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Your favorite weird monsters?
Topic by: ColonelKong
Posted: March 11, 2004 - 8:54 AM PST
Last Reply: October 12, 2004 - 12:02 PM PDT

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author topic: Your favorite weird monsters?
ColonelKong
post #1  on March 11, 2004 - 8:54 AM PST  
Holy crap! There's a link on GC's main page to an article that mentions the Watermelon Monster from the gloriously bizarre kung fu movie Taoism Drunkard! I've seen Robot Monster, but not the other three movies listed in that article. Hedorah from Godzilla Vs. Hedorah is another one I would've added (I remember reading somewhere that director Yoshimitsu Banno modeled Hedorah's eyes after female genitalia), along with any of the monsters from Super Inframan, and the title monster from The Brainiac. What are your favorite weird monsters? If I get some good suggestions for other movies with weird monsters that are carried by GC, I might put together a "Best Weird Monsters" list.
Cinenaut
post #2  on March 11, 2004 - 9:55 AM PST  
Outer Limits - Season 1 (Disc 3 of 4) contains the episode Don't Open Til Doomsday, which features a strange wooden box with a lens on the end that keeps sucking people inside it. Once inside, they find themselves in the company of a very a strange creature. Somebody even made a model of the multidimensial traveler known as the Box Creature.

hamano
post #3  on March 11, 2004 - 11:47 AM PST  
I guess for the GC crowd, you'd have to stick in the monster from Hal Hartley's No Such Thing...

I grew up in the Golden Age of Kaiju, so it's really hard for me to think of just one favorite weird monster... Those Japanese had to come up with one or two or three new monsters every single week!

Are we gonna accept monsters from Troma films and hentai anime???

hamano's favorite out of the GC catalog.... Daimajin, the vengeful (actually just really really grouchy) "god" who gets really mad if he's awakened from his slumber by the petty struggles between mere humans. Also Gappa, not just one monster, but a nucular (as Bush would say) family of monsters that reflect traditional Republican values... protect the family, lay waste to anything that threatens the family, let's not worry about collateral damage... Also, I like to think that Munny from Unforgiven turns into a kind of Kaiju at the end. When Munny goes on his final rampage in the driving rain storm, it's pure Godzilla!
ColonelKong
post #4  on March 11, 2004 - 12:50 PM PST  

> Are we gonna accept monsters from Troma films and hentai anime???

I'm not a big viewer of either of those, but, sure, why not?

Also, I like to think that Munny from Unforgiven turns into a kind of Kaiju at the end. When Munny goes on his final rampage in the driving rain storm, it's pure Godzilla!
> ---------------------------------

Funny, I don't think I would've ever made that association...

hamano
post #5  on March 11, 2004 - 1:24 PM PST  
> On March 11, 2004 - 12:50 PM PST ColonelKong wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>> Also, I like to think that Munny from Unforgiven turns into a kind of Kaiju at the end. When Munny goes on his final rampage in the driving rain storm, it's pure Godzilla!

> Funny, I don't think I would've ever made that association...

That's exactly and immediately the association I made when I saw Unforgiven in a theater during its initial release. Shows you where my head's at... Maybe that also explains why I liked Unforgiven so much, besides the fact that it's an excellent film.
manfarang
post #6  on March 12, 2004 - 10:43 AM PST  
The stalking killer trees in The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, starring Mamie Van Doren, Billy Gray and Bobby Van.
DLeonard
post #7  on March 12, 2004 - 12:33 PM PST  
On a weirdness scale this probably doesn't rate that high, but a sentimental favorite has got to be Aylmer from Brain Damage.

Aylmer's oddness comes more from his personality than appearance. I mean brain eating parasites are a dime a dozen right? But how about one who croons like Bing Crosby?
Sisyphus
post #8  on March 12, 2004 - 2:17 PM PST  
Although I harbor many weird monsters in my heart, there are three that I would like to mention:

Sting of Death features a man-sized jellyfish creature that is essentially assembled from some scuba gear, colorful fringe, and what looks like a partially inflated black garbage sack.

The jellyfish man pales compared to my favorite weird monster, however, the turkey-headed creature from Blood Freak. This astounding film should become a Thanksgiving fixture for every weird monster aficionado.

