Movie monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some are cunning and manipulative; others are mindless weapons of destruction.
We compiled a list with some of the best movie monsters of all time.
A lot of them are from the good, old classics, but some more recent and obscure monsters have been thrown in for good measure.
Check out this monstrous list.
Count Dracula is the title character and main antagonist of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered to be both the prototypical and the archetypal vampire in subsequent works of fiction. Some aspects of the character are believed to have been inspired by the 15th-century Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula.
There have been many interpretations of the seductive vampire in movies, including the classic Bela Lugosi, but one of our favourites is by Gary Oldman in the 1992 Francis Coppola movie.
The Pale Man is one of the antagonists of the 2006 epic fantasy hit film, Pan’s Labyrinth, and one of the most recent villains in this list. Doug Jones, who also portrayed the Faun in the movie, played the character.
The Pale Man has no trace of humanity and eats live children whole in his underground lair.
Frankenstein’s monster, sometimes known as Frankenstein, is a fictional character whose fictional creator was Victor Frankenstein. The monster first appeared in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
Shelley describes the monster as 8-foot-tall (2.4 m), hideously ugly, but sensitive and emotional. The monster attempts to fit into human society, but is shunned, which leads him to seek revenge against his creator.
The monster has been portrayed in the cinema and TV on numerous occasions.
They may be tiny, but the mischievous gremlins deserve a mention on our list. These small, destructive, evil monsters wreck havoc everywhere they go in a black comedy executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
If you lived through the 80s you are sure to have a special place in your heart for these little daredevils.
The Alien, also known as the “xenomorph,” is a fictional endoparasitoid extra-terrestrial species that is the main antagonist of the Alien film series.
It is a lean, mean, killing machine, with no higher goals than the propagation of their species and the ultimate destruction of life forms that could pose a threat to them.
The terrifying Alien design is credited to Swiss surrealist and artist H. R. Giger.
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A zombie is a fictional undead being created through the reanimation of a human corpse. The term comes from Haitian folklore, where a zombie is a dead body reanimated through various methods, most commonly magic. Modern depictions of zombies do not necessarily involve magic but often invoke science fictional methods such as radiation, mental diseases, viruses and scientific accidents.
They have been a part of cinematic pop culture since the 30s and carry on entertaining the masses to this day, in popular movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead.
This is more of a left-field inclusion in this list, but not any less creepy than the other monsters. The crawlers are humanoid, cave-dwelling creatures, that were the main antagonists of the 2005 cult horror movie The Descent.
The pale, disfigured creatures are practically blind and highly aggressive, using their sense of hearing to hunt their prey, which they tear apart and eat raw.
Now on to the big boys… King Kong is a giant movie monster, resembling a colossal ape, that has appeared in various media since 1933. The original King Kong film was remade in 1976 and once again in 2005. The character has become one of the worlds most famous movie icons, having inspired countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a stage play. His role in the different narratives varies, ranging from a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero.
Clover is the nickname given to the giant monster, which is the main antagonist in the 2008 film Cloverfield. The mysterious creature can be seen destroying New York City throughout the course of the movie, though not much is known about it or its intentions.
The creature is 25 stories tall and withstands missiles, artillery shells, and bombs with minimal injury. It is covered with parasites, which it sheds as part of a post-birth ritual.
And it wouldn’t be a movie monster list without Godzilla. The giant monster originates from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan. It first appeared in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla and, since then, has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon, appearing in numerous media.
It is generally depicted as an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation, and is referred to by many as the “King of Monsters.”
Have you enjoyed our list? What are your favourite movie monsters?