Few things unite horror purists
like a loathing of CGI monsters. We may be split on whether Freddy would beat
Michael Myers or who would come out on top in an Alien vs. Jason match-up, but
one thing most aficionados of the genre can agree on is nothing compares to a monster
conjured entirely out of practical effects.
Whether it’s Rob Bottin’s ground-breaking
work on The Thing, Screaming Mad George’s phenomenal creations for Brian Yuzna’s
Society, or An American Werewolf in London’s seminal transformation scene,
nothing gets the adrenal glands pumping quite like a practically produced monster. The art form allows for more convincing movement, adds weight and depth to the
objects of our terror, and gives actors an actual physical threat to interact
At least, that’s what a lot of fans would argue. However, the plethora of
unconvincing CGI beasties plaguing the cineplex for the last two decades might
have left us all a little rose-tinted in our view of yesteryear’s movie monsters. Practical effects are often just as shoddy and comically lame as any CGI, as
the denizens haunting the VHS bargain bin and this list can attest.