The monster movie genre never seems to get old. While you may think that every conceivable type of monster movie has been made, it is never long before Hollywood springs a new one on us or reboots one of the classics from the past, as they recently did the new recent King Kong and Godzilla films. Not to mention the success of the Netflix original series Stranger Things – updating the classic monster genre while at the same time playing on people’s nostalgia for the ’80s.
While many monster movies over the years have ended up being a giant cheese fest (we’re looking at you, Rampage), when done right, monster movies can be great – scary, suspenseful, exciting, and even humorous. The best monster movies leave audiences wanting more. With that in mind, here are the 23 best monster movies of all time. Enjoy!
23. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Yeah, we’re starting things off with a comedy horror musical. The show started as an off-Broadway theater production, but was turned into a feature film by director Frank Oz in 1986. It also starred some big names of comedy, with Rick Moranis and Elle Greene starring, along with Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, and Bill Murray all making appearances of various importance.
The movie is about a failing flower shop in a rundown part of New York City, which is saved when Seymour (Moranis) decides to display his unique plant in the store window — a strange Venus Flytrap-like creature that is named Audrey II. Seymour soon learns that Audrey II needs human blood to survive, and makes a series of morally questionable decisions while he reaps the rewards (and attracts the romantic interest of his co-worker crush).
In the end, Audrey II grows out of control, eating people whole and threatening to take over the world when it reproduces into saplings. There are two endings — a happy one which was attached to the theatrical release and a doomsday one that was the director’s cut. Frankly, both are pretty great. Audrey II definitely earns a place on this list of great movie monsters.