Top 5 Scariest Creature Feature Horror Movies – Part 2

Top 5 Scariest Creature Feature Horror Movies – Part 2

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Jeepers. Creatures. Where’d you get those—features? Well–as you may have noticed in our first
part of this particular Top 5 Scary series–creature features seem to be a behemoth of horror cinema
that can’t help but rear their terrifying head in all matters of confusing calamity. Whether it’s a giant anaconda at the bottom
of an unfortunate lake–or an ancient pagan cult that has desperately been trying to summon
their overlord for the past few decades–the capacity in which these terrifying monstrosities
can burst onto the screen can vary from feature to feature. And–fortunately for us–there’s plenty
more where that came from. Hello horror fans–what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Creature Feature Horror
Movies–Part 2. Roll the clip. Uh. Gross. For the curious amongst you, of course–that
scene was from 2001’s Jeepers Creepers–which turned an otherwise curious yet jolly song,
into one of the most terrifying little tunes in horror cinema. And we can use that to illustrate our definition
of creature feature. Whether it’s an alien xenomorph, a great
white shark or a weird ass scarecrow who listens to jazz–as long as the movie is about a terrifying
monster–it can pretty much slip into the genre. Also, as we said last time–honorable mentions
to Alien, The Thing, Jaws–whatever, all of them–you know those movies anyway–you don’t
need me to tell you about them. On with the show. Kicking off at Number 5–The Cave, 2005 And no, not of the Platonic variety. Although, admittedly, that would make for
a pretty damn decent horror movie–and certainly one that is far, far away from the terrors
that linger within this particular rocky enclave. 2005’s The Cave, on the surface, is a throwaway
movie that was torn to shreds by critics following its release–but in many ways they were wrong. First though, let’s get the bad news out
of the way. This film is a walking cliche–and it’s
everything you’d expect from an early two-thousands horror thriller that was still confused by
the ever changing current of the waters of horror cinema. And also, not only that–but yeah, the acting
in this movie isn’t exactly anything to write home about. That doesn’t mean it’s not passable though,
by no means is it bad–it’s just not exactly good. OK. Now that’s out of the way, we can talk about
the one thing that matters–the creatures in this feature, are frickin’ awesome–and
they earn a spot on this list, not just for their physical effects and design–but because
of their lore. Bare with me. Directed by Bruce Hunt and written by Michael
Steinberg and Tegan West, The Cave tells the tale of an ancient Romanian Abbey, deep in
the Carpathian Mountains–that is lost to the sands of time following a landslide in
the 13th century. Fast forward several more centuries–and following
an illegal archaeological plunder–it is discovered that the Abbey is actually the entrance to
a vast, unexplored subterranean cave system. Obviously, in typical–here’s a strange
entrance, guess we better send some people down there fashion–a crack squad of thrill
seeking cavers, survival experts and scientists are sent into the depths to figure out just
exactly what is going on–and as you’d imagine, the deeper they go, the more… *problems*
they encounter. Listen, you know how this movie is going to
go–but surprisingly, there is some awesome lore behind The Cave, and although in many
ways a throw away narrative, it serves to make you think about the forgotten places
of our planet. And not only that, but the creatures in this
movie are brilliantly designed–yeah, they’re not exactly anything new–but they’re still
awesome. Oh yeah, Lena Headey’s in it too. Bonus points all around. Swinging in at Number 4–The Blob, 1988 Oh no, Paul! How quickly your fate arrived–and whilst
that may be spoilers, guys, just watch the movie–and you’ll see just exactly what
you’re missing. Also, I *will* count the 1958 horror classic
of the same name–and whilst the two of them are certainly comprised of the same alien
DNA–they can also stand on their own two feet. I mean, if Blob’s had feet that is. Either way, I think for the sum of its parts,
although it is a close call–the 1988 version of The Blob is a superior movie–so we’ll
be focusing on that one in this respect. Written and directed by Chuck Russell, with
a writing credit from Frank Darabont himself, The Blob–of course, does exactly what it
says on the tin. And it’s because of its iconic approach
to horror that it cements itself here. In many ways, The Blob is exactly what we
mean when we say creature feature. This movie is literally about a giant amorphous,
acidic amoeba-like organism rolling around town and devouring and dissolving anything
in its path. Yeah. Guys. Don’t lie, that’s all you wanted from
this list, right? And thankfully for us–this film delivers
exactly that, in gelatinous spades. In tells the tale of the sleepy town of Arborville,
California–where unbeknownst to its residents, what appears to be a meteorite crashes in
a field, that harbors a strange and massive slimy substance. And obviously, it’s not long before one
of the town’s miscreants goes meddling with the crash site–unleashing upon the town all
of it’s Blobby chaos. You see, whilst this is technically the entire
crux of this movie–unlike the 1958 original, the remake of The Blob actually attempts to
tie together a few loose ends, giving a much more consistent air of plausibility to this
film–that frankly, serves to compliment the horror experience as a whole. 1988’s The Blob was a box office flop, and
it was cast aside as an unnecessary remake–but I say forget that noise, because it’s got
all of the components for a fantastic creature feature–just with more amorphous suffocation–and
more dissolvement of limbs. Everyone’s a winner. Next up at Number 3–Attack The Block, 2011 Okay–now although this film *is* certainly
in the remit of a horror comedy–it’s so unique in its approach, and so fantastically
well done that you’d be forgiven for not sitting down purely with the intention of
laughing for an hour or so. Yeah, this movie is funny for the most part,
and yes it’s dialogue is quicker than a rat up a drainpipe–but it’s also a frighteningly
effective creature feature–and it’s a demonstration on just how versatile horror and it’s many
sub-genres can be. And also–this movie is just–fun–and you
can’t really say that about many films of the early 2010s. Written and directed by Joe Cornish in his
directorial debut role–and yeah, this guy would go on to direct Ant-Man and Star Wars–Attack
The Block tells the tale of a young nurse named Samantha Adams–a resident of the Wyndham
