What are the most memorable monster films

Monster Movies: The 42 Best Movies About Monsters

They are the creatures the mere sight of which makes the blood run cold. Monsters are always a popular means in films to push the audience into their seats and burn themselves into their memories until they are followed by the terrible creatures in their nightmares. The following 42 films are the monster films that cannot be ignored!

The Mist (2007)


A thick fog drifts over the small town of Castle Rock. The residents of the small port city are actually used to this phenomenon. But this time the fog is different. People who want to make their way through the white wall suddenly disappear without a trace. A group of survivors find refuge from the deadly fog in a nearby supermarket. But unrest spreads quickly and people, in their panic, consider offering a human sacrifice so that the cursed fog dissolves. But can people actually send someone from their midst to certain death in cold blood just to save their own skin?

The Mist is based on a short story by Stephen King and plays with fears of the unknown. The film manages to trigger anxiety because the audience never see exactly what is actually hidden in the white veils and what is obviously trying to kill people.

American Werewolf (1981)


The two friends David and Jack go on a trip through England. The two American students absolutely want to explore the sights of the country and stop in a remote village. When they are roughly thrown out by the residents, the friends move on in the fog and night. You get off the road and get lost in the woods. Suddenly a huge creature appears and attacks the young Americans. While Jack does not survive the attack, David wakes up the next day in a hospital. Apart from minor injuries, he doesn't seem to be missing anything. But David quickly realizes that the creature's attack has turned him into a beast that erupts every time a full moon shines in the sky.

A good mix of horror comedy and eerie effects makes American Werewolf a real classic that is not only worth a look at when the moon is full.

The Descent (2005)


6 women want to go on a climbing tour through a system of caves in the American Appalachians. The descent goes smoothly, but the women quickly notice that the way back is blocked for them. Your only hope is the descent into the depths, in order to possibly find a way back into the open there. However, the women must quickly realize that they are not alone in the caves.

Dark, oppressive hallways and the fear of things in the shadows are the elements that make The Descent an impressive monster film. But there is also no lack of blood and intestines, so that friends of splatter food should also feel well entertained.

The Eaters Are Coming (1978)


Strange things happen in San Francisco. People completely change their behavior and appear to be completely different people. Dr. Matthew Bennel (Donald Sutherland) investigates for a friend what the strange events are about. A race against time begins. Because more and more people are changing and soon Bennel no longer knows who to trust.

The film has impressive effects for its time. Without a lot of blood, the film creates a feeling of discomfort, so that as a viewer one is occasionally doubting what is still real and what is not.

Nightmare on Elmstreet (1984)


One, two, Freddy will come over. Death haunts Elm Street. Young people die in their sleep and what remains are some gruesome discoveries. The young Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) wants to get to the bottom of the strange deaths together with her friend Glen (Johnny Depp). They come across a story about a killer named Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund), who can murder his victims in their dreams.

Nightmare on Elmstreet is a timeless classic and the beginning of the Freddy Kruger film series. The film thrives on the unique portrayal of Robert Englund as one of the best nightmare monsters.

That Thing From Another World (1982)


The routine of an American research station in Antarctica is suddenly interrupted when a helicopter appears, chasing after a dog. The helicopter crashes, but the dog is picked up by the residents of the station. Little did they suspect that there is a creature in the animal that can eat and reproduce any living organism. As the corpses pile up in the station, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins against a monster who is fighting for its own survival by all means.

John Carpenter's remake of the horror film from the 50s has really creepy effects up his sleeve and is not stingy with blood and splatter. The film is really exciting because you never know exactly what the monster is wearing, even as a viewer. Anyone can be a victim or a killer.

Cloverfield (2008)


Actually it should have been just a farewell party for Rob, who wants to fly to Japan soon. But when an earthquake shook the city of New York and news of explosions and power outages piled up, panic spreads. The visitors to the party run outside and are almost killed by the head of the Statue of Liberty, which has been cut off by an unknown being. Even if nobody knows exactly what is going on, everyone only wants one thing: survive!

