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Classic movies are classic for a reason. Classic monster movies are classic for the best reason: unforgettable villains. From hostile aliens to the psycho killer next door, these monsters come in all shapes, sizes, and nightmares. Just in time for Halloween, here’s a recap of some of the best monsters the movies have to offer.
The scariest part? Getting lectured by English majors on how Frankenstein is actually the name of the doctor.
2. THE MUMMY
Before everyone jumped on the zombie bandwagon, the undead stars of horror were mummies.
3. THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
She’s just like Frankenstein, but with the added stress of having a bad hair day. Permanently.
Before Americans turned vampires into sparkly vegetarians, F. W. Murnau created this hardcore version.
5. THE INVISIBLE MAN
You’ll never see him coming.
6. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Sure, the guy’s disﬁgured, mentally unstable, homicidal. But he can sing.
7. THE DEVIL, FROM ‘LEGEND’
Tim Curry’s portrayal of the devil is enough to make you shiver with anticipation.
8. THE WOLFMAN
In a dog-eat-dog world, sometimes it’s good to be a wolf.
Death. Destruction. Hilariously poor dubbing. It’s the trifecta.
10. THE CUBE, FROM ‘HELLRAISER’
It’s the evil twin of Rubik’s Cube, only less annoying to solve.
11. THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Half man. Half amphibian. One hundred percent creepy.
12. ‘BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA’
The original undead bad boy.
Even if spiders aren’t your particular phobia, a million of them at once is enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.
14. FREDDY KRUEGER
You can thank this guy for rendering the phrase “It’s only a dream” meaningless.
15. JASON, FROM ‘FRIDAY THE 13TH’
A hockey mask may not seem a logical fashion choice for a crazed killer, but hey, he still gets the job done.
16. PALE MAN, FROM ‘PAN’S LABYRINTH’
It’s like Guillermo del Toro decided he never wanted any of us to sleep again.
17. THE ‘SCREAM’ KILLER
It’s a whole new level of cruel to be forced to listen to the killer deconstruct the cliche of how he’s going to kill you.
18. THE BLOB
It’s all fun and games until the gelatinous alien eats everyone in the theater.
The truth is out there and it’s bloody.
20. ‘CABIN IN THE WOODS’
Just when you thought you’d be seen it all, Joss Whedon swoops in and turns the horror genre into the scariest thing of all: a bureaucracy.
21. THE TELEPORTER PODS FROM ‘THE FLY’
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