Monster movies have been a staple of the horror genre since the 1930s when King Kong stepped onto the scene (or should I say, crushed the scene?). Nowadays, we have the beginning of Universal's Dark Universe with the recent Mummy reboot. Legendary Picture's Monsterverse starring Godzilla, King Kong, and a whole host of other kaiju are set to make their appearance, including Mothra and King Ghidorah. Even Guillermo del Toro got in on the action with his original story about kaiju rising from a breach in the ocean in Pacific Rim, with a sequel due out in 2018.
The last few years have given birth to a resurgence in monster movies, and therefore I think it's time to take another look at a couple of creatures that Hollywood has mostly ignored.
1. The Loch Ness Monster
The fact that a summer blockbuster movie about the Loch Ness Monster has yet to be made just seems criminal. Along with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster is perhaps one of the most popular urban myths in history. While Bigfoot has been reduced to comedy fodder (see Sasquatch Gang or Strange Wilderness) rather than a formidable foe, Nessie has maintained her mystique through the years.
Sure there has been family-friendly fare such as 1996's Loch Ness or 2007's Water Horse — and it could be argued that those were perfectly fine films about the legendary lake monster — but what about the special effects? Hollywood has come a long way in terms of CGI and practical effects in the last decade; don't we deserve to see a fully fleshed-out Loch Ness Monster in ultra HD? The last 10 years of pop culture have been sorely lacking Nessie and, other than the aforementioned films, a majority of movies about her have been straight-to-DVD or made-for-television.
Heck, Hollywood is so obsessed with multiverses these days they could even stage a crossover with the Jurassic Park franchise. What happens when a stolen plesiosaur egg ends up in a lake in Scotland? We've had plenty of movies about the dark depths of the ocean, but isn't it even scarier to think about what could be lurking in the bottom of the lake you take your kids to every weekend? That's a billion dollar script just waiting to happen.
H.P. Lovecraft's beast may as well have coined the term "legendary." It doesn't get much better than Cthulhu. He's a schema for many monsters we see today. Lovecraft has served as inspiration for countless films and monster stories. Recently, Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis is said to be using Lovecraftian inspiration for the show's upcoming final season. Plus, who can forget the Bloop conspiracy theory?
How do you make Cthulhu stand out from other monster movies? Just picture it: It's the climax of the movie and our protagonists are set to kill him and save the day by launching some nuclear weaponry into the ocean. Cthulhu rears his head and sinks into the depths of the sea and everyone celebrates his demise. Then there's bubbling on the water's surface. Suddenly, he rises up out of the water, hidden wings shooting out into a tremendous span — he can survive on land! He takes off to wreak havoc on a city.
A Cthulhu movie would certainly benefit by taking a page from Gareth Edward's Godzilla; don't show him in his full glory until the back half of the film. CGI has finally caught up to Lovecraft's vision and I think the time is ripe for a Cthulhu movie that will be equal proportions epic and scary.
OK this one I have a little bit of a harder time reconciling. As I mentioned before, Sasquatch is synonymous with humor nowadays. The only times he's really been played up as a villain is in horror B-movies. I admit, I have a hard time picturing a title screen that says "Sasquatch" in big letters and giving me chills, but that's all the more reason he needs a scary origin film done right! Maybe title it: The Secret of the Mountains or something to refrain from calling it Bigfoot: You Won't Believe How Big His Feet Got. Plus, Bigfoot has potential for the whole "gentle giant" vibe that we've seen in Godzilla and King Kong if done right. I think it really comes down to his appearance and ensuring he doesn't look low-budget.
There's a reason he's the poster child for cryptids though — he might be out there. I'm not declaring myself a Bigfoot truth-er but hey, you never know, right? He's too similar to Kong, and too humanoid to be a monster, you say? What about the Yeti? Some hikers are stranded in the snowcaps and accidentally rouse him from his hibernation. Maybe a clandestine organization was experimenting on humans and the Yeti was born from one that went terribly wrong. They couldn't kill him so they knocked him unconscious and brought him to a remote location high in the mountains hoping that he'd die or at least be miles and miles away from civilization — but he doesn't; he adapts. Attach a few big name stars and a great horror director and you've got a nail-biting suspense thriller.
I mean, who wasn't terrified of the Abominable Snow Monster in the TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as a kid?
Which of these mythical beasts would you like to see tear it up on the big screen?
What monsters do you think deserve their big break?