But the weirdest monster of all has to be the umbrella creature from the Yokai Monsters series. You can see him pictured on the cover of the second in the series: 100 Monsters. If you are a fan of bizarre creatures then you need to see the veritable smorgasbord of truly strange beings who inhabit these three films.
hamano
post #9  on March 12, 2004 - 3:31 PM PST  
> On March 12, 2004 - 2:17 PM PST Sisyphus wrote:
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> But the weirdest monster of all has to be the umbrella creature from the Yokai Monsters series. You can see him pictured on the cover of the second in the series: 100 Monsters. If you are a fan of bizarre creatures then you need to see the veritable smorgasbord of truly strange beings who inhabit these three films.
> ---------------------------------

Here's an excellent article about traditional Japanese Yokai. In Shinto tradition everyday objects have their own spirits, and the older the object (like tools and kitchen implements) the stronger the spirit gets. The umbrella creature is called a kara-kasa or kasa-bake. A lot of monsters and creatures in anime have their origins in Japanese yokai stories, including cat girls, the fox with multiple tails, the transforming tanuki, the snow lady or girl (yuki-onna).
SonjaBlue
post #10  on March 12, 2004 - 4:55 PM PST  
For a bite of weird, I'd like to vote for "Pizza The Hut" from SPACEBALLS. Kinda gross, but sometimes satire is best at it's simplest...
aacevedo
post #11  on March 13, 2004 - 12:45 PM PST  
THE CRAWLING EYE
dh22
post #12  on March 14, 2004 - 7:22 PM PST  
I once saw a film many years ago; I believe rented on VHS by my brother. It featured an oddball family, and the alien creature that kills them. The alien was a large slimey tentagled thing. It would kill people and take their heads. It somehow had the ability to control their heads and make them talk, which lead to some funny scenes. It's alien master then came for it, at which point this Elvira wannabe killed him by mistake. It was all very weird and I cannot remember the title. If someone knows, please let me know.
Brockton
post #13  on March 15, 2004 - 11:24 AM PST  
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Eoliano
post #14  on March 15, 2004 - 5:21 PM PST  
The Tingler

underdog
post #15  on March 15, 2004 - 6:06 PM PST  
For me, it's hard to top the giant carpet aliens from The Creeping Terror (I prefer watching the MST-ized version because it's more enjoyable that way.) It's an extremely slow-moving (as you'd expect a space rug to be) creature, and yet somehow it manages to capture and devour many of the film's slow-witted denizens.

Why someone didn't just vacuum them to death is beyond me.

Waaaaay out there.
jstack
post #16  on April 14, 2004 - 5:59 AM PDT  
If an appendage qualifies then I would like to vote for The Hand from the 1981 Oliver Stone directed movie "The Hand".
FancyLad
post #17  on July 23, 2004 - 6:21 PM PDT  
Most of my favorites have been mentioned but something should be said for the dudes in the giant rabbit suits in NIGHT OF THE LEPUS. Back in the day, I laughed at the silliness inherent in a horror movie about killer rabbits when I originally saw the movie on Svenghoulie. Now in post Portal of Evil America, I shiver at the idea of America being invaded by arrested developments in fur suits. Talk about a prophetic film!

Also, the impish version of Satan in the MST3K children's classic SANTA CLAUS. God bless Mexico!
JHernandez1
post #18  on August 1, 2004 - 3:25 PM PDT  
> On April 14, 2004 - 5:59 AM PDT jstack wrote:
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> If an appendage qualifies then I would like to vote for The Hand from the 1981 Oliver Stone directed movie "The Hand".
> ---------------------------------

Hey that movie had some precursors! THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS and the 1935 Peter Lorre movie MAD LOVE are fine, fine killer hand movies and worthy additions to anyone's killer hand film library.

I can't think of any weird monsters not already mentioned. I like the giant monster with the prissy British speaking voice who shows up at the end of FLESH GORDON.
sinisterguffaw
post #19  on August 2, 2004 - 10:48 AM PDT  
> I can't think of any weird monsters not already mentioned. I like the giant monster with the prissy British speaking voice who shows up at the end of FLESH GORDON.
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On the commentary track for that movie, they swear up and down that the prissy British monster was voiced by Craig T. Nelson in an uncredited role. I don't see how that's possible, but that's what they insist on!
SDChas
post #20  on August 2, 2004 - 12:06 PM PDT  
My favorite "incredibly Stupid" monster is the one from Blood Freak as someone else mentioned above. A guy smokes some dope then eats some turkey with experimental growth drugs in it. Then he turns into 'Turkey Man'! He runs around like Frankenstien's Monster with a turkey head! And this is supposed to be scary. I remember that they made this like a serious monster film, not tounge-in-cheek like the Troma ones. Which made it more stupid/funny.
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