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Top 70 Best Monster Movies To Watch In 2023

AishwaryaAishwarya-Updated Jan 18, 2023


Monster Movies

 

At the mention of a monster, our mind conjures up images of grotesque beings that are larger than life, capable of ripping us to shreds.

 

These are the beasts that scare us at night. They make us want to check under the bed or inside the closet and attics.

 

These monsters can be man-made, in a laboratory, as a result of an experiment gone wrong.

 

They can be naturally evolved, prehistoric or mutated beings that have come out to hunt humans.

 

However they may be created, these monsters are capable of making a hardened criminal or soldier cry for their mother.

 

Hollywood monsters are not the easy kind of monsters that hide under your bed and come out only at night to scare you.

 

They do not just steal your cookies but, they are intent on chewing us up like cookies.

 

They could, very easily, become the cause of our phobia to go for a swim in a placid lake or a fun day at the beach.

 

Camping trips with family could end up with more than just scary stories around the campfire at night.

 

In our list today, ENTOIN brings you a collection of classic, hardcore, scary creature features and monster movies that have excited us and stood the test of time to become classics.

 

If you have a weak stomach, then these grotesque creatures may not be your kind of entertainment.

 

Being unimaginable, scary, and capable of wiping out cities is a requirement for any good monster.

 

For this list, we have not considered any vampires, zombies, ghosts, demons, etc. We have tried to keep the list up to creatures only.

 

We have tried to keep aliens to a minimum in this list. So this weekend, gather all your friends and sit down for a good old monster movie marathon and use this list to guide you on your quest.

 

Popcorn, coke, and a warm quilt to hide under, are all you need to enjoy this list of the top 70 best monster movies.

 

 

70. Cursed (2005)

 

Cursed (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cursed (2005)
Watch time 97 min
Directors Wes Craven
Cast Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Portia de Rossi, Mya
Domestic Box office $19.30M
IMDb Rating 5
Metascore 31
Writers Kevin Williamson
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Robert McLachlan
Costume By Douglas A. Mowat

 

Cursed is a werewolf movie that seems like a mash-up of earlier Werewolf movies with predictable CGI work and choppy work.

 

It seemed like the film was cursed to fail despite the fine cast, great director, and promising story.

 

The film was supposed to be an homage to all those great werewolf movies like An American Werewolf in London, Wolfman, and more.

 

It was, in fact, slated to be an R-rated, gory, werewolf movie, but most of the scenes were chopped off and made into a PG-13 movie, that failed to impress everyone.

 

Enough complaints, let me tell you the plot of the movie. Two siblings are returning home after a party, and their car meets with an accident on Mulholland dr.

 

As they get out of the car, to help the other car, a scary and huge Werewolf comes out and attacks them.

 

The two siblings are injured by this werewolf, and they later realize that they might turn into this werewolf if they do not kill the creature themself.

 

 

69. Doom (2005)

 

Doom (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Doom (2005)
Watch time 105 min
Directors Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cast Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson, Deobia Oparei
Domestic Box office $28.21M
IMDb Rating 5.2
Metascore 34
Writers Dave Callaham
Music By Clint Mansell
Cinematography By Tony Pierce-Roberts
Costume By Richard Roberts

 

Doom is based on a successful video game series with the same name. The filming rights were held by The Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures studios, but after the rights expired, the Warner brothers took it up and made the film in 2005.

 

The film is about a man-made monster created using Martian DNA to add an extra 24th chromosome.

 

Using the C24 serum, the researchers on the Mars facility have created an unstable bunch of monsters and superhumans.

 

A SWAT team of marines is sent to clean up and retrieve the data. As the team uncovers the mystery behind the chaos and starts to clean up, they are targeted.

 

Soon, they start to fall one after another. Many stars were considered for the role of Reaper, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, etc.

 

Johnson chose to play Sarge instead of Reaper, and finally, Karl Urban was cast in that role.

 

Ultimately the film was not successful with the critics and the audiences. It failed to make a mark despite a talented cast and crew.

 

 

 

68. Godzilla (1998)

 

Godzilla (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title Godzilla (1998)
Watch time 139 min
Directors Roland Emmerich
Cast Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria
Domestic Box office $136.31M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 32
Writers Dean Devlin
Music By David Arnold
Cinematography By Ueli Steiger
Costume By Victor J. Zolfo

 

Godzilla is one of the best-known movie monsters in the history of Hollywood. In 1998, director Roland Emmerich attempted a reimagined version of this infamous reptilian monster and made Godzilla.

 

The story goes as follows; In the South Pacific Ocean, there has been extensive nuclear testing.

 

The radioactivity created a monster called Godzilla. The news of it surfaces when Godzilla attacks New York City.

 

The US army calls in an NRC scientist to research and gives his advice on it.

 

Tatopoulos, the scientist, discovers that Godzilla is procreating and building a nest. He enlists the help of a group of French insurance agents, who are French secret services, to help clean up the mess and destroy the nest.

 

The film was widely panned by critics and the audience. Godzilla fans trolled the movie to no end and called it the worst ever.

 

However, the film made decent profits at the box office. Regular audiences who are not Godzilla fans appreciated the subtle humor, good CGI work, and decent plot.

 

The film is definitely worth a watch.

 

 

 

67. Anaconda (1997)

 

Anaconda (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title Anaconda (1997)
Watch time 89 min
Directors Luis Llosa
Cast Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube
Domestic Box office $65.89M
IMDb Rating 4.8
Metascore 37
Writers Hans Bauer
Music By Randy Edelman
Cinematography By Bill Butler
Costume By Daniel Loren May

 

Anaconda has achieved cult status for being so bad that it is good fun to watch the movie.

 

It is a film about the Green Anaconda that resided in the Amazon rainforests. A team of documentary film crew set out along the Amazon river looking for an ancient aboriginal tribe.

 

Their crew encounters a stranded snake hunter, whom they rescue and take along with them.

 

Initially, he acts harmless and helpful. Later, he hijacks the boat and starts to track the reptile.

 

By the end of the movie, the Anaconda kills most of the crew. However, the docu-film director, her cameraman, and the anthropologist survive and find the tribals for the film.

 

The film was generally panned by critics for the bad acting, forgettable characters, and boring script.

 

The movie also has many scientific inaccuracies. The film was nominated for many Golden Raspberry Awards, and it won two Stinkers Bad Movies Awards.

 

 

 

66. The Silence (2019)

 

The Silence (2019)

 

The Silence is based on a science fiction novel of the same name, written by Tim Lebbon.

 

It is about a prehistoric animal that hunts by its sense of sound. It lived in deep caves all this while, and it escapes the cave when a research team locates them.

 

The film follows a family that tries to survive this monster scare by escaping into the countryside.

 

New cults are created as a result of this fear. They realize that these cults are a bigger problem.

 

The film was released on Netflix and played at only 7 centers on the cinema screen.

 

It received negative criticism for its bland plot, lackluster performance, and general lack of enthusiasm.

 

It was also compared to A Quiet Place which did much better on a similar premise.

 

The deaf community also did not appreciate the casting of a hearing actor as a deaf person.

 

It was pointed out that many occasions were inaccurately portrayed from a deaf person’s perspective.

 

 

 

65. Prophecy (1979)

 

Prophecy (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title Prophecy (1979)
Watch time 102 min
Directors John Frankenheimer
Cast Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart
Domestic Box office $18.39M
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore 41
Writers David Seltzer
Music By Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography By Harry Stradling Jr.
Costume By Ray Summers

 

This film is about a man-made monster created as a result of toxic waste polluting the environment of the local bear population.

 

It is written by David Seltzer, who later adapted the film story into a Novel and released it with the same name.

 

A couple of environmentalists file a report on a paper mill saying it is dumping chemical waste into the local river.

 

This is polluting the land that is home to a sizable bear population. One of the bears mutates and grows to a monstrous size and starts to terrorize the local community.

 

The film was one of the earliest environmental horror movies, and it was a particular favorite of Stephen King.

 

Even Quentin Tarantino expressed a liking for the movie despite its insipid plot and weak characters.

 

Critics slammed the film as being a poorly written plot with bad costumes and poor special effects.

 

The suspense ploy does not work either. But despite all the bad reviews, the film was able to recover costs at the box office.

 

 

 

64. The Great Wall (2016)

 

The Great Wall (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Great Wall (2016)
Watch time 103 min
Directors Yimou Zhang
Cast Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau
Domestic Box office $45.54M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 42
Writers Carlo Bernard
Music By Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography By Stuart Dryburgh
Costume By Gordon Sim

 

The Great Wall is a mythical fantasy movie about a secret society of Chinese warriors who defend China from an army of monsters and other mythical beings.

 

A group of European mercenaries join the group and fights to protect China. A group of mercenaries played by Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal encounters the secret army in hopes of learning about the explosives they use.

 

Here, they meet Willem Defoe, learn about the mythical warriors, and decide to help in hope of future gains.

 

The film received mixed reviews from western critics who panned the movie for its lackluster martial arts.

 

They felt the movie had a choppy plotline with many unnecessary sequences. The film was, however, a big hit in China.

