Horror movies will always be one of the most popular movie genres, because of their ability to control the audience, making us shiver in our seats and lose out on weeks of sleep just because of what’s happening on our TV screen. Horror films are the work of some of the most twisted minds out there, and usually reflect on real life, so no matter how much we tell ourselves it’s just a film, deep down we known that there are equally scary things out that that are very real.
No matter what the story line is or how great the special effects are, horror movies would be nothing without their monsters. Either literal or metaphorical, every horror film needs to give the audience something to fear. So without further ado, here’s a list of seven of the scariest movie monsters of all time.
1. Count Orlok (Nosferatu – 1922)
When most people think of dark, brooding, creepy vampires, they think of Count Dracula (and hopefully not Edward Cullen). However, there was an even more disturbing vampire around in 1922, in the form of Count Orlok. Although he was based on Bram Stoker’s infamous character, Count Orlok, better known as Nosferatu, is scarier than most Dracula incarnations because instead of possessing the seductiveness or weird (and somewhat disturbing) charm of his predecessor, he possesses absolute ugliness and spreads disease wherever he goes. There’s no glamorization of vampires here, just pure, disgusting, horror.
2. The Blob (The Blob – 1958)
You look at it once and you see what looks like a rather large blob of strawberry jam. You look at it again and you see what it really is: a terrifying monster. The Blob is a being made up of alien jelly which swallows up its victims whole, growing in size each time. Thing you could outrun it? So did the many victims who ended up as its meals. This film is so ingenious because it turns something so simple and seemingly harmless into one of the most terrifying and merciless monsters in movie history.
3. Ants (Them! – 1954)
If you’re squeamish about insects then this might be a film to avoid. The monsters here are ants who have been mutated by radiation into gigantic creatures. This film was so scary at the time of its release because of its links to the nuclear threat which was terrifyingly new at the time, but it’s still a screamer now because, well, to be honest, what’s scarier than a colony of huge, mutated ants? Their strength doesn’t bother us now, but imagine if it was multiplied by millions. That’s a recipe for disaster and destruction.
4. The Thing (The Thing – 1982)
There are plenty of scary aliens out there, but there’s something about The Thing that makes it stand out amongst all the others. This nameless alien has the ability to shape shift, taking on the appearance of its victims. When anybody you know could be a murderous alien in disguise, who can you trust?
5. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984)
Freddy has been scaring us for years in many different sequels and remakes, but he started off in 1984 in the original of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Whilst there are loads of murderous and creepy men to be scared of in horror movies, what makes Freddy so scary is that he gets you when you’re most vulnerable: in your sleep. His arm of razors will stay in your mind long after you’ve finished watching the film, and you’ll find yourself lying awake, too scared to shut your eyes.
6. T-Rex (Jurassic Park – 1993)
It’s safe to say that we’d all be pretty terrified if we were faced with a huge, bloodthirsty creature which was supposed to have died out millions of years ago, but the Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurassic Park and its follow-up movies is scary enough on a TV screen. Steven Spielberg makes some of the scenes so tense that we’re kept on the edge of our seats the whole time, and whilst all the dinosaurs have their moments, the T-Rex has to be the angriest and scariest of them all.
7. Sadako Yamamura (Ring – 1998)
Forget the American remake; the original Ring movie stars one of the scariest monsters of all time. Whilst people like to deny being scared by what is essentially a little girl, Sadako Yamamura is definitely not someone I’d want to be stuck babysitting. After her psychic mother kills herself, Sadako inherits her powers and is pushed into a well by her father. Now, an angry little girl is a dangerous force to meddle with, but an angry little girl poltergeist with psychic abilities and some of the creepiest movie scenes ever? That’s the stuff of nightmares.
There are plenty more scary movie monsters where they came from, so next time you feel like mentally scarring yourself by watching a horror movie (don’t worry, it’s human nature), make sure it’s one with a monster worth remembering. And don’t go making excuses; there are loads of ways you can watch and rent movies. Sky packages offer a huge range of movie channels, there are loads of movie subscription services or you can watch online. And let’s not forget that good old-fashioned method of going to the store and buying a DVD. Ahh, the old days…
James Brown loves old scary movies! He’s had this passion since his father took him to a cinema to see Freddy Krueger. Since then, he’s been a big fan and he likes to share his passion with other bloggers.