October is outlined in Webster’s Dictionary as “31 days of horror.” Don’t trouble trying it up; it’s true. Most individuals take that to imply highlighting one horror film a day, however right here at FSR, we’ve taken that up a spooky notch or 9 by celebrating every day with a high ten checklist. This text about the perfect monster film crossovers is a part of our ongoing sequence 31 Days of Horror Lists.
We’re nothing if not frugal, right here in The Boo Crew. We’re all the time in search of a deal, and which means getting the perfect bang for our buck. Why settle for only one monster when you will get many for the worth of 1? You’d be silly to try this. Fortunately, we’re right here to be sure to don’t make a idiot of your self. We’ve scoured by numerous horror movies and narrowed it all the way down to the ten finest monster mash-ups!
The principles have been easy — films simply have to comprise at the very least two notable monsters. There’s some wiggle room as to what qualifies as a monster, however principally, we’re taking a look at creatures, evil villains, and supernatural baddies. Simply two dudes that occur to kill folks? Nah, not for this checklist. Sorry, Scream.
Earlier than stepping into the highest ten that made our checklist, I’ve to provide a particular shoutout to Stephen Sommers’ desperately misunderstood trendy traditional, Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale? Sure, please! Come on, this could have completely made the checklist for this scene of Van Helsing versus Mr. Hyde alone. However generally, democracy has different plans. I gained’t title the one that derailed Van Helsing from its rightful spot in our high ten, however please direct all inquiries to Brad G.
And now, the highest “ten” monster mash-ups, as ranked by as ranked by Rob Hunter, Meg Shields, Brad Gullickson, Jacob Trussell, and yours really.
10. Lodge Transylvania (2012)
When monsters aren’t out monstering, they’re identical to the remainder of us. They’ve households and revel in mundane household actions. And after they’re trying to get away, they go to Lodge Transylvania, a human-free lodge owned by one of many world’s most well-known monsters, Dracula (Adam Sandler). To have a good time the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), Drac invitations all his closest monster associates to the lodge for a large monster bash. Sadly, the celebration is crashed by a goofy human (Andy Samberg) who shortly falls for Mavis. Lodge Transylvania is a cute, charming, family-friendly horror movie that has enjoyable with the film monsters we’ve all come to like. The monsters simply occur to be performed by Sandler and all his closest associates. It’s Common Monsters, the Blissful Madison version. (Chris Coffel)
9. Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
No monster has gone on extra adventures with fellow monsters than everybody’s favourite fire-breathing lizard, Godzilla. That will clarify why 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra is one in every of two Godzilla entries to make this checklist. This Heisei-era effort blends the journey of Indiana Jones with the monster mayhem of Godzilla. An historical artifact thief working with a consultant of the Marutomo firm finds a large Mothra egg. Mothra’s fairies seem and clarify the egg was uncovered by a current meteoroid that hit Earth. Sadly, this identical meteoroid could have additionally woke up Godzilla and Battra, Mothra’s extra sinister male equal. Naturally, the three kaiju combat to determine Earth’s destiny. Godzilla vs. Mothra has the massive, colourful battles you’d count on from a Godzilla movie to go alongside a compelling subplot of a divorced couple working collectively. (Chris Coffel)
8. Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Alien vs. Predator is just not the film many people had hoped for once we knew we have been getting an alien vs predator film. However it’s nonetheless alien, it’s nonetheless predator, and director Paul W.S. Anderson is aware of find out how to have massive, low cost, dumb enjoyable. There’s some backstory about how the predators have been coming to Earth for hundreds of years and constructed the pyramids, however none of that issues. That is all about seeing xenomorphs sq. up with predators, and on that entrance, Anderson delivers. At one level, a xenomorph sneaks up behind a predator and impales him along with his tail, spraying neon inexperienced predator blood in all places. A second predator grabs the xenomorph by the tail, spins him round, and sends him hurling by the air. Is that not what we signed up for? It’s slimy, it’s messy, it’s monster-on-monster motion. (Chris Coffel)
7. Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters (1968)
If this checklist have been about the perfect films with probably the most monsters, Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters can be primary. As a result of, as its title suggests, this unhealthy boy is stuffed to the gills with ghosts, goblins, and all method of monstrous freaks. Our story begins with an enterprising landlord who should conduct a Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai ceremony earlier than he can tear down a neighborhood shrine to construct a brothel. It’s a quite common drawback to have. The ceremony (which can also be a parlor sport, so be at liberty to play this with your mates) includes lighting 100 lanterns and blowing them out, one after the other, after telling a ghost story. Because the tales progress, the room steadily will get darker and darker, and (theoretically) the ghosts, spirits, and yokai come out of the woodwork in consequence. Sadly for our would-be brothel proprietor, the ceremony will get botched, leaving the spooky door vast open. That is unhealthy information for everybody concerned however nice information for us, as we’re handled to all types of weirdos from Japanese folklore (together with one in every of my favorites, the kasa-obake, a.ok.a. an evil umbrella with a protracted tongue). All advised, in case your objective is to see probably the most monsters on-screen in a single movie, Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters is the way in which to go. (Meg Shields)
6. The Monster Squad (1987)
Rising up, you have been both a Goonies child or a Monster Squad child. I used to be a Monster Squad child. Director Fred Dekker and screenwriter Shane Black concoct their Common Monsters celebration with a chunk that solely an eighties kiddie journey movie might comprise. These brats might die in the event that they weren’t cautious. These monsters have been as blissful to explode your automobile with a batch of dynamite as they have been to suck your blood or tear you limb from limb. The Monster Squad carried hazard, and with it got here a respect that extra neutered youngsters’s leisure couldn’t presumably compete with. The wolf man’s obtained nards. For positive. (Brad Gullickson)
5. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Freddy vs. Jason will all the time maintain a particular place in my coronary heart. It’s one of many first R-rated films I used to be in a position to purchase my very own ticket for and remains to be the one Freddy or Jason film I’ve seen in theaters on its unique run. It’s additionally a splatacular love letter to each iconic franchises. The plot presents some points, primarily surrounding Jason and his worry of water, however the primary premise is sound. Freddy wants children to worry him once more, and he makes use of Jason to make them keep in mind. The kills are among the finest we’ve ever seen. Trey getting folded up inside his mattress is difficult to high as a result of it’s gnarly and in addition as a result of nobody deserved a dying fairly like Trey deserved a dying. When the 2 killers go head-to-head, we get to see Jason’s brute pressure in motion whereas Freddy darts round utilizing his pace and wits. And it’s bloody as hell. It’s an important entry to each franchises, and a disgrace we didn’t get a follow-up. Bonus factors for having the perfect nu-metal soundtrack of all time. (Chris Coffel)
4. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
The United Nations Science Committee has rounded up all of Earth’s kaiju and is holding them held in an space conveniently named Monster Island the place they are often studied by a crew of scientists. All of a sudden, the island goes radio silent, and the monsters escape and begin to assault main cities the world over. Have the monsters gone mad? No, no they haven’t. As an alternative, a complicated however dwindling alien race has landed on Monster Island and is now controlling the monsters by way of distant. Destroy All Monsters is the second Godzilla film to seem on this checklist and arguably top-of-the-line within the historical past of the franchise. For pure monster motion, it’s onerous to high with a lineup totaling eleven monsters that embrace Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, and Anguirus, simply to call just a few. Even that goofy ass Minilla makes an look, tripping over his toes and being as ineffective as he all the time is. Monsters take out New York Metropolis, Moscow, and Paris. The ultimate battle is absolute chaos as monsters dash in like they’re getting into the Royal Rumble to get in on the motion. Sensible kaiju enjoyable at its purest. (Chris Coffel)
3. Waxwork (1988)
Director Anthony Hickox made practically twenty movies, and whereas the overwhelming majority are totally and utterly forgettable, the person will get a move in my e-book on the power of his first two films alone — Sunset: The Vampire in Retreat (1989), and his characteristic debut, Waxwork. Each are horror/comedies that lean closely towards the latter whereas nonetheless delivering a ton of enjoyable with their horror components. Waxwork takes a easy premise of “teenagers” visiting a wax museum run by David Warner (first mistake), unaware that crossing over the show ropes (second mistake) sends them by a portal into the very actual horrors inside. One visits a shack below assault by a werewolf, one other is seduced by Dracula, and each the Mummy and the Marquis de Sade get a style of the carnage, too. Different monsters are glimpsed or spoken of as properly, and whereas the movie is clearly engaged on a finances, the outcomes are incredible. We get some stellar gore and prosthetic work. Each Michelle Johnson and Deborah Foreman spice issues up whereas falling below the spell of a vampire and a sadist, respectively, and the entire thing ends with a free-for-all combat. This can be a supremely entertaining slice of 80s horror, bringing collectively quite a few traditional monsters for our enjoyment, and I can’t advocate its foolish, bloody antics sufficient. (Rob Hunter)
2. The Cabin within the Woods (2011)
Regardless of the preliminary trailers doing their damndest to spoil the unimaginable reveal that takes place mid-way by this movie, it doesn’t dampen the howls of pleasure from horror hounds once we see our hapless heroes encounter glass cubes inhabited by a rogue’s gallery of monsters. These aren’t the monsters that you just or I do know, nonetheless, however quite gildings on characters we already know and love, just like the hulking, brooding monster that’s clearly a proxy for Clive Barker’s Pinhead. And when our heroes “launch the hounds,” because it have been, permitting the monsters to destroy the underground bunker the place authorities sorts determine the destiny of the world, it takes every little thing in our energy to not soar to our toes and applaud. Positive, it could imply the world as they know will probably be destroyed by historical gods, however who cares when the monster mash is this a lot enjoyable? (Jacob Trussell)
1. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
You’ll be able to’t have an inventory celebrating monster mash-ups with out together with at the very least one movie that includes the Common Monsters and the unique cinematic universe. And if you would like the perfect of the bunch, it’s a must to go along with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star as Chick and Wilbur, a few railroad station baggage clerks who obtain a cargo of crates for McDougal’s Home of Horrors. The dimwitted duo opens the crates and unknowingly unleashes Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s Monster (Glenn Unusual). A determined Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) tries to cease them, however a full moon turns him into the Wolf Man. The fantastic thing about this movie is that it will possibly get up as an important Abbot and Costello comedy and as an important instance of traditional horror, with the 2 mixing completely. Nothing exemplifies this greater than the opening scene, which encompasses a attractive werewolf transformation that Costello hears over the cellphone and errors for a canine speaking. It’s additionally an influential movie, creating the now-famous trope of Dracula being the chief of the opposite monsters. And it’s the gold normal for horror comedies. Evil Lifeless II, Shaun of the Lifeless, and numerous different horror-comedy hybrids have been attempting to recapture the magic that Abbott and Costello first achieved practically eighty years in the past. If you wish to spend a night with a number of monsters, there is no such thing as a higher approach to begin than Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. (Chris Coffel)
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