 

It was one of the costliest Chinese films with a budget of $150 million, and it made over $ 200 million in China alone.

 

The film has worldwide box office earnings of over $ 330 million.

 

 

 

63. Van Helsing (2004)

 

Van Helsing (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Van Helsing (2004)
Watch time 131 min
Directors Stephen Sommers
Cast Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley
Domestic Box office $120.18M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 35
Writers Stephen Sommers
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Allen Daviau
Costume By Cindy Carr

 

Van Helsing is a movie filled with every Christian mythological creature. It has demons, Dracula, Werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster, angels, and more.

 

The film was flooded with mostly negative reviews for being weak in plot and heavy on CGI works.

 

The story goes as follows, Van Helsing is a warrior for the Heavenly order. He protects mankind from evil.

 

Van Helsing has lost his memories before becoming a warrior for this order, so he fights for redemption from past sins.

 

In Transylvania, the last remaining members of a Romanian family request help from the order to fight Dracula and his ever-growing army.

 

Van Helsing came to the rescue. But, in the end, he loses the love of his life and gives up his chance to recover his lost memories.

 

The film did well at the box office despite the mostly negative reviews. The audience was entertained by oodles of action, CGI, fight sequences, and damsels in distress that the film offers.

 

 

 

62. Attack On Titan (2015)

 

Attack On Titan (2015)

 

Attack on Titan is a 2 part movie based on the famous Japanese manga series of the same name.

 

It was created by Hajime Issayama and has been adapted as an animated TV series as well.

 

The film story introduces us to Eren Jaeger and his childhood friends Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman.

 

Their hometown has been destroyed by a group of colossal titans that are humanoid beings.

 

They join the Military corps to fight these titans and avenge the destruction of their home.

 

The film is a hugely successful Manga series, and it made good earnings at the box office.

 

The first part was more successful than the second part, yet the combined earnings were pegged at $ 46 million.

 

The film was plagued by technical difficulties at the screening at theaters in Kentucky, Ohio, San Francisco, etc.

 

The subtitles froze within the first ten minutes and remained frozen for the entire film.

 

 

 

61. Venom (2018)

 

Venom (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Venom (2018)
Watch time 112 min
Directors Ruben Fleischer
Cast Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze
Domestic Box office $213.52M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 35
Writers Jeff Pinkner
Music By Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography By Matthew Libatique
Costume By Oliver Scholl

 

Venom is the live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic book of the same name. The film follows the Life Foundation which uses unethical and dangerous means to integrate an alien symbiote with humans to create superhumans.

 

The character, Venom, first appears in Spiderman as a villain. But in this film, he is shown as a simple alien life form that agrees to work with Eddie Brock to co-exist peacefully on Earth.

 

In their attempt to create a bond and peaceful life, Eddie and Venom must end the Life Foundation and the other symbiotes in their facility.

 

The film was very successful at the box office, despite the mostly negative reviews it received.

 

Many critics called the movie noisy and chaotic. They said that the film concentrated more on the origin story of Venom than on delivering a good lift-off for the character.

 

 

 

60. Monster Hunter (2020)

 

Monster Hunter (2020)

 

Entity Detail
Title Monster Hunter (2020)
Watch time 103 min
Directors Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, T.I.
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.3
Metascore 47
Writers Paul W.S. Anderson
Music By Paul Haslinger
Cinematography By Glen MacPherson
Costume By Tracy Perkins

 

Monster Hunter is a movie based on a video game series with the same name, created by CapCorn.

 

Paul W. S. Anderson and his wife Milla Jovovich work together to make a movie about a team of US army rangers who are sent to a mysterious new world where dangerous monsters roam free.

 

The team is severely outclassed by the monsters. However, they meet a huntsman who seems to have found a way to fight these beasts.

 

The team of Rangers joins forces with him and learns to fight the monsters. The film is big on actions, stunts, and fight sequences.

 

Mila Jovovich and Tony Jaa wow the audience. Although the plot and dialogues are kept simple and to a bare minimum.

 

The film topped the charts when it was released. Yet, the box office collections were not up to standard to declare it a hit.

 

The film initially did well in the Chinese market, but a particular dialogue by one of the soldiers was deemed racist by Chinese social media.

 

It led to online protests and boycotts of the movie.

 

 

 

59. Resident Evil (2002)

 

Resident Evil (2002)

 

Resident Evil is the first movie in the film series. It was adapted from a popular video game that had a successful run.

 

The Director, Paul W. S. Ander, wrote and directed it. In the film, a large corporation called the Hive created a bio-weapon called T-virus.

 

It turns people into mindless zombie-like monsters. A thief steals the virus and releases it in the corporation, thereby infecting the whole place.

 

A team of Hive security officers, along with Alice, have to contain the virus. They have to kill all the zombies before it spreads across Raccoon city.

 

The film was a box office hit. Although, the critics were not impressed. They said that the movie was cheesy, formulaic, and loud.

 

 

58. Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

 

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
Watch time 111 min
Directors Steven S. DeKnight
Cast John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman
Domestic Box office $59.87M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 44
Writers Steven S. DeKnight
Music By Lorne Balfe
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Gillian Butler

 

The Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to Pacific Rim, and it picks up the story 10 years after the first movie ends.

 

The film is a typical action flick that shows robots vs. kaiju action. It was not appreciated and criticized for this fact, The film works on the premise that there is a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, through which Kaiju (humongous monsters), called Precursors, enter.

 

They come to Earth and wage war against humanity. In this installment, the Kaiju have managed to infiltrate the Pacific Rim Shatterdome and incapacitated most of their Jaegers.

 

They also assassinated Mako Mori. Now Jake Pentecost and Nathan Lambert have to come together to fight the new threat of mega Kaiju.

 

The film was criticized for overdoing the concept that turned out to be novel in Hollywood.

 

It was described as mundane, mindless, and uninspired. It was made simply for product placements.

 

 

57. The Meg (2018)

 

The Meg (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Meg (2018)
Watch time 113 min
Directors Jon Turteltaub
Cast Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis
Domestic Box office $143.01M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 46
Writers Dean Georgaris
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Tom Stern
Costume By Amber Richards

 

The Meg is a creature feature about the re-emergence of a prehistoric mega predator of the oceans.

 

The film claims that in the Mariana Trenches, megalodons have been existing without human knowledge.

 

Jonas Taylor is a dishonorably discharged naval diver. He discovers a megalodon during his rescue mission which forces him to abandon the mission.

 

His claims are rubbished, and he is branded as a coward by his team. Years later, the same crew is working in the Pacific Ocean and encounters the Megalodon.

 

To rescue them and save the team, Taylor is called back. The team also includes his wife.

 

So, he not only has to rescue them but also kills the predator. Before it can turn on the human population.

 

The film was blamed for being just another rip-off of Jaws. Despite the excellent premise and cast, the film could not rise above the mundane and cliched plotlines.

 

 

56. Lake Placid (1999)

 

Lake Placid (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lake Placid (1999)
Watch time 82 min
Directors Steve Miner
Cast Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson
Domestic Box office $31.77M
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 34
Writers David E. Kelley
Music By John Ottman
Cinematography By Daryn Okada
Costume By Tedd Kuchera

 

In the sleepy town of Maine, there are incidents of animal attacks in the lake.

 

In two instances, people were killed after being bitten by an unknown creature. Immediately the Sheriff calls in the fish and game officer and a paleontologist to identify the type of creature.

 

After many more incidents of an animal attacks, it is discovered that a giant pair of saltwater crocodiles have been residing in the lake.

 

One of the residents living on the shore of the lake has been secretly feeding the crocodiles till they have grown to be over 30 feet long.

 

The film did decent business at the box office. The critics gave the movie an average rating and review.

 

Although most of the critics are in consensus that the performance of Betty White as the bumbling and sneaky old lady was the highlight of the film.

 

 

55. Underwater (2020)

 

Underwater (2020)

 

Entity Detail
Title Underwater (2020)
Watch time 95 min
Directors William Eubank
Cast Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 48
Writers Brian Duffield
Music By Marco Beltrami Brandon Roberts
Cinematography By Bojan Bazelli
Costume By Karen Frick

 

Underwater deals with a mythical monstrous creature called Cthulhu that lives underwater near the Mariana Trench.

 

A team of researchers is drilling and doing research at the bottom of Mariana Trench when they encounter massive earthquakes that destroy part of their base.

 

They desperately need to escape to safety or risk dying at the hands of these monsters.

 

The movie has been dubbed a mix between The Abyss and Alien. It offers nothing new or thrilling in the form of entertainment.

 

However, one should appreciate the breathtaking visual effects of the deep-sea world. In the movie, you can get stylized direction, good casting, and the overall sense of claustrophobia with monsters added to the mix.

 

This makes it worth a watch.

 

 

54. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

 

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Watch time 90 min
Directors Victor Salva
Cast Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher
Domestic Box office $37.90M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 49
Writers Victor Salva
Music By Bennett Salvay
Cinematography By Don E. FauntleRoy
Costume By Barbara Peterson-Malesci

 

Jeepers Creepers borrows its name from an old song with the same name. It revolves around an ancient monstrous creature that surfaces once every 23 years and stays around for 23 days to kill people.

