Monster Movies



Just watched the movie Cowboys and Indians. Loved the movie! It was definitely a movie that was worth watching. Being a huge fan of monster movies and in honor of the this movie, I thought I would re-post a short note that was written by me in 2007…enjoy:


TL Whitaker

I am a fan of those bad B-rated monster movies.  I love anything with monsters, zombies, dark and stormy nights, and so forth.  My particular favorites are giant anythings, such as Gila Monsters, Bunnies, Spiders, Ants, crocodiles and the like.  I have loved watching this type of movies since I was a kid.  You have to admit that they are predictable and  that’s half of the fun. There are only a few plots used for each and every one of these movies.

The first one is Alien Intervention.  Aliens come down to earth and do one of three things.  They attack us, they are here to help us from impending attack by another alien species, or they create a situation which turns ordinary animals into man-eating, city destroying monsters.  The last is usually something like unintended radiation from the alien ship that turns peaceful, natural-law abiding lizards into killers.

The second one is Man Poking His Nose into places it shouldn’t be.  This includes islands that have never been discovered before, under the sea, under the earth acessible only by cave.  It is in these places that you find things like dinosuars, evolution gone wrong and other unknown species that have existed for millions of years.  The best one in this category for me is the island scenario.  The island has remained undiscovered because it is either covered by an inpenetrable fog, it floats around the ocean or both.  It is usually found accidentally by lost seafarers and airplane accident.  Oh, the monsters on that island!

The third plot is the Toxic Waste.  This includes some evil corporation dumping toxic waste of some kin into a peaceful body of water and/orvacant lot, a factory which produces toxic emmisions, a farmer, city worker, well-meaning citizen spraying their home, lot, park, farm with chemicals to rid themselves of weeds and/or bugs. This is usually where you find giant ants, giant spiders and killer slugs.

The last plot is the Evil Expirment.  This plots includes the evil, crazy scientist doing experiments,the well-meaning scientest looking to help out humanity and the military looking for a better way to take down the enemy.  Here you find humans that have been transformed into half man, half beast.  You find animals that normally wouldn’t attack going crazy (think sheep).

I love these movies and watch alot of them.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the A-movies, also (even those follow the above plot lines). The difference is  I don’t really want to be scared and I just want to  have a good time!