Written by Yara
Gather around children, it’s time for tales of fantastic and horrendous creatures. Lock the doors, make sure there’s nothing under your bed or inside the closet; cover the mirrors and open your eyes to see the marvelous beings that I bring to you today.
Since there are so many different and special creatures in the world, I focused on those who only exist in their own universe and on those who, for some reason, are just too amazing to go unnoticed. Therefore, famous vampires, werewolves, mermaids, fairies and others were ruled out.
So sit back and let yourself be amazed with my collection of wonders.
- Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
[SMALL SPOILER AHEAD]
One of Andy Serkis amazing creatures, Caesar is the chimpanzee that will start the very well-known ape revolution against humans. Andy Serkis did an unparalleled work bringing this character to life, the eyes, the movements and all the subtle facial expressions are a treat to audience. The moment Caesar speaks for the first time gave me chills that ran from my toe to the last strand of hair. A charismatic and unique creature.
- Gozer from Ghostbusters (1984)
Gozer the Gozerian or Gozer the Destructor (this last one is reserved for friends only), is the first and most interesting menace faced by New York’s Ghostbusters. This is an ancient and maleficent entity whose primary goal is death and destruction; this malignant force terrorized New York as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man… Truly scarry.
- Kaiju from Pacific Rim (2013)
These monstrosities emerged from a rift in the ring of fire of the Pacific Ocean and terrorized humanity; the solution for this problem was the creation of giant mechas (super robots) to fight against these beasts. Made in different shapes and sizes, Kaiju are enormous creatures made of giant teeth, claws, acid and fluorescent colours that will make even the tightest jaw drop.
- King Kong (1933)
One of the most well-known beast of the seventh art, King Kong is a gigantic prehistoric ape that is brought to civilization to amuse end entertain humans. This creature and this film are considered a ground-breaking achievement in the world of cinema, introducing significant animation techniques and aesthetic.
- Smaug from The Hobbit trilogy (2012 – 2014)
A ginormous red dragon with Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice. Do you still need more?
Smaug, the stupendous, the tyrannical is one of Middle Earth’s greatest calamities, a greedy and violent beast responsible for many acts of destruction. He expelled the dwarves from Erebor taking the mountain’s vast treasure as booty.
A mesmerizing creature that had one of my friends saying “I think this dragon just popped my cherry”.
- The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
One of the creepiest most incredible creatures to ever appear on a screen. The Pale Man is one of Ofelia’s antagonist in Guillermor Del Toro’s Pan’s Labytinth; he is an evil entity that has an appetite for fairies and small children, a terrifying and hypnotizing creature that will haunt every corner of your mind.
- Godzilla (1954)
Very much like King Kong, Godzilla is an icon of films and pop culture in general. This creature appeared in a series of tokusatsus (Japanese term for sci-fi, fantasy and horror films that demand a great deal of special effects) that later would conquer the word. Godzilla can be considered one of the primary ancestral of all gigantic beasts that now invade our screens. Without Godzilla, there would be no such thing as the number 8 on this list; by the way, fun fact: “kaiju” is a Japanese term for “strange beast”, Godzilla is a kaiju but the Kaiju from Pacific Rim are not a Godzilla… Only Godzilla is Godzilla. I love Godzilla.
- Gollum from The Lord of the Rings series (2001 – 2003) and The Hobbit (2013)
A tormented and charismatic personality also portrayed by the amazing Andy Serkis. Gollum was a Stoor (a type of hobbit), a gentle soul that was corrupted by the power of the One Ring and forced to be haunted by its presence and absence for the rest of his life. He is no longer a being, he became a creature like no other. This heart-breaking character also became a famous pop culture icon that will never be forgotten.
- Frankenstein’s Monster from Frankenstein (1938)
Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s novel, this movie introduced to humanity one the most famous and tragic creatures of cinema. Brought to life by my beloved Boris Karloff, Frankenstein’s monster is a tortured character that oscillates from tenderness and the most sweet spirit, to violent outbursts generated by its afflicted existence. A poor creature victim of the greediness of others.
Before I introduce you to the top creature, I would like to also honor these other incredible beings: The Predator, The Balrog, The Great White Shark, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The T-Rex.
- Xenomorph from the Alien series (1986 – 2012)
On the top of the list we have this complex and extremely creative creature. The xenomorph species made its first appearance in Ridley Scott’s Alien (1986), according to the character Ash, the xenomorph is “the perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility”. This extraterrestrial endoparasite evolves in different cycles (one creepier than the other) and is one of the deadliest creatures that ever dare to make contact with humans, or that humans ever dared to make contact with. The xenomorph is not only an alien monster that kills indiscriminately, this is a superior species with agility, speed and one of the most complex and tenacious intelligences. Its design shows a slender figure combined with oblong shapes and hard edges, a very elegant figure.
Elegant and deadly, there is no better combination.
Well that’s it!
What are your thoughts about this list? Did I miss any amazing creature?
See you next time!
Please, bring coffee.