FILM FUSIANS TOP 6 MONSTERS IN FILM

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Yet another ill defined category.

Are we to consider Charlize Theron's portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in 2003's MONSTER?

Albeit 1975's JAWS was a savage beast, this was merely a piece of nature.

Also, monsters should be from earth, lest they land on a Top Alien list.. sorry 1979's ALIEN and 1956 & 1978's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

A transformative event (medical or atomic) could create a monster, alas the presence of Gina Davis forces exclusion of 1986's THE FLY.

Further, in the case of Monster Franchises, only the first instance of the Monster may be considered. As was the case with Jason Vorhees, unimaginative writers inexplicably converted him from a madman to some sort of immortal.
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1.
The Slime People (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
After Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters, a small group of people must fight for survival in the deserted metropolis. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Hutton
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Giant Ants and men from Mars aren't LA's Only invaders, ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
2.
Day the World Ended (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
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Early post apocalyptic flick, and the screen debut of Mannix ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
3.
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific expedition to Antarctica discovers unusual tree specimens. When specimens are shipped out for further study... (87 mins.)
Director: Michael A. Hoey
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I fisrt caught this gem on KHJ Channel 9 ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
4.
The Mole People (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia. (77 mins.)
Director: Virgil Vogel
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Classic Universal Monster Flick, featuring Beaver's dad in one of his few leading roles. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
5.
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. (75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
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It's the RADAR, stupid ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
6.
The Blob (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
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7.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
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Always been a fan of the B&W monster fare from the Universal Backlog. If you look closely at the shot composition, Sir Steven was also a fan. This is the first one I recall actually startling me...

Excited to finally see this one, it ramped up a little slow (for a middle of the night viewing) but then the archaeologist exposed the claw protruding from the clay, a cheap 3D effect, but with the rising musing, very effective. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
8.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
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9.
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community. (77 mins.)
Director: John Sherwood
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One of my favorite Universal Monster Flicks, very inventive invading rocks! ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
10.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
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11.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
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12.
Tremors (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Underwood
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13.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
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Great Great Film, but does not qualify for this list due to the "Not of this Earth" Factor as described in the premise. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
14.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
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Great Great Film, but does not qualify for this list due to the "Not of this Earth" Factor as described in the premise. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
15.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
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Great Great Film, but does not qualify for this list due to the "Just an Animal Doing Its Thing" Factor as described in the premise. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
16.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
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Who's to say it didn't happen like this? Not much different than a pile of stone tables, gold plate, virgins or firm water... Unfortunately this film features the inspiration for Jar Jar Binks in that God damn owl Bubo. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
17.
Them! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
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18.
Cloverfield (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
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Great Great Film, but does not qualify for this list due to the "Not of this Earth" Factor as described in the premise. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
19.
Robot Monster (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter. (66 mins.)
Director: Phil Tucker
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Classic Bad Film, but does not qualify for this list due to the "Not of this Earth" Factor as described in the premise. ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
20.
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Sekely
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21.
Swamp Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
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22.
The Monster Squad (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
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Starring the "Voice" of the Oscars ” - BarryFromOmaha
 
23.
Q (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is. (93 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
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24.
Monster (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
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25.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
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Great Great Film, but does not qualify for this list due to the "Just an Animal Doing Its Thing" Factor as described in the premise. ” - BarryFromOmaha