on it gradually. By the time he arrived at the hospital, the Blob had taken shape and eventually feeds on the man and the nurses before breaking out of the hospital.
The Blob is a complex creature that its instinct to feed solely governs its actions. The more the monster feeds on other creatures, the more it increases in weight and becomes more dangerous. Aside from its physical strength, the Blob is also immune to bullets, fire, and even electrocution. The authorities also found it worrying that the victims of the Blob often disappear, searching for a solution more complicated.
The weakness of the Blob became clear after a group of boys found themselves locked up with the Blob in a restaurant. While the monster survived exposure to fire and different weapons without harm, the boys opened the fire extinguisher at it and gravely harmed it. Having discovered the monster was allergic to an environment with low temperature, they permanently dumped it in the arctic, where it would remain frozen indefinitely.
In Legendary Picture’s Monsterverse, they refer to Mothra as the queen of the monsters. However, even before that, she held a status of prestige. Toho’s films have treated her as a goddess and the guardian of Earth for decades. She is unarguably the strongest female monster. Unlike other monsters, Mothra is less aggressive towards humans.
She has a very sharp abdominal stinger which she uses as a weapon in physical combat. She also releases a cloud of energy and employs her high wings to fly as high as possible. Mothra also reincarnates by laying eggs when she finds herself in a distressing situation. She keeps her memories and other information when the egg hatches, even if she losses the previous body.
Despite her strength, Mothra is highly vulnerable to heat.
7. Reaper (Blade II)
Reapers were not just monsters to humans. They were monsters to vampires too. Jared Nomak was a son to the King of a vampire nation who engrossed himself with the nature of vampires. The King set up scientific research to find out about vampire biology to create vampires who will not be susceptible to their weaknesses.
Having conducted the research, the King, Eli Damaskirus, decided to use his son to display his discovery.
However, things did not go as Eli expected, and the result came out to be a different creature that could hunt down humans as well as vampires. Jared Nomak soon fled his father’s tutelage, having discovered his new shape and identity was unpleasant. The experiment made Jared more bloodthirsty and stronger. Unlike other vampires, he was immune to silver, garlic, and others, but exposure to sunlight was very damaging.
Jared soon became an Alpha to a group of bloodthirsty monsters called “Reapers”.
6. The Thing: “The Thing.”
The 1980s saw a lot of science fiction horror movies, including The Thing, E.T Terrestrial, and so on. The Thing was a movie written by John Carpenter, one of the iconic directors of the 1980s.
The Thing described in the movie is a complex organism that acted as the supervillain of the movie. The uniqueness of this imaginary creature is the ability to assimilate and replicate its victims. The Thing displays the memories, traits, and reactions of its victims to different situations. In describing The Thing, R.J MacReady states:
“This Thing doesn’t want to show itself. It wants to hide inside an imitation. It will fight if it must, but it is vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies. Nobody left to kill it. And then it’s won.”
The Thing is also immune to different natural weapons of attack. It is extremely strong and has a frightening pace. Every part of The Thing, including a drop of its blood, can exist independently.
In summing its unique ability, Alan Dean Foster started:
“When attacked, it looks like even a fragment of one of these Thing will try to survive as best it’s able. Even a sample of its blood. There is no higher nervous system, no brain to suppress an instinct like that if it is in the best interest of the larger whole to do so. The cells act instinctively instead of intelligently.”
The only way to destroy the creature was to expose it to fire, high explosives, or electrocution.
5. King Kong
King Kong is the most famous movie monster. The last of a surviving species, King Kong, was a remarkable gorilla with amazing physical strength. The natives of a remote island, Skull Island, worshipped him, earning him the title ” King”.
Although King Kong is remarkably strong, he is not immune to physical weapons like guns and explosives. He can sustain injuries from attacks and becomes weakened if seriously injured.
4. Brundle Fly
Brundle was a victim of his intelligence. He had a rare intelligence in molecular physics and was obsessed with his goal of teleportation as an alternative to his childhood motion sickness.
Brundle gradually degenerated into a monstrous fly after his first teleportation experience went wrong.
Brundle started becoming strong, a feature first seen by his girlfriend Veronica in one of their sexual experiences. Eventually, he displayed other fly-like attributes such as climbing, vomiting highly corrosive enzymes into food, and many others.
3. Pan’s Labyrinth — The Pale man
If you were looking for the real definition of a monster, you have just found one in the Pale Man.
This humanoid monster has elastic skin and detachable eyeballs that attach to his palms when he perceives the presence of prey. Like most monsters, he was excessively strong but slow. His lair features paintings of this monster feeding in little defenseless children. Beyond that, the monster kept their clothes and personal belongings as souvenirs or what he would describe as an award for his cruelty.
Aside from being a monster, the Pale man was a tough supervillain with no iota of humanity. Neither does he wishes one. He is also renowned for his deep sleep while he has in his custody very attractive food items that most of his victims found irresistible. A taste of those food items wakes the monster who picks up his eyeballs and hunts down his victims for consumption. The pale man was, for so many reasons, a remarkable monster.
2. Yautja (Predator)
Predators are a race known for hunting other species. They impressively grow very tall, with the tallest standing over 12 feet tall. However, the typical Yautja stands around 7 to 8 feet tall. They also have long hairs that resemble dreadlocks and faces with no visible nose.
Their suits come equipped with their advanced technology, such as cloaking, which gives them an edge in their hunts. Their most recognizable weapons are spears and extendable arm-blades. In addition, they use their suits to regulate their body temperatures, suggesting the Predators are susceptible to cold atmosphere.
Predators are very strong, although they are not immune to physical weapons. They heal very fast with little or no medical attention.
Godzilla is undoubtedly the King of monsters. Since 1954, Godzilla has featured in 34 movies, making him the monster with the highest appearance in movies. Godzilla is a giant with a reptilian outlook despite standing like a man. The height and weight of Godzilla vary, depending on the movie series. Its strengths include an ability to release a superheated beam of concentrated radioactive plasma. The monster can also release a strong wave of nuclear energy, which he often does when restrained or captured. The monster also absorbs different forms of energy, such as electricity. Godzilla’s immortal nature makes it capable of enduring different weapons.
He weaponizes all parts of his body, including the tail, teeth, claws, spines, and so on in his brawls with different opponents.
No single form of weakness is present in Godzilla due to its nuclear nature and ability to regenerate from serious injuries. He has even survived a black hole that the dimension tide fired directly at him. However, this monster has died on screen. In his first screen, his demise came from the oxygen destroyer. Again, in 1995, Godzilla experienced an internal meltdown, which also brought his reign to an end.
Most of these monsters have become household names, and the names have inspired children to get toys of tie shapes to preserve their memories.
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Author: Chris Ingledue
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