Tower block in central London, and yes–the connection to John Wyndham’s Attack of the
Triffids is certainly not lost on this film. You see, Samantha, played by the remarkable
Jodie Whitticker–who carries this movie effortlessly alongside her young cast–is mugged by a gang
of teenagers. Pest, Dennis, Jerome, Biggz–and their leader,
Moses–played by the fantastic John Boyega–but she is quickly able to escape, when, fortunately
for her–a meteorite falls from the sky and crashes into a nearby car. Of course, in the meteorite is a strange–seemingly
extraterrestrial creature–and then we have all the bones for the next 90 minutes of brilliantly
orchestrated chaos. Start to finish, this film is enthralling
in its approach–as the ramshackle gang of survivors seemingly put aside their differences
in a matter of saving the planet from assured alien destruction. Obviously, that was a little bit of a hyperbole–because
this film is so impeccably British that it’s a feat in and of itself. Yeah, just put together a group of people
who certainly shouldn’t ever run head first at a ravenous alien creature whilst swinging
a baseball bat–but then does it anyway–and you can pretty much understand exactly what
this movie was aiming for. Coming in at Number 2–Relic, 1997 Alright guys, we’ve covered this one in
quite a few honorable mentions before–and I saw quite a few of you calling for it’s
place in this list in our last video–so yes, certainly, I oblige. 1997’s Relic is an awesome movie–with an
awesome monster–and if you haven’t yet seen it, you certainly should. Also, that scene that we just played–starring
Audra Lindley as Dr. Zwiezic–it’s probably one of the finest throwaway scenes in 90s
horror. Seriously, the acting clout in that scene
is something to be admired–and then she’s pretty much never seen again. If that doesn’t sum this movie up, then
I’m not sure what will. Directed by Peter Hyams and based upon the
1995 novel of the same name by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, tells the tale of Dr. Margo
Green–played by Penelope Ann Miller–an evolutionary biologist stationed at the Field Museum of
Natural History in Chicago. Here, during her application for a new research
grant–she stumbles upon the new research of an anthropologist, Dr. John Whitney–who
has seemingly disappeared after studying a tribe in South America. Part of this research, is a strange stone
statue–depicting a creature known as the Kothoga–a mythical forest monster. And then–suddenly–people start losing their
heads over all manners of museum based capers. Obviously–there’s a lot more too it, but
also obviously–I don’t want to spoil too much, because surprisingly–The Relic has
a lot to offer in terms of narrative–and for an often overlooked creature feature,
at the very least–it’s an incredibly well made horror mystery. At the start, it plays out as a whodunnit–wait,
what’s this weird fungus thing–why are people losing their brains–and then, *BAM*
creature feature–and obviously, the most important reason–the reason you clicked on
this list–the aforementioned creature of the feature, is brilliant. And for those of you that have already seen
The Relic, you’ll know how frighteningly effective the Kathoga is. Yeah, this film is surprisingly intelligent
in all the right places–and if you’re in the mood for a ravenous frenzy of popcorn
with more than a few eyebrow raises–The Relic is not one to be missed. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–Rogue,
2007 WOW. This film. Holy shit. I was a little late to the party when this
movie first came out, but following the success of Wolf Creek–and hearing good things, I
had to poke my head once again into the beautiful yet horrifying swampy billabong’s of Australia. If you know this channel well, you’ll know
that I have a quiet reverence for the fantastic horror entries that have emerged from Australia
over the past few decades–and truly, Rogue is one of them. The first and most important point of this
entry–is that Rogue is an underappreciated classic in it’s own right, particularly
when it comes to creature features. On this list, we’ve had ancient subterranean
demons, giant amorphous acid blobs–phosphorescent space glow-stick monsters, ancient South American
chimeras–and then this. A saltwater crocodile. And believe me, that saltwater crocodile is
more terrifying than all of them combined. And the second most important point–it encompasses
the one motif that Australian Horror cinema has nailed to near perfection–the fear of
the natural world. Also–you’ll be forgiven for piping up about
the *other* 2007 Australian crocodile horror–Black Water–which is a damn fine movie–but yeah,
this one is better. Written and directed by Greg McLean–the man
responsible for 2005’s Wolf Creek–Rogue tells the tale of a group of tourists on a
crocodile watching river cruise in Kakadu National Park–part of Australia’s Northern
Territory, led by charming wildlife researcher–Kate, played by Radha Mitchell. After winding up for the day, and taking her
cruise back before darkness falls–the tour spot a flare from up the river. Obliged to go and see if someone needs rescuing–something
hits the boat from beneath the water–and then we’re off. Rogue. Listen. Jaws is uncomparable as a horror movie. It’s brilliant. But Jaws is to sharks as Rogue is to crocodiles–really,
it’s that good. And part of the success behind this creature
feature is that the crocodile looks so damn real–and the physical effects behind Rogue
are nearly flawless. Also, talking of real–this movie is based
on a real life crocodile, named Sweetheart, a giant male saltwater crocodile who attacked
boats in Australia, in the 1970s. Nightmare fuel. Well, there we have it horror fans–our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Creature Feature Horror Movies–Part 2. Phew. That was a good one. Well, what do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below. Before we depart from today’s video, let’s
first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from over the past few days. Joseph WIlson says– Oi! Bring Agatha back. — Hey, I know man. I know. I hear you. I miss her too. Agatha is a force of nature dude–if she comes
back, we’re blessed. If not, we were blessed to have known her. Either way–you know what I always say. Never piss off a witch. Clay Talman says– Jack, why don’t you just do a Top 5 Comedy
Horror Films? — We have! Go and check it out, it’s one of my favourites. And finally, David Rosales says– Zydrate comes in a little glass vial! –A little glass vial. A little glass vial. Well, unfortunately on that note–that’s
all we’ve got time for in todays video–cheers for sticking around all the way until the
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34 comments

