Monster movies are pure fun, even if they hardly ever win awards and are usually last on the “best movies of all times” lists. The 1933 monster movie is often referred to as the first. King Kongfilm, while silent film in 1915 is the first film to feature a creature. The Golem.
Frankenstein made his first screen debut in 1910 with a 13-minute film directed and starring Charles Ogle. Lon Chaney Jr. starred in Frankenstein’s 1941 debut. The Wolf Man1954, 1954, 1954. The Creature from the Black Lagoon introduced audiences the aquatic humanoid creature,
These are just a few of the more interesting facts about some of the most loved monster movies and their creatures over the years.
10 Q: The Winged Serpent (82)
Richard Roundtree & David Carradine star as the spooky 1982 monster movie. Q: The Winged Serpent. There are decapitations, a killing, and many other things, thanks to a winged Aztec creature that lives in the spire at the Chrysler building.
Director and producer Larry Cohen was in New York to produce another film. He had written a screenplay for the film, but was fired after only a week of production. Instead of resigning in defeat, he worked on pre-production for a few days before starting shooting. Q.
David Carradine arrived in New York after Cohen had sent him a telegram. He didn’t know that he was to play a role as a detective for a monster movie. Michael Moriarty, who plays a crook, was hired because Cohen happened to like him and ran into him in a New York café.
It took six attempts at convincing those in charge of the Chrysler Building—and continuous offers of more money—before Cohen was allowed to shoot scenes there. And even though the spire was unsteady and quite unsafe, Cohen simply said that the budget didn’t allow for a safer model to be built, and filming continued.
9 Leviathan (1989).
The science fiction horror movie was released in 1989. Leviathancritics criticized it for its similarity to AlienAnd The Thing. The movie centers around the crew of an underwater geological facility who are stalked and killed by a mutant monster—Leviathan.
The library of images and medical reference books on marine life inspired the creation of this creepy-looking creature. The filmmakers combined parts of human bodies with elements from marine animals to create a beast with sharp teeth and a fish-head.
Tom Woodruff brought to life the creature suit, and deep-dive suits for each lead actor were designed by him. These suits were made out of white fiberglass shells. They had bellows at each foot that squirted water whenever a character stepped on them. This was to ensure the dust on the ground would “poof” out, making the underwater scenes more realistic.
8 An American Werewolf in London (1981).
John Landis was a teenage director when he saw a man being wrapped up in garlic and buried to the feet in order to frighten him into coming back to life. This inspired him into writing the script for the horror-comedy. An American Werewolf in London. However, no one was interested until 1981. By that time, five other werewolf movies were already in production.
After a 10-minute conversation, David Naughton was offered the star role. He had to stay still for 10 hours each day to transform into a werewolf using Rick Baker’s special makeup effects artist Rick Baker. Michael Jackson was a huge fan of Baker’s work and hired him to direct his “Thriller” music video, as well as do all the makeup effects.
Landis also had the need to bribe police officers in order to film Piccadilly circus: before WerewolfSince around 15 years, filming in this area has been prohibited.
7 King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
1962’s King Kong vs. GodzillaIt was the first time that the giants were available in widescreen format and in color. This entry in the Godzilla franchise is still the most popular in Japan.
Haruo Nakajima dressed up as Godzilla and combined the moves of the original Godzilla and pro-wrestling moves to face Kong, played by ShoichiHirose. A giant octopus is also featured in the movie, which was mostly portrayed by a real cephalopod that moved around on a miniature set. 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the computer animation director used the octopus footage as inspiration to make the movie’s Kraken look realistic.
6 Frankenstein (1931)
Mary Shelley, then 20, was twenty-years-old when her novel was published. FrankensteinThe anonymous publication of, was published in London in January 1818. Victor Frankenstein’s tale of creating a monster using corpse fragments inspired a host of TV shows, movies, and plays.
Bela Lugosi, who was playing the role as the monster in the 1931 film, declined the offer. Robert Florey, the director, also resigned. Boris Karloff eventually got the role, but Lugosi was the one who played the monster for the 1943 film Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man. Two weeks before shooting began, Florey was replaced by James Whale.
The Castle Thunder sound effect was used in the film’s premiere use. Copyright for the monster makeup design will continue until 2026.
