Monster Films

From the curse of the Mummy to giant spiders and rampaging radioactive lizards, this section has all the monster movies to bring your nightmares to life on the screen. These movies will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what monster lurks in the darkness.

For more nightmares, check out our Movie and TV sections for Aliens, Monsters, Werewolves, Zombies, the supernatural and more…

american-werewolfAn American Werewolf in London (1981)

A pair of American college students on a backpacking tour of Great Britain fall prey to a werewolf that none of the locals admit exists.

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher

beast-from-2000-fathomsThe Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City.

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Paula Raymond, and Paul Hubschmid

poster-the-bride-of-frankensteinThe Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Mary Shelley reveals that the story of Dr. Frankenstein did not end with the demise of the monster. Henry Frankenstein’s mentor, the demented Dr. Praetorius, has created another monster – this one a female.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive

Clash of the Titans (1981)

A film adaptation of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Ursula Andress

Cloverfield (2008)

Video footage discovered after a monster’s devastating attack on New York City tells the story of the attack from the point of view of a small group of increasingly desperate people.

Starring: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan

 Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

A team of scientists are on the trail of a bizarre prehistoric creature that lives in the depths of the Amazon. Their goal: capture it and bring it back alive for study. The creature has other ideas.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

 The Fly (1958)

A scientist working on his newly-invented teleportation device has an accident that leaves him horribly disfigured and searching for a way back to his old life.

Starring: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price

The Fly (1986)

Director David Cronenberg’s brilliant and grisly reboot of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic revisits the perils of scientific experimentation in truly stomach-churning fashion.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

Frankenstein (1931)

The original horror film classic based on Mary Shelley’s acclaimed novel; the story of an obsessed scientist who creates a new living being from the body parts of exhumed corpses.

Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff

 Godzilla (1954)

American nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific creates an implacable, dinosaur-like beast that sets out on a non-stop rampage that lays waste to the city of Tokyo.

Starring: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada

 The Host (2006)

A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and promptly begins attacking a crowd of onlookers – before abducting the daughter of the owner of a small snack bar.

Starring: David Joseph Anselmo, Philip Hersh, and Brian Rhee

 The Howling (1981)

After a traumatic encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent by a therapist to a remote mountain colony whose inhabitants pose certain unique dangers.

Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan

 It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

A giant Octopus, its appetite ominously changed by radiation from American hydrogen bomb tests, emerges from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to terrorize the California coast.

Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis

 Jurassic Park (1993)

A billionaire businessman exploits genetic technology to clone dinosaurs and create a theme park, which suffers a power shortage – leading to horrific consequences for park employees and a small group of visitors.

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

 King Kong (1933)

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal gorilla who, unfortunately, takes a strong interest in their comely blonde starlet.

Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot

 Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

In this musical horror comedy, a nerdish and unsuspecting florist finds his chance for success and romance while raising an increasingly hungry plant that feeds on human blood.

Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia

The Lost World (1925)

The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, and Lewis Stone

 The Mummy (1932)

The mummy of an Egyptian priest is discovered by an archaeological expedition and revived when the assistant of the expedition leader foolishly reads an ancient scroll.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners


 The Mummy (1999)

Comedic, bombastic, and CGI-heavy, this remake of the 1932 classic tells the story of an American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig, who accidentally reanimates a Mummy.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah

 Piranha (1978)

Piranhas with a taste for human flesh are accidentally released into resort waters at Lost River Lake, where they quickly zero in on crowds of unsuspecting vacationers.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich,Kevin McCarthy

Reptilicus (1961)

A portion of the tail of a prehistoric reptile is discovered in Denmark and regenerates into the entire reptile.

Starring: Dirch Passer, Carl Ottosen, and Ann Smyrner

Them! (1954)

Atomic tests in New Mexico have transformed common ants into huge, irradiated, man-eating monsters that threaten the city of Los Angeles in this superior thriller.

Starring: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon

 The Wolf Man (1941)

A level-headed man returning home to reconcile with his father is attacked by a creature of legend, and infected with a horrible disease which his rational mind insists can’t possibly exist.

Starring: Claude Rains, Warren Williams, Ralph Bellamy, and more

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