10 Criminally Underrated Monster Movies That Should Be Classics

10 Criminally Underrated Monster Movies That Should Be Classics
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After you watch these gems, you’ll be furious to see them missing from every best monster movie list you come across. These are some proper cult classics!

10. C.H.U.D. (1984)

Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. Don’t these words invoke something pure, hopeful, and positive in you? If they don’t just yet, give them a chance. C.H.U.D. follows an investigation into a sequence of mysterious disappearances in New York City that leads the police to find dangerous creatures lurking beneath it.

You can watch C.H.U.D. on Prime Video.

9. Monsters (2010)

There are two depths most people are rightfully terrified of: the ocean and space. The latter hides more mysteries, though, and dangerous ones, too. After a NASA probe crashes in Mexico, giant tentacled monsters populate the area now known as the Infected Zone. Two unlikely travelers need to cross the Zone to the other side…

You can watch Monsters on Prime Video.

8. Nightbreed (1990)

When you’re a mentally unstable patient who was convinced to embrace his inner serial killer on the run from the police, there’s something clearly missing from the picture. A safe haven where dozens of various monstrosities hide from humanity the same as you would make the picture complete… If you can befriend them, that is.

You can watch Nightbreed on Hulu and Prime Video.

7. Attack the Block (2011)

Whenever on-screen aliens attack the Earth, they always end up in the United States, fighting against the US military. Perhaps that’s why they win so often; but what if they landed in a criminal ghetto in South London? Underage street gangs might not have the best weapons, but they are more violent than any soldiers.

You can watch Attack the Block on Netflix and Prime Video.

6. The Relic (1997)

A giant South American lizard-like monster-god sounds like exactly the kind of thing you’d love to bring to a museum in Chicago, and we can’t blame you. But beware: the previous guy who thought so let the terrifying beast on a human-eating rampage, and bringing an end to the enormous lizard’s reign of terror was no easy task.

You can watch The Relic on Prime Video.

5. Deep Rising (1998)

When you want to invade something to do your insidious deeds, make sure you’ll have first dibs. A group of mercenaries attack a luxurious ocean liner to loot it and its clientele of their valuables, but they’re a bit too late: an entire army of terrifying underwater monsters have already beaten them to it, and now, it’s their turn to suffer.

You can watch Deep Rising on Disney Plus and Prime Video.

4. Trollhunter (2010)

Protecting the wildlife is a great aspiration, but sometimes, protection from the wildlife is in order. After a series of gruesome bear killings in the area, a group of students tracks down a suspected poacher and follows him to capture his crimes. But as they soon learn, his targets are not bears but the things that kill them.

You can watch Trollhunter on Prime Video.

3. Cloverfield (2008)

New York is under an overwhelming attack of all sorts of terrifying monsters, giant and small. They dominate the cities and hunt down their human prey; going outside is below optimal unless you want to say farewell to your insides. But what if you and your friends really, really need to cross half of the city to help your other friend?..

You can watch Cloverfield on Netflix.

2. The Mist (2007)

This list would’ve never been complete without this Stephen King classic. A mysterious mist falls upon a small town, leaving without access to the outside world. It quickly turns out to be the lesser problem, though, as an army of bloodthirsty creatures emerges from the mist and starts its grisly feast on the town’s streets.

You can watch The Mist on Netflix and Prime Video.

1. Tremors (1990)

Saying your goodbyes can be hard, but sometimes, you really should hurry up with that. Two workers failed to do so and now they can’t leave the small town they work in. Being stuck there is not the problem; being stuck there with a never-ending supply of flesh-eating giant worms that terrorize the area is. Now, it’s time to fight.

You can watch Tremors on Prime Video.