2016 09 04 My Favorite Monsters

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My Five Favorite Unconventional Movie Monsters

Written by Somer Canon

There are countless monster movies out there in the world. While I consider that to be a very good thing, I do get a jolt of glee when I can experience a monster that is not a vampire, werewolf, zombie, ghost, or alien. Don't get me wrong, I love those monsters, but it's nice to mix things up a bit. In that spirit, here's a list of five of my favorite monsters that step outside of the group of the traditional creepies. I offer these in no particular order.


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The Trickster from Brianscan

Brainscan is one of those fantastic cheesy movies that I live on. It came out in 1994 and is about a video game that puts the player into a dreamlike state, something beyond virtual reality, and the player has to commit a murder and get away with it. The Trickster guides the player through their journey but he is not at all content to remain within the game. Aside from perhaps being overly fond of Bret Michael's school of hairspray and eyeliner, the Trickster ends up being a great monster who is totally unique. All he wants you to do is finish the game…or else.



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Devil Babies from Blessed

Children of the devil are not an uncommon theme in literature, television and cinema. Blessed (2004) differs from these in that the devil babies are not the progeny of Lucifer but the terrestrial incarnations of history's first rebel thanks to a fertility clinic that possesses devil DNA. This movie is similar to others in that there is a powerful group of Satan loyalists manipulating the parents and trying to keep them in the dark, but unlike others, we get two devil babies! Truly evil twins! While the parents choose willful ignorance at first, the true nature of the twins becomes known when a little boy bullies them at a Halloween party. You never take a devil baby's candy, kids.

Devil Babies


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The Djinn from Wishmaster

In Wishmaster (1997) we are treated to an ancient but rarely featured supernatural creature: the Djinn. In this universe, the Djinn are not the jubilant, song-prone creatures that Disney would have us digest. No way. This Djinn walks around disguised as the kind of smarmy guy who looks like he'd thrive in middle management, trying to persuade a woman to make three wishes so that he can release his kind onto the world. Of course, he grants any wishes made in horrible ways because, who said that he had to be a nice guy? Also, big kudos to the monster makers for the costume design. I rather like the look of this monster when he sheds his human façade. We could have easily ended up with the puffy genie pants and well-oiled chest. It was the '90s.



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Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth

I was introduced to Guillermo Del Toro a little late in 2007 when I first saw Pan's Labyrinth. Guillermo Del Toro does absolutely exquisite creature work in his movies, but of all of those amazing concepts, my favorite is the Pale Man. Not to be dramatic, but this monster makes my intestines churn inside of me. Every detail of this monster's appearance, the way he moves, is captivating and awesome. Even Stephen King is said to have squirmed a bit during the Pale Man chase scene, giving Del Toro a huge and much deserved thrill.

Blind Monster


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The Gargoyle from the "Lover's Vow" segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

In 1990, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie came out. This movie is one of the "let's not take ourselves too seriously" greats. There's a mummy, an evil cat, but best of all we have a freaking gargoyle! I can't name many movies that utilize these monstrous stone guardians, and that's a shame. I'll give you that this monster sort of looks like a Jim Henson creature, but I long for the days of costumes and giggle-inducing puppets sometimes. This monster has the horror chops on its side anyway. It decapitates, demands promises, procreates, and murders loved ones, and turns to stone when it's finished being Ray Dawn Chong. That it looks like the Bald Mothman of Sesame Street doesn't lower it in my estimation at all.



Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of being found out as a weirdo.  When she's not peering out of her windows, she's consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother. Vicki Beautiful is her debut novella. HorrorTalk would like to thank her for dropping by and sharing this piece with us. You can pick up your copy of Vicki Beautiful by clicking one of the links below.


One last taste of perfection…


Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday. As they gather around Vicki's perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn't have long to live.


Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expect-the next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists. But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they're willing to go to fulfill Vicki's last wish.


A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…

Find out more about Somer and her upcoming works at her website. You can also connect with Somer on Twitter.

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