5 Modern Horror Films With Nightmarish Creatures That Will Haunt Your Dreams

5 Modern Horror Films With Nightmarish Creatures That Will Haunt Your Dreams
Image credit: 20th Century Studios

The creators of these five definitely took their time designing the horrible creatures at the center of their stories, and it certainly shows.

The Halloween season is finally upon us, so it's the perfect time to check out some great horror movies.

If human maniacs and murderers are not really your thing, and you prefer all sorts of monsters instead, these five modern movies might be the perfect choice, as they feature some truly nightmarish creatures with outstanding designs that will haunt your dreams.

1. The Void (2016)

This Canadian film is one of the best of the best in the Lovecraftian horror subgenre (which is notoriously difficult to bring to the screen), even though it's not based on any of the author's works, and follows a group of people who encounter forces beyond their comprehension.

Naturally, it features some truly grotesque and haunting monsters created with the power of the mysterious Void.

2. Underwater (2020)

Speaking of Lovecraftian horror, this movie starring Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel is not nearly as mind-bending as the previous entry on our list, but it does feature creatures similar to those in some of H. P. Lovecraft's works.

It revolves around a group of workers stuck on a drilling facility on the ocean floor that has been damaged by an earthquake that has also awakened something ancient and sinister.

3. The Ritual (2017)

This film also deals with eldritch and ancient horror, but of a very different sort, as it focuses on a group of hikers who encounter something evil deep in the Swedish woods.

To explain the nature of the creature would be a major spoiler, but it is safe to say that it has one of the most unique monster designs to hit the big screen in recent years.

4. Antlers (2021)

Although this Guillermo del Toro-produced movie has received only moderately warm reviews, it is still wildly atmospheric and the design of the Wendigo is absolutely nightmarish.

It follows the inhabitants of a small town in Oregon who are terrorized by this creature from Native American folklore.

5. Splinter (2008)

The mere thought of a splinter getting stuck in your skin can send chills down your spine because of how uncomfortable it is, so it's no wonder the creature at the center of this 2008 horror film's story looks so nauseating.

When a ragtag group of characters encounter some sort of parasite at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, it leads to an intense fight for survival, accompanied by some truly haunting visuals.