Let’s Talk Horror Movies Creature feature!
This will likely be quite a short instalment of Let’s talk Horror as there is a great amount of cross- over between Creature Features and the likes of Werewolf/ Demon movies. Which, as you all know we’ve already covered, so we’re just going to look at those films that feature the creatures, whether real or fictional!
There is also a lot of grey area with Creature Features, in that they do exist as a sub genre of horror but also cross over into that realm of “action/ disaster/ survival movie” so there will be some cross over there as well.
As well as their reflection on the fears of the time, they are just great FUN. Not every film has to have a deep intricate meaning to be worthwhile, sometimes its awesome to just watch a massive alligator eat people!
Cat People, (1942) Jacques Tourner
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together.
What a riot this sounds, it was almost remade forty years later and shifted slightly to being, more about a young woman’s sexual awakening, when to her horror she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.
Creature from the Black Lagoon, (1954) Jack Arnold- the original Creature from the creature features
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilisation for study.
The Birds, (1963) Alfred Hitchcock
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Jaws, (1975) Steven Spielberg
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Not the only sharky we’ll encounter in this piece!
Cujo, (1983) Lewis Teague
In this tale of a killer canine, man’s best friend turns into his worst enemy. When sweet St. Bernard Cujo is bitten by a bat, he starts behaving oddly and becomes very aggressive. As Cujo morphs into a dangerous beast, he goes on a rampage in a small town. Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.
The Fly, (1986) David Cronenberg- Goldblum Creature feature
Brilliant scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device and decides to use himself as the test subject. What he doesn’t realise, is a fly slips in during the process, leading to a merging between man and insect.
Arachnophobia, (1990) Frank Marshall
A killer spider from the jungles of South America is accidentally transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It’s up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate the threat before its too late!
This horrified me when I first saw it. URGH
Tremors, (1990) Ron Underwood
A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can ‘pop up’ without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape.
Lake Placid, (1999) Steve Milner
Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorising residents in Black Lake, Maine. This is a great trashy croc film, with a delightful twist at the end!
The Descent, (2005) Neil Marshall
A year after the tragic accident that claimed the lives of her husband and young daughter, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes on a hiking vacation with her friends. (not that hiking can even be considered a holiday, but whatever) If the crippling claustrophobia isn’t enough to have you peeking behind your hands, the blood thirsty creatures they encounter in the caves will be!
Cloverfield, (2008) Matt Reeves
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
You’ve got Blair Witch to thank for the handheld style that Cloverfield loved to use!
The Shallows, (2016) Jaume Collet- Serra
A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills. Myself and Georgie are big fans of the Shark movies, and we’ve included a few within this, but don’t worry, we’ll be bringing you a special article just full of sharks soon!
A Quiet Place, (2018) John Krasinski
Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong.
Imho- would’ve been better had we seen LESS of the creatures, but then I am a big subscriber to the less is more argument when it comes to horror and creature reveals.
Crawl, (2019) Alexandre Aja
A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane in Florida, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
There are a few bits that will have you going, hang on a second and a lot of strange choices are made in this film, but it is arguably one of the better creature features of recent years!
Godzilla, (2019) Michael Dougherty
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
I know that the love for Godzilla runs deep for many people, but I am adding this one to the list as it contains a FUCK LOAD of other creatures that were boss. Also visually, it was fun and I loved Mothra.
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