 

The film starts with two siblings returning from a spring break when they encounter the monster disposing of its victims.

 

Despite all the warnings, they track the creature and witness its stash of dead bodies.

 

From here, it fixates on the siblings and starts to chase them. The film gets off to a promising start that appears to be different from all horror flicks.

 

The suspense and the thrills are aplenty. But, the film loses steam after a point and falls for the cliched ending.

 

The movie received mixed reviews with some positive and some negative comments. One critic praised the film as a gory and disturbing but intelligent plot.

 

While another critic called the film a formulaic potboiler that lacks imagination.

 

 

53. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

 

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Watch time 91 min
Directors Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez
Domestic Box office $148.31M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 47
Writers Peter Baynham
Music By Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography By Catherine Apple
Costume By Ron Lukas Noëlle Triaureau

 

Hotel Transylvania is stuffed to the brim with all the different monsters that literature has conjured up for us.

 

It has Dracula, Werewolves, Frankenstein, The invisible man, blob, the Mummy, etc. However, the movie is a comedy and an animation that promises only laughs, not scares.

 

The premise is that Count Dracula runs a hotel that is the prime vacation spot for all the monsters in the world.

 

They come here for rest and relaxation. To get away from the stress of humans.

 

The film was well-received by the audience. The critics, however, felt that the script was too thin and weak.

 

The film was loud and packed with fun for children, but nothing much for older audiences to watch.

 

The film was successful and spawned a series of sequels, video games, and TV series.

 

 

52. King Kong (1976)

 

King Kong (1976)

 

Entity Detail
Title King Kong (1976)
Watch time 134 min
Directors John Guillermin
Cast Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph
Domestic Box office $52.61M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 61
Writers James Ashmore Creelman
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Richard H. Kline
Costume By Moss Mabry

 

This 1976 movie is a remake of the 1933 King Kong. Universal and Paramount Pictures were initially approached to make the movie, but Dino De Laurentiis, the producer, went behind their back and bought the movie rights from RKO-General.

 

De Laurentis and Universal, along with the movie, were stuck in a court battle for 2 years before its release.

 

The film is about an oil expedition team that unexpectedly finds a gigantic gorilla. After failing to find any quality oil wells on the island, they decided to bring back the giant gorilla called Kong.

 

In New York, Kong is put on display as the beast that stole beauty. In an attempt to escape its prison, Kong climbs The World Trade Center towers.

 

In the iconic scene, the gorilla falls from the WTC tower and dies. The film was a commercial hit.

 

It was the only King Kong film where he climbs up the WTC towers and not the Empire State Building.

 

 

51. Critters (1986)

 

Critters (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title Critters (1986)
Watch time 86 min
Directors Stephen Herek
Cast Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes
Domestic Box office $13.17M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 52
Writers Domonic Muir
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Tim Suhrstedt
Costume By Anne H. Ahrens

 

An alien ship is attempting to transport its most troublesome criminals to a prison complex elsewhere on a spaceship.

 

During this transport, the ET criminals mastermind an escape and come to our world to hide.

 

This group of alien criminals, called Critters, land in Kansas and start to wreak havoc.

 

The aliens send a pair of bounty hunters disguised as a rockstar to apprehend the escaped criminal.

 

The residents of the town help the hunters to kill the critters and save the planet.

 

The film is more of a humorous adventure than a monster horror flick. It has been described as a rip-off by one critic.

 

While another thought is that the film neither has enough laughs nor enough jump-scares to be entertaining.

 

However, the audience found it entertaining, and sequels to Critters were released subsequently. The first part is worth watching one time.

 

 

50. Rampage (2018)

 

Rampage (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Rampage (2018)
Watch time 107 min
Directors Brad Peyton
Cast Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Domestic Box office $101.03M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 45
Writers Ryan Engle
Music By Andrew Lockington
Cinematography By Jaron Presant
Costume By Larry Dias

 

Rampage is a monster movie where the monsters are all man-made. The film is based on a video game called Rampage.

 

The film is not as fun as the game. In fact, fans of it did not enjoy the picture, but it was entertaining and made good profits.

 

The film is about a research foundation that is experimenting with gene mutations and creating a pathogen.

 

It accidentally infects 3 different animals prompting a widespread rampage. A crocodile in Florida, a grey wolf in Wyoming, and an albino gorilla in San Diego.

 

Dwayne Johnson plays a primatologist who belongs to the US special forces that fight poachers.

 

He is called in to control the gorilla named George. He takes the help of George and stops the rampages of the wolf and the crocodile.

 

The film has been described as a brainless blockbuster. It has even received a rating of A- from CinemaScore.

 

 

49. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

 

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Watch time 129 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn
Domestic Box office $229.09M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 59
Writers Michael Crichton
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Rick Carter

 

The Lost World is the sequel to the hugely successful film, Jurassic Park. The island or site A as they call it has been abandoned.

 

A new team of documentaries and researchers is sent to site B to view and document the dinosaurs in the open, where they live without cages.

 

There is another team that was sent to see if the dinosaurs could be brought to the mainland.

 

They intended to build a new site in San Francisco. As it always does, life and nature have other plans, and chaos ensues again.

 

The film was not as great as the first part, but The Lost World has also been praised for its CGI work.

 

Many critics felt that the film lacked the gripping narrative and compelling plot of Jurassic Park.

 

They managed to rake in the moolah at the box office. Jeff Goldblum returns to the film, and we also see Juliane Moore.

 

In an interview, Juliane Moore accepted that she did the movie only to work with Steven Speilberg, and she needed the money for a divorce settlement.

 

 

48. The Mummy (1999)

 

The Mummy (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Mummy (1999)
Watch time 124 min
Directors Stephen Sommers
Cast Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo
Domestic Box office $155.25M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 48
Writers Stephen Sommers
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Allan Cameron

 

The Mummy, released in 1999, faced tough competition from many top-rated movies released that year.

 

Its toughest competition was The Phantom Menace which was released within weeks of The Mummy.

 

Yet, the film withstood tough competition and made a palace in the hearts of the audience and critics.

 

In the picture, they took a cursed and horrific concept of dead mummies. It added light-hearted elements to make an endearing movie that is fun to watch.

 

The plot revolves around a librarian and her brother. This pair accidentally activates a cursed mummy that could bring the 10 biblical plagues back to Egypt.

 

The audience lapped up the fun chemistry between the characters like Rick O'Connell, Jonathan and Evelyn Carnahan, Imoteph, or Ardeth Bey, a mysterious Medji.

 

Critics have given mixed to positive reviews for the film. They said they might not have anything to say about the film, the acting, the direction, or the characters, but the overall feel-good effect that the movie evokes is enough.

 

 

47. Swamp Thing (1982)

 

Swamp Thing (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title Swamp Thing (1982)
Watch time 91 min
Directors Wes Craven
Cast Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 50
Writers Wes Craven
Music By Harry Manfredini
Cinematography By Robbie Greenberg
Costume By Wren Boney

 

Swamp Thing is based on the DC/Vertigo comic books with the same name. The story is about a monster that is created in a laboratory accident.

 

The film was also followed up by a sequel called The Return of the Swamp Thing.

 

The film is about a scientist who is working in a laboratory doing sensitive experiments.

 

In an accident that has been orchestrated by the evil scientist, Dr. Arcane, the swamp thing is created.

 

It is, in fact, a fellow scientist, Alec Holland, who has transformed into the Swamp Thing.

 

There is also a damsel in distress, who attracts the attention of the Swamp Thing, and he fights the evil mastermind to protect her.

 

The film is a campy monster film with a simple plot and a beautiful heroine to save.

 

The film received average ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, got 63% approval, and delivered on its budget of $ 2.5 million.

 

 

46. Monster Hunt (2015)

 

Monster Hunt (2015)

 

Monster Hunt is set in Ancient China, where monsters and humans lived together at one point in time.

 

Soon a power struggle broke out, and they were driven out of the world. They are back among humans to escape a civil war that has broken out in the monster world.

 

Now a righteous mayor and a monster hunter have to work together to protect the child of the monster queen and restore the power hierarchy in the monster world.

 

The film was very successful in China, and it became the highest-grossing local film. However, its reach did not spread far in the US markets.

 

The critics described the movie as a film with the potential to become an epic but fell short.

 

Another UK critic called the movie a commentary on eastern culture rather than a monster film.

 

 

45. Them! (1954)

 

Them! (1954)

 

Entity Detail
Title Them! (1954)
Watch time 94 min
Directors Gordon Douglas
Cast James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore ---
Writers Ted Sherdeman
Music By Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography By Sidney Hickox
Costume By G.W. Berntsen

 

Them! is one of the first monster films where the creature is formed due to a nuclear disaster.

 

It is also the earliest a bug turned into a monster type of film. The story was inspired by a short story written by George W. Yates and turned into a screenplay.

 

The film follows a nuclear testing site in New Mexico, where repeated tests have caused the ant population to be irradiated.

 

These gigantic irradiated ant monsters escape into the New Mexico desert and attack humans. Soon the queen ants escape to create other nests elsewhere and spread the menace across the USA.

