THE CLASSIC MOVIE MONSTER
Director John Landis has written a book about Movie Monsters, and let’s face it who doesn’t love a good monster. He puts forward his view on the best of those monsters. Mark Kermode's excellent BBC Blog delves into the theme and with that I mind I had a think about my own top ten. The rules I've set are simple. Must be non human; leaving no place for Leather Face or Norman Bates. Must not be an actual animal; Ruling out Cujo or The Shark in Jaws, can be an alien or mythical or otherwise otherworldly and must be in the movies. So here’s my personal top ten of movie monsters, some frightening, some silly and some just plain fun. Some from great movies, some from awfully great movie. The Bad The mad and the ugly.I have a particular love of the rubber costume, stop frame and non CGI and these choices reflect that. there are also specific films that have a memory for me. Some are obscure and some are well known.
Mad science gone awry, puny humans meddling with things they don’t understand. Radioactive nightmares awoken by nuclear tomfoolery. Ancient artefacts in the wrong hands, Aliens disturbed from slumber, catacomb dwellers and assorted twisted manifestations of a twisted mind make up the world of the movie monster.
Kong is king amongst these monsters; an icon and a victim of unreasoning fear. Gojira; bought to destructive life by the whims of a voracious mankind. The Thing, sent to conquer and the Alien a killing machine in three incarnations.
Then there’s The Judas Bug, created by man and hunter of its very creator as is The Host, bursting to life in an ecological fable.
The Children of Hydra and Q, sorcery and ancient malice their birthright
Ro-Man the robot Monster possibly the most ludicrous of monstrous creations and Pinhead one of the most terrifying.
These are ten of the monsters that have graced our screens and poked at our imaginations.
Who are these guys?
THE THING (1982)
CHILDREN OF THE HYDRA
THE ALIEN (1979)
THE JUDAS BREED
Q THE WINGED SERPENT