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Movie Monster Legends: Ten of the greatest ever onscreen Beasts

Some Monsters never die. Some of them keep on burrowing ever deeper into the collective unconscious until they are rooted there for all time. Here we take a look at ten of the most unforgettable film industry's creature. No real order to this list, as they are all fine examples of celluloid terror (and opinion, after all, is subjective. No more so than the movie fans), but the big names speak for themselves. We also look at some of the licensed merchandise inspired creatures, which thrilled fans for decades.


The possessed doll first hit the screen in 1988 horror classic 'Child Play'. Following that came four sequels, and to each his appeal was diminished as each film has become more and more of a spoof of what came before. Chucky is also getting the remake treatment, but the new version will he still be played by veteran movie villain Brad Dourif.


Famously portrayed by Doug Bradley eight feature films, pinhead is one of the most striking images to have come to theaters. His fetishistic outfit and hideous mutilated visage, he leads Cenobite His minions across realities to ensnare twisted individuals who crave the next big fix. The characters will attend the big screen again in the upcoming remake the first Hellraiser.

Jason Voorhees

The mutated hick from Crystal Lake has terrorized audiences for decades, and to date has demonstrated in eleven feature films including the 9 Friday the 13th movies, Jason X and Freddy vs Jason. The remake of Friday the 13th is soon to be released and to kick off series all over again. With its unique hockey mask and bloodied machete, Jason is an unforgettable movie monster.


First shredding flesh 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the predator quickly became an iconic movie monster despite only starring in two films until the AVP franchise is came along. With its unique features and capabilities, the Predator grabbed ever more fans because it is such a ruthless enemy for the film 'hero. The Predator has gone on to become one of the most popular collectable items in history.


Surprisingly, the masked killers from the SCREAM trilogy always rank very high horro movie buffs. While not strictly Monsters, the image of the masked, robed murderers is one that permeated all of the horror industry for a lkate time the 90s, spawning a whole generation of imitators lower wanted to get in on Teen slasher reinvention bandwagon.

Freddy Krueger:

The legendary dream demon, Freddy Krueger, brought terror to our screens in seven movies of his own, as well as a short-lived TV series, countless books and comics, and Freddy vs Jason lackluster feature film. Played by Robert Englund in all of the above, Freddy was (and is) an intense and memorable character. He has worked best in the first and third films of his own franchise, when he was in his darkest. The first of his films, a nightmare in Elm Street, is currently being remade, with Krueger now played by Billy Bob Thornton.


Taal designed by legendary artist HR Giger, The eponymous creature in the movie Alien (and indeed AVP and AVP: Requiem) is an instantly recognizable movie monster. The real form thrills and terrifies in equal measure, proven by its longevity as a driving force in the film industry. To this day the first two Alien films stand as masterpieces of the genre and cinema as a whole, and while later films and the Alien vs Predator spinoffs may lower the product, they have nothing to diminish the power of the presence of human or animal when glimpsed onscreen.


Mr Stay Puft only appeared in one film, namely the all-time classic first Ghostbusters movie from 1984, but that brief appearance was enough to cement the character in film fans' hearts and minds forever more thanks to its loyal crazy mug. Who can forget the sight of a giant man made of sweets, standing 112.5 feet tall (according to Harold Ramis), attacking New York before being destroyed by four eccentric men in overalls and proton packs? He went on to become an icon in comics, cartoons and toys

King Kong:

Back in 1933, world gasped in horror at the sight of the original movie King Kong and all of its legendary stop-motion animation. The ingenious technique brought to life one of the most fantastic beasts ever known, and a genre was born. Spawning various spinoffs, sequels and remakes, including Peter Jackson's impressive 2005 effort, there are few other onscreen beasts that can lay claim to the crown of most influential movie monster of all time. Incredibly strong in each meaning, the original film, and indeed the titular giant primate, has become synonymous with creating the monster movie genre. Nobody will ever forget that climactic and iconic battle atop the Empire State building.


1998 American remake may well be a critical and commercial failure but not It can change the fact that the famous Japanese monster, Godzilla, is the most renowned and revered of all the Monsters to appear in the film. Cut up to 50 film hehe, he has fought off all manner of strange attackers, spawned cartoon shows, spin-off franchises and a massive merchandising industry. The images and ideas Godzilla has proven to be very strong, and even the character should be laid to rest with the incredible Godzilla: Final Wars a few years ago, The legend continues with yet more giant monster projects. I swear, Tokyo must be rebuilt more times than I've seen Star Wars. No, really. The giant action monster may well be a bunch of guys in big rubber suits, but it is nevertheless thrilled audiences ever since the 1950s. Long may Godzilla reign as the king of all beasts.

So you have to have 10 the biggest movie Monsters of all time. But what of the merchandising industry they spawned?

There has long since been an insatiable appetite for monster movies licensed memorabilia from fans the world over. Thankfully, there are some fantastic companies out there who are doing some really fantastic work in this area, and fans are eager to get their hands on the latest items. Let's take a look at some of the big names currently proving to the world with high quality licensed merchandise.

In the past decade, these licensed collectibles market is dominated by a select few companies, who have earned their status as the best in the world through years of dedication and quality their work. The leader in the field of official movie merchandise are companies such as McFarlane, NECA, Sideshow Collectibles and gentle Giant. McFarlane corner market in action figure version of the most popular film Monsters at the end of the 90s with their legendary Movie maniacs range, bringing quality articulated figures of characters like Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Jason Voorhees and therefore more affordable realms of the goods. Their box set, as much missed Alien Queen set or consistent their popular Jaws set, is such a high standard that they are still hot sellers for half a decade. McFarlane's attention to detail and providing fans what they would have been noticed by several other companies that tried to get in on the bandwagon, but McFarlane has yet to be bettered.

Other Collectibles companies looked to different avenues of licensed items to make their mark. NECA were hot on the heels of McFarlane and brought fans some of the best large scale figures and music based action figures the world market has ever seen, but creators such as Sideshow and nice Giant directed their energies to making very high quality items. In the case of the wonderful Sideshow Collectibles, many of these things is considered to be of museum quality, such is the craftsmanship that goes into every one of their stunning pieces. Which some would be content to create simple articulated figures, Sideshow go for the grand, the huge, the massive pieces, and use the finest artists and sculptors to bring legendary creatures and characters to life as collectible statues, dioramas, replicas and figures. The appetite for movie monster merchandise has seen the growth of a global industry. As Monsters tear up cities and threaten the world, there will be fans who want one of their own.

Really though, the appetite for Monsters, creatures, demons, beasts, aliensa dn all those other fantastic creations shows no signs of fading away. While the popularity of films may have waned a bit, and the genre begins to be reinvented (Cloverfield, for example), we stand on the brink of a whole new breed of terrors ready to break and destroy in the name of cinematic excitement. Long may they reign.

About the Author

Andrew writes for the memorabilia and collectibles site Starstore and their many famous entertainment and collectibles blogs. He is also a renowned rock and metal journalist and science fiction author.

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