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Best of horror: Terrifying movie monsters you'd never want to encounter

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Best of horror: Terrifying movie monsters you'd never want to encounter

The monsters that prowl our night sky are not the mindless walking dead that we all hope and wish they were. These creatures can strike with sudden, unexpected violence and leave you lying in your bed, covering for weeks until the next attack. Some monsters can be frightening, such as vampires and werewolves. And there are even more than just monsters: alien invaders, ghosts, spirits, and evil entities.

The creatures in horror films are terrifying, especially when they're attacking you. You can run, scream, and break many bones while being attacked by one of these creatures, but you will never forget that the feeling is entirely different when the monsters are still asleep. While some creatures are so terrifying, they are frightening enough to make Jack Sparrow turn into a hermit.

Here are eight scary monsters that you would never want to encounter in horror movies.

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

The Curse of Frankenstein is the film that gave rise to the "Hammer Horror" style of filmmaking. Peter Cushing plays the Doctor with petulant verve. Christopher Lee's beast is afflicted, lacking the soul and humanity of Boris Karloff's legendary formation. We despise him and sympathize with him, but now is Cushing's moment to shine and bask in his heinousness. It's impossible to express how significant this event was for the future of horror cinema since it effectively marked the start of a second Golden Age of serious monster film. The old monsters may be resurrected as horror fodder once more - but not worth a single encounter, though!

Alien (1979)

In Ridley Scott's ode to claustrophobia, there isn't much breathing space. Scott's guidance is responsible for Alien's ability to make Space seem as claustrophobic as a coffin. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the perfect Final Girl who is compelled to battle a strangely shaped grotesque (the actual monster of the movie). The film is both a symbolic treatise on the trauma of the assault and an indictment of colonialism's essentially masculine act. The crew of the mining starship Nostromo is jolted awake from cryogenic slumber to react to an alert signal from a planetoid that appears to be dead and uninteresting!

Prophecy (1979)

The monster of this horror flick happens to be an unintentional rip-off of Jaws and Grizzly Bear. There's also an environmental message in the film that can be found to some extent within it. And the same attempts to demonstrate the injustice done to the environment. A bear with a lower-body has been significantly expanded from paper waste produced by a toxic industrial waste spill known as a "hind-leg walker". This can be found in this movie's infamous ending. Here the title character is stuck inside a toilet, flushed with a monster while fighting for his life. Scary, but painfully funny!

The Blob (1988)

The Blob is an exciting horror thrill that plays into the explicitly nostalgic, anti-authoritarian streak that can also be seen in films including Return of the Living Dead. Certain scenes have an incredibly icky flair for comedic violence and gore, with molten faces and severing limbs. Nothing compares to the phone booth scene, in which we see first-hand what occurs when the Blob's maximum power descends on somebody trapped in a small room. It doesn't get any better than witnessing the transformation massive creatures like the Blob are capable of making when their maximum power is brought to bear on someone physically small like her. 

Tremors (1990)

The Tremors released in 2018 starring Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, is a movie about giant worms called the Graboids that spread across the dry land in the deserts of Nevada. These terrifying monsters are relatively gory and extremely silly. It successfully transfers the psychology of a Jaws-like beast to dry ground, leaving us curious about what lurks just outside our reach. Far from being recommended as a good horror movie!

Junoon (1992)

An enchanted version of a classic Eastern fable. This director Mahesh Bhatt has even created a new story: Junoon's story with a curious twist of an element of Eastern folklore (1992). At the time, the beginning of the film, Roy was truly a majestic, fully-formed tiger with every full moon in the sky casting its silver light on him. it is debatable, as to say that the money went to nothing in Roy's case, he looks as if he is a wolf with squinted eyes even so, it is difficult to criticize Bhatt, considering how hard he has worked.

The Howling (1981)

The Howling is chock-full of historical werewolf movie references for movie lovers in the audience. It might be the most "fresh" of all the recent werewolf films, with its single-minded focus on blood, guts, and crowd-pleasing thrills. Like almost everything else in the movie, the classic transformation scenes are long, horrible, and excruciatingly difficult to experience. It's smart enough to appeal to film enthusiasts but still being silly and fun enough to appeal to a broader audience. In terms of macabre humour and budget, The Howling falls short of John Landis' British ghoul classic.

Monsters (2010)

Gareth Edwards is an up-and-and-coming film director who was introduced to the audience with the title role in Monsters. It followed a journalist assigned to ferrying a visitor across a perilous territory enumerated with fear through Central America. Edwards focuses on making effective use of location shooting and minimal-FX in his CGI imagery to get across the sense of how the aliens' (the actual monsters) ability to alter the world. But perhaps you should take some time to focus on the actors' nuanced dialogue, stylized interaction and the not-so-impressive monster scenes, which can be better if avoided.

Hisss (2010)

This two-part show is something of a satire on snaky movies; in one segment, Mallika Sherawat, the half-human, half-snake, co-lead, plays a typical reptile from that genre. This seems to be something Sherawat hasn't been able to help since she first applied the makeup: you can see lots of dark marks and old paint on her face even today, if the photos are anything to go by.

Makdee (2010)

A family mansion in the villagers' claim is haunted and is said to be occupied by a witch called Makdee (Shabana Azmi) and the story goes that she has risen-up from the cornfield. According to legend, whoever ventures into the castle will be transformed into an animal upon completion. People will avoid the house for fear of what might happen if they do. The film's marketing slogan translates to 'the Web of the Witch, made in India, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj in English and appears to reflect the plot of the film quite accurately.

Grabbers (2012)

Grabbers is an independent sci-fi horror film starring an Irish/British cast remarkably ‘poorly’ made. The plot revolves around an alcoholic cop who must confront a modern danger to a coastal city. The monster-menace that emerges from the sea and begins murdering townsfolk is octopus-like aliens. The film is amusing while making the viewer ‘close-their-eyes’ throughout watching the horror flick.