Top Ten Scariest Movie Monsters

So often the perfect ingredient in a good (typically cheesy) horror movie is a fantastically monstrous beast on the prowl for blood. This list compiles the best scary movie monsters ever to terrorize teens on the screen!

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1The Xenomorph

They mostly come out at night. Mostly...

The 'Alien' franchise has held itself together pretty well (if you excuse the 3rd and 4th movies) in terms of remaining popular all these years (the first movie came out in 1979). You can probably give thanks to this freaky-looking thing for the series' success. He's big, he's black, he's boney, he's big-headed, he's double-mouthed, and he's absolutely disgusting to look at. That's what makes him beautiful... Ly scary. - BKAllmighty

2Frankenstein's Monster

At the foundation of this list is the undeniable king of the scary movie monsters, ol' Franky. Throughout the many adaptations of Mary Shelley's brilliantly creepy tale, one incarnation stands out. This monster would likely have never reached the peak of its popularity if not for Boris Karloff's iconic portrayal of the big green brute. He manages to remain unsettling and disturbing to this day, some 80+ years later. - BKAllmighty

3The Thing

I am referring to the title character that is featured in John Carpenter's 1982 film and its 2011 prequel. It doesn't really have a solidified appearance that we know of since it basically is only ever seen in the form of some other living creature. But when it starts to transform, YUCK. This nasty little piece of work deserves top marks for being equal parts nasty, badass, and horrifying. - BKAllmighty

The scariest thing about The Thing is that it could be anyone...

This creature would give the Xenomorph a run for its money.

I can't even explain how creepy this guy is. It's a good thing he's not real.

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4Pale Man

Guillermo del Toro's disturbing fantasy film, 'Pans Labyrinth' (2006) will likely go down in history as one of the great fantasy movies of its generation (for the practical effects, alone). What truly stands out among the crowd of amazing visuals is the "Pale Man". It is his scene that steals the show, honestly. We watch as the blind creature (he has no eye sockets) picks up a pair of eyeballs and places them within sockets that he has in the center of his hands. He then positions his hands over his face so that he can look around (I am shivering typing this, it creeps me out so much). Honestly, its gross, buts its awesome. - BKAllmighty

Guillermo del Toro's 2006 disturbing fantasy film, 'Pan's Labyrinth' will likely go down in history as a classic movie (for its special effects alone). It's got brilliant set pieces, an interesting story, wonderful makeup effects, and this thing. Easily the most memorable moment in the entire film, the "Pale Man", who doesn't have eye sockets, picks up two eyeballs and places them within sockets that are located at the center of each palm. And then he uses them to look around (I'm shivering right now, typing this). He's petrifyingly scary. Enough said. - BKAllmighty

You know, if I was Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth, I think I would have squished those eyeballs as a precaution to keep that monster from chasing me while looking with his hands. Brings a whole new meaning to "hands off my bread"! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Gave me nightmares for many years when I saw him as a child.

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5Count Orlock (Nosferatu)

An almost forgotten classic character from the silent film era, Count Orlock remains one of the most frightening-looking monsters (and is easily the most frightening vampire) ever to grace the big screen. Many people around my age will probably recognize him from appearing briefly in the 'SpongeBob SquarePants' season 2 episode 'Graveyard Shift' (he appears briefly at the very end of the episode). Take one good look at him and tell me he's not terrifying. - BKAllmighty

6Zombies (Night Of The Living Dead)
7Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

While a shark is as much real as you and I, this shark is, undeniably, a monster! He doesn't stop coming, he doesn't seem to feel pain, and seeing the world through his eyes makes the human protagonists seem like insignificant insects awaiting execution from a man-eating killing machine. And that's terrifying. - BKAllmighty


In David Cronenberg's 1986 loose remake of the classic 1957 film, 'The Fly', Jeff Goldblum spends almost the entire film slowly turning into a half-man/half-human hybrid creature that he, himself, refers to as the "Brundlefly" (his character's name is Seth Brundle). I won't go into too much detail as to what happened to start this horrid transformation, but once the finished result appears on-screen its safe to say that its nothing short of an abomination. I have a hard time watching it now without chuckling slightly to myself but I definitely feel this monstrous fly-man deserves to be on this list. - BKAllmighty

10Chucky (Child's Play)Charles Lee Ray is a fictional character and the titular antagonist of the Child's Play horror film series.

The Contenders

11The Wolf Man (1942)V1 Comment
12The Creepshow Crate Monster

He's never given a proper name so this title will have to do. As you probably realize now, this beast was featured in the wonderfully camp anthology horror-comedy film, 'Creepshow' (1982). His screen time may be brief, but he sure is memorably frightful. Don't be fooled by the kitschy look and feel of the film, it's not a kids movie by any means. - BKAllmighty

13Dracula (1931)
14David Kessler's Werewolf

When one thinks of a movie werewolf, if it's not Lon Chaney Jr's 1941 version, it's probably the werewolf seen in 1981's 'An American Werewolf in London'. As poor David Kessler suffers through the film haunted by his dead friend and frightening nightly visions of he and his family being butchered by Nazi monsters, he is also spending every full moon-lit night as a massive, hairy beast of a werewolf slaughtering British locals like a kid eats M&Ms. The sequence where we really see his transformation fully happen is easily the highlight of the film but every waking moment of monster mayhem is a "feast" for the eyes (mind you, a horrifying one). - BKAllmighty

15The Predator

Any monster that can take out Arnold's entire team of strong men and almost Arnold himself, he is a darn good monster!

16Creature From The Black Lagoon

Matt Reeve's 'Cloverfield' (2008) was a refreshing return to monster movie form during a decade where these types of movies didn't really exist (we had remakes of 'Godzilla' and 'King Kong' in 1998 and 2005, respectively, but both used pre-established monsters while Clover was something new and unseen). The best thing about it was it's mysterious nature. It never really clearly showed its face over the course of the movie, although we got a good look at him once, and that was plenty enough. I always say that the scariest things in life are the things you don't (really) see. - BKAllmighty

18Velociraptors (Jurassic Park)
19Freddy KruegerFred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
20Killer Klowns From Outer Space
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Top Remixes

1. Zombies (Night Of The Living Dead)
2. Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)
3. The Xenomporph
1. Frankenstein's Monster
2. The Thing
3. The Xenomorph



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