With Godzilla II: King of the Monsters currently stomping through cinemas, JB Hi-Fi has assembled a range of memorable monster movies that are just waiting to be unleashed in your home. We’ve handpicked eight worthy additions to your collection…
The MonsterVerse begins with the return of the iconic King of the Monsters – reborn in director Gareth Edwards’ spectacular reboot, which pays homage to the 1954 original. Bryan Cranston plays a twitchy engineer who suspects something monstrous is stirring, and there are mosquito-like Kaiju for Godzilla to battle as a warm up to facing Rodan, King Ghidorah and Mothra in the sequel.
Skull Island is crawling with monsters in Peter Jackson’s epic remake of the 1933 classic. There’s a pit full of oversized insects, a flock of bat-like Terapusmordax, and the pair of Vastatosaurus rex that battle Kong in the movie’s most memorable sequence. And of the course the eponymous ape himself, although it’s arguable that he’s not really a monster at all.
“They’re not monsters, Lex. They’re just animals,” Dr. Alan Grant reassures his frightened young companion. Try telling that to the lawyer and Ian Malcolm when they meet a hungry T-Rex! Add a venom-spitting dilophosaurus and predatory velociraptors, and Jurassic Park definitely qualifies as a monster movie in our book.
The tiny Nevada desert town of Perfection is shaken – literally – by the appearance of big hungry underground monsters in this affectionate and tongue-in-cheek tribute to the creature features of the 1950s. Tremors is a bona fide cult classic thanks to a witty script, loveable characters and awesome creatures. One of the best monster movies you’ll see.
If Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World, San Andreas and Pacific Rim were chucked into a blender, the resulting concoction would resemble this adaptation of the 1986 video arcade game. You get three mutated monsters for the price of one, and Dwayne Johnson bumping fists with a Kong-sized albino gorilla! What’s not to like?
It might look like a clown, but the impish boogeyman known as Pennywise is just one incarnation of an ancient shape-shifting monster that awakens every 27 years to prey on children. Having been banished by a group of brave teens known as the Losers Club, It will be back to terrorise them as adults when Chapter 2 floats into cinemas this September.
It may not be a monster movie in the traditional sense but there’s no shortage of strange and fearsome creatures on the loose in this second chapter of the FB franchise. Watch out for the enormous cat-like Zouwu, and the aquatic Kelpie with a taste for human flesh.
A monstrous pig terrorises a country town in Aussie filmmaker Chris Sun’s gory and tongue in cheek love letter to Ozploitation classic Razorback.“These days all the movies are CGI-fests; Boartakes you back to the ‘80s where you saw handmade props still working well,” the director tells STACK. An old school monster movie that brings home the bacon.