Top Scary Monster Movies

Posted on 27 Feb 00:00


Scary movies cause us to encounter creatures that are beyond our worst nightmares. From werewolves to extinct giant lizards that roamed the earth thousands of years ago and everything in between. Scary monster movies enable us to escape our comfort zones and come face-to-face with our worst fears. Here is our compilation of the top seven (7) scary monster movies.

1)  The Thing (1982)

“The Thing” is a science fiction horror movie based on the short story “Who goes There” written by Bill Lancaster in 1938. The plot is based on a group of American researchers in Antarctica who come across an unknown extraterrestrial organism, the “Thing.” The “Thing” assimilates and imitate other organisms. It is a malformed humanoid with the ability to take the form of isolated beings. However, Windows (Thomas Waites) can interrupt the isolation process. The group of researchers is overcome by paranoia because they cannot trust each other. They suspected that one of them could be the thing.

The stars in the movie include Kurt Russell (R.J. MacReady), A. Wilford Brimley (Blair), T.K Carter (Nauls), David Clennon (Palmer), Keith David (Childs), and Richard Dysart (Dr. Copper). Other actors in the film include Charles Hallahan (Norris), Peter Maloney (George Bennings), Donald Moffat (Garry), Joel Polis (Fuchs), Thomas Waites (Windows), and Richard Masur (Clark). Referenced from Wikipedia.

The Thing debuted in the U.S on June 25, 1982. On the first weekend of screening, the film generated $3.1 million across 840 theatres. The film received negative reviews from the critiques because of its poor graphic special effects and anti-authoritarian undertone. Nevertheless, the movie garnered accolades by receiving nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for Best Horror Film and Best Special Effects.

2) The Host (2006)

The host is a South Korean Monster film starring Byun Hee-bong (Park Hee-bong), Song Kang-ho (Park Gang-du), Park Hae-ili (Park Nam-il), Go Ah-sung (Park Hyun-seo), and Bae Doona (Park Nam-joo). Bong Joon-ho directed the film and the plot centers on a monster kidnapping a man’s daughter and the father trying to rescue her. The director stated that the story was inspired by a local article written on a deformed fish with an S-shaped spine caught from the Han River.

In the film, a big creature comes from the Han River and attacks  people. Gang-du (Bae Doona) the father tries to rescue his daughter by snatching her from the crowd and fleeing, but he stops when he spots the monster grabbing Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung) and retreating to the river. The victims killed by the monster receive a mass funeral. American soldiers and government representatives arrive to help with the quarantine of people who had contact with the creature. The creature is host to a deadly, unknown virus.

The films received several awards and nominations that included Asia Pacific Film Festival, Chunsa Film Art Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, Korean Film Awards, and Hong Kong Film Awards among others. In November 2008, the Universal Studio announced that there was a plan to remake “The Host” with Fredrik Bond as the director.

3)  Tremors (1990)

‘Tremor’ is a horror comedy film produced by Brent Maddock, Gale Anne Hurd, and S.S Wilson. The film was directed by Ron Underwood and written by Underwood, Wilson, and Maddock. The plot of the movies is based on the lives of Val Mckee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward). These are young men tired of their dull lives in the desert city of Perfection, Nevada, and they try to leave town. The two stumble upon mysterious deaths and seismologist Rhonda (Carter) who was studying unnatural events below the ground.

The climax of the horror movie is the attempt to survive the killing from an unseen creature that is murdering people. The multiple murders make Val and Earl believe that there is a serial killer loose in town. The two discover the truth after seeing a warm-like creature that was run over by a truck. The battle with the warms ends with the last one being lured to the edge of a cliff before being scared with a bomb blast that causes the worm to fall over the cliff.

The film was not nominated for any awards but received positive reviews from the critiques. The movie was praised for humor and diversity in its cast. The film received a rating of 86% from the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

4)  The Descent (2005)

The Descent is a British adventure horror film documenting the story of six women who live in a cave while surviving against humanoid creatures that also occupy the caves. Neil Marshall directed the film that was shot in the UK. The action starts when united old friends visit a cave in Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Sarah (Shauna McDonald) wanders off before coming across a pale humanoid creature having a drink at a pool but flees when it notices her presence.

