There are many scary creature feature films, from shark attacks and alien invasions to strange monsters.
Horror has proven to be one of the most diverse genres that spurs many creative stories. The creature feature is a beloved subgenre, as fans love being terrified by aliens, beasts, and monsters. The great thing about a creature feature movie is that it's often grounded in real threats that any viewer could plausibly encounter.
The genre typically turns out new hits on an annual basis, including many beloved B-movies. While the sillier side of the subgenre has entertainment value, there have been some truly great creature features. The force-of-nature aspect of horror will always land with fans.
Widely known for its over-the-top and silly nature, Anaconda was one of Jennifer Lopez's most memorable films – albeit for the wrong reasons. Beloved by its cult following for its poor effects, questionable acting, and all-out creature feature fun, Anaconda is well worth a watch.
With Ice Cube and Jon Voight featuring, Anaconda follows the crew of a small boat who are attacked by an enormous anaconda lurking in the Amazon rainforest. When a determined hunter takes them hostage, he forces the crew to push deeper into the forest to bring him to his prey.
Taking the Jaws concept to the streets, Alligator (starring Robert Forster) followed a giant-sized alligator years after it had been flushed away. After consuming lab animals for his entire life, Ramon the alligator grows to a gigantic size and escapes the sewers. Once Ramon is on land again, he attacks everyone in his path.
As the bloody rampage begins, a seasoned detective and a herpetologist join forces to track down and capture the creature. Exploring the infamous urban legend of the sewer-dwelling alligator, Alligator was one of the first – and best – films that sought to copy the Jaws formula.
Starring Bill Pullman, Lake Placid saw a huge crocodile terrorizing the small town of Black Lake, Maine. When the body of one of the monster's victims is fished out of the lake, a Fish and Game officer, Jack Wells, sets out to find out what was responsible.
With the help of a paleontologist, Jack goes on the hunt against the apex predator, eager to find it before others do. However, he happens upon an elderly woman who had been feeding the beast. Like in all great man vs. beast movies, the creature gets loose and goes on a full-blown rampage in the town. Lake Placid is a classic creature feature movie.
Set in Australia, Rogue follows a group of tourists who take a boat trip along a river that's known for its high number of crocodiles. The group includes a travel journalist, Pete, and a tough local guide named Kate. As is inevitable with the best creature features, the boat is soon set upon by a giant, man-eating crocodile.
As the crocodile begins to slowly work its way through the small group, the passengers find themselves trapped on a small river bank with no means of escape. The group soon comes to realize that their best bet for survival is to go straight through their reptilian hunter. Rogue boasts incredible special effects, for which it earned several AACTA awards, and a fun story.
Set on a deep sea research station that houses intelligent sharks, Deep Blue Sea followed the survival of a group of people who were trapped in the facility. After an attack and failed rescue operation, the station is slowly flooded with water and relentless sharks, which start killing the survivors.
As the human and shark populations slowly dwindle in the fierce fight between the two, the survivors have to use increasingly creative methods to kill the beasts. By the end of Deep Blue Sea, the handful of surviving characters have to make a daring push to the surface. A great shark attack movie, Deep Blue Sea offers a tense, silly adventure.
2019's Crawl combined the creature feature horror movie with the natural disaster subgenre, throwing its characters into the heart of a hurricane. Crawl was a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that successfully scared its audience. When the storm hits, a young woman named Haley goes to find her father, who has stayed in his home to ride out the storm.
When Haley shows up, she realizes that the home and surrounding streets are flooded and her dad is injured in the basement. Unfortunately, the storm has swept a group of alligators into town, and the monstrous reptiles target Haley and her father.
Introducing the world to Vin Diesel's iconic character Riddick, Pitch Black begins with a transport starship being damaged by asteroids, which forces it to land. The starship crashes on a desert planet, with only a handful of survivors making it out of the wreckage. One of the survivors is the violent criminal Riddick.
While they're looking for shelter from the harsh desert heat, as well as a means of rescue, the group discovers carnivorous, bat-like monsters. They soon realize the creatures can't move in light. Pitch Black isn't necessarily clever or groundbreaking, but it's a fun watch nonetheless.
Jordan Peele's Nope was a fun, modern Western story that quickly introduced a menacing, otherworldly threat. When sibling horse trainers OJ and Emerald Haywood start to notice strange happenings in their small town, they take it upon themselves to investigate the cause.
Although OJ and Emerald are initially uncertain, they come to firmly believe that their town hosts a UFO that houses a living being. The creature, who's drawn to any who looks at it, continues to kill the residents as OJ and Emerald devise a plan to bring it down. Nope was praised for its creepy story, which showed off Peele's talents.
Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward's brilliant creature feature comedy movie, Tremors, follows the residents of Perfection, Nevada, as they are tormented by unseen monsters. As Val (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) try to get help, they find themselves trapped by a rock slide and have to make their way back.
When Val and Earl discover that the creatures are giant worms, the town residents desperately begin to plan their escape. However, the creatures can detect their footsteps, so the small group of residents has to fight back. Tremors is such a classic creature feature that it spawned five sequels, a prequel, and a TV show.
Steven Spielberg's Jaws was the first summer blockbuster and is also the quintessential creature feature movie, defining the genre for years to come. When a shark begins attacking the holidaymakers of Amity, sheriff Brody assembles a captain and a marine biologist to hunt it down.
As the trio of hunters set out on the open sea, determined to catch the killer shark, they find that the beast is far tougher than they anticipated. Combining adventure with horror, Jaws is undoubtedly the best that the creature feature genre has to offer.
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