 

The film was hailed as a new-age monster film that had a well-scripted plot. Variety magazine opined that Them! is a top-notch science fiction shocker, with a suspenseful story, great direction, and acting.

 

 

44. Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

 

Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Watch time 104 min
Directors Rob Minkoff
Cast Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Juana Collignon
Domestic Box office $52.08M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 57
Writers John Fusco
Music By David Buckley
Cinematography By Peter Pau
Costume By Bill Brzeski

 

Forbidden Kingdom is a wuxia film that is loosely based on the novel A Journey To The West.

 

It was adapted to tell the story of the mythical Monkey King. He was banished from the kingdom by the trickery of the Jade warlord.

 

The warlord hopes to get access to his magical staff. Consequently, the Jade emperor turns Monket King to stone and casts the staff to a faraway kingdom out of the reach of the greedy warlord.

 

In present-day America, a teenager comes into possession of it while fighting off hooligans. He goes on a quest to return the staff to the monkey king, fight off witches, and release the Jade emperor forms the rest of the plot.

 

The film was heavily anticipated for the first time pairing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

 

The legendary martial artists did not fail to wow us with their fight sequences, but the story distracted us from the fight.

 

 

43. Bird Box (2018)

 

Bird Box (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bird Box (2018)
Watch time 124 min
Directors Susanne Bier
Cast Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 51
Writers Eric Heisserer
Music By Trent Reznor
Cinematography By Salvatore Totino
Costume By Jan Roelfs

 

Bird Box is based on a novel of the same name written by Josh Malerman.

 

It is about a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious entity has caused most humans to randomly commit suicide and die.

 

The film follows a mother and her two children, traveling across dangerous terrain, from their home to a safe community where the mysterious entity is not present.

 

The small family has to blindfold themselves and move around blindly to avoid being affected by this monster.

 

The film chose to release on limited cinema screens and moved to Netflix straightaway. It received mixed reviews.

 

A critic said that the film never quite reaches the potential it promises. Good acting, chilling mood, and suspenseful ambiance do not always end with a big reveal.

 

Netflix disclosed the viewership figures for Bird Box and said that this film was the most-watched film ever.

 

It had a viewership of over 45 million in the first seven days of its release.

 

 

42. Creature From The Black Lagoon

 

Creature From The Black Lagoon

 

Entity Detail
Title Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Watch time 79 min
Directors Jack Arnold
Cast Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno
Domestic Box office $1.30M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 68
Writers Harry Essex
Music By Henry Mancini
Cinematography By William E. Snyder
Costume By Russell A. Gausman Ray Jeffers

 

Creature from the Black Lagoon is a black-and-white film that was released in 3D format.

 

It is about a prehistoric monster that has been dwelling secretly in the Amazon jungles.

 

A team of researchers finds fossils. They are identified as the monster that they call Gill-man and set out to research it.

 

The team unexpectedly finds a live Gill-man and has difficulty escaping the monster. Though they initially plan to research it and capture it, they end up killing it.

 

Otherwise, they cannot get away with their lives. The film was met with 3 stars out of 5 from critics.

 

The film may not be an original idea, but the technical superiority of the camerawork, photography, and more make the film worth watching.

 

The film was included in the American Film Institute list of 100 years...100 heroes and villains list, in 2003.

 

 

41. Wildling (2018)

 

Wildling (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Wildling (2018)
Watch time 92 min
Directors Fritz Bohm
Cast Bel Powley, Brad Dourif, Liv Tyler, Collin Kelly-Sordelet
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore 58
Writers Fritz Böhm
Music By Martina Eisenreich Paul Haslinger
Cinematography By Toby Oliver
Costume By Von Chorbajian

 

Wilding is a film that follows the life of a strange child. She lives in the attic with her caretaker, who claims that there are man-eating monsters in the outside world.

 

The child has a mysterious illness for which the caretaker regularly gives her injections. Once the caretaker is hospitalized, the child comes out of the house.

 

She soon realizes the reality of the outside world and the lies that she has been fed.

 

It turns out that the caretaker has been keeping her confined on false pretenses. The film portrays the fight of the girl against an oppressive father.

 

Hence, it has been dubbed as a feminist-themed movie. Many critics have strongly praised the performance of the girl/wilding, portrayed by Bel Powley.

 

Despite the lack of a gripping narrative, the acting and the direction have made the movie entertaining and worth watching.

 

 

40. Q - The Winged Serpent (1982)

 

Q - The Winged Serpent (1982)

 

Q-The Winged Serpent is a movie about an ancient Aztec goddess. She has a lizard body with wings and looks like a dragon.

 

She takes up residence atop the Chrysler Building and keeps killing people randomly. The cops, media, and administration are at their wits end about how to find and end this killing spree.

 

At the same time, a crazed Aztec priest conducts rituals with human sacrifices to appease this dragon-like goddess.

 

How they locate the monster to stop it makes up the rest of the film.

 

Critics praised the film for its satire on modern law and order institutions, media machinery, and society in general.

 

As a monster movie, the film is campy and uninspiring. The film had a limited theatrical release in the United States.

 

As a result, it recovered only a quarter of its budget.

 

 

39. Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009)

 

Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Watch time 94 min
Directors Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Cast Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Seth Rogen
Domestic Box office $198.35M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 56
Writers Maya Forbes
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By Joyce Arrastia Erika Dapkewicz
Costume By Michael Isaak Scott Wills

 

Monsters vs. Aliens is an animated film. It shows a world where the government has gathered all the monsters they have encountered over the years and sent them out to fight an invading alien force.

 

The fun animated film has a parody list of all Hollywood monsters. Ginormica is a parody of Attack of the 50-foot woman, Dr. Cockroach is from The Fly, BOB is a parody of The Blob, Missing Link is the monster from Creature from The Black Lagoon, etc.

 

The film got an approval rating of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some critics felt that the film was not the best animation work ever, but there are enough fun moments to make it enjoyable.

 

Other critics commented that as a kids' film, it was entertaining enough. But for adults, the movie is not funny enough.

 

 

38. Pacific Rim (2013)

 

Pacific Rim (2013)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pacific Rim (2013)
Watch time 131 min
Directors Guillermo del Toro
Cast Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day
Domestic Box office $101.80M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 65
Writers Travis Beacham
Music By Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography By Guillermo Navarro
Costume By Andrew Neskoromny Carol Spier

 

Pacific Rim is the precursor to Pacific Rim: Uprising. The film was directed by Guillermo Del Toro and based on a story by Travis Beacham.

 

The film is set in the future where mysterious otherworldly monsters called Kaiju have emerged from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

 

To defeat these Kaiju, man has built giant humanoid mechas that can be guided and controlled with a mind link.

 

These mechas are called Jaegers. A team of specialized fighters set out in their Jaegers to fight and defeat the Kaiju and close the portal permanently.

 

The film borrows heavily from the Japanese anime culture of mecha, humanoid, and fighting machines. The story is flimsy without much scope for character development, etc.

 

But, the direction is super-stylized. The cast and the stylized mechas make the film thoroughly entertaining.

 

The film did not gross much in the American market. It had box office earnings of just over $100 million.

 

But, the film earned big in the overseas market, making the total earnings shoot up to over $ 400 million.

 

 

37. Jurassic World (2015)

 

Jurassic World (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Jurassic World (2015)
Watch time 124 min
Directors Colin Trevorrow
Cast Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
Domestic Box office $652.27M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 59
Writers Rick Jaffa
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By John Schwartzman
Costume By Ed Verreaux

 

The dinosaurs returned, to Jurassic World, in 2015. The film starts 22 years after the last Jurassic Park movie.

 

The island Isla Nublar has been converted into a theme park with cloned dinosaurs kept in display cages.

 

An experimental new dinosaur, Indominus Rex, has escaped its prison and wreaked chaos on the theme park.

 

This new dinosaur is a genetically modified new species and has garnered new skills to escape confinement.

 

The film was hugely successful and earned over $1.6 billion worldwide. The critics rated the movie 71% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

The CinemaScore gave the movie an average grade of A, while The Telegraph gave the film a 4-star rating.

 

Critics described the film as a popcorn thriller, savvy, visually thrilling, summer spectacle, and more.

 

Many critics opined that the film lacked the suspense, and novel excitement that the first Jurassic Park had, but it was awe-inspiring and visually pleasing in its own way.

 

 

36. Prometheus (2012)

 

Prometheus (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Prometheus (2012)
Watch time 124 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Domestic Box office $126.48M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 64
Writers Jon Spaihts
Music By Marc Streitenfeld
Cinematography By Dariusz Wolski
Costume By Arthur Max

 

Prometheus is considered an unofficial prequel to the Alien series. The movie explores how the monstrous alien came into contact with us and its motive to kill us.

 

Sometime in the future, while conducting explorations in Scotland, a team of researchers finds a star map that leads to a distant planet.

 

The researchers come to the conclusion that this star map was left behind by the predecessors of humans.

 

An aging CEO of Wayland Corp decides to follow the star map and make contact with them.

 

He commissions a spaceship, Prometheus, to send the team to LV-223, a distant planet. What happens next and what they encounter there to make up the rest of the movie.

