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10 Great Monster Flicks

Oct. 31, 2012

Josh Rhoten, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne

Horror Flicks

Released in 2000, Ginger Snaps is a Canadian horror film about teenage girls who become werewolves. As if high school wasn't hard enough.


Released in 1954, this is a classic black-and-white film and an excellent example of the B-movie monsters at their best. The film is currently available on Netflix instant viewing.


Before Dracula terrified and beguiled us, there was Count Orlok. There isn't much here for fans of "Twilight," but the 1922 film is a fascinating look at how the vampire myth has evolved. The film streams on Netflix and can be found in its entirety on YouTube.


Released in 1931, this classic stars Boris Karloff as the monster and still resonates today as scientific advancement keeps bringing new questions.


Director Ridley Scott's claustrophobic masterpiece spawned much more action-packed sequels, but it is his work that is still the most terrifying. The slow build of the film, cut with sudden and brutal moments of horror, have made this a classic in both the sci-fi and horror camps.


Playing on the latent uncertainty and unease humans have when confronting nature and wild beast, Jaws is a masterful film that still shines today. Director Steven Spielberg plays up primal fears by offering shots from the shark's perspective and limiting its screen time, even if that was due more to technical problems than a brilliant directorial choice.


Giant monster bashes buildings with his feet, tail and, of course, atomic breath. No further sales pitch is needed for this classic, which continues to grow, despite sequels, spinoffs and reboots that range from unwatchable to forgettable.


The fear from within powers this 1982 thriller, which was based off Howard Hawks' film "The Thing From Another World." Criticized for being too dark, the film manages amazing scares with mechanical and makeup effects that are in some ways more terrifying than anything computers can achieve.


Zombie film or carefully masked social commentary? Either way, "Night of the Living Dead," released in 1968, wasn't the first zombie film, but it sure cast a long shadow.


Not all monsters give you the chills, sometimes they come with big blue fur and want to make you laugh. This 2001 Pixar film is worth re-watching -- it has so many nods to monster movies, you might catch new references you missed the first time around.

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Source: (c) 2012 Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

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