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!

The Top Ten

1 The Xenomorph The Xenomorph

They mostly come out at night. Mostly...

Extremely creepy. - Tia-Harribel

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

No one an hear you SCREAM!

2 Pale Man Pale 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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3 Frankenstein's Monster Frankenstein'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

4 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 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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5 Count Orlock (Nosferatu) Count 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

The moment in spongebob was funny - maloneyscott

6 Pennywise The Clown (It) 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 more.
7 Candyman
8 The Wolf Man (1942)

Still love the B & W's. Lon Chaney Jr. Was great!

9 Zombies (Night Of The Living Dead) Zombies (Night Of The Living Dead)
10 Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) Freddy 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).

Freddy Krueger is my personal favorite. A nightmare on elm street is my favorite movie.

The Contenders

11 The Predator

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

12 Jaws Jaws

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

13 Brundlefly Brundlefly

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

14 Killer Klowns From Outer Space
15 Neomorph Neomorph
16 The 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

17 Dracula (1931)

He should be higher on the list

18 Gremlins

Yes, but they are so cute! Have you seen Mohawk? He's epic! - RedTheGremlin

19 Chucky (Child's Play) Chucky (Child's Play) Charles Lee Ray is a fictional character and the titular antagonist of the Child's Play horror film series.
20 Creature From The Black Lagoon
21 Clover

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

22 David 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

23 Velociraptors (Jurassic Park)
24 Freddy Krueger Freddy Krueger 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).

So scary he had to appear twice

25 The Mummy (1932)
26 Slappy the Dummy

Really creepy. He has the ability to escape the book himself in Goosebumps.

27 Godzilla Godzilla Godzilla is a giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.
28 The Indominus Rex
29 Doomsday (Batman vs. Superman) Doomsday (Batman vs. Superman) Doomsday is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually depicted as an adversary of Superman.

Doomsday is not scary (maybe a bit)

30 Michael Myers Michael Myers Michael Myers is a character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween as a young boy who murders his older sister, then fifteen years later returns home to murder more teenagers.
31 Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees is a character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees.
32 Trantor (Ernest Scared Stupid)
33 Weeping Angel

Holy cow, I've never seen anything scarier! Doctor Who's weeping angels are incredibly fast statues that oh, by the way, move towards you when you're not looking. When they get close enough, they bare their fangs and scare the absolute crap out of you before sending you back in time. However, the weeping angels have been known to kill people by snapping their necks. Definitely the scariest Dr. Who monster, and arguably the scariest movie/T.V. show monster ever!

34 Giant Ants (Them!)
35 Valak (The Conjuring 2)
36 Pumpkinhead
37 Graboid
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Top Remixes

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


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