5 Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Pan’s LabyrinthThe film is filled with monsters of a completely different kind. His film features creatures that will haunt your dreams such as the Giant Toad and the Mandrake Root.
The movie was intended to be a thematic complement to del Toro’s 2001 film, The Devil’s BackboneHowever, 9/11 changed his perception of how he portrays innocence and brutality. Del Toro also said that he had been seated next to horror novelist Stephen King during a screening of Pan’s Labyrinth in New England and that King squirmed during the Pale Man scene. Del Toro thought about this moment and said it was the best thing he had ever experienced.
He also confirmed the fact that the bottle attack scene is based on a real life incident in which del Toro, a friend, and a rival engaged in a brawl. The friend was hit in his face with a glass bottle.
4 The Thing (1982).
Although it is a classic horror movie, The ThingIt was a disappointment at the box-office and received mostly negative reviews. Today, however, sentiment has changed, and the movie is considered to be one of John Carpenter’s best efforts. Tobe Hooper had been originally selected to direct the film. Universal received his rough draft but was unimpressed and ultimately gave Carpenter the job.
Rob Bottin was 21 when he was hired to supervise special effects. The Thing. He worked for one year straight, without any leave. He was admitted to the hospital with double pneumonia, and a bleeding ulcer. For his efforts, he received a special “thank you” in the end credits.
Kurt Russell, who plays R.J. MacReady, throws a stick of dynamite during one scene, and it’s been revealed that his shocked reaction after being knocked off his feet was authentic because he misjudged the strength of the blast during filming.
3 Tremors (1990).
The beloved horror-comedy monster film received rave reviews upon its release in 1990. Critics praised the diverse cast and great humor. The movie was a huge hit and one of the most rented films for 1990.
S.S. Wilson, co-writer, was once an editor at a Naval Air Station in the Mojave desert. On his days off, he went hiking, and one day, he had a strange thought as he climbed over some large boulders: “What if something was under the ground and I couldn’t get off this rock.” He made a mental note of this, and years later, the giant worm monsters were “born.”
The backdrop was set by the California desert and the Alabama Hills. TremorsLater, a host of movies were made including Gladiator, Iron Man, Man of Steel.
Kevin Bacon was one of the movie’s stars. He later admitted that Tremors had been a low point of his career. It caused him nightmares and sleepwalking. He once even took his wife pregnant and carried her out on the street while he sleepwalked.
2 Pacific Rim (2013)
Pacific Rim was something of a gamble for Legendary Pictures because it didn’t have a pre-existing franchise to back it up. As a result, it didn’t do great in the U.S., but the gamble paid off in other parts of the world, where it became a huge hit.
Travis Beacham, screenwriter was walking along Santa Monica’s pier in 2007 and he saw a sea creature looming above it. He then imagined a giant robot forming and fighting the beast. The final screenplay. Pacific RimBeacham and Guillermo del Toro eventually co-wrote the story of, which features robots as well as monstrous sea creatures.
The Jaeger in the film, Gipsy Danger, had its gait based on John Wayne’s signature hip movements, and its design was influenced by the Chrysler and Empire State buildings.
It’s hard to imagine the 1979 classic science fiction horror film, AlienAlthough it was called Star Beast at one time, the script was originally called Star Beast. Realizing that it didn’t sound quite right, the team behind the film settled on Alien.
Alien It went on to be one of the most important films of all time, and was selected for preservation in America’s National Film Registry. It launched Sigourney Weaver’s acting career and spawned many sequels. Although Meryl Streep, Weaver, and Meryl Weaver were both considered for the leading role, Streep was coping with the loss at the time so the producers offered it to Weaver.
The most memorable scene in the movie is the one in which a slimy creature bursts through Kane’s chest. The actors surrounding Kane (John Hurt) weren’t aware of just how much blood and intestines would be used during the scene because the director wanted authentic reactions. This is exactly what he got, especially Veronica Cartwright, who looks downright terrified.
This scene, as well as the face-hugger scene and the one where Ash gets his head knocked off, didn’t go over well with test audiences. Many viewers fled theaters, while others vomited in nearby toilets. One man even broke his arm trying not to flee the cinema.