Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, rock band Skillet recently released their seventh studio album, entitled Awake, which features the single “Monster”. Skillet is currently on tour, but lead singer John Cooper took some time out to write a Top Ten list of his favorite monsters, both in the movies and real life, and has offered to share it exclusively with Dread Central’s readers.
1. The Alien – This is one of my favorite movies of all time and the scariest monster ever made as far as I’m concerned.
2. Darth Vader – Not necessarily a “monster” but my favorite villain anyway. His costume, voice, and breathing are absolutely legendary.
3. The Predator – I love the Predator because you watch half of the movie without seeing what he looks like. Then, when you think you have seen it all, he takes his mask off and beats the crap out of Arnold. “Get to the chopper!”
4. Lord of Darkness from Legend – This movie was artistically filmed by my favorite director, Ridley Scott. “Darkness” is the creepiest devil I have ever seen. He also has the hugest butt-chin of all time…and that’s frightening.
5. David from The Lost Boys – One of my favorite pastimes with my best friends in high school was watching The Lost Boys. At least once a weekend. To this day I still imitate David when I see those friends … “Only noodles, Michael!”
6. The Loch Ness Monster – I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m a loser or not. I still believe in the Loch Ness Monster! I saw one of those late night documentaries on it as a kid, and I’m a believer.
7. Bruce the Shark from Jaws – Man, I’m still scared to death of the ocean because I watched Jaws when I was a kid. I don’t even want to watch it again because I’m so scared. People say that it looks mechanical, but they are wrong! They didn’t watch it in the Seventies.
8. Hannibal Lecter – Silence of the Lambs was the first psychopath movie I ever saw. It redefined what a bad guy was supposed to be. Anthony Hopkins became a legend that year.
9. Godzilla – Childhood love! I was infatuated with Godzilla, wizards, and Kung Fu Theater. I wish there would be an amazing remake of Godzilla that’s actually scary.
10. Marilyn Manson – Okay, so it’s a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but the cover of Mechanical Animals is one of the freakiest things I have seen … and something I never want to see in real life! Secondly, that is one of my favorite rock albums of all time. Plus, I think if he were reading this, he would smile.
Check out the video for “Monster” below. Along with Cooper on lead vocals, Skillet’s remaining members are Korey Cooper (John’s wife) on electronic keyboard, rhythm guitar, backing vocals, and synthesizer; Ben Kasica on lead guitar; and Jen Ledger on drums and backing vocals.
Pick up your copy of Awake from the EvilShop below or iTunes. You can catch Skillet on the “Awake and Alive Tour” with Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black. Be sure to visit their official site and MySpace page for more details.
Our thanks to John and Skillet and to Ben at Total Assault for coordinating this feature for us.
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