The scariest monster movies you have to see really aren’t that hard to find. Everyone seems to talk about them quite often and has nothing but praise to say about for it. If this is the situation you find yourself in then it is your own fault if you don’t at least take a look at what everyone else is talking about. What’s more difficult, however, is to find those hidden celluloid treasures that no one talks about because they have not had the opportunity to watch them. That’s what this series of articles aims to do and while you will find a few good horror movies that are well known, my hope is that you discover several more that are brand new to you.
And The List Continues
81- Land Of The Dead (2005): A large population has fortified themselves in a small city as the rest of the world seems to be overrun by zombies. In this city just like in real life there are the haves and the have nots. A group of well armed citizens go out to loot supplies in the surrounding area to bring it back into the city. They begin to notice something odd about the zombies on one of their outings… the dead are starting to learn.
• Memorable Scene: Fireworks are being used to keep the zombies from attacking a defenseless group of people. Slowly the zombie’s gaze turn from the fireworks and towards… lunch.
• Memorable Quote:
(While picking his nose)
Kaufman: Zombies, man. They creep me out.
• Trivia: The term“Fiddler’s Green” has several origins. It is a place where cavalrymen go when they die located “halfway down the trail to Hell.” In England it is a place where fishermen go if they don’t go to Hell. And in pirate lore it is the final resting place.
82- The Brood (1979): A woman begins to give birth to mutated children that act out whatever negative emotions she is feeling. This film is hard to explain, but it is very disturbing. The little “children” scared the crap out of me when I was young.
• Disturbing Scene: Nola gives birth to one of the monsters and begins to lick it clean, like an animal.
• Tagline: The ultimate experience of inner terror.
83- Children of the Corn (1984): An unseen demon convinces children in a small town in Nebraska to kill all the adults. Two visitors have the unfortunate luck of having to visit the small town to get help.
• Memorable Scene: When the kids take over in the café is the one scene that has always disturbed me the most, probably because it is kids doing the killing.
• Tagline: And a child shall lead them…
• Trivia: The tagline was gotten from a passage in the bible (Isaiah 11:6). "And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
84- Slither (2006): A small town is the target for some parasitic worms that arrived from space via a meteorite. They enter into the human body through an open orifice and change the person into a type of mindless zombie being controlled by a head parasite. This film reminds me of the classic 80’s movies (Night of the Creeps, etc.) I use to watch so much while growing up.
• Memorable Scene: A woman who has been impregnated with hundreds of slugs to the point she can hardly move gives birth… by exploding.
• Memorable Quote: Don’t let them in your mouth!
85- Jaws (1975): A great white shark uses an island community as its feeding ground. Great actors such as Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss made this film enjoyable up to the point you got to see the shark (then the movie became even more enjoyable). There are several sequels, but I can only recommend Jaws II.
• Memorable Scene: The first time we see the shark. Brody is laying a chum line and at the same time fussing with Quint and Hooper when the shark comes to the surface right next to Brody trying to eat the chum. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” I think everyone sat up a little straighter when they saw that.
• Memorable Quote: Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.
• Trivia: The mechanical shark never worked quite right and always seemed to be broken down. This is what led to Spielberg to start using the camera as the shark.
86- The Birds (1963): Birds begin to attack people in a small town in California for no apparent reason. After a few days the phenomenon ends as suddenly as it had begun. There was a sequel, but it’s not really good enough to mention.
• Memorable Tagline: …And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!
• Trivia: There is a crow that sits on Alfred Hitchcock’s shoulder in the promo photos but it never appeared in the movie. It was bought after the movie had wrapped from a boy walking down the street for $10.
87- Scream (1996): The story is very simple as it involves a masked mad man running around and killing people, but thanks to some clever twists, the film is very entertaining all the way through till the end. All the sequels are decent.
• Memorable Scene: It has to be the first murder sequence played by Drew Barrymore. No one expected her to get killed so early in the film and it really surprised a lot of people.
• Memorable Quotes: It's the millennium, motives are incidental.
• Trivia: The mask was found in a store in California by Wes Craven while scouting for locations.
88- Cube (1997): Several people wake up to find themselves in a giant cube made up of hundreds of different rooms. Each room has its own dangers and the people often have to work together to make it out. An excellent film that has several excellent sequels.
• Tagline: Don’t look for a reason… look for a way out.
• Trivia: The majority of the film was shot using a hand-held camera and finished in twenty days.
89- Stir of Echoes (1999): An everyday “average Joe” begins to see into the spirit world after being hypnotized by his sister in law. A very good ghost story that was drowned out by similar hit films of the year.
• Memorable Scenes: Tom begins to tear his house apart looking for the body of the girl and then the landlord pays a visit.
• Tagline: In every mind there is a door that should never be opened.
• Trivia: During the hypnotism flashback, there is a moment where a pin is being stuck through Tom’s hand. This was no special effect. A stunt man was paid to come in and allow this to happen.
• Memorable Quote: Satanic Ritual Abuse Syndrome. It was big in the 80’s.
• Trivia: The film was shot at the State Lunatic Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts. Actual filming only took place in a small percentage of the building as most of it was unsafe and off limits.