Horror has proven to be one of the most diverse genres that sparks many creative stories. The creature feature is a beloved subgenre, as fans love being terrified of aliens, beasts, and monsters. The great thing about a creature feature is that it’s often grounded in real threats that any viewer could plausibly encounter.
The genre typically produces new hits every year, including many beloved B movies. While the dumbest side of the subgenre had entertainment value, there were some pretty great creature features. The force of nature aspect of horror will always land with fans.
10/10 Anaconda was ridiculous and fun
Widely known for his exaggerated and silly nature, Anaconda was one of Jennifer Lopez’s most memorable movies – albeit for the wrong reasons. Beloved by its cult for its lackluster effects, questionable gameplay, and fun creature feature, Anaconda well worth a watch.
Starring Ice Cube and Jon Voight, Anaconda follows the crew of a small boat attacked by a huge anaconda that prowls the Amazon rainforest. When a determined hunter takes them hostage, he forces the crew deeper into the forest to bring them to their prey.
9/10 Alligator explored the urban legend of a giant reptile on the loose
Taking the Jaws concept in the streets, Alligator (with Robert Forster) tracked a giant-sized alligator years after it was hunted. After consuming laboratory animals all his life, Ramon the alligator grows to gigantic size and escapes the sewers. Once Ramon is on land again, he attacks everyone in his path.
As the bloody rampage begins, a seasoned detective and a herpetologist join forces to track down and capture the creature. Explore the infamous urban legend of the sewer alligator, Alligator was one of the first – and best – films that sought to copy the Jaws formula.
8/10 Lake Placid had a giant crocodile terrorizing a small town
With Bill Pullman, Lake Placid saw a huge crocodile terrorizing the small town of Black Lake, Maine. When the body of one of the monster’s victims is fished out of the lake, a Fish and Game officer, Jack Wells, sets out to find out what’s responsible.
With the help of a paleontologist, Jack goes on the hunt for the apex predator, eager to find it before the others. However, he comes across an elderly woman who was feeding the beast. As in everything big man vs beast moviesthe creature breaks loose and rampages through the city. Lake Placid is a classic creature feature.
7/10 Snape took a boat trip chased by a giant crocodile
Located in Australia, Thug follows a group of tourists who take a boat trip along a river known for its large number of crocodiles. The group includes a travel journalist, Pete, and a tough local guide named Kate. As is inevitable with the best creature characteristics, the boat is soon attacked by a giant man-eating crocodile.
As the crocodile begins to slowly make its way through the small group, the passengers find themselves trapped on a small bank with no way to escape. The group soon realizes that their best bet for survival is to go straight through their reptilian hunter. Thug has incredible special effects, for which it has won several AACTA awards, and a fun story.
6/10 Deep Blue Sea saw people being hunted by smart sharks
Located on a deep-sea research station that is home to intelligent sharks, The deep blue sea followed the survival of a group of people trapped in the facility. After an attack and a failed rescue operation, the station is slowly flooded with water and relentless sharks, which begin killing survivors.
As the human and shark populations slowly dwindle in the fierce fight between the two, the survivors must use increasingly creative methods to slay the beasts. At the end of The deep blue sea, the handful of surviving characters must make a bold push to the surface. A great shark attack movie, The deep blue sea offers a tense and silly adventure.
5/10 Crawl trapped a woman in the heart of a hurricane with alligators
2019 Crawl combined the creature horror feature with the natural disaster subgenre, throwing its characters into the heart of a hurricane. Crawl was a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that managed to scare its audience. When the storm hits, a young woman named Haley goes to find her father, who stayed home to weather the storm.
When Haley shows up, she finds that the house and surrounding streets are flooded and her father is injured in the basement. Unfortunately, the storm has swept a group of alligators into town, and the monstrous reptiles target Haley and her father.
4/10 Pitch Black was a creature feature on an alien planet
Introduce the world to Riddick, Vin Diesel’s iconic character, field black starts with a transport ship damaged by asteroids, which forces it to land. The spaceship crashes on a desert planet, with only a handful of survivors emerging from the wreckage. One of the survivors is the violent criminal Riddick.
As they search for shelter from the desert heat, as well as a means of rescue, the group discovers carnivorous bat-like monsters. They soon realize that creatures cannot move in light. field black isn’t necessarily smart or revolutionary, but it’s a fun watch nonetheless.
3/10 No, it was Jordan Peele’s spin on the Alien Invasion movie
Jordan Peele Nope was a fun, modern Western story that quickly introduced a menacing otherworldly menace. When brother horse trainers OJ and Emerald Haywood start noticing strange happenings in their small town, they take it upon themselves to investigate the cause.
Although OJ and Emerald are initially unsure, they come to firmly believe that their town is home to a UFO that harbors a living being. The creature, which is attracted to anyone who looks at it, continues to kill the townspeople as OJ and Emerald hatch a plan to bring it down. Nope was praised for its chilling story, which showed off Peele’s talents.
2/10 Tremors was a modern western with monsters
Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward brilliant creature comedy feature, Tremors, follows the residents of Perfection, Nevada as they are tormented by unseen monsters. As Val (Bacon) and Earl (Ward) try to get help, they find themselves trapped by a rockslide and must turn back.
When Val and Earl discover the creatures are giant worms, the townspeople desperately begin to plan their escape. However, the creatures can detect their footsteps, so the small group of residents must fight back. Tremors is such a classic creature feature that it’s spawned five sequels, a prequel, and a TV show.
1/10 Jaws remains the king of creature functionality
by Steven Spielberg Jaws has been the first blockbuster of the summer and is also the quintessential creature feature, defining the genre for years to come. When a shark begins to attack Amity’s vacationers, Sheriff Brody assembles a captain and a marine biologist to hunt him down.
As the trio of hunters set out on the high seas, determined to catch the killer shark, they discover the beast is much tougher than they had anticipated. Combining adventure and horror, Jaws is undoubtedly the best that the creature feature genre has to offer.