With the surprise Cloverfield sequel, reboot thing coming out this weekend I’m looking at the best monster movies. What’s my criteria for a monster movie? Honestly I have no idea. These were just the ones that came to mind that featured “monsters” of some kind.
– It’s actually a pretty good movie, but the found footage shaky-cam does make it hard to watch at times.
9. The Mummy
– While I’m not a huge fan of Brendan Fraser (is anyone really?), this is a fun adventure movie. As long as you ignore the sequels.
8. Super 8
– JJ Abrams doing his best Spielberg impression. And doing it well.
7. The Fly
– I was trying to figure out if this was really a monster movie or not. Then I remembered this:
Yeah, it’s a monster movie.
– Believe it or not I am talking about the 2014 Gareth Edwards movie. I actually really like it. I like that you don’t see the monster that much; it adds a bit of tension for me. The old Japanese movies are fine, but feel really dated and I can’t get into them.
5. Pacific Rim
– Does it have a story? Not really. But watching giant robots beat the crap out of giant monsters is a lot of fun.
– It’s not even a guilty pleasure for me. I think it’s actually a pretty good movie.
– While I like Aliens a little more, this one feels more like a monster movie to me, so it makes the list instead. Great movie in its own right.
– The best part about this pick is the monster is something that is real, which is why nobody went to the beach the year this came out.
1. Jurassic Park
– If you really want to know how much I like this movie and why, you can check out the explanations for one of the other 49523 times it’s been number one on one of these lists. Yes I do remember Dr. Grant’s line “They aren’t monsters Lex, they are just animals.” But no, they are monsters. Big scary ones with lots of teeth.
Honorable Mentions: Monsters, Gremlins, King Kong
What are some of your favorite monster movies? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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