- Jurassic Park
A true classic with which everyone is already familiar. Just in case you are one of the few in the world who haven’t seen this one: a scientist thinks it’s a good idea to combine modern day insect DNA with ancient dinosaur DNA to create “modern” dinosaurs. For early 90s CGI, the visual effects are stunning and in a traditional Spielberg way, the film is chock full of plenty of blood and guts. It become such a box office force that it spawned three sequels. The fourth title, Jurassic World, garnered over $1.6 billion worldwide.
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
“The film is notable for its towering performance from Fredric March and its fearlessness in presenting Jekyll’s vile alter ego as one of the screen’s most shockingly violent sexual predators.” The story follows Dr. Jekyll, a Victorian era scientist, who theorizes that within each man is the capacity for good and evil. Dr. Jekyll develops a potion which changes him into a more base version of himself, one without morals or conscience. The formula also transformed his physical appearance.
Commonly referred to as “the blue people Avatar” (to differentiate from M. Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: the Last Airbender, released around the same time). This film features a race of large, blue people, the Na’vi, with tails who live in a forest on a distant planet. While not necessarily “monstrous” in appearance, they are different from human beings. And so the film actually takes on an interesting narrative of whether appearance makes a monster, or if the humans, seeking to destroy the Na’vi’s environment are the real monsters.