There are so many films out now that almost everything has been done before; so horror writers have a big problem coming up with some original creepy monsters. We’re tired of seeing bug-eyed aliens, godzillas and king kongs, we’re almost un-shockable now and immune to being frightened, so if you’re tasked with creating a movie monster it’s time to think as weirdly as the very darkest depths of your imagination. The monsters in this list aren’t always scary, most are just confusing and leave all sorts of questions behind, but chances are you wouldn’t want to meet any of them in a dark alley.
The Pale Man, Pan’s Labyrinth
This guy is the stuff of nightmares; some sort of humanoid with too much skin and seemingly no eyes – when the heroine of Pan’s Labyrinth finds the delicious banquet guarded by the Pale Man, she decides to sample it, regardless of the blaringly obvious depictions along the walls that show what the Pale Man does to kids who eat from his banquet – he picks up his eyes and becomes the creepiest, most haunting thing you have ever had the misfortune to see. We’re not sure which is worse; his Voldemort-style face, or his long, spikey fingers.
Killer Tomatoes, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
The film title says it all really; this B-movie is beyond bizarre. You can forgive them a little for the awful effects when you learn this film is a spoof made on a $100,000 budget. This awful little critters eat people, and as if that isn’t weird enough their one weakness is the song ‘Puberty Love’ which causes them to shrink and become easy to squash. There’s little explanation as to why any of this happens, but you’ll never look at a tomato the same way again.
The slugs in the horror movie ‘Slugs’ are ruthless killers. There was little creative thinking going on here, because these really are just plain old garden slugs, except they’re hell bent on causing chaos and devouring flesh. For a long time in the film no one believes these harmless little creatures would want to eat anything other than your prized garden veg, but when a Slug Expert from England comes along to explain things, people start to open their eyes to the truth…
It might look like a few pots worth of silly putty, but the Blob is actually a menacing monster from outer space… It’s got a taste for humans, and the worst part is it grows in size with every one that it eats. It’s only when a couple of 50’s teenagers accidentally hit the Blob with a CO2 fire extinguisher that they realise it can’t function properly in the cold. So what’s the solution? Get the army to drop the Blob in the middle of the artic and forget the whole horrible thing ever happened.
This guest post was contributed by Holly Powell on behalf of 3D Broadcast Black Magic Cinema Camera.
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