The List: Top 10 scariest creatures in movies and television

Actor Boris Karloff in 1931's "Frankenstein." (Associated Press)Actor Boris Karloff in 1931’s “Frankenstein.” (Associated Press)
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With the Halloween upon us, the List this week looks at some of the scariest creatures on screen that haunt our dreams long after the movie has come to an end. Remember to leave the light on and look under your bed.

  • 10. Freddy Krueger, “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984) — With his witty lines and limber frame, actor Robert Englund, the black heart of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, turned what should have been another slasher monster into something that rose above its genre limitations.
  • 9. Godzilla, “Godzilla” (1954) — This Japanese movie monster originally called “Gojira,” first appeared in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 film. The prehistoric, reptilian behemoth, woken from its prehistoric slumber, possibly by a H-bomb test, made stomping on Tokyo its specialty act. The creature moved awkwardly, and looked like it had been made on a shoestring budget, but it caught our imagination. The monster became so popular it has its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 8. Daleks, “Dr. Who” (1963) — The Daleks must be the all-time scariest villains in the British series “Doctor Who.” The introduction of the Daleks, who exterminated people with laser rays to the cries of “Exterminate!,” made the show a hit and gave nightmares to children. The mechanical monsters with a strange lizard-like interior, first appeared in December 1963 on the sci-fi show that is still running. Peter Cushing played Dr. Who in two Dalek films.
  • 7. Jason Voorhees, “Friday the 13th” (1980) — The supernatural scourge, characterized by trademark props: a hockey goalie’s mask to shield a disfigured face and a machete, has stalked and killed endless characters in 12 films to date.
  • 6. Brundlefly, “The Fly” (1986) — In the superior 1986 remake of the 1958 horror classic Jeff Goldblum plays Seth Brundle, a scientist who accidentally transforms into a giant insect when a fly enters his teleportation machine. Brundle becomes an acid-spitting grotesque and disgusting monster.
  • 5. Mr. Hyde, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1931) — Fredric March’s intense interpretation of the infamous titular schizophrenic netted the actor his first Academy Award. His transformation to Mr. Hyde is one of the best in movie history. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, this is a seminal version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s oft-filmed tale with a feverish urgency and atmosphere galore.
  • 4. Frankenstein’s Monster, “Frankenstein” ( 1931) — Boris Karloff didn’t have high-tech effects or splashy makeup. He made do with some neck bolts and a raised hairline to create the ultimate monster icon and the greatest Frankenstein monster of all time.
  • 3. Count Orlok, “Nosferatu” (1922) — Max Schreck portrayed history’s scariest and nastiest vampire Count Orlok, in the 1922 silent film “Nosferatu.” The wrath, skeletal, spidery and repulsive Count Orlok was the prototype for all blood suckers that followed. He possessed a silhouette that justified a shriek.
  • 2. The Thing, “The Thing” (1982) — An extraterrestrial with the ability to transform into any creature it kills with gory effect, wreaks havoc on a chilly Antarctica research station in John Carpenter’s 1982 cult horror classic. The errily, remote and claustrophobic nature of the location made the entrance of this monster extra scary. The prolonged tension and paranoia as the monsters victims await  their fate with give you the ultimate shivers.
  • 1. The Alien (Xenomorph), “Alien” (1979) — In space no one can hear you scream. This terrifying creature that director Ridley Scott dreamed up rewrote the books on alien monsters forever. This alien organism  infiltrates the spaceship Nostromo where it incubates inside human bodies. It drooled and slithered with sexual suggestiveness over our female hero Sigourney Weaver, until she sends into kingdom come in one of the most satisfying kills ever on the silver screen. 

Source: The Washington Times

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