1. Slither

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Another recent entry in the monster genre, this film features monsters from space. A meteorite crashes into a small town and the first man on the scene is infected by space worms. He then slowly turns into an enormous, tentacled, slimy monster who actually only wants his wife back. At the time of its release, it received relatively positive reviews and was hailed as, “equally creepy and funny, critics say it’s one of the most enjoyable of its type in years — if you’ve got the stomach for this sort of thing.”

  1. The Monster Squad

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The Monster Squad is described as a “horror comedy”. This one follows a group of “Universal’s Monsters”, led by Count Dracula and are out to take over the world. It is up to a group of children, aided by a “Scary German Gentleman” and the legendary hunter Van Helsing’s diary, to find a magical amulet and use its power to rid the world of these monsters.

  1. Goosebumps

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A fantastic addition to the monster genre, and more family friendly, Goosebumps is all about R.L. Stine and his daughter and the new kid in town. The new kid arrives and befriends Stine’s daughter and one day while visiting the Stines’ home accidentally unleashes every single monster ever created by R.L. Stine from every single Goosebumps book he ever wrote.

  1. The Creature from Black Lagoon

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The main creature, Gill-man, is featured in another film on this list: the Monster Squad. The creature falls in love with one of the women of an expedition to find fossils of an amphibious man deep in a jungle. The expedition follows a river to a “Black Lagoon”, and the entire time, Gill-man is stalking them. Throughout the film, more of the members of the expedition are killed off and at the climax, the creature kidnaps the woman and drags her off to his cave. Eventually the remaining members of the expedition are able to save the woman and defeat the monster. “The defining image of 1950s horror is the sight of the blurry creature slowly emerging from the depths of the water to attack its unsuspecting victims.”