The Bigger and Badder Halloween Top 13: #4: Tremors (1990)
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I know I’ve said this before for practically every person who has had a list on The Halloween Top 13, but Christine is the type of person that I thank my lucky stars that I started doing what I do because I might never have met her otherwise. Fascination with Fear is consistently one of my favorite reads, and my self proclaimed “internet cousin” always impresses me with her interesting viewpoints and analysis of the horror genre. So it should come as no surprise that she also has an incredible list to share. So I won’t take up any more of your time. Take it away Ms. Hadden:
1) Godzilla/Gojira - It really is a total toss up between my top two, because anyone who knows me knows I am insanely in love with Jaws...but damn, Godzilla is the original giant monster, am I right? When I put on my DVD of the original 1954 Gojira, that music just takes me away and I am in heaven for an hour & a half. People running in fear on the streets of Tokyo? You really do gotta love it! I admire Godzilla also for eventually becoming a hero in Japan, instead of a mere monster!
2) Jaws - People. I love this film. But my great taste in horror aside, there can really be no bigger fear than something that can eat you alive and actually does exist. I vacation at the shore every year and each time I am there I am always watching out for fins. It has made such an impression on me (and the rest of the world, I'm sure) that it has become my favorite horror film. It's just that damn scary.
3) Jurassic Park T-Rex - Seeing the T-Rex on the big screen when this film came out was pure excitement and adrenaline. Its roar, its teeth, its big giant eye looking through the car window! Much like Godzilla of course, Rex has no competition in the animal world.
4) King Kong - Truly one of the original Big Baddies. I prefer the 1933 version over any of the other ones. Kong really makes you feel for him and his situation, and by god I've always rooted for the gigantic gorilla over his captors anyday.
5) Rogue - So much bad shit happens in Australia in horror movies that it really doesn't make me want to travel there anytime soon. Even more so if there is a giant crocodile ready to pounce. This movie was a pleasant surprise - it's beautifully shot, has a fantastic score, decent acting, and loads of palpable tension.
6) The Mist .What can I say? I hate bugs. Ever so passionately. And these bugs are giant fucking insects. Like pterodactyls or something! Underneath all the blatant horror, there's a morality play going on. How far would you go to ensure the safety of your loved ones in a time of crisis? Awesome ending, as well. Sometimes, bleak is better.
7) Lake Placid - Betty White and a big croc! Can't top that in my book. Put this film and Rogue together as a double feature and you've got an event!
8) The Kraken - (Pirates of the Caribbean) - You know what I almost like better than Johnny Depp? Yep, a giant mythological sea creature meant to destroy ships and eat people. And all those tentacles. Flat out creepy. Isn't the ocean scary enough with Jaws in there? They really had to go and add a giant squid? Gah!
9) The Fly (1986 version) - I can't say enough about this film. I don't know how much of a monster film it is, but if you think about it Jeff Goldblum as the titular character is quite a bit larger than your average fly. Science project gone oh-so-wrong!
10) Anaconda - So bad it's good...with Jon Voight chewing up scenery and J-Lo looking all hot and bothered, you can't help but to like this giant snake (dare-I-say) classic.
11) The Blob - I'm talking the '88 version here, though really, either one would do. A whole lotta jello doing its thing, Seems weird. IS weird. But it certainly has it's monster creep-out value.
12) Mimic - I can't really think of anything any worse than a giant cockroach. Except maybe being stuck in a New York subway system. With multiple giant cockroaches.
13) Them! (1954) - The Sci-Fi sub-genre is so famous for big monsters. Rats, mice, rabbits...even (as in the case here) giant ants. This old gem is one of the first giant monster movies I ever saw. On a Saturday afternoon, curled up on my couch with my mom watching either Vincent Price films or these old monster films. They are dear to my heart.
They’re dear to my heart as well Christine as are you. As are all of you. If you’ve made it this far though the countdown, well I bet you’ve whittled it down to just a few selections that could be waiting at the top three slots on the list, but which one and in what order? Tune in tomorrow and every day until Halloween to find out!