Cloverfield belongs to the genre of found footage films. The whole film is told through the view of handheld cameras, which makes the scenes look very realistic. The actual monster is kept hidden for a long time, so that the audience, like the characters in the film, gropes in the dark until it is too late.

The Fly (1986)


The scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is about to make a groundbreaking invention. He develops a teleporter with which he can send inanimate objects from one point to the next. When he tries to try out his invention on himself, the unthinkable happens. A fly gets into the teleporter with Seth. Their genetic profiles merge and the genius scientist gradually mutates into a hideous monstrosity.

David Cronenberg's film is gripping on the one hand, but also shocking on the other. Little by little, the body of Seth Brundle decays and the audience sees how a person becomes a hideous creature. Nightmares are almost inevitable.

Alien (1979)


The spaceship Nostromo intercepts an SOS signal from an abandoned planet. When the crew want to track down the source of the signal, a member of the crew is attacked and injured by an unknown being. The man is immediately taken to the infirmary and looks healthy. However, when he is sitting with the other members of the crew at dinner, his chest breaks open and a creature jumps out, which grows into an ice-cold killing machine and hunts down the people on board the Nostromo.

Alien shines as a monster film because it combines the hopelessness of a spaceship with a killer who is faster, stronger and more intelligent than anything humans have ever seen. The film is an absolute must for every fan of monsters!

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1994)


The young doctor Victor Frankenstein has an exciting goal in mind. He wants to conquer death by building an artificial human. The experiment succeeds, but the creature (played by Robert DeNiro) is different from what the creator would have liked. The monster escapes and Dr. Frankenstein must fear for his life while his creature is still lurking out there somewhere.

Frankenstein's Monster is the forefather of the monster films. Mary Shelly's novel was first made into a film in 1910. The new edition convinces with strong actors, the best effects and a story like no other.

Godzilla (1954)


Strange things are happening off the coast of the Japanese island of Odo. Ships seem to run aground and burn out. The inhabitants of the island tell stories of a creature that goes by the name of Godzilla and destroys everything that gets in its way. Even if it seems hopeless, people want to take up the fight against the monster from the tales in order to finally find peace.

If Frankenstein is the father of the monsters, then Godzilla is without question the sole king. The film series from Japan is popular worldwide and viewers everywhere watch the creature as it brings a swath of chaos and devastation over the earth. Other monsters like Mothra or Ghidorah also look pale against the giants from the sea, but the mighty battles are breathtaking time and again.

Cabin in the Woods (2012)


Five young people want to switch off and party for a few days in a remote hut. But all plans are quickly thrown overboard when the youngsters are suddenly chased by zombies, mass murderers and ghosts. They do not yet suspect which secrets actually lie behind the deadly events.

The film with Chris Hemsworth is not a bloody horror film, but parodies many typical clich├ęs of horror and monster films without neglecting the splatter factor.

Jeepers Creepers (2001)


The siblings Trish and Darry want to go home for the holidays. When they are on the road, they are harassed by a crazy truck driver. By chance, the siblings watch as the driver stops at a chapel a few kilometers away and discards something that might look like a human body in a pipe. Curiously, Trish and Darry examine the hole and come across a secret storage room. Too bad that a monster lives there that plunders human organs in order to incorporate them into his own body.

The film has an interesting idea and a few nice scenes that should not only delight horror film fans.

It (1990)


In the small town of Derry, children and teenagers regularly disappear. Seven friends band together to follow in the footsteps of the disappeared. In doing so, they come across a dark secret. Because there is an ancient monster in the small town. It takes the form of the worst nightmares and eats up scared children. The Seven agree that they are the only ones who can stop the monster called It.

The film is based on the novel by Stephen King and is structured in two parts. The story lives, among other things, through the brilliant acting performance of Tim Curry, who plays the horror clown Pennywise. But also thanks to good horror effects, it becomes a horror film with a monster that sticks in the memory.