 

Some have considered the movie as man’s quest for God. To find the reason why he created the Earth.

 

The leader of the mission is Shaw, who is a religious believer. She wants to find God and the answers to creation.

 

 

35. The Mist (2007)

 

The Mist (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Mist (2007)
Watch time 126 min
Directors Frank Darabont
Cast Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher
Domestic Box office $25.59M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 58
Writers Frank Darabont
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Rohn Schmidt
Costume By Gregory S. Melton

 

The Mist is a monster film that was inspired by a novel written by Stephen King.

 

The book, The Mist, has a different ending as given by Stephen King. The director, Frank Darabont, wanted a darker ending.

 

He discussed the same with King and created an alternate ending in the movie. The film is about a small town where freak weather creates dense mist that completely covers the entire place.

 

Hidden in this mist is a scary monster. It is bloodthirsty and seeks humans to kill.

 

A group of them hide in a supermarket and plan to bide time till rescuers come.

 

The film received 71% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is having a tense, gripping plot.

 

It has just enough gory scenes to make it a horror. It was well-praised for its direction and narrative.

 

 

34. Piranha 3D (2010)

 

Piranha 3D (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Piranha 3D (2010)
Watch time 88 min
Directors Alexandre Aja
Cast Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames
Domestic Box office $25.00M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 53
Writers Pete Goldfinger
Music By Michael Wandmacher
Cinematography By John R. Leonetti
Costume By Marcia Calosio

 

Piranha 3D is loosely based on the 1982 monster horror film by the name Piranha.

 

This film is a monster horror-comedy about a school of prehistoric piranhas who create chaos.

 

They unleash death on a bunch of spring breakers. The film shows a violent earthquake occurring near lake Victoria.

 

This releases a previously unknown and hidden school of killer piranhas into the lake. This prehistoric monster piranha is a ruthless killer that has an unquenchable appetite for blood and gore.

 

A group of kids on spring break become the unsuspecting victims of this killer monster.

 

The film opened on the 6th spot at the box office in US markets. In the UK, the film opened at the 4th spot.

 

The film made total worldwide earnings of over $83 million. The movie was certified fresh with a 74% approval rating.

 

The critics said the film was just what we can expect from a monster movie about killer fish.

 

As per another critic, there was just the right amount of gore and guffaw.

 

 

33. The Ritual (2017)

 

The Ritual (2017)

 

The Ritual is about a monster called Jotunn, and it is based on Norse mythology.

 

It is inspired by the novel, The Ritual, written by Adam Nevill in 2011. The film speaks of a group of 4 friends who set out on a trek in Sweden and end up being sacrificed to the Jotunn.

 

A group of 4 friends loses another of their dear friends to a botched robbery.

 

One of the friends feels very guilty for this as he could prevent, or save his friend from dying.

 

To honor the dead friend, they go on a trip to Sweden. Here, they run into a remote village that performs ritual sacrifices to the Jotunn.

 

The villagers and the monster hunt down the four friends, one after another. The sacrifice is performed to gain immortality for the village.

 

This British film was released worldwide on Netflix. Only the British audience viewed it in theaters.

 

The original tagline of the film was set as They should have gone to Vegas.

 

However, after the Vegas massacre, they immediately changed the tag to They should have gone to Ibiza.

 

 

32. Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

 

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

 

Entity Detail
Title Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Watch time 113 min
Directors Adam Wingard
Cast Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 59
Writers Terry Rossio
Music By Junkie XL
Cinematography By Ben Seresin
Costume By Tom Hammock

 

Godzilla Vs. Kong is an American monster movie about a face-off between two of the greatest monsters in Hollywood.

 

This cinema is directed by Adam Wingard as part of the Monsterverse from Legendary Pictures and a follow-up to Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.

 

At the start, the plot appears to be an expedition to Hollow Earth. This place is considered the home of the titans and the source of power.

 

After they reach Hollow Earth, it is discovered that there is another ploy by Apex Cybernetics to steal the power source to restart the Mechagodzilla that is linked to the head of King Ghidorah.

 

Although in the fight between Godzilla and King Kong, Godzilla vanquishes Kong, he later has a face-off with Mechagodzilla.

 

He is controlled by King Ghidorah. To save Hong Kong city and all humans, Kong and Godzilla work together and kill Mechagodzilla.

 

Godzilla Vs. Kong grossed over $460 million worldwide, and it was the highest streaming movie on HBO Max.

 

The audience gave it a grade of A, but the critics were not very kind to it.

 

One critic said that the film was a forgettable fare without much of a plot.

 

However, the choreography between the two great monsters is mesmerizing and makes us forget the world while watching the film.

 

 

31. Godzilla (2014)

 

Godzilla (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Godzilla (2014)
Watch time 123 min
Directors Gareth Edwards
Cast Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
Domestic Box office $200.68M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 62
Writers Ishirô Honda
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Seamus McGarvey
Costume By Owen Paterson

 

This version of Godzilla goes back to the earliest one. It was created by the Japanese production house, Toho.

 

It is the first movie in the monster universe created by Legendary Pictures in Hollywood.

 

The film introduces the premise that Godzilla is one of the titans and tries to humanize the creature and all the characters.

 

An earthquake in Japan had destroyed a nuclear plant and in an attempt to reduce radiation leaks, the plant supervisor Brody, locked down the plant despite his wife and team still stuck inside.

 

This leaves him traumatized, and he spends his life looking for reasons for the radiation breach.

 

In his search, Brody discovers the existence of the MOTUs that have absorbed all the radiation and become monsters.

 

They now start attacking other nuclear plants. The world will have to turn to an unlikely hero, Godzilla, to stop all such disasters in the future.

 

The film was very successful worldwide and raked in good profits. The critics were also pleased with the balance between human drama and monster fight sequences.

 

The director, Gareth Edwards, specifically requested Godzilla to display extensive scarring on its body to represent the radiation burns, as seen in the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

 

30. Kong: Skull Island (2017)

 

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Watch time 118 min
Directors Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly
Domestic Box office $168.05M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 62
Writers Dan Gilroy
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By Larry Fong
Costume By Stefan Dechant

 

Kong Skull Island is the second film in the Legendary Monsterverse. After an introduction to Godzilla in their first movie, Legendary Pictures introduces us to the next creature, King Kong.

 

He is first seen when two fighter planes involved in a dogfight crash land on skull island.

 

Years later, we are taken back to the island on an expedition. They have to locate King Kong as part of research on the ancient creatures.

 

The expedition team soon discovers that Kong is not the only monster on this island.

 

In fact, he is the guardian who is saving everyone from another, a more evil monster called Skincrawlers.

 

The local tribe there worship him as their god and warns the team to be careful about Skinscrawlers who hunt on anything living.

 

The film did good business internationally and earned more than $550 million at the box office.

 

The critics, too, were pleased with the movie for its fast-paced narrative, solid acting, and cast.

 

They opined that Kong: Skull Island has earned itself a spot on the best monster movie list.

 

 

29. Cloverfield (2008)

 

Cloverfield (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cloverfield (2008)
Watch time 85 min
Directors Matt Reeves
Cast Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller
Domestic Box office $80.05M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 64
Writers Drew Goddard
Music By Michael Bonvillain
Cinematography By Kevin Stitt
Costume By Doug J. Meerdink

 

Cloverfield is the first film in the Cloverfield series. The movie introduces us to the first encounter with the monsters that attack New York.

 

The events are explained through the experiences of a group of friends who were partying when the creatures came.

 

The entire movie is shot as a documentary based on found footage of a group of friends.

 

They were partying when the invasion started. The group could not escape before the city of New York was locked down and bombed as a part of the military containment procedure.

 

The film received, generally, positive reviews for the cinema-verite style. Many critics praised the direction of Reeves.

 

The film also grossed $ 172 million across the world. Keeping in sync with the found footage format, the entire film, excluding the credits, is 80 minutes.

 

That is the exact amount of filming time available on a camcorder device.

 

 

28. Colossal (2016)

 

Colossal (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Colossal (2016)
Watch time 109 min
Directors Nacho Vigalondo
Cast Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson
Domestic Box office $3.02M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 70
Writers Nacho Vigalondo
Music By Bear McCreary
Cinematography By Eric Kress
Costume By Sue Chan

 

Colossal is unlike any other monster movie on this list. The film is a black comedy that involves a monster and a giant robot that wreak havoc on the city of Seoul.

 

The film starts with an out-of-work and alcoholic writer, Gloria. Her boyfriend is fed up with her drinking binges and kicks her out of the apartment.

 

She returns to her hometown, only to start work at her best friend's bar. Gloria's drinking problem deteriorates, and she discovers that she is linked to a monster.

 

It has appeared in Seoul, and it seems to replicate everything Gloria does at the park.

 

Surprisingly, her best friend, too manifests, in Seoul as a giant robot, as long as he is in that park.

 

The reason behind this phenomenon and how they resolve it makes up the movie. The film was positively received by critics.

 

The performance of Anne Hathaway as Gloria is particularly praised. However, it was not successful at the box office.

