Monster Mixtape: The Top Ten Terrors

Aliens. Ancient terrors. Scientific experiments gone awry. We’ve spent time with many different monsters over the last few weeks. All of them have a special place in the bloody cockles of my heart, and they might be burrowed into yours, as well. So with this series at an end, I want to know which of the ten aberrations is your favorite, or what alternate horrors are at the top of your list? But first, let’s review which monsters earned a place in my own morbid menagerie…

 

Track 1 – Aliens from Attack the Block

ATB-aliens

What: Ape-like aliens that travel in packs
Source:
Attack the Block, 2011
Strength:
They’re practically made of shadows.
Weakness: Being led around by their sex drive.

 

Track 2 – The Silicates

IOT-silicate

What: Silicon-based life form accidentally created by SCIENCE
Source:
Island of Terror, 1966
Strength:
A thick outer shell.
Weakness: The sweet, sweet taste of irradiated cattle.

 

Track 3 – Arachnid Warriors

ST-alien

What: Bug-like alien species
Source:
Starship Troopers, 1997
Strength:
There’s always more.
Weakness: Anti-bug propaganda.

 

Track 4 – The Tusseladd

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What: Troll
Source:
Trollhunter, 2010
Strength:
An extra two pseudoheads that even scare other trolls.
Weakness: Vitamin D.

 

Track 5 – David Kessler

americanwerewolf

What: American student / Werewolf
Source:
An American Werewolf in London, 1981
Strength:
Sheer bloodlust.
Weakness: Songs with the word “moon” in the title.

 

Track 6 – Gwoemul

Host-monster

What: Mutated fish-monster
Source:
The Host, 2006
Strength:
Camouflage by way of public hysteria.
Weakness: A good old fashioned fish fry.

 

Track 7 – Graboids

tremors-graboid

What: Giant underground worm
Source:
Tremors, 1990
Strength:
The element of subterranean surprise.
Weakness: Kevin Bacon

 

Track 8 – Gojira

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What: Radioactive dinosaur
Source:
Gojira, 1954
Strength:
Death breath. Literally.
Weakness: American reboots.

 

Track 9 – The Thing

thing-spider

What: Shape-shifting parasitic alien species
Source:
The Thing, 1982
Strength: The ability to assimilate, copy, and mash up any organism.
Weakness: Flamethrowers inscrutably stashed at a research station.

 

Track 10 – The Xenomorph

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What: Parasitic alien species
Source:
Alien, 1979
Strength:
Every part of this alien, and its life cycle, is deadly and gross.
Weakness: Always standing too close to the airlock.

 

So that’s the list—a veritable symphony of horrors, abominations, and things that go bump in the night! Feel free to nominate your own favorite contenders for the Monster Mixtape in the comments below…

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