Horror's Top 13 Craziest Monsters
Zombies, vampires and werewolves, oh my! Classic monsters are always a good way for horror filmmakers to go, but sometimes we see more... unique... beasties on the screen. And when they go well (and even when they don't), they're some of the most memorable characters in the genre.
In celebration of the Irish sci-fi comedy film Grabbers, which hit VOD and other digital outlets on July 19 and contains some pretty wild monsters of its own, we've compiled a list of Horror's Top 13 Craziest Monsters!
As always, we'd like to start out with some honorable mentions. Slither and its old school relative Night of the Creeps both gave us a swarm of memorable leech-like monsters. The Host dropped us into an unexpected nightmare on a typical South Korean afternoon with a very unique movie monster. And even though he ended up going mainstream and had his own Saturday morning cartoon, The Toxic Avenger certainly deserves an honorable mention here. Finally, we've got to mention another beast that became a household name but got his start by shocking the audience with his appearance: Predator featured two actors who would go on to become United States governors and one monster that was like nothing we've seen before. Awesome! And am I the only one who would have loved to see Predator fight Rawhead Rex?
Now, on to....
Can we possibly start this list with anything other than the red-hot Sharknado? What could be more outlandishly entertaining than a tornado blowing through Los Angeles (as LA has long been known as Tornado Alley West) filled with man-eating sharks that it periodically dumps on unsuspecting civilians below? From Ian Ziering's heroic (albeit lengthy) school bus rescue and shark chainsaw evisceration to the dude getting squashed by a piece of the Hollywood sign to the unforgettable line "We're gonna need a bigger chopper," Sharknado is gold. Absolutely ridiculous and at the same time totally captivating. It's a combination you don't see very often, but then again, when was the last time a tornado - correction, shark-infested tornado - blew through LA? We're truly not in Kansas anymore.
I know, I know, another oddball shark film; but Sharktopus was enough of a freak of nature to stand on its own on this list. However, we will let Sharktopus represent all of the recent Roger Corman-produced hybrid beastie films such as Piranhaconda, Dinocroc vs. Supergator and Camel Spiders. Sharktopus, or S-11 as he's known to the US Navy, paved the way for Sharknado by making the ridiculous fun. Of course it wasn't the first film to do that. Not by a longshot. But if you're like me and you're putting together a list of amazingly outlandish movie monsters, how can you not put the dastardly Sharktopus on the list? You simply must include it. Therefore, here it is.