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The Best Movie Monsters Of The 2010s

Updated 13 Jul 2020 6.5k votes 787 voters 20.6k views19 items

List RulesVote up the movie monsters from the past decade who will still be giving you nightmares for years to come.

From its very earliest days, cinema has been home to classic movie monsters - the Universal monsters of the '30s and '40s, the big bug movies of the '50s, the Toho classics that began in 1954 and have continued through various Godzilla designs and guest monsters all the way up to 2019's King of the Monsters. Recent movie monsters may not have had the chance to become quite as iconic as those old standbys - even with some memorable death scenes - but that doesn't mean there weren't plenty of new monsters in the 2010s worthy of going down in history.

Making a list like this requires some tough calls - and rules. To count as one of the scariest movie monsters of the 2010s, the monster in question had to have made its big-screen debut this decade. That means no vampires or werewolves, no matter how well-realized they might have been, but it also means some classic monsters of the 2010s - such as Bill Skarsgård's take on Pennywise from Andy Muschietti's two-part adaptation of Stephen King's It - didn't make the cut because they had already shown up on screen in the past. And no Godzilla, even though he's appeared in various incarnations in a number of films from both Toho and the United States this decade.

Ghosts are also excluded, even when those ghosts resembled monsters more than a little. So none of the stuff from the Conjuring universe, no red ghosts from Crimson Peak, and none of the weird, Stephen Gammell-inspired spooks of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. What did make the list are some of the most inventive, ambitious, and terrifying movie monsters of the decade.

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