From sharks to vampires, to creatures of the deep, popular #horror movie monsters have remained in our fears ever since their film debuts. All of these monsters have become a part of the horror genre and continue to terrify audiences around the world.
Most of the time these films tease the monster's full reveal. It's that first moment in the film when we get to witness the full extent of the movie monster that remains in our memories. Some of of these horror moments are pure classics, a part of movie lore forever. Here are my picks for the seven best movie monster reveals of all time.
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7. 'Jeepers Creepers': The Creeper
This entire film is full of chills from the the very start of the movie. A demonic creature who reawakens every 23rd spring for 23 straight days feasts on human body parts and goes after those who show more fear.
However, the demonic creature doesn’t fully reveal itself in full form until the very end of the film. And what a reveal it is. The creature appears to be a cross between a gargoyle and a vampire. The practical effects are phenomenal and the film does a great job showing bits and pieces of the monster, but is able to save the best for last.
6. 'Hellraiser': Cenobites
The Cenobites from #Hellraiser are beings from another dimension that seek out those who are looking for carnal experiences, led by their leader, Pinhead. While hideous-looking, the Cenobites aren't even shown until about halfway through the movie. However when they do show up, they will give any viewer nightmares. The make-up effects are top notch, including all of the body-horror scenes.
Though they aren’t in the movie very long, their presence is still felt throughout the film. This scene is the first time viewers get a taste of what the Cenobites offer because, according to Pinhead, they enjoy tearing souls apart.
5. 'Tremors': Grabloids
The only comedy-horror film to make this list, #Tremors is one of my all-time favorite monster movies because it’s just pure fun. Giant worm-like creatures that live under the ground threaten the folks living in the tiny desert town of Perfection, Nevada.
The moment that shows the entire creature for the very first time is when Val and Earl are attacked by a graboid while riding their horses. Fortunately, the lead characters are able to escape unharmed as the creature ends up killing itself by running straight into a wall. It was something to see the full length of the graboid shooting out of the ground. The line “FUUUUCCCKKK YOU!!!” coming from the mouth of Kevin Bacon could not have been sweeter.
4. 'Jaws': The Great White Shark
Talk about a movie with production problems. Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece became such a headache that the film was almost never made. The mechanical shark had so much trouble working while submerged in water that Spielberg was forced to shorten the appearances of the infamous great white shark. Little did Spielberg and company know that it actually worked to the benefit of the movie and has since become arguably one of the greatest monster movies, let alone films, ever made.
Other than the dorsal fin, viewers really don’t get to witness the humongous shark until later in the movie. #StevenSpielberg teases us throughout the movie and waits toward the very end to show us how massive this shark truly is. This shot works well because it also adds a bit of sarcastic humor to it with Roy Scheider's famous line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
3. 'The Thing': The Thing
John Carpenter’s masterpiece stars Kurt Russell and his band of arctic explorers who are sent to a Norwegian camp in search for answers after other explorers were found dead at the site. What the team ends up finding here is something beyond human explanation. It's spawned countless theories and homages.
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Though the creature takes on many forms throughout the film, the very first encounter we have with this creature is when it consumes one of the dogs. The other dogs knew something wasn’t right with one of their brethren and it makes for a very chilling scene. This is the first reveal for audiences and it only gets worse from here. As you can see from the clip above, it is extremely gory and utilizes many body-horror scenes throughout the film.
2. 'Alien': The Xenomorph
Ridley Scott’s #Alien combined science-fiction and horror to make one of the greatest films of all time. To me, Alien presents itself as more of a horror movie, and boy, does it deliver. Sure, the first time we actually see the creature is in the infamous chest-burster scene, however the first time we see the xenomorph in its adult form is the scene above.
As with Jaws, Alien does not show the alien often. But when the monster is shown, it is absolutely horrifying. This scene shows up close how nasty the xenomorph's appearance is. Not only does it camouflage itself in its surroundings, it's also able to move with preternatural speed, killing the crew quickly. The creature also has an extra mouth within its own mouth and can rip through human flesh in an instant. #AlienCovenant, the fifth movie in the Alien franchise, it set to be in theaters next year.
1. 'Predator': The Predator
Arguably one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (Dutch) greatest films, Predator takes place in a jungle located somewhere in South America. His team is tasked with rescuing a few hostages while having to tear through plenty of enemies in the process.
Little do they know that their team is being hunted by a ravenous creature that kills for sport and collects human skulls as trophies. The Predator is hidden for most of the film as it uses a cloaking device, but the final fight between Dutch and the monster is truly epic. The creature finally takes off his mask, showing the shockingly creepy look of the Predator. It’s a great scene and is capped off with Arnold’s perfect response: “You are one ugly mothafucker.”
A brand new Predator movie directed by Shane Black is in the works but will be different than the original film. Hopefully this movie will stay true to the Predator lore.
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