Regular readers of Horror Freak News know that we’re huge fans of the video lists and essays produced by our friends at WatchMojo, and one of their most recent offerings is right up our alley: Another Top 10 Scariest Movie Monsters! We were anxious to share it with you when we realized we never shared their first list of extremely scary horror movie monsters, so first thing’s first!
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Official Synopsis: For this list, we’re ranking frightening monsters from the movie worlds of horror, science fiction and other genres; those creatures that haunt our nightmares, regardless of whether they’re born monstrous, or are created through some accident or act of nature.
The Lipstick-Faces (Joseph Bishara) Demon in Insidious (2010, Directed by James Wan)
Bio: The Lipstick-Faced Demon is the main antagonist of Insidious. In the first film, it was the entity in the Further closest to capturing Dalton’s physical body. The demon lives inside a large, demonically-decorated lair behind a blood-red door in the Lambert’s attic. (Source)
Mutant Baby in Eraserhead (1977, Directed by David Lynch)
Official Synopsis: Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple’s baby turns out to be a bizarre lizard-like creature that won’t stop wailing. Other characters, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, inhabit the building and add to Henry’s troubles.
Pazuzu from The Exorcist (1973, Directed by William Friedkin)
Bio: Pazuzu is the main antagonist in The Exorcist horror novels and film series, created by William Peter Blatty. Blatty derived the character from Assyrian and Babylonian mythology, where Pazuzu was considered the king of the demons of the wind, and the son of the god Hanbi. In The Exorcist, Pazuzu appears as a demon who possesses Regan MacNeil.
Pazuzu is often depicted as a combination of animal and human parts with his right hand pointing upwards and his left hand downwards. He has the body of a man, the head of a lion or dog, eagle-like taloned feet, two pairs of wings, a scorpion’s tail, and a serpentine penis. (Source)
Pumpkinhead (Tom Woodruff Jr.) from Pumpkinhead (1988, Directed by Stan Wilson)
Bio: Pumpkinhead, also called the Demon of Vengeance or simply Vengeance, is a fictional character featured in the 1988 horror film Pumpkinhead, along with its three sequels Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud. The original creature was designed by Stan Winston, who also designed the “Alien Queen” in Aliens. Pumpkinhead was portrayed by Tom Woodruff, Jr., who also portrayed numerous other fictional monsters in films such as Aliens, in the original 1988 film and later by Mark McCracken in the sequel, although was not credited. Pumpkinhead was later portrayed by Bob Gunter in the last two sequels in 2006 and 2007 distributed by Syfy, although Gunter, like McCracken, was not credited. The costume of Pumpkinhead used in the original 1988 film was most likely burned and disposed of after making the film, as the creature burst into flames at the end of the film after Ed Harley was killed. Although, the costume used in the sequels by Syfy is for sale at a movie collectibles website known as Prop Store. (Source)
The Crawlers in The Descent (2005, Directed by Neil Marshall)
Bio: As explored in 2005’s “The Descent,” these blind creatures navigate their environment via echolocation. This is essentially a form a biological sonar. The creature emits a long shriek and the sound waves bounce back from fixed and moving objects in the vicinity. This echo tells the creature where it is in relation to the rest of its environment. (Source)
Brundlefly (Jeff Goldblum) in The Fly (1986, Directed by David Cronenberg)
Official Synopsis: When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
Pennywise (Tim Curry) from IT (1990, Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace)
Bio: It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, was the main antagonist of the novel and the film of the same name. It was portrayed to be a shapeshifting and malevolent entity millions (possibly billions) of years old, and with no exact gender or solid identity; thus why it is called “IT”. (Source)
The Pale Man (Doug Jones) in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Directed by Guillermo del Toro)
Bio: The Pale Man is the secondary antagonist of the 2006 epic fantasy hit film, Pan’s Labyrinth. He was played by Doug Jones who also portrayed the Faun. (Source)
The Xenomorph from Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
Bio: Xenomorphs are a parasitoid alien race that serves as the main antagonists of the Alien film franchise as well as being portrayed as at war with the Predator in the Alien vs. Predator film and shown more recently in the final scene in the Alien prequel Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. (Source)
The Thing in The Thing (1982, Directed by John Carpenter)
Official Synopsis: In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.