Underrated Movie Monsters That Are Even More Disturbing Than The Big Bad

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Creepy movie monsters are a dime a dozen and everyone has their iconic favorite. A fun thing to ruminate on is the underrated movie monsters that end up being more memorable and frightening than the main antagonist. They may not be the primary source of fear in a film, but these ghoulies certainly get the job done and then some.

Voldemort is the main baddie in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but who isn't terrified of Aragog? Sure, Imhotep is scary enough in The Mummy, but what about those creepy-crawly scarabs? And do we even need to go into why Shelob is utter nightmare fuel when compared to the relatively nonfrightening threat of Sauron in The Return of the King? So, strap in, folks - we're gonna remind you of those secondary villains you wish you could erase from your memory.


  • All The Monsters In 'The Cabin in the Woods'
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    Who is the main villain of The Cabin in the Woods? Is it the workers of the Facility who seek to sacrifice humans for the survival of the human race? Is it the Ancient Ones who return at the end of the film to wreak havoc upon the planet? Is it actually the film's heroes who decide not to sacrifice themselves to save everyone else on Earth? Regardless of what you think on this front, it is clear the various monsters housed in the Facility are not the film's main antagonists.

    That being said, some of them are truly terrifying. Basically, every cliché horror film baddie makes an appearance, from a werewolf and a giant snake to a zombie family and a killer clown. Everyone can find something to be afraid of in the Facility's vast library of stereotypical nightmare-inducing bogeymen. Just don't go looking for the merman...

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  • Leave it to Peter Jackson to bring some harrowing monstrosities to Skull Island. In remaking the classic 1933 original in 2005 with more money than you can shake a stick at, the New Zealand-born director was free to let his imagination run wild. And, as was shown in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson has a penchant for disgusting behemoths. Though many King Kong monsters deserve a shoutout, from Arachno-claws and Deplectors to the Moonspiders and Piranhadons, there is none more terrifying than the Carnictis.

    Plenty of creepy-crawlies get their time to shine in this mid-2000s remake, but the most revolting has to be the slug-like Carnictis. These toothy worms can grow up to twice the size of your average human being and have no problem swallowing their prey in one revolting bite. Jackson sure does delight in grossing people out, huh?

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  • If given an option of watching either the original 1932 Mummy, the 1999 remake, or the 2017 Tom Cruise-starring reboot, the choice is pretty clear. The Brendan Fraser-led picture is a delightful throwback to classic adventure cinema in the vein of the Indiana Jones franchise, and that comes with the prerequisite scares. Though Arnold Vosloo's Imhotep provides some frightful imagery, he doesn't hold a candle to the army of CGI scarabs that infest the screen on a few occasions.

    If watching scarabs eat a man from the inside out doesn't give you the heebie-jeebies, we're not sure what will. The effects may look dated by today's lofty standards, but they'll still make your skin crawl.

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  • As Cloverfield is a found-footage film, you never really got all that great of a look at the massive monstrosity of Clover itself. And, really, what do you need to know about Clover? It's a kaiju destroying New York City. Bing, bang, boom. Case closed. The truly creepy subway parasites are what bad dreams are made of.

    They've got multiple eyes, a disgustingly huge mouth, and six double-jointed legs that really make you feel uneasy. They climb on walls like spiders and can leap large distances in homage to Superman. Clover may end up being the star of Cloverfield, but its subway parasites are what stick with you long after the credits have finished rolling.

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  • "G'mork" isn't the most spine-chilling name of all time. It kind of sounds like a sidekick's catchphrase from a crummy 1980s Saturday morning cartoon. You know, like a goofy talking animal gets into shenanigans on a weekly basis and always utters "G'mork!" afterward? Anyway, G'mork is a giant, chained-up wolf monster from The NeverEnding Story, and he's the kind of ghoulie you wouldn't expect to see in a kid's movie nowadays.

    With a snarling voice and large, green eyes, G'mork's time on screen was short-lived - but influential nonetheless. Thanks to The NeverEnding Story's popularity in the home video market, G'mork wormed his way into the dreams of many an '80s kid.

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  • Between the T. rex and the Velociraptors, Jurassic Park has plenty of jumpscare-worthy dinosaurs. But there is one that stands above the rest: the Dilophosaurus. Though the production team clearly took extreme liberties with the historical accuracy of this particular dino, they did so in the name of making a terrifying creature. Mission bloody-well accomplished.

    When the Dilophosaurus shrieks, spreads its multicolored frill, and spits acid, the scariest moment in a horror movie is born. Sure, Jurassic Park is not an out-and-out horror flick, but there are plenty of scares, and the Dilophosaurus is by far the freakiest animal on show. That perfect combination of weird color, painful noise, and face-melting acid makes it a true unnerving wonder.

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