Who doesn’t love a creature feature once in a while? A good monster movie has all the makings of serious entertainment. There’s a terrifying monster, a teenager fighting for his life, and usually a damsel in distress, what’s not to like? It’s also the stomping ground of the most campy, ridiculous, incredibly funny moments in cinema. These aren’t the movies at haunt your dreams, these are movies oozing with absurdity.
10) Killer Clowns from Outer Space – This is a film unlike any other. Somewhere between aliens and evil clowns is this 1988 avalanche of silliness. From their circus tent spaceship, to their strange weapons, this gem is guaranteed to offer something very unique, that is if you are actually up for it.
9) Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood – When people talk about the horror genre getting ruined by sequels, they don’t need to look any further than this oddity. In the trailer for this film (the sixth in the franchise), our Leprechaun buddy takes a rip from a bong and gleefully tumbles off of a bed. Nuff said.
8) Rabid Grannies – Leave it to the Belgians to dream up a tale of two grannies who get possessed by demons. If you like your horror goofy, over-the-top, and utterly hilarious, then this one is worth a watch.
7) Friday the 13th Part III 3D – Yes, this is the first time the infamous hockey mask makes an appearance. It’s also the first time this franchise allows the campiness to go to camp. The body count, bad acting, and general disinterest in creating real chills is palpable.
6) The Howling III: The Marsupials – What is scarier than a werewolf? An Australian marsupial werewolf, obviously! This is a clear attempt to up the ante on thrills, but ultimately resulted in this piece of awful greatness. Pouches make everything better, that’s just science.
5) Blood Gnome – This film put their monster right there in the title, no mystery necessary. As an exercise is sheer nonsense, this is one entertaining movie. Enter a world of dominatrixes, drug-use, and…well, blood gnomes. Watching these ghouls take down S&M weirdos is a sight you won’t soon forget.
4) Dreamcatcher – In what has to be the worst Stephen King adaptation ever comes this snowy bit of grossness. When aliens take over Maine (surprise, surprise), four friends find a hitchhiker who has one of those most unforgettable bathroom scenes on record. You’ll never look at your toilet quite the same after watching this.
3) Trolls 2 – This flagrant monstrosity of a film is often cited when considering the worst cinematic abominations to come down the road. This is a movie with way too much green goop and far too few trolls, but if discovering a B-movie train wreck does it for you, then this one is a towering inferno of awesome.
2) Plan 9 from Outer Space – Out of all Ed Wood’s campy blunders, Plan 9 somehow stands alone. Watching this movie is akin to watching test tubes and substances explode in labs. It is a messy, terrible, beautiful mess. Perhaps created in earnest, the silliness, lack of continuity and schlocky special effects are the stuff of Hollywood nightmares.
1) Tremors – Perhaps there is nothing scary about giant sand slugs that can move through the desert ground at rapid speeds, but there is a great deal to enjoy. A swarm of flesh-eating “graboids” take over the dinky town of Perfection, New Mexico in this heart-warming bit of nonsense. If watching Reba MacEntire shoot a giant slug monster in the desert has nothing to offer you, well then, I’m not sure we’ll get along.