Horror with practical effects & animatronics

I'm a huge fan of practical effects and monsters. While there are a ton of movies that feature CGI monsters which are quite impressive (e.g. Troll Hunter), this list is for practical effects lovers only!
Titles in no particular order - just as they come into my mind.
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1.
Progeny (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
An unsuspecting woman is impregnated by aliens who are experimenting on the human population. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
“ - aliens -
Some nice aliens ” - timojaehrling
 
2.
Spiders (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A DNA experiment on a rare breed of spider is taking place on a NASA space shuttle, when a freak meteor shower engulfs the shuttle... (94 mins.)
Director: Gary Jones
“ - spiders -
schlockfest for creature freaks - nice practical spiders and corpses ” - timojaehrling
 
3.
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 life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ - aliens -
do I really have to lose words on this? ” - timojaehrling
 
4.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ - aliens -
awesome as ever - effects done by ADI :) ” - timojaehrling
 
5.
Alien³ (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ - aliens -
Giger ftw ;) ” - timojaehrling
 
6.
Alien Resurrection (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
“ - aliens -
and again superb FX ” - timojaehrling
 
7.
Leviathan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret. (98 mins.)
“ - sea monster -
totally underrated underwater horror with some really cool effects ” - timojaehrling
 
8.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ - aliens -
I just have to include this - FX done by Amalgamated Dynamics! ” - timojaehrling
 
9.
The Relic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ - mystical creature -
sometimes CGI but the practicals are quite spectacular ” - timojaehrling
 
10.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain, are attacked by a werewolf, that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ - werewolves -
the transformation scene will always stand out as one of the best animatronics ever to be seen on the screen ” - timojaehrling
 
11.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ - aliens -
You may think what you like about the story - the effects are impressive nonetheless ” - timojaehrling
 
12.
eXistenZ (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. (97 mins.)
“ - human mutation -
minor but cool practicals ” - timojaehrling
 
13.
Lifeforce (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace. (116 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ - aliens/human mutation -
quite trippy movie; brutal in its genre and time ” - timojaehrling
 
14.
Phantoms (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning. (96 mins.)
Director: Joe Chappelle
“ - aliens/generic non-humanoid -
aah the 90s :) ” - timojaehrling
 
15.
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ - insectoids -
yes, yes and yes! one word: superb! absolutely astonishing animatronics ” - timojaehrling
 
16.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
“ - human mutations -
Cronenberg classic ” - timojaehrling
 
17.
Communion (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances... (107 mins.)
Director: Philippe Mora
“ - aliens -
strange movie with... interesting SFX ” - timojaehrling
 
18.
Creature (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
In the back country of Louisiana, a group of friends unearth a terrible secret that unleashes a monster from the depths of the swamp. (93 mins.)
Director: Fred M. Andrews
“ - generic monster -
yes it's a teenie slasher but the monster looks cool ” - timojaehrling
 
19.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ - werewolves -
lesser-known werewolf movie ” - timojaehrling
 
20.
The Faculty (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
“ - aliens/human mutation -
classic 90s SciFi horror ” - timojaehrling
 
21.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ - vampires/mutants -
Will always have a special place in SFX-lovers' hearts ” - timojaehrling
 
22.
The Fly (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
“ - human mutations -
The last scene is a beautiful beautiful SFX fest - as gritty as Cronenberg can get. ” - timojaehrling
 
23.
Grabbers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Wright
“ - aliens/sea monsters -
Surprise of the year 2012. Mix between practical and CGI. ” - timojaehrling
 
24.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ - miscalleneous mutation -
Nothing will EVER come even close to this masterpiece of practical effects. Its SFX in all its beautiful gory glory and will always be the high end of what's possible without any CGI!!! ” - timojaehrling
 
25.
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.)
“ - shark -
How could one forget the all-time classic from Spielberg. Hasn't lost
any of its charm and gets me in awe every time. ” - timojaehrling
 
26.
Splinter (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still-living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. (82 mins.)
Director: Toby Wilkins
“ - misc mutation -
sometimes less is more - as this underground-ish flick shows. The
"monster" itself is CGI but the gory rest is practical ” - timojaehrling
 
27.
Minotaur (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Long ago in the Iron Age, a shadow loomed over a lonely village. For generations, the village youths... (93 mins.)
“ - mystical creature -
B-movie but astounding practicals ” - timojaehrling
 
28.
Mimic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind. (105 mins.)
“ - insectoid -
Afraid of roaches? Don't watch this. ;) ” - timojaehrling
 
29.
Piranha 3D (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. (88 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ - sea monster -
the piranhas are CGI but there are plenty of limbs and half-eaten bodies to be gazed upon ” - timojaehrling
 
