Pacific Rim and 10 more Movie Monsters you need to see!
Virtuoso director Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim trampled all over cinemas this summer and is finally released on DVD on Monday (November 11).
The film follows the fortunes of Raleigh Beckett (played superbly by Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam), a pilot in humanity’s fight against kaijus. Kaijus are colossal monsters intent on smashing up the world’s major cities and can only be defeated by 200-foot robots, piloted by humans in pair. As the film’s tagline indeed says ‘To fight monsters we created monsters’.
Like all of Del Toro’s work, the monsters are fantastically detailed and rampage with real style.
If you can’t get enough monster-sized action, then here are 10 other brilliant movie monsters. Some you’ll probably know, some you probably won’t, but you should seek them all out:
Written and directed by JJ Abrams, the man who is currently wrestling with the new Star Wars trilogy, this film tells the tale of three teenagers who try to shoot a Super 8 zombie movie, but end up capturing something much bigger. Less a straightforward monster, more an abused alien presence, the enormous creature who invades the town is still pretty chilling.
This low-budget Thai flick has a fearsome, mythic creature at its heart. The terrifying Garuda, which is an enormous bird-like creature with a human face, has been trapped beneath Bangkok for hundreds of years before being foolishly awakened by a team of scientists. Needless to say it’s none too pleased…
Not to be confused with the ropey Stephenie Meyer adaptation that came out earlier this year, this Korean film has one of the most eye-boggling monsters of recent years. After the American military tip 200 bottles of formaldehyde into the Han River, a strange amphibious monster develops over the next few years, which suddenly starts attacking people at random. Careful what you tip down the sink guys…
Easily the most harrowing film on this list, this Stephen King adaptation comes with some spider-like monsters hidden in the film’s thick fog. While this film’s focus is on how the characters go to pieces in the ensuing crisis, those things are still pretty damn scary.
Recently brought back to life as Riddick, this Vin Diesel-powered sci-fi drama recounts the trials and travails of a crew who crash land on a mysterious planet. Hidden away in the caves are enormous winged hunters with heads shaped like crescent moons, hiding away some vicious teeth. Fortunately the planet has three suns and the creatures are sensitive to light, unfortunately it then turns out there’s an eclipse coming. Uh oh….
Q: The Winged Serpent
Back in 1982, B-Movie veteran Larry Cohen brought out a very strange monster movie indeed. Q: The Winged Serpent featured the ancient god Quetzalcoatl, a winged, dragon-like, female lizard who decides to take up residence in one of the tallest buildings in New York and precedes to devour a few unlucky New Yorkers. Shot using stop-motion animation, some of the sequences look pretty shonky, but it’s great, knockabout fun.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
One of the first monster movies to really capture the imagination of the movie-going public. This tale of a part-human, part-amphibian monster who terrorises an expedition party on the Amazon river, remains one of the all-time classics in the genre.
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
If you’re going to try and test a nuclear bomb, make sure you know where you’re doing the testing, you might just awaken a 33-foot tall dinosaur who’s been asleep for 100 years. No good can come from it…
Inspired by classic B-Movies like our previous two entries, this 1990 cult flick starring a young Kevin Bacon running around the Nevada desert trying not to be eaten by enormous killer worms. Almost 25 years later, it’s still brilliant.
One of the most terrifying films of the last 20 years and a movie that will kill any notion you had that a potholing expedition might be fun. A group of girls attempt to explore a cave, but quickly find themselves surrounded by crawlers, vicious cave monsters who move in the darkness. Don’t grab someone’s arm, you’ll more than likely cut off the circulation in terror.