Saturday, October 3, 2009

Top 13 Creature Features

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's theme is creature features ... so let's get down to business.

Top 13 Creature Features

13. Species - OK, so the creature just so happens to take on the form of an often-naked, hot nympho ... all the more reason for it to make the list.

12. Godzilla (1985) - It may be one of the lowest reviewed movies of all time, but who cares ... it's friggin' Godzilla!

11. King Kong (1976) - You can argue that the original is better or that the 2005 version is better, and you won't get much of a defense from me, but this is the version I grew up with, so this is the one I like best.

10. Pumpkinhead (1988) - Certainly not the best from the 80s, but a minor classic that has built up a pretty strong cult following over the years.

9. The Blob (1988) - I prefer the 1988 remake over the original '58 version. This one's a little more campy, the alien Jell-O a little more evil. And the screenplay was written in part by Frank Darabont of Mist, Green Mile, and Shawshank Redemption fame.

8. Gremlins - Everyone remember the three rules of owning a Mogwai?

7. The Mummy (1932) - The movie that put Boris Karloff on the map.

6. The Thing (1982) - Not just one of the best creature features, The Thing wins hands down for the best beard (Kurt Russel's).

5. The Fly (1986) -This is a case where the remake surpasses the original. The whole transformation into an insect is sad enough, but the script and characters add a depth to the story that is pure and heartfelt.

4. Young Frankenstein - With so many Frankensteins out there, how does one choose? Simple, go straight for the one wearing a top hat and Puttin' on the Ritz.

3. An American Werewolf in London (1981) - This movie has some laughs, a few scares, but at its heart, it's all about the transformation. It's enough for me.

2. Jaws - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water--what do you mean that line's been used already?

1. Alien - Of all the formulas in Hollywood, here's one to stick with: H.R. Giger + a little originality = Movie Gold.

Well that completes another list. Hope you enjoyed it. I'm off to the Slaughtered Lamb to get myself a beer.

Later Fiends,


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