What happened to monster movies? I mean the good, old fashioned monster movies with the two cent graphics and awesome, cheesy fight scenes. I love watching films like King Kong, The Mummy and Frankenstein from the 1930s. They are classics. Of course, the 1950s brought us Godzilla who still reigns supreme in my book as far as monsters go. We also had The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The 1960s brought us The Day of the Triffids. This is one of my personal gems. I know that most people hate The Day of the Triffids.
In modern times, and I am being desperate calling movies from the 1980s modern, we do not have much in the way of good monster movies. Outside of Swamp Thing and Q: The Winged Serpent, there was nothing much to write home about. For all of the cheese that 80s horror was known for, cheesy monster movies were very uncommon.
In this decade, we really only had films like Pitch Black, The Host, The Mist and Cloverfield. With The Mist and Cloverfield, I really expected a resurgence of old fashioned monster movies, but no such luck.
I miss the good old times of sitting back on a Saturday afternoon and watching some horribly cheesy monster film and falling in love with a giant centipede, and I am not talking about a centipede of the human variety either. I was never one that frequented drive-ins, not because I would not have cared to, but I really just never had the opportunity. I feel sad when I hear great stories about people necking in drive-in theaters watching enormous ants destroying plastic towns.
I wonder if there really is an audience for something like this any more. I am sure that they would need a hook to go along with the monster though. Cloverfield had the found-footage angle and it worked out well for the film’s popularity. The Mist is a highly underrated film that most people could not stand. I guess that I just answered my own question. Sadly, there is just not a market for it. Hey, how about a monster movie in 3D? I would be there for that.