Movie monsters are as important a part of fiction as even starlets or leading men. The word monster is derived from the Latin ‘Monstrare’ which means to show (also linked to the word ‘demonstrate’). A good movie monster can show you your fears made flesh, and create a feeling of uneasiness that’s deeply rooted in the resulting response from your psyche.
Usually – not always though, especially nowadays – monster movies need to have some sort of satisfactory ending, which is to say, the plot and the story have to both be resolved in some comprehendible way. Any monster must be given an appropriate weakness, which the characters can then exploit in order to bring about its destruction and end the movie.
But sometimes, a monster comes along that in reality you just would not be able to stop, contain or destroy – however, the principals of film still apply, and even these monsters are usually given appropriate weaknesses, which allow them to be dispatched in time for the credits.
I had a look back over my film-consumption history at some of the monsters that would have wreaked untold havoc on our world, should they ever find themselves existing for realz. Thankfully though, this article is entirely hypothetical. If there were the possibility of anything in this list suddenly sharing our Earth, I wouldn’t be writing right now, I’d be out buying lots of guns and ammunition.
So let’s get to it shall we?