Time Out's 50 greatest monster movies

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As Joe Johnston’s long-awaited reinvention of Universal’s howl-at-the-moon classic ‘The Wolfman’ hits cinemas, Time Out lists our 50 favourite cinematic stalkers, growlers, slashers and biters.

Enter the 50 greatest monster movies...

Our biggest challenge in constructing this list was deciding exactly what constituted a ‘monster’. We resolved early on to rule out zombies, which are basically just vitally challenged people, and vampires, largely because that genre’s good for a whole separate feature on its own, and we wanted to make room for all the killer rabbits, killer plants, killer fish and killer dessert foods this list demanded. Friendly, sentient aliens like ET and Chewbacca were also left out, and we’ll call anyone who disagrees with that a racist.
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As always we value your input, and there’s ample room in the comments box below for urgent questions like ‘what about Shelob!?!’ and ‘Haven’t you guys seen "Pumpkinhead"???’ We saw it. It was rubbish.

Enter the 50 greatest monster movies...

Author: Adam Lee Davies, Paul Fairclough, Tom Huddleston & David Jenkins


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James B
James B

You left out my all time favorite monster film, and the best werewolf film of all time.  Curse of the Werewolf with Oliver Reed.

wayne
wayne

No Godzilla or kingkong that's blasphemy.

taher
taher

recently monster house titans monsters inc simplyy there are not that many onsters films some of them are evn HORROR sientific like the chainsaw mascre monster film that is even its HORROR! LIKE IT WAS 34% DOUBLE SCARY

charles
charles

Does anyone remember a film called Belair the sea monster made in 1953, the theme is very good. Realeased by atomic testing the monster comes down the north sea attacking shipping and the climax is when it hits the woolich ferry london. I have the story, we need a remake of the film!

Anon.
Anon.

This is from a TV show, but - The Daleks from Doctor Who

Tarantulavenom
Tarantulavenom

Pumpkinhead belongs on the list,and as far as Pete's Dragon goes you just threw all your crediability out the door for picking that piece of garbage.

Dom Brewer
Dom Brewer

Quality of film hardly stopped you guys in several cases -"Pumpkinhead" may not be cinematic gold, but Stan Winston's monster is simply one of the best, and is sorely missing from an otherwise pretty good list. I'd have been tempted to stick in The Descent, Clash of the Titans, Starship Troopers and The Relic as well over Pete's Dragon and Monsters Inc...

James B
James B

@wayne he listed king kong at number six didn't he?  and Godzilla was in there too.



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