I have a weakness for creature features, always have and suspect I always will. Here are what I consider to be the best creature features, so far.
1) 'Arachnophobia'. A small town becomes ravaged by spiders, one Doctor in particular, who has a petrifying fear of spiders... Great flick. Creepy, skin-tingling and a good storyline.
2) 'Anaconda'. A huge snake basically, as you probably got from the title. J Lo stars! A scientific discovery? A revolutionary treatment? Is it worth being swallowed whole by an enormous snake? I love this one! Excellent effects, impressive acting, and the director is merciless in having people die instantly, by means of a large scaly monster.
3) 'Jaws'. An ultimate classic, which everyone should know. I assume this movie is a household movie, known by everyone. A large shark terrorizes a community. From the iconic theme, to the remarkable acting, and shockingly realistic shark, given the time the movie was filmed! An all-rounder, as I like to say.
4) 'Shark Night 3D'. Another shark movie, but a great one! A seemingly innocent weekend at a lake house, if you don't count sex and alcohol, turns into a nightmare. People out to let off steam are subjected to the worst kind of torture. Twists, gory shark attack scenes, and entertaining characters.
5) 'Deep Blue Sea'. Scientists working on a remote lab in the middle of the ocean, to make sharks smarter. They are happy when their experiments work. Then soon realize they made a grave mistake by making the blue demons smarter, therefore practically unstoppable killing machines. And worst of all, the scientists are in the middle of the ocean, in their territory! This was strangely enough, smarter than your average shark flick. The characters were diverse and interesting, each with a compelling history and varying opinions on what to do when things go awry. You thought Jaws was scary? Imagine that shark had been injected with various scientific creations to make it intelligent enough to become even more ruthless and deadly. Thomas Jane stars!
6) 'Piranha'. Another one in the water. A town becomes under attack by fishes with a thirst for blood and hunger for flesh. Whether you go with the original or remake, both are fantastic viewings for fans of creature feature movies. I will say though, the remake, in my opinion, is far gorier and much more graphic. Whereas the original is better at building suspense. Can't decide? Watch both!
7) 'Godzilla'. Another one I feel most will have already seen, or at the very least, heard of. A huge dinosaur running around destroying cities. An epic end-of-the-world type movie with the mother of all creatures! How on earth will people take down a dinosaur that is literally taller than most skyscrapers?
8) 'The Thing'. An Antarctica research facility witnesses the discovery of an alien craft. Things go downhill pretty fast after that. Again, you have a choice of the original or remake, both entertaining, both with benefits the other doesn't share. A science-type one with eerieness.
9) 'The Descent'. The perfect combination of horror and creature feature. This one is gross, scary, startling and addictive. A group of women, excited for a few days of fun on a caving expedition, soon begin to regret the getaway. The group become trapped. But that isn't the bad news. They are pursued by a hoard of terrifying creatures who seem to have adapted to the darkness. Whereas the women are practically blind, defenseless against these demons.
10) 'Jeepers Creepers'. As I write this, a third one is being made! One of my favourite creature features, horror movies, and generally entertaining and unnerving flicks. A monster comes once in a while to feed, and two siblings happen to stumble upon its lair. The acting is great (Justin Long) and the movie is truly chilling. The creature does an awesome job of creeping us out, as well as downright scaring us senseless. The soundtrack in this one also needs mentioning, it significantly helps build suspense.
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