A number of classic horror offerings during the first half of the 1950s revolve around stories of monstrous characters. From giant beasts to mutated humans, these characters are generally meant for fans with voracious appetite for watching things that look and sound creepy, sinister, and freaky onscreen. These oldies but goodies in the monster sub-genre of horror films can be good choices for a midnight movie screening or monster movie marathon.
"The Thing" (1951)
"The Thing," also known as "The Thing from Another World," is about a "man-eating thing" from outer space and how he is discovered by a group of scientists researching in the Arctic region. This blood-thirsty alien organism successfully brings horrific suspense to the film's considerably preposterous story. The characters are well-developed and the pacing keeps the movie tension-filled. For a horror thriller, this makes a topnotch choice.
"Creature from The Black Lagoon" (1954)
"Creature from The Black Lagoon" features a strange prehistoric beast originating from the depths of the Amazon. The scientists exploring the legendary Black Lagoon capture the slimy and amphibious "Gill Man" to bring him to civilization for their studies. Falling in love with one of the explorers' fiancee, the fish-human creature breaks free and kidnaps the girl. This genuinely frightening film offers many atmospheric locations, impressive underwater sequences, and a sympathetic portrait of a monster.
The original Japanese movie "Godzilla" ("Gojira") is acknowledged as one of the most renowned monster characters of all time. A result of a nuclear testing exposure, this giant radioactive lizard with a dinosaur-like personality goes on a mad rampage in Tokyo. From then on, the unforgettable Godzilla has spawned a movie franchise that has been endlessly remade, mocked, and copied. For more than half a century of its existence, a number of movies continue to pay homage to it as well.
Another atomic radiation-themed film during a time when Cold War-induced fears were widespread, the classic monster movie "Them!" depicts the mutation of common ants into man-eating monsters. This creature feature is a masterful showcase of the menacing special effects available during its time. The ant byproducts of a nuclear bomb testing in New Mexico provide eerie ant-induced sound effects as they threaten civilization with destruction.
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