What Happened to Monster Movies?

GodzillaWhat 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.

the-giant-gila-monsterI 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.



  • Exanimis

    Just for a little fun, be sure to watch the Lordi vedeo, Blood Red Sandman


  • What about Monsters? That came out last year, and it was not that bad. El Monstro Del Mar! was pretty fun it was a take on Kill Kill Faster Pussycat and 50’s monster films…And, The Reef, if you guys are into shark films..this is what Open Water should have been…

  • Motowntnt

    Jaws is still my all time favorite, but you can’t beat a good ol’ fashioned monster movie. My favorite Godzilla movie was Godzilla versus Mega Godzilla where he had the Japanese dog like monster fight with him and the crazy ears that went straight up. Loved it. Loved them all. Now it’s mostly slashers, vampires, and zombies. Love those too, but I’d rather see some cool monsters every now and then.

  • JJ

    As Frank said, The Host was amazing.

  • Frank – Fearshop

    The Mist and Cloverfield are in my top 50. Loved both. The Host was amazing. It’s ashame it does not get much attention. Saturday afternoon creature features were the best.

  • Nice. Good. stuff. I love Jaws. It is one of my favorites of all time. I guess that I should have included that since I included Creature from the Black Lagoon.

  • Troy

    Like yourself I miss the good ol’ creature feature. But my tastes do not run quite as far back as yours. Don’t get me wrong- the original King Kong, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla…they’re classics! But as are Jaws, Lake Placid, Deep Blue Sea. No those monsters were not trampling down Japan or some desert town in Arizona (nor was the Creature from the Black Lagoon for that matter); but they were very fine additions to the creature feature. Cloverfield was an excitingly paced film. I saw it twice opening weekend. A former co-worker said “I’m sorry” as he did not see it but also had zero desire to do so. As a kid I went to the drive-in alot to see the lastest Friday the 13th or other horror film. Last time I went was about 5 years or more and must admit it was more fun as an adult!! =)