The Descent, 2005.
A group of cave explorers end up lost in a series of tunnels. It was their own fault, really. They didn’t tell anyone where they were going. To compound the problem, they also chose to explore a cave system that is unmapped. AND it’s full of predatory humanoid creatures with really sharp teeth. This movie has terrific atmosphere; it feels frightfully moody and claustrophobic. The creatures are truly scary and add an element of terror to a movie that would have been decent, even without them.
Lake Placid, 1999.
The same Director as Friday the 13th, Steve Miner brings us this gem. An oversized crocodile is terrorizing a lake in Maine. This is probably the best role I have seen for Betty White. Who would have guessed she had such a foul mouth? She swears like a trucker and looks quite at home doing it. She’s been feeding the crocodile for years, I suppose that’s why it’s grown to such huge proportions. Decent effects and good acting make this one for the DVD collection.
Open Water, 2003.
Sharks get pretty bad PR. They really aren’t all murderous eating machines with an insatiable spirit for blood lust. Two scuba divers on vacation get left behind when their tour guide miscounts the people aboard his boat. Floating in the middle of the ocean with little to no chance of rescue really puts a strain on a relationship. Naturally, the sharks end up having their way with the couple.
The fourth short story in Creepshow may not be a feature length movie, but it warrants a mention on this list. The creature that lives in the crate has a voracious appetite. Rightly so. According to the label on the crate, it’s over 100 years old. The first victim is the janitor, who is pulled into the crate and eaten entirely. The creature looks a bit like a Sasquatch, only with a head full of incredibly long, pointy teeth. I really like the element of the supernatural here. The creature is impossibly old and it can apparently survive underwater. It’s got some of the un-killable characteristics that I love. Like Jason or Freddy.
There are so many great creature movies out there that I don’t have room for all of them. I would like to give a nod to both the Predator and Alien series. They would be obvious choices, I just wanted to give some props to some other greats.
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