I did an article about favorite horror movie villains, and included mostly human or human like enemies. In this I would like to talk about favorite horror movie monsters. Creatures that might be humanoid in some cases but feel like they are in a different category.
What gets me about the Xenomorphs is the motivation. They just want to hunt, and they are really good at it. The first Alien is terrifying. They are trapped with a killer that is far more effective in every way than they are. It takes losing the entire ship to take one of them down. That’s pretty amazing for this movie monster.
I think one of the biggest reasons the trolls stand out to me is that they are larger than life, and very unique. Trollhunter creates multiple trolls none exactly like the last. They are big, epic, and you won’t soon forget them. They are also scary and very effective in their areas. They are a great balance of monsters that just want to be left alone, but will protect themselves fiercely when they feel threatened.
The Shark (Jaws)
Disclaimer: I hate what this movie did to real sharks. I love the ocean, and I specifically love sharks. They fascinate me. It bothers me that people reacted to this movie in such a way that it still negatively effects sharks and that people think that sharks are manhunters.
Aside from the disclaimer this is a really good movie monster. While the shark doesn’t have much of a kill count it’s hunt of the men after it is brilliant. It’s slow, builds well, and when that shark finally strikes it’s wonderful. If you are going to turn sharks into killing machines then you have to do it like this.
The Thing? (The Thing)
An iffy choice since about 50% of the time in this movie it manifests as a human. However it’s still something inside of those people and not the people themselves. This movie plays on the fears of never knowing who you can trust. The creature, alien being, whatever it is, is scary in all it’s forms. It’s also effective because it makes people kill each other but also plants paranoia.
To most people Tremors exists in the realm of comedy and not horror. It’s not that I don’t see the point, the movie makes me laugh as well. However the movie is also more than a little scary, and that is based entirely on the fact that the monster is more than a little scary. It’s not just that they are massive, live underground, and pull you down when you least expect it. They are also smart. They hunt the people in the movies, and do it rather effectively.
Zombies (Take your pick)
Humanoid so it might seem like it doesn’t belong, but one of the most terrifying parts is how inhuman people become when they turn into zombies. Whether fast moving or slow moving what makes zombies effective is that there is just such a massive horde of them. Eventually it becomes overwhelming, and as a group they are killing machines. They take all that was once human, lose it, and become just a member of a killing group.