 

 

27. Dragonslayer (1981)

 

Dragon Slayer (1981)

 

Entity Detail
Title Dragonslayer (1981)
Watch time 109 min
Directors Matthew Robbins
Cast Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam
Domestic Box office $14.11M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 68
Writers Hal Barwood
Music By Alex North
Cinematography By Derek Vanlint
Costume By Elliot Scott

 

Dragon Slayer is a collaboration between Disney pictures and Paramount pictures. As a result, we get a balanced dose of fantasy, realism, adventure, drama, and magic.

 

The film tells us a story about an imaginary kingdom of Urland, where a dragon has been terrorizing everyone into sacrificing two virgin girls every year.

 

To escape the lottery, a young girl disguises herself as a boy and sets out to find a wizard who can kill the dragon.

 

While the boy requests the wizard to help the kingdom, the corruption and ill will stop him.

 

The King and his general kill the wizard. They also imprison the apprentice who tries to help.

 

Another sinister deed is exposed by the princess, that the lottery to select virgins is rigged to exclude wealthy and influential families.

 

The church also tries to claim the dragon as a demon from hell. It can be punished only by God.

 

The film was not very successful when it was released. However, it became a cult classic over the years.

 

Critics appreciated the fabulous portrayal of the dark ages. The world was flooded with superstition, corruption, greed, and suffering.

 

 

26. Hellboy (2004)

 

Hellboy (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hellboy (2004)
Watch time 122 min
Directors Guillermo del Toro
Cast Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt
Domestic Box office $59.62M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 72
Writers Guillermo del Toro
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Guillermo Navarro
Costume By Stephen Scott

 

Hellboy is another monster film from the stables of Guillermo Del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse comic book hero by the name of Hellboy.

 

At the end of World War II, the Nazi party starts to dabble in dark arts.

 

Using the help of the infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin, they try to raise a demon from hell, the Hellboy.

 

Although they successfully bring him to this world, the Allied forces thwart their mission. They take possession of Hellboy. 60 years later, the original rescuer, Prof. Broom, is dying.

 

Rasputin is back to raise more demons from hell. The government has to take the help of the Hellboy, Abe Sapien, and his team to contain a particularly dangerous creature called Sammael.

 

The film received a B- grade from CinemaScore. The critics also praised the film and Del Toro’s work.

 

The fantastic visuals, excellent direction, witty dialogue, and engaging narrative make the picture worth watching.

 

 

25. Shin Godzilla (2016)

 

Shin Godzilla (2016)

 

Shin Godzilla is the third reboot of the Godzilla franchise from Toho Production house which owns the Godzilla franchise.

 

It is also the 31st Godzilla movie to be made starring the monster. The film was inspired by the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.

 

In a similar situation, the Japanese coast guard encountered the monster Godzilla. The problem is that every time it is attacked, the creature evolves and comes back stronger.

 

The story highlights the government’s apathy and lackadaisical recovery and rescue plan in situations of disaster.

 

Every time the Gojira appears, the slow response from the officials aggravates the problems. The movie was well-received in Japan.

 

It was nominated for 11 Japan Academy Prizes and won seven of them. It won the award for Picture of the Year and Director of the Year.

 

 

24. Tremors (1999)

 

Tremors (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tremors (1990)
Watch time 96 min
Directors Ron Underwood
Cast Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross
Domestic Box office $16.67M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 65
Writers S.S. Wilson
Music By Ernest Troost
Cinematography By Alexander Gruszynski
Costume By Ivo Cristante

 

Tremors is a monster comedy movie that brings back memories of old creature features from the 1950s.

 

The film is the first installment of the Tremors series that is followed up with six more movies.

 

The film stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as two friends who desperately want to escape town.

 

They are bored with the boring and mundane life of the small town and seek the thrills of the big city.

 

But, their escape is thwarted by the sudden appearance of a monster. The creature had already killed a few residents of the town.

 

The sudden rise in seismic activity and irregular pattern of activity attracts a seismologist. The two friends, along with a survivalist couple and the seismologist, have to figure out the monster and get rid of it before they can move out.

 

The movie was well-received by critics who appreciated the mix of humor, horror, and the cast.

 

One critic said that the cinema has minimal character development, it is a slacker of a monster movie, but it is so bad that it is fun to watch it.

 

 

23. King Kong (2005)

 

King Kong (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title King Kong (2005)
Watch time 187 min
Directors Peter Jackson
Cast Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann
Domestic Box office $218.08M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 81
Writers Fran Walsh
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Andrew Lesnie
Costume By Grant Major

 

King Kong is the second remake of the 1933 film King Kong. It was made by Peter Jackson on a budget of $ 207 million, which was a large budget for that period.

 

A movie director convinces his team and cast to travel with him to make a film on a remote island.

 

When he reaches Skull Island, they encounter King Kong along with many other mysterious creatures.

 

As Kong is enamored with the beautiful actress in the cast, the director captures Kong for a Broadway production.

 

Although the actress refuses to participate in the show, Kong is brought on the stage.

 

He gets enraged with the flashy lights and noise and breaks free from the theater.

 

He chases the actress across New York City until he is shot down by Navy fighter planes.

 

The movie was over-budget and expensive, although it was the fourth highest-grossing film for Universal studios in 2005.

 

It was also the fifth-highest-grosser of that year. The critics also loved it.

 

 

22. Gremlins (1984)

 

Gremlins (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title Gremlins (1984)
Watch time 106 min
Directors Joe Dante
Cast Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie
Domestic Box office $148.17M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 70
Writers Chris Columbus
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By John Hora
Costume By James H. Spencer

 

This 1984 horror comedy film is based on a mythical creature from British folklore. Gremlins are destructive creatures that appear to wreck everything and appear to be mischievous and reckless.

 

In the film, a father goes out Christmas shopping for his son. He finds a furry mogwai in a Chinese gift store.

 

He unknowingly brings one for his son, thinking that it would make a great pet.

 

However, this mogwai creates hundreds of other pesky mogwais in turn. They transform into Gremlins and cause injury and kill many townsfolk.

 

The film was marketed as a Christmas special by the producers, and the black comedy worked well.

 

The critics also gave the film a rating of 3 to 3.5 stars. It was classified as 85% fresh by Rotten Tomatoes too.

 

 

21. It (2017)

 

It (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title It (2017)
Watch time 135 min
Directors Andy Muschietti
Cast Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis
Domestic Box office $327.48M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 69
Writers Chase Palmer
Music By Benjamin Wallfisch
Cinematography By Chung-hoon Chung
Costume By Claude Paré

 

It is a film based on the supernatural horror novel by Stephen King. The monster of the film is unnamed and simply referred to as It.

 

It manifests itself in the form of Pennywise, the dancing clown, who goes on a killing spree in the town of Derry in Maine.

 

The film shows a young kid who gets lured into the sewage by Pennywise and bitten.

 

The kid’s brother is deeply affected by his disappearance and creates a search party. Unfortunately, the group is chased by their bullies and their own unspoken fears during their search.

 

In the end, the kids manage to stop Pennywise for the time being and escape victorious.

 

They make a vow to reassemble to fight again if It resurfaces. The film was a big success with the audience and critics.

 

It made quite a splash at the box office becoming the highest-earning horror movie of all time.

 

It also became the fifth highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

 

 

20. A Monster Calls (2016)

 

A Monster Calls (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Monster Calls (2016)
Watch time 108 min
Directors J.A. Bayona
Cast Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell
Domestic Box office $3.73M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 76
Writers Patrick Ness
Music By Fernando Velázquez
Cinematography By Oscar Faura
Costume By Eugenio Caballero

 

A Monster Calls is based on the novel of the same name written by Patrick Ness.

 

In this movie, the monster is an anthropomorphic Yew tree, voiced by Liam Neeson. This international film was co-produced by Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

 

The film is about a young child, Conor O'Malley, whose mother is dying due to cancer.

 

As she undergoes chemotherapy, his grandma steps in to take care of Conor O’Malley. The child is attached to his mother and hates to move in with his grandma.

 

Even at school, he is subject to bullying. During this traumatic time, the yew tree in his yard comes alive and promises to narrate three stories to him.

 

In return, the monster asks O’Malley to tell the fourth story to him. Through the three tales, the Yew tree helps him face his inner demons.

 

The final fourth story that O’Malley has to narrate helps him confront his worst fear.

 

The film was greeted with high critical acclaim. It won many accolades. However, at the box office, the film just about managed to recover its production budget.

 

 

19. Predator (1987)

 

Predator (1987)

 

Entity Detail
Title Predator (1987)
Watch time 107 min
Directors John McTiernan
Cast Arnold Schwarzenegger , Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo
Domestic Box office $59.74M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 45
Writers Jim Thomas
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Donald McAlpine
Costume By Enrique Estévez

 

Predator is the first film of the Predator series, and it is directed by John McTiernan.

 

The film’s main character is an alien hunter that comes from an unknown planet and hunts humans.

 

The predator is an advanced alien being with many sophisticated weapons and devices on its person.

 

The film starts with a secret government mission to flush out insurgents backed by the Soviet Union from the jungles of Central America.

