Saturday, May 21

5 Best Monster Movies Everyone Needs to See

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While there are some pretty great films coming our way this month (includingJason Statham’s terrifying shark movie, Meg), there are some classic monster flicks that deserve some attention, too! We’ve rounded up 5 of our favourites, below:

Godzilla (2014)

The 2014 reboot featuring the legendary lizard himself seemed to split fans’ opinions, but there was no denying it was a more original take on the iconic King of Monsters. Director Gareth Edwards takes a leaf out of Steven Spielberg’s book when he approached Jaws: you don’t always have to see the monster for it to have an impact – even the less-is-more marketing material was on point. For those who prefer their monster movies full of tension instead of littered with CGI-bashing fights, Godzilla is a great option.

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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

While not necessarily a ‘monster movie’ in the traditional sense, comic-book adventure Hellboy is littered with some of the most eye-catching creatures Hollywood has seen. The sequel took things to new heights, with an extensive and immersive trip into New York City’s paranormal underworld; and the underground market scene has so many bizarre and puzzling monsters, from vicious little tooth fairies and a forest deity, each monstrosity could’ve justified a movie for themselves.

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Alien

1979’s original Alien raised the bar for science-fiction horrors, given that it found the perfect balance of frights, slow-burn tension, and a splash of action. This extraterrestrial classic and its titular villains are enough to convince anyone that potential space travel is something to stay far, far away from.

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The Village

M. Night Shyamalan’s admittedly inconsistent career has featured winners like The Sixth Sense, but unfortunately clangers like The Happening. However, The Village, equally loved and hated depending on who ask, does an amazing job of creating terror and dread in what seems like a quaint little settlement in the woods. The ending is the divisive element of the movie, but it doesn’t change the fact that the strange, wolf-like monsters are terrifying both before and after you know their true nature.

The Mist

Stephen King isn’t an iconic horror storyteller for no reason. The man works wonders with his tales of ordinary people experiencing the unknown, and The Mist is one of the best book-to-film adaptations that have come out of King’s gallery of horrors. The premise to this story is simple: a group of citizens is trapped in a supermarket when the power goes out and a sinister mist, full of terrifying creatures, envelops the whole town. The fear experienced by the group when the panic sets in, and how sometimes the worst monsters aren’t necessarily the ones that look terrifying, are the real highlights of this film.

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