The group comes across a bunch of animal bones and they’re suddenly attacked by a scary creature called a crawler. The crawler kills Holy (Nora-jane Noone) by biting her on the throat. Sarah is frightened and runs before falling into a ditch and passing out. Juno (Natalie Mendoza) tries to stop the crawler from taking Holly’s body away by killing it with an ax. But, she cuts Beth (Alex Reid) on the neck by mistake because of the fear she was experiencing.

The Descent became available on DVDs and Blu-ray discs on December 26, 2006. The film received positive reviews from the critiques. Bloody Disgusting ranked the movie third in their nomination list of the “Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade.”

5)  Alien (1979)

Aliens is a science fiction horror film written by Dan O’Bannon and directed by Ridley Scott. The movie is based on a story by Ronald Shusett and O’Bannon. The plot focuses on the crew in a commercial spaceship called Nostromo. The crew comes into contact with an anonymous alien, which is an aggressive extraterrestrial creature that attacks the ship. The movie was produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, and Gordon Carrol through their production company called Brandywine Production.

The stars of this film include Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Harry Dean (Brett), Tom Skerrit (Dallas), Veromica Cartwright (Lambert), Yapheth Kotto (Parker), Ian Holm (Ash), and John Hurt (Kane). In the film, the commercial spaceship is returning to earth carrying seven crew members and two engineers. The screw decides to land on the moon despite protest from Parker who was afraid that the ship would be damaged by the rocky landscape of the moon.

Kane comes across a chamber containing many large egg-like objects. He touches the objects and immediately a weird creature springs out and breaks his helmet and attaches itself on his face. The crew members try to remove the creature from Kane’s face, but they fail. Later, the creature detaches itself, but it is dead. Kane suffers from memory loss, but no major harm. However, later, a small alien-like creature pops out from Kane’s chest killing him on the spot, and escaping on board the ship.

The film received the Academy Award for the Best Visual Effects (1980). The movie was also nominated for the Best Art Direction besides winning the Saturn Awards for the Best Science Fiction Film. The movie was nominated for many other awards and won many.

6)  Predator (1987)

Predator is a science fiction movie written by two brothers Jim and John Thomas. John McTiernan directed the movie and it was the pioneering film in the Predator franchise. The movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dutch who is the leader of an elite paramilitary rescue team. They are on a mission to rescue hostages in Central America who are being held by a guerilla group. They encounter the deadly predator (Kevin Peter Hall) who is a technologically advanced alien who kills them one-by-one.

The creature kills the soldiers while collecting treasure from them. Dutch creates a trap made of weapons, and lures the predator towards him and eventually kills it. Other stars in the film include Carl Weathers (Dillion), Elpidia Carrilo (Anna), Bill Duke (Mac), and Jesse Ventura (Blain). The film did not win any major awards and received negative reviews from the critiques.  Later, the film became a national treasure for fans worldwide.

7)  Alligator 2: The Mutation (1991)

Alligator 2: The Mutation is a monster horror movie starring Woody Brown (Rich Harmon), Joseph Bologna (David Hodges), Brock Peters (Chief Speed), and Harlan Arnold (J.A Luco). The movie opens with a young alligator feeding on an experimental animal that has used for experimentation by the Future Chemical Corporation. The toxic hormones  in the discarded experimental animals make the alligator mutate and grow immense in size with an insatiable appetite.

The gator then goes on a killing spree.  After killing several people, the police embark on a mission to kill the alligator. The film received negative reviews from the critics for lacking in wit, but later became a much revered cult classic.


The films highlighted above are some of the classic movies in the scary monster movies genre.  A must-see for horror fans who enjoy the thrills, fear, and adrenaline rush of a truly scary horror movie. 

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