 

However, after locating the first group of insurgents and killing them, the US team realizes that they are being hunted by something more sinister than the Soviets.

 

Initially, the film opened to mixed reviews. The film was described as grizzly, dull, and a heavily militarized muscle movie by critics.

 

However, in retrospect, reviewers have described the film as a masterful creation that is fast-paced and keeps us on the edge of our seats.

 

 

18. The Thing (1982)

 

The Thing (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Thing (1982)
Watch time 109 min
Directors John Carpenter
Cast Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur
Domestic Box office $13.78M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 57
Writers Bill Lancaster
Music By Ennio Morricone
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By John M. Dwyer

 

The Thing is an alien sci-fi horror about an alien life form that can reshape itself.

 

It can become any being that it has devoured. A scientific research team sent to Antarctica encountered this monstrous being.

 

The team of researchers finds themselves in a quandary, unable to locate, identify or fight back the alien.

 

In fact, they can not trust their own team members as the being shapeshifts into the being that it has killed.

 

Upon release, the film was severely criticized by all. Described as instant junk, a wretched excess, the film became the most hated film of that time.

 

It performed very poorly at the box office. Later with its release in the home video market, the film picked up popularity.

 

It created a cult following for itself. The film was also reappraised and deemed one of the best science fiction movies.

 

 

17. Annihilation (2018)

 

Annihilation (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Annihilation (2018)
Watch time 115 min
Directors Alex Garland
Cast Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong
Domestic Box office $32.73M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 79
Writers Alex Garland
Music By Geoff Barrow
Cinematography By Rob Hardy
Costume By Mark Digby

 

Annihilation is a science fiction alien horror movie with a constantly evolving monster. It keeps mutating and overlapping the DNA between the different living beings that it comes in contact with.

 

Initially, the film was released in the USA and China, but it was a box office bomb.

 

Annihilation promptly shifted to Netflix for worldwide viewers. It was praised for its story, acting, direction, and overall concept.

 

The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff Vandermeer, written in 2014.

 

The story follows an expedition team of five researchers. They are sent to investigate the mysterious Area X.

 

The place is a secret government facility encompassing an area called the Shimmer. It is the site of a meteor impact.

 

This Shimmer zone exhibits strange anomalies in all living forms that constantly absorb, mimic, and mutate each other down to the DNA level.

 

This results in the creation of new life forms that are a mixture of multiple other beings.

 

 

16. Frankenweenie (2012)

 

Frankenweenie (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Frankenweenie (2012)
Watch time 87 min
Directors Tim Burton
Cast Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau
Domestic Box office $35.29M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 74
Writers Leonard Ripps
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Peter Sorg
Costume By Rick Heinrichs

 

Frankenweenie is a Tim Burton creation based on the classic story of Frankenstein’s monster. This stop-motion, animated movie, however, has a dog being reanimated rather than a human.

 

The film is a retelling of a short film from 1982 of the same name.

 

In this film, we see a young child lose his favorite pet dog, who dies and is buried.

 

The child grows up, but his fixation on his pet dog remains. He decides to reanimate his dog and bring him back to life using the same technique as Dr.

 

Henry Frankenstein. The child brings back to life his bull terrier called Sparky. Soon all his acquaintances start to badger him for the procedure so that their pets can also be brought back.

 

The film was praised for bringing back the old-school technique of stop-motion animation that was both endearing and nostalgic.

 

The story itself was heartfelt, charming, and energetic as the dog.

 

 

15. The Wolf Man (1941)

 

The Wolf Man (1941)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Wolf Man (1941)
Watch time 70 min
Directors George Waggner
Cast Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 72
Writers Curt Siodmak
Music By Charles Previn
Cinematography By Joseph A. Valentine
Costume By Russell A. Gausman

 

The Wolf Man is one of the earliest attempts of Hollywood to represent werewolves. The first werewolf movie was in 1935, called Werewolf of London.

 

This movie was written by Curt Siodmak and directed by George Waggner. The story is about an honorable and good man, Larry Talbot, who returns to his hometown to bury his brother and reconcile with his father.

 

After returning to his hometown, he hears about a local fable about a werewolf. It is a man who turns into a wolf on every full moon.

 

While trying to help another villager, Talbot is bitten by a werewolf. He slowly turns into one as well.

 

Sadly a good-hearted man turns into a wolf and indiscriminately kills people. Unable to watch his son face this cruel fate, Talbot’s father bludgeons him to death and ends his misery.

 

The Wolf Man was positively received by the critics and audience. They described the movie as one of the best horror films ever made.

 

 

14. The Shape Of Water (2017)

 

The Shape Of Water (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Shape of Water (2017)
Watch time 123 min
Directors Guillermo del Toro
Cast Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones
Domestic Box office $63.86M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 87
Writers Guillermo del Toro
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Dan Laustsen
Costume By Paul D. Austerberry

 

The Shape Of Water is a Guillermo Del Toro film based on the director’s childhood memories.

 

He was inspired by Creature from the Black Lagoon. Del Toro stated that he always wondered what would have happened if the romance between the Gill-man and Kay Lawrence succeeded.

 

The film starts with a top-secret research lab that houses a humanoid amphibian that was recently captured.

 

One of the mute janitors of the research facility secretly visits the monster and becomes his friend.

 

As the facility decides to kill the amphibian man, the janitor is very sad as she has fallen in love with the creature.

 

With the help of her friend, she plans to release the amphibian man into the ocean, where he can live freely once again.

 

The film won critical acclaim for its commendable acting, direction, cinematography, music, and more. It was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and it won the award for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.

 

 

13. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

 

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

 

Entity Detail
Title An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Watch time 97 min
Directors John Landis
Cast David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne
Domestic Box office $30.57M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 55
Writers John Landis
Music By Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography By Robert Paynter
Costume By Leslie Dilley

 

An American Werewolf in London is a monster film that is a horror-comedy. The film was written and directed by John Landis based on a script written in 1962.

 

Back then, most producers felt that the story was too frightening to be a comedy and too humorous to be a horror film.

 

The story follows a pair of American backpackers hitchhiking through the English countryside. At the Slaughtered Lamb pub, they have a meal and set out again.

 

Despite the warning of the patrons at the pub, the pair ignore it. They enter the moor on the night of the full moon.

 

The pair are attacked by a werewolf that kills one friend and severely injures the other.

 

Having been bitten by the werewolf, the other friend becomes a werewolf and goes on a killing spree.

 

With no other way to control him, the police finally kill him when he goes on another killing spree.

 

The film was made on a budget of approximately $ 6 million, and it earned more than $ 60 million at the box office.

 

Critics praised the film for being terrifying and funny in equal measures. The makeup artist was applauded.

 

John Landis, the director/writer, garnered wide acclaim.

 

 

12. Jurassic Park (1993)

 

Jurassic Park (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Jurassic Park (1993)
Watch time 127 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Domestic Box office $402.45M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 68
Writers Michael Crichton
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Rick Carter

 

Jurassic Park is based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name. It is the first movie in the trilogy.

 

The story follows an attempt to bring back dinosaurs and make a theme park, with them as the main attraction.

 

The film is set in Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica. On this island, dinosaurs are recreated using advanced genetic research.

 

When a small group of visitors comes to enjoy and appreciate the facility, a total power breakdown occurs due to sabotage.

 

All the dinosaurs escape their holding cells and start to attack and hunt the visitors and staff of the center.

 

The once peaceful and beautiful island turns into a death trap. The film was a huge box office hit.

 

While reviewing it, the critics loved the tight script, fabulous cinematography, and visual effects. The film won three Academy Awards for technical excellence, among multiple other accolades.

 

 

11. Nightbeasts (2010)

 

Nightbeasts (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Nightbeasts (2010)
Watch time 80 min
Directors Wes Sullivan
Cast Zach Galligan, Audra Wise, Billy Daydoge, Apesanahkwat
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore ---
Writers Wes Sullivan
Music By Jason Solowsky
Cinematography By Roy Kurtluyan
Costume By Marko Mäkilaakso

 

Nightbeasts is a retro-style monster film that is loaded with hairy monsters. The film is a throwback to all the 1970s and 1980s creature features.

 

The film is currently available on Netflix, and it has a widely polarized fan base.

 

Some fans find it is a fun, cult classic to be an homage to all the bigfoot movies.

 

While others feel it is overrated with poor acting and weak characters. The story is about a father-son duo who goes on a camping trip and encounters a group of monsters.

 

The father is determined to save his son from the attacking sasquatch. In my opinion, the film is a fun monster movie that you can watch with your friends while you chat.

 

You do not need to concentrate on the plot or characters. Rather than that, you can enjoy the special effects.

 

 

10. The Host (2006)

 

The Host (2006)

 

The film is a Korean monster movie about a family that faces a threat to life and livelihood due to a man-made monster.

 

The film was inspired by a news article about mutations in fish that live in the polluted waters of the Han river.

 

At the start, an American pathologist, who works in Korea, decides to dump a large quantity of formaldehyde into the Han river.

 

As a result, some of the water creatures get poisoned and die. Some undergo mutations and become a monster.

 

This monster starts to attack the people who live or work on the river bank.

