GIMME FIVE: Movie monsters

BY CARMELA FERRO

While most monsters are just a myth, the movies have still made it possible to be very scared of monsters on the loose, in your closet or right under your bed.

Hollywood has opened our imaginations to embrace all types of monsters — scary, slimy and sweet — but the only monster I’ll ever go near is the one who’s got the cookies. Until then I’ll just watch most of these ones — and the ones seen in the recently released monster movie Pacific Rim — from afar.

5) The Blob from The Blob

MONSTERS - The Blob

Downingtown, Pennsylvania is shook up after a meteorite lands in the small town. A blob emerges from the meteor and begins to consume the people of the town. The movie has kind of a crappy plot, but it has turned out to be one of the most iconic monster movies of all time and featured Steve McQueen’s debut leading role.

4) Godzilla from Godzilla

MONSTERS - Godzilla

A giant, dinosaur-like reptile is on a rampage crushing people, buildings and anything in its path. What more do I really need to say?

The legend of Godzilla has been prominent in popular culture since the first Japanese film in 1954 and has continued to be one of film’s most famous monsters, including being commonly referred as King of the Monsters.

3) Clover from Cloverfield

MONSTERS - Clover

J. J. Abrams does what he does best, making hits while keeping us on our toes. This film was shot in a unique way, so much that some people couldn’t even watch it without getting sick. It is displayed as footage found from a personal camera after New York is demolished by an unknown creature. We don’t get to see this monster for most of the movie, but I think that makes it all the more terrifying!

2) Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth

MONSTER - Pale Man

This film is a Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, the man behind Pacific Rim. Not only did he create a visually stunning and unique film, but he also created a terrifying monster.

The Pale Man is a child-eating monster who sits silently in front of a large feast in his lair until the character Ofelia awakens him. And when she does, it is absolutely horrifying.

1) Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.

MONSTERS - Mike

I felt like I would choose the least scary of monsters (Sorry, Mike!) for last, so that you can sleep soundly after reading this post. Monsters, Inc. is a delightfully wonderful Pixar creation that might help children sleep a little sounder. It’s certainly one of the first films that portrayed monsters as cuddly, lovable and hard-working. It’s one that we definitely won’t forget, in a good way!

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