Top 10 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!
The Top Ten
1 The Xenomorph (Alien) The Alien (also known as a Xenomorph XX121 or Internecivus raptus, or simply a xenomorph) is a fictional extraterrestrial species that serves as the title antagonist of the Alien film series.

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 beautifully scary.

If I watch the movie, I would have been having nightmares because I have xenophobia.

They mostly come out at night. Mostly...

2 The Thing (The 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 is basically 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.

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

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

3 Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth)

Guillermo del Toro's disturbing fantasy film, 'Pan's 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". Honestly, it is his scene that steals the show. We watch as the blind creature, who 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, it's gross, but it's awesome.

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.

4 Frankenstein's Monster (Frankenstein) Frankenstein's Monster often referred to as "Frankenstein" is a fictional character who first appeared in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein as a monster brought to life by his creator Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein's Monster would later become a pop culture icon featured in various media with his most iconic portrayal by Boris Karloff in the 1931 film Frankenstein.

At the foundation of this list is the undeniable king of 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.

5 Count Orlok (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.

Yes, this is scary. I saw the episode Graveyard Shift. So funny, and it came back in the Night Patty, so creepy and weird. I loved it.

6 Pennywise the Clown (It) It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of the novel, its 2017 film adaptation and the 1990 TV adaptation. It was portrayed to be a shapeshifting and malevolent entity millions (possibly billions) of years old, and with no exact gender or solid identity; thus why it is called "IT". ...read more.
7 Freddy Krueger (A 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).

Freddy Krueger is my personal favorite. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is my favorite movie.

8 Candyman (Candyman)
9 Jaws (Jaws)

While a shark is as 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.

Dude, it's a shark. It's not that scary.

It seems so real. It lurks in the deep, dark waters like real sharks. It comes close and looks scary.

10 The Predator (Predator) The Predator is a fictional extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, characterized by its trophy hunting of other species for sport.

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

The Contenders
11 The Wolf Man (The Wolf Man, 1942)
12 Godzilla (Godzilla) Godzilla is a giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.
13 King Kong (King Kong) King Kong is a giant movie monster, resembling a colossal ape, that has appeared in various media since 1933. The character first appeared in the 1933 film King Kong, which received universal acclaim upon its initial release and re-releases.
14 Brundlefly (The Fly)

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-fly 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, it's safe to say that it's 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.

15 Zombies (Night of the Living Dead)
16 Chucky (Child’s Play) Charles Lee Ray is a fictional character and the titular antagonist of the Child's Play horror film series.
17 Dracula (Dracula, 1931)

Dracula is a vampire. So, he is scary.

18 Killer Klowns (Killer Klowns from Outer Space)
19 Neomorph (Alien: Covenant)
20 The Babadook (The Babadook)
21 Damien Thorn (The Omen) Damien Thorn is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of The Omen franchise. He is the Antichrist and the son of the Devil.
22 Giant Ants (Them!)
23 Pazuzu (The Exorcist) Pazuzu is a fictional character who is the main antagonist in The Exorcist horror novels and film series, created by William Peter Blatty.
24 Gmork (The NeverEnding Story)
25 The Creepshow Crate Monster (Creepshow)

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 kid's movie by any means.

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