Happy Halloween! Saturday’s are my favourite day of the week, and while some people like to relax by spending their nights in bars or pubs, I prefer Saturday’s pizza, a few drinks and a night of catching up with the shows I missed throughout the week. Not much can top quality time with Matt, blankets, candles and cuddles with the cats.
So, if you didn’t guess, I aren’t spending tonight celebrating Halloween, because instead I’m enjoying a glass of red wine (okay, maybe a bottle) with Doctor Who and Supernatural. The stress of hundreds of costumes to choose from was irritating, and it eventually pushed me and Matt to the point of deciding against a Halloween party because Saturday’s are for us.
Tonight’s “super six” is, of course, Halloween themed and I’m going to share a selection of my favourite movie monsters. I’ll ignore the more obvious selections (such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Zombies) so I can share some more recent, lesser-known and arguably more interesting characters!
Audrey II – Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
What is it? A giant, flesh-eating, singing, sassy, talking plant. Well worthy of a place on my super six. You’d never think you could be frightened of something so musical and kind of cute and very much “puppet-like”, but you can. It eats people…
Basilisk – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
What is it? A giant 50ft serpent of immense power, unable to be domesticated in the wizarding world. Visually, the basilisk is beautiful and terrifying. Look at those teeth!
Godzilla – Godzilla (2014)
What is it? A giant monster, beast or daikaijū, with dinosaur and dragon characteristics. The particular Godzilla I’m featuring is the 2014 version. It makes my heart race – the thought of being in the city he walks upon is terrifying, and the noise he makes… it goes right through me! (Such a good film too, it was my favourite film of 2014).
Dren – Splice (2009)
What is it? Good question. Dren is a genetic hybrid of human and animal DNA, who matures rapidly, has hind-legs and is very intelligent. She’s frightening not only because of the ethical questions the movie raised but also because of her physical capabilities.
HAL 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
What is it? HAL is an evil, sentient computer who speaks in an overly soft and calm voice, terrifying everyone even more. The concept of a computer eventually gaining such power and intelligence is monstrous and likely.
Christine – Christine (1983)
What is it? Christine is a sentient, killer car – “Hell hath no Fury…like a 1958 Plymouth.” As well as ploughing teenagers to their deaths, it’s a beautiful classic American car and that is alone a reason to take a spot on my list of super movie monsters!
What are your favourite movie monsters?