 

The family of Parks is under direct threat from this being. Their daughter is kidnapped by this monster and kept in the sewers.

 

At the time of its release, the film was the highest-grossing film in Korea. It was released in limited centers in America before moving to home video, Blu-ray, and DVD releases.

 

 

9. A Quiet Place (2018)

 

A Quiet Place (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Quiet Place (2018)
Watch time 90 min
Directors John Krasinski
Cast Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
Domestic Box office $188.02M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 82
Writers Bryan Woods
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Costume By Jeffrey Beecroft

 

A Quiet Place is the first of a series of two films directed by John Krasinski.

 

This monster movie is set in a post-apocalyptic world, overrun by an extraterrestrial alien that hunts with its sense of sound.

 

The alien monster has impregnable armor for skin, and it is blind. It hunts using its sense of sound.

 

It is imperative to stay quiet. Lee Abbott, the father, is an engineer and a survivalist whose only goal is to keep his family safe and together.

 

The film was a hit, and it grossed over $350 million worldwide. The film was also certified as 96% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes.

 

The critics praised the film for being clever and wickedly frightening with a strong plot and good acting.

 

The film was nominated for multiple awards like Golden Globes Awards, Academy Awards, Writers Guild Award, and more, in categories like Best Original Score, Screenplay, Sound Editing, etc.

 

 

8. Godzilla (1954)

 

Godzilla (1954)

 

Godzilla is the longest-running film franchise as per the Guinness Book of World records. This film is the first movie in the Godzilla franchise, and it depicts a monster inspired by a dinosaur.

 

The film was the pioneer of the suitmation form of special effects where the monster was played by an actor in the monster suit.

 

The film starts when a mysterious monster appears, and it is destroying freighters and eating up all the fish near Odo Island.

 

Upon investigation, it is determined to be the ancient monster called Godzilla. The unfortunate matter is that, due to multiple nuclear bomb tests in that area, Godzilla has mutated and become a radioactive monster.

 

In 1954, the film was only played in Japan, and it became the 9th biggest film of that year.

 

However, it was later given a limited release in the United States and the United Kingdom markets to increase worldwide earnings.

 

 

7. The Fly (1986)

 

The Fly (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Fly (1986)
Watch time 96 min
Directors David Cronenberg
Cast Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel
Domestic Box office $40.46M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 79
Writers George Langelaan
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Mark Irwin
Costume By Carol Spier

 

The movie, The Fly is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name.

 

Both films are inspired by a short story written by George Langelaan. The film is about an experiment that goes wrong and results in the monster.

 

A young and ambitious scientist is researching the possibility of teleporting objects from one location to another.

 

He builds a laboratory in his warehouse and continues his research over there. He also starts a relationship with a scientific reporter.

 

During his experiments, inanimate objects can be transferred. But, the system has trouble replicating the process with living tissue.

 

At one point, he makes a breakthrough and can transport a living being. He makes a rash decision to transport himself, but things go wrong when a fly enters the telepod.

 

The film was both a critical and commercial success. It was also included in the list of All-TIME greatest movies.

 

Much of the praise for the film went to Jeff Goldblum and the makeup and special effects team.

 

 

6. The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

 

The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Watch time 75 min
Directors James Whale
Cast Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson
Domestic Box office $4.36M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 95
Writers Mary Shelley
Music By Franz Waxman
Cinematography By John J. Mescall
Costume By Fred Frank

 

The events of the film The Bride Of Frankenstein take place immediately after the end of the first Frankenstein film.

 

The monster has been created, the doctor is believed to be dead. However, his fiancee finds the doctor alive and nurses Henry Frankenstein back to health.

 

In the meantime, the monster wanders in the village, but he is perceived as dangerous and hated by all.

 

While escaping from hunters, the monster finds Doctor Pretorious, and he promises to create a mate for him to love.

 

This concept takes the movie further. Though the monster successfully gets a bride, not the love and affection that he desires.

 

The bride is also scared of him. The film was a commercial hit and earned well at the box office.

 

The critics universally praised the movie as a joy to those who can understand and watch it.

 

The entire cast and crew were appreciated for their fine work.   

 

 

5. Frankenstein (1931)  

 

Frankenstein

 

Frankenstein is the most famous monster in Hollywood.

 

This movie is about him, and it is based on a novel by Mary Shelley called, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.

 

The film's cast has the iconic Boris Karloff as the monster and Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein.

 

The film is about the work of Dr. Henry Frankenstein, an obsessive scientist who believes he can reanimate dead corpses.

 

He digs up dead people with his assistants and conducts his experiments to bring them back to life.

 

Finally, the scientist is successful in bringing a man back from the dead. However, he ends up creating a monster who has no knowledge or wisdom.

 

Everyone perceives the reanimated man as a monster. They fear and hate him. The film was critically well-received with high acclaim.

 

It also received a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics described the film as a gruesome, chill-producing, exciting drama, intelligently produced with excellent camerawork and photography.

 

 

4. Jaws (1975)

 

Jaws (1975)

 

Entity Detail
Title Jaws (1975)
Watch time 124 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
Domestic Box office $260.00M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 87
Writers Peter Benchley
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Bill Butler
Costume By John M. Dwyer

 

Jaws is about a man-eating killer shark that hunts for its prey among unsuspecting beachgoers.

 

This summer hit spawned multiple remakes and sequels. It is the second most successful film franchise after Star Wars.

 

The film is set in a summer resort town that is popular with the beach crowd.

 

A man-eating great white shark gets a taste of human blood and starts to hunt along the beach where many people are swimming.

 

To contain the menace, the Sheriff of the town, Brody, puts together a team of three.

 

He is a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The shark proves to be a greater menace than what was initially thought.

 

It evades and overpowers most of their plans to make a suspenseful thriller till the end.

 

The film was the biggest summer movie that year, and it went on to gross over $460 million at the box office.

 

The film was the highest-grosser till the release of Star Wars in 1977. The film also won many accolades for its music, editing, and sound work.

 

The movie theme by John Williams was particularly appreciated for setting the mood for the entry of the shark.

 

 

3. Monsters, Inc (2001)

 

Monsters, Inc (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Watch time 92 min
Directors Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Cast Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi
Domestic Box office $289.92M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 79
Writers Pete Docter
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By Jim Stewart
Costume By Tia W. Kratter Dominique Louis

 

Monsters Inc is an animated movie set in an imaginary world where all the monsters live and work as humans do.

 

The film boasts voices from legendary comedians like Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and James Coburn.

 

In the city of Monstropolis, there is a power plant that generates power from the scared screams of children.

 

Sulley and Wazowski are the best employees at this plant. One night after work, they find a stray child who has sneaked into the monster world through an unattended door.

 

The fun-filled and thrilling adventure of Sulley and Wazowski to return the child unharmed becomes the rest of the movie.

 

There is also a subplot where one of the other employees at the plant hatches an evil scheme to torture children with a scream-extracting machine.

 

The film was a hit with the audience and the critics. It was described by a critic as clever, funny, and delightful to watch.

 

The New York Times has commented that it has been a long time since we have seen a film that uses creative energy as efficiently as Monsters, Inc.

 

 

2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

 

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

 

Pan’s Labyrinth is another fantastical monster movie by Guillermo Del Toro. This Spanish film is set during the Spanish Civil war at the time of the Francoist period.

 

The dark fantasy movie received critical acclaim for its cinematography, visual effects direction, and performances.

 

The film follows the life of a little girl who comes to stay with her stepfather, Captain Vidal.

 

On her way, she encounters a magical maze filled with mysterious and magical fauns, fairies, monsters, and more.

 

These mythical creatures give the little girl specific tasks to prove that she is the missing princess Moanna of the underworld.

 

While all this happens, outside the maze, the Captain relentlessly hunts down and kills rebels and resistance.

 

The film is scary, mesmerizing, and gripping with spellbinding cinematography and visual effects. We are instantly held captive by the world of the Pan’s Labyrinth.

 

The movie is a must-watch for all monster movie fans.

 

 

1. Alien (1979)

 

Alien (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title Alien (1979)
Watch time 117 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Domestic Box office $78.90M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 89
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Derek Vanlint
Costume By Michael Seymour

 

When we speak of scary, relentless, and dangerous monsters, the Alien film franchise is at the top of everyone's list.

 

This Ridley Scott film was the first film in the franchise. A space tug, Nostromo, completes its mission, and it is on the way back with its seven-member crew.

 

The team is in stasis when they receive a distress call from a nearby moon.

 

The ship’s computer wakes up the team, and they decide to investigate the problem. This starts off with the encounter with the eponymous alien.

 

It soon turns the investigative mission into an all-out fight for survival against an aggressive extraterrestrial being.

 

The film was very successful commercially and critically. Initially, the film received mixed negative comments, and one critic said that the film is an empty bag of tricks, expensive trickery, and production cannot hide the imaginative poverty.

 

Slowly the critics' opinions changed to positive reviews. This is ENTOIN’s list of 70 best monster films that will make you cringe, shiver in fear, laugh, and hide under the blanket.

 

Hope you all agree with the list and enjoy watching these films.

 

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