Slither (2006)


A meteroid crashes to earth near the small town of Wheesly. Grant Grant, who is out in the woods at the same time, passes the crash site and is attacked by an unknown organism. The thing transforms Grant and turns him into a being that gradually brings Wheesly under its slimy control.

The film doesn't take itself very seriously, but presents itself as a mixture of comedy and splatter film. But even if Slither is not the bloodiest monster film of all time, his idea and his monsters stand out from the masses of other horror films.

The Bay (2012)


Claridge is a small port town that lives from tourism and fishing. But one day all of a sudden heaps of dead fish are washed up. Birds fall from the sky and people become aggressive or insane. It is almost as if the place has been hit by a plague. Anyone in town could be maddened next. Because nobody suspects that the cause of the fatal events in Claridge is much more inconspicuous and has nested itself in almost every resident.

The Bay is an oppressive film that not only puts the audience's nerves to the test. The type of film monster is also perfectly coordinated to panic before the next hit of water.

The Host (2006)


The Han River is a body of water that flows through the South Korean city of Seoul. The promenade by the river is actually picturesque. That changes, however, when lizard-like creatures suddenly appear out of the water, which either devour or abduct people. The government decides to cordon off the promenade and quarantine everyone who has come into contact with the beings. When the young Hyun-seo is kidnapped by the monsters, her father Song Kang-ho does everything in his power to free his girl from the clutches of the beasts.

The Host proves that Koreans also have a knack for really good monster films. Not only the look of the creatures, but also the atmosphere is literally breathtaking and gives you goose bumps while watching.

Mimic (1997)


A strange disease haunts the streets of New York. People and animals suddenly die and there are lots of cockroaches and cockroaches on their bodies. The enlightened scientist Susan Tyler (played by Mira Sorvino) descends into the sewers of New York with a few colleagues to solve the mystery of the disease. What the group does not know, however, is that the hunters suddenly prey on them.

If you can't or don't want to believe that a film about cockroaches can be scary, you haven't seen Mimic yet. This very early horror film by Guillermo del Toro features disgusting creatures that nobody would want to find under their fridge.

Species (1995)


The SETI scientists are sending a message into space, hoping for an answer that would prove the existence of extraterrestrial beings. When one day there actually is a response to the signal, the scientists are stunned. Because instead of a message expressed in words, they receive a sequence that can be used to change the DNA structure of a living being. The researchers insert the modified DNA into human egg cells, from which monstrous creatures grow. One of these creatures is little Sil, who grows into a woman faster than a normal person and who feels an insatiable desire to reproduce and create more specimens.

The film doesn't just live off actors like Ben Kingsley and Natasha Henstridge. Especially the design of the alien creatures and the hybrid creatures are impressive and creepy at the same time.

The Blob (1958)


Actually, Steve Andrews (played by Steve McQueen) just wanted a romantic picnic with his girlfriend Jane Martin (Aneta Corsaut). But when a shooting star hits nearby, the magic of romance is gone. A slimy mass runs out of the falling star, devouring everything and everyone with whom it comes in contact. The creature continues to grow incessantly and threatens not only to bury the city under itself, but to consume everything that has ever existed in the world.

Even if The Blob doesn't have the most expensive special effects of all time, the film still ensures that viewers fear the indefinable crowd that is constantly eating its way through a small American town.

King Kong (2005)

Jaws (1975)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Predator (1987)

Monsters (2010)

Pacific Rim (2013)

Trollhunter (2010)

Dance of the Devils (1981)

Hellraiser (1987)

Hellboy (2004)

Pitch Black (2000)

Under the Skin (2014)

The Village (2004)

Godzilla (2014)

Gremlins (1984)

Attack the Block (2011)

Colossal (2017)

The Babadook (2014)

It Follows (2015)

Spring (2015)

Frankenstein (1931)

Monsters AG (2001)