These are hardly and very rare heist moments. They were once a high-end cinema magic convention, but they were later lost to the likes of slashers and found-footage horror films.
Some filmmakers succeed in the genre, others failing in the dark. Although Jurassic Park and Jaws may be at the top of your creature-feature classics, there are still plenty that exceed expectations without the audience even knowing it.
The 1990s served as a breeding ground for cult horror films, almost like Jeff Daniels'' farmhouse is for these deadly arachnids. After the Jennings family relocated to a rural California state, a dangerous batch of spiders is accidentally unleashed upon the locals.
Arachnophobia is well-known because of a person''s fear of spiders, and if you do not get it right now, then you will certainly have the opportunity to experience it. Although the premise is unlikely, it will involve you biting your nails to the bone and shouting at the TV. There is no gore, no jump scares, only enough mind games to force you to be wary about whether your dark ball of fluff on the carpet altered an inch toward you.
Clive Barker is a fantastic storyteller. Perhaps best known for bringing Hellraisers Pinhead to the silver screen, British filmmaker plays with a shred of slasher to encounter a monster with Nightbreed, a 1990 fantasy novel.
The film starring Craig Sheffer shows Boone as he finds refuge amongst a group of monsters while a serial killer wreaks havoc on the scene. It''s a bizarre film that does its best to keep you on your toes, highlighting the shortcomings of humanity. Surprisingly enough, Midian''s creatures are the least of your worries as they collaborate with Boone to produce a more sinister monster!
''''Dog Soldiers'''' (2002)
The Werewolf movies are difficult to come by. In 1981, an American Werewolf in London set the stage so high that every film of the type that follows is in over its head. Dog Soldiers, however, is the exception.
A platoon embarks on a training expedition in the Scottish Highlands to realize that he has walked onto the hunting ground of a bunch of werewolves. Dog Soldiers is as funny as it is frightening. The men draw up friendship rather than being angry about football, but they have each other backs through everything. The work of filmmakers draws on the success of John Landis'' classic film that has been well-known for exceeding expectations.
''''Deep Blue Sea'''' (1999)
With the 1975 shark thriller Jaws, Steven Spielberg struck fear among swimmers and beach-goers everywhere, but Deep Blue Sea highlights that one of humankind''s greatest threats can be humanity itself. A team of scientists is studying sharks, and discovering too late that they have only enhanced the Makos'' intelligence.
Deep Blue Sea is perhaps the most memorable for Samuel L. Jackson''s engaging monologue moments before being dragged to his death. There''s an interesting concept deep inside the narrative; the scientists are not driven by malicious intent, but to prevent a devastating illness. Its fascinating even more so today than during its initial release in 1999. A battle of wits ensues, testing human morals and questioning who the real villain is.
In this popular cult classic involving giant worm-like, man-eating graboids that invade the desert and wipe out the population one person at a time, Kevin Bacon and Burt Ward channel their inner cowboy.
Although the franchise''s quality is up for debate, Tremors is distinctly reminiscent of creature features from the 1950s. It isn''t quite a parody or a spoof, but it doesn''t take itself too seriously, making it a pleasure to watch. Bacon and Ward are mutinously involved in making every decision for them, even if it''s life or death. Tremors is always a pleasure to go back to, keeping the tone light yet offering frights when
An Australian cinema is a major component of contemporary horror. During a boat trip through the Australian outback, Kate (Radha Mitchell) unwittingly leads a group of tourists through a man-eating crocodiles territory, which is dissatisfied with the new company.
Rogue takes an authentic setting with natural scenery and footage and ties it into what is possibly the worst-case scenario. It follows the Jaws formula of less is more; only in the aftermath of an attack, we never know where the creature lurks. When the survivors'' only refuge is a sinking island, stakes are enormous.
''''The Faculty'''' (1998)
High school has never been more fun as Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Williamson experiment with sci-fi with Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, and Elijah Wood in a fight against the extra-terrestrial punishment.
The Faculty pays tribute to iconic monster films. Between references to Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing, youd think this film would be a complete disaster, not to mention a rip-off of these classics. Instead, it establishes the perfect execution in a creatively entertaining environment. Williamsons'' touch of magic, serving up nostalgia and originality, and a fitting soundtrack, is evident.
Before filming DC and Marvel''s finest, though unappreciated superheroes, James Gunn makes his directorial debut with Black comedy-horror Slither. In a row, you will need a stomach of steel to complete this adventure in one piece.
Similar to Arachnophobia, this is the definition of creepy-crawly horror. Michael Rooker is grotesquely wicked as the villainous parasite-host; his migration from man to monster is troubling. When he goes up against Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks town heroes, his attacks are wreaking havoc on the core. Slither is thrown into a challenging B-movie genre that has been forgotten one too often.
''''The Mist'''' (2007)
While a mysterious mist enters the town, Frank Darabont''s 2007 adaptation of a Stephen Kings novella of the same name traps its ensemble inside a supermarket.
The Mist is another film that embodies humanity''s worst. Within days, locals descend into chaos and rage; some spooked by scene-stealer Marcia Gay Harden realizes their own beliefs; others discover a terrible fate worse than death. The final scene is hazy as screams of anguish fill the air; even readers of the novella will be left shaken by the darker direction.
''''Lake Placid'''' (1999)
There''s something fascinating about sitting back to watch a 30-foot crocodile invoke mayhem against a ragtag group attempting to end its killing frenzy.
Although crocs arent your thing, Lake Placid is a great addition to the creature-feature genre. Even if you like crocs, it is worth diving into for Betty White, who loves her. Rather than being overly scary, Lake Placid is a fantastic viewing experience thanks to its lighthearted banter between actors.
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