i likes me a good monster movie..even a not so good monster movie...
like 'revenge of the ninja' some films are judged on a different scale...
I rewatched the Relic (1997) yesterday which i had remembered as having a pretty decent monster and it does.
in a lot of ways its physical animation reminds me of the Host (2006)....which is an awesome movie with a monster.
Monsters (2011) was a great movie..but it's not something i put in when i want to watch a 'monster' movie.
I suppose we can use Jaws as the benchmark to compare all monster movies against even though there were great monster movies before it, none of them really had a GREAT monster, (Kong isn't monster) I think we needed the modern age to match great monsters to great monster movies.
Thing From another Another world is a GREAT monster movie, though the monster is pretty lousy, John Carpenter's The Thing..(the 1st one of course) is both a great monster movie with a kick ass monster.
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) is a great monster movie with an OK monster...basically it is the recursor to Alien (ridley scott is a stylist not an original thinker) enclosed area, monster hunt in the dark...delicious.
of courseAlien & Aliens have a great monster, even though the later films misuse it. (The Predators aren't monsters they are villains. Monsters hide in the dark and eat you. Hence personally I don't really think of the Universal monsters in this category of Monster movies until we get to Creature from the Black Lagoon but even then, i think he'd have been happy left alone...with Julie of course..)
Willis O'briens Black Scorpion great monster, not a half bad little movie.
Harryhausen's It Came from Beneath the Sea great monster, great monster movie.
Mimic (1997) had a really GREAT monster, excellent monster movie..take my advice skip the sequels...
before that it was Tremors (1990)..great monster, great film, great comedy...all on a low budget. iconic in fact.
When I saw David E Kelley's Lake Placid (1999) i wanted to like it, i have seen it several times and i am only liking it in retrospect since i have seen so many bad films since. it's just a B movie in A movie wardrobe but the monster is pretty wicked.
Slither could be called a monster movie...though it has both a monster..in the little squiggly things and a villain in the parent creature. so it's a pretty decent monster movie with a great monster and an IMHO mundane villain.
I keep trolling all the creature features on Netflix hoping to find something worth not only rewatching but basically watching straight through to the end.
I am sure i missed a few in between...
What have you seen that you can recommend ...favorites? ones you hate?
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