30.
The Ruins (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins. (90 mins.)
Director: Carter Smith
“ - plants -
some of the heftiest gore scenes of the last decade! ” - timojaehrling
 
31.
Slither (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters. (95 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ - misc mutation/alien -
sometimes CGI but the latex parts are really entertaining ” - timojaehrling
 
32.
Species (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human. (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ - alien -
no transformation scenes but the the transformed Sil is breathtaking - design by H.R.Giger ” - timojaehrling
 
33.
Species II (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
An astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars and runs amok on earth. Preston and Laura team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down. (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ - alien -
not as good as the first one but the effects are nice, though sometimes CGI ” - timojaehrling
 
34.
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ - zombies -
What, you haven't seen it yet? Then DO IT NOW! ” - timojaehrling
 
35.
Bad Taste (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ - mutants/misc gore -
Peter Jackson came a loooong way till the LotR trilogy. ;) ” - timojaehrling
 
36.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ - zombies -
what should I say ” - timojaehrling
 
37.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ - zombies -
Fulci's classic splatter fest ” - timojaehrling
 
38.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ - zombies -
a remake that holds up to its promise ” - timojaehrling
 
39.
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ - misc gore -
the bloody intro scene sets the mood for this gory Aja. ” - timojaehrling
 
40.
The Barrens (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A man takes his family on a camping trip and becomes convinced they are being stalked by the legendary monster of the New Jersey Pine Barrens: the Jersey Devil. (94 mins.)
“ - mythological creature -
Only seen in the last scene - but oh my god is it cool! ” - timojaehrling
 
41.
Cabin Fever (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. (93 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ - misc gore / human mutation -
A lonely cabin and a flesh eating parasite and the fun begins ” - timojaehrling
 
42.
Planet Terror (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ - human mutations / zombies -
Here's to the 80s ” - timojaehrling
 
43.
From Beyond (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms. (86 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ - human mutation -
Another classic 80s horror movie. Reminds me a bit of Hellraiser 2. ” - timojaehrling
 
44.
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ - human mutation -
Transition from Skeleton to skinless to full body nicely done. ” - timojaehrling
 
45.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
“ - human mutation -
The cenobites just look cool. ” - timojaehrling
 
46.
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Hickox
“ - human mutation -
Cool as ever. ” - timojaehrling
 
47.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ - dinosaurs -
The T-Rex is a 2 ton animatronic, the raptors are stunt guys in suits. That's why they both look astonishing. Effects by ADI! ” - timojaehrling
 
48.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island. (92 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ - dinosaurs -
The movie is quite bad story-wise but the Spinosaurus is a huge animatronic and looks spectacular. Effects once again by ADI. ” - timojaehrling
 
49.
Backcountry (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam MacDonald
“ - creature, survival -
Puppet only seen briefly and with shaky camera but nice nevertheless. Apart from that: One gloriously mauled corpse! ” - timojaehrling
 
50.
Graveyard Shift (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement. (89 mins.)
“ - creature -
One glorious (!) huge mutant rat. ” - timojaehrling
 
51.
Cradle of Fear (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A gruesome homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, Cradle of Fear unfolds four screamplays all linked... (120 mins.)
Director: Alex Chandon
“ - creature -
One mutant spider-baby exiting through the stomach? Lots of classic gore? Yes, please! ” - timojaehrling
 
52.
Basket Case (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. (91 mins.)
“ - mutation -
This mutant will be forever in our hearts. Partly because of the cheap rubber puppet. ” - timojaehrling
 
53.
The Green Inferno (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished. (100 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ - gore -
Lots of cannibal gore with one nice dissection. ” - timojaehrling
 
54.
Holidays (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
HOLIDAYS is an anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time by challenging our folklore, traditions and assumptions. (105 mins.)
“ - creature -
One uhm... Zombie Easterbunny-Jesus... ” - timojaehrling
 
55.
Lord of Illusions (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult... (109 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ - mutation -
The dark lord at the end is worth the watch. ” - timojaehrling
 
56.
Nekromantik (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him. (75 mins.)
“ - corpse -
The most unusual menage-a-trois in film history. Nothing for the faint-hearted. ” - timojaehrling
 
57.
The ABCs of Death (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty. (129 mins.)
“ - body gore -
Watch "X is for XXL" at 1:41:56 and you'll be rewarded. ” - timojaehrling
 
58.
The Blob (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
“ - mutation/creature -
Till this day I'm confused as to how they actually did a moving gelatinous mass... Amazed at the same time. Must-see movie! ” - timojaehrling