Horror movie monsters that eat the living
By Cazzy Lewchuk, Opinions Editor
Many horror movies (and real life events) demonstrate that humans are the real monsters. But sometimes, the source of the scariness is an actual monster. It could be a slightly-altered human that sucks your blood, or it could be a completely unrecognizable creature. Whatever it is, these entities make for great villains in these flicks.
In deep space, the crew of the Nostromo stumbles upon an abandoned planet containing only a dead alien and dozens of eggs. One of the eggs hatches and attacks a crew member—but the resulting offspring is even more disgusting and terrifying as it stalks the crew one by one. There are few things more iconic than this franchise and the titular alien, and it’s regarded as one of the best horror and sci-fi films ever made.
30 Days of Night (2007)
The small town of Barrow, Alaska, is isolated and northern enough that it goes through a whole month of darkness each year. What fun activities will the townsfolk do throughout the night? Mostly running away and being slaughtered by a coven of bloodthirsty European vampires.
Troll 2 (1990)
A family takes a trip to the peaceful small town of Nilbog (spell it backwards for a clue of where this is going). Despite the title, there are no actual trolls featured in this movie—only many goblins. I’m recommending it not for the scare factor, but for the ridiculousness; Troll 2 is literally considered one of the worst movies ever made, featuring the famously terrible “Oh my gooooood!” As the horror sequences become more and more bizarre, high levels of alcohol are recommended if you’re truly brave enough to watch this.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The less you know going into this one, the more you’ll enjoy it. Written and produced by Joss Whedon of Buffy and Firefly fame, it follows five college kids who head up to a cabin in the woods for the weekend and quickly get more than they bargained for. To say anything else would ruin the experience, but let’s just say it’s not your typical horror movie.
It was a game changer not just for horror, but for the entire movie industry. Over 40 years later, we’re still afraid to go into the water. There are a lot of shark movies, but none compare to the original horror of a great white terrorizing a small town. Enhanced by great performances and the element of surprise (you don’t actually get to see the shark until an hour in), this movie is considered a genuine classic.
The Mist (2007)
Suspenseful and psychologically thrilling, this one is based on a short story from master of horror Stephen King. After a storm, a group of people are stuck in a supermarket due to a thick mist trapping them inside. Things only get worse when many mysterious and terrifying monsters start trying to get in. If the outright creature danger isn’t enough, the trapped begin to turn on each other and even consider sacrifices to fight these beings.