Monster Movies!

Who doesn’t love a monster movie? This list is not going to include real world monstrous animals but the supernatural kind! Real animals get a separate list and a different though equally special place in my heart.



The Ritual

I loved this movie! A group of friends go on a trip hiking in Scandinavia after a traumatic event. They manage to make all the worst choices and it’s one of those stories that just gets weirder and weirder. I’ve never seen anything else quite like this one.




The Monster

I know. The title is a little on the nose, right? But it’s perfect! And the movie will blow you away. It’s so simple but so well made. A mother and daughter get stuck on a road in the woods in the middle of the night, in a storm, and they’re not alone.





These actors do an amazing job of being so irritating at times and then so frightening. This is one of the stories where you wonder if there’s a monster haunting them, or if they’re just losing their minds.





Jungle horror! I was so surprised by this movie. A group of friends on vacation in Panama go out looking for a secluded waterfall.





Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark


You read that right. Evil Fairies! I’ve been around the block a few times as far as horror flicks go and it’s something special when you see a creature you haven’t before. I love bad fairies! And these are so creepy. The little girl is a total jerk and her step mom tries so hard to save the day!




The Host

A huge monster emerges from a river in Seoul and wreaks havoc. This is a big scale monster movie, with great characters. I can’t recommend it enough!





Absentia (2011)

A woman and her sister link a creepy tunnel to recent disappearances.

This wasn’t a high budget film and yet it’s so creepy and well written. There’s only a handful of actors. And it’s amazing! It’s creepy and a throwback to dark fairy tales.




The Descent

The is a story of a group of friends that go spelunking, get lost, uncover betrayals, AND get hunted by scary, subterranean, people-monsters. Though hinted at throughout, I kept forgetting about the subterranean people-monsters during the first part of the movie because the spelunking was so intense and claustrophobic!




Dark Was The Night

Logging company upsets something ancient in the woods that begins terrorizing a small town. Eerie, snowy, and somehow cozy.



Was your favorite monster movie on this list?

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A letter to the makers of movie trailers~

Dear makers of movie trailers,

You are ruining the movie. Stop it.

There was once a time when I loved trailers. I would have gladly gone to a theater just to watch all the trailers they had if I could. That time has passed. I now avoid trailers. I look down instead of at the screen and am surprised by how much of a movie I can still figure out just from the seemingly endless amount of dialogue in your trailer.

Rule #1. This is the most important and should seriously be a trailer rule. Under 40 seconds. That’s it. If you can’t convince me to see something in 40 seconds, you’re not going to. And if you had me in those first 40 and you go on for 2 minutes more, I promise, I know your ending now. I’ve pretty much seen your movie.

Rule #2. Don’t put things in your trailer that aren’t in the movie. I realize there are likely different people working on these things and what you put in your trailer might have been cut from the final without you knowing. Stick to rule #1 and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding that.

Rule #3. Don’t tell us all your secrets before we get to our seats. I miss trailers! I really do! But I hate feeling like I’ve already seen the movie and I just don’t trust any of you to make a good trailer anymore, maybe because you don’t seem to trust yourselves to make a good movie. We know what you made, we know what it’s about and we’re going to see it.

There are only two reasons to have a trailer. Reason #1, to tell people that a movie is coming. And reason #2, to convince people that would otherwise not be interested, to watch your movie.

If the movie you’re making has a fan-base already, such as anything coming from DC or Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, or Jurassic Park, the primary trailer should always be a mystery. Stop showing us everything! You’re just giving people material to complain about before I even get to buy my tickets and you’re taking away the excitement. The Jurassic World trailer, for example, should have been incredibly simple. Maybe the tune being played eerily on a piano followed by that T-Rex scream we’ve all learned to recognize and then a date. That’s it. Clean. Exciting.

If the movie is something new, something you think you need to explain in order to draw people in, give the feeling in the trailer. Give highlights but never linger long enough for me to know every twist. Or, better yet, make something completely different. Make a trailer that connects to your film but isn’t in your film. Get creative but stop thinking that a longer trailer, with all the plot twists and bits of the final scene, are a good idea.

In a world where just about everyone has an opinion about almost every movie out there, even the ones they haven’t seen, and are happy to share it over Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and review sites, can’t you at least keep your secrets a secret? At least until it’s in theaters?

Consider the 40 second rule, movie trailer makers. Maybe think about how much we like that suspense feeling. Maybe hide your endings and your twists so that we might be blown away.

Think about it. Because you’re making me wish I was late to the theater.

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