  1. Make sure you check out part 1 if you haven't already! – Top 5 Scariest Creature Feature Horror Movies – Part 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8YTH08-cbU

  2. The Kothoga is a truly terrifying monster. For me I'd say It and Jeepers Creepers are my favorite in the creature feature horror.

  3. When I saw The Relic for the first time I thought the effects were jaw-dropping for being made in 1997.
    The movement and the lighting of the CGI is very well done for it's time and nailed the monster's character.

  4. If you make a part three, you need to include a movie I'm actually in, Frank Darabont's THE MIST. Based on the Stephen King novella, it's got all kinds of creatures. It was shot in my hometown and I'm one of the shoppers in the supermarket scenes which were actually shot on a set, not a real supermarket,except for one exterior shot. I could tell you some awesome stories about working with everyone. It was great!!

  5. My 3 Honorable Mentions…
    1) MOTHER SPAWN – The Deadly Spawn (1983)
    2) HUNGRY BEAST – TerrorVision (1986)
    3) SPLINTER – Splinter (2008)

  6. Don't know if they qualify as creature features, but Critters and Ghoulies might be worth a mention if you do another Top 5 Creature Features.

  7. the cave was terrible, couldnt seen anywhere near enough of the creatures and not enough lore. 88 blob was garbage, OTHER than the more gross blob moments. attack the block i will refrain from commenting about… (ugh). Relic was a fantastic book. movie was not up to snuff. I wish they had done more.

  8. Ok I am so please with this list Jack!! Rock the Block , Relic, The Blob! The Cave!! I own and love all these flicks! Rock the Block is just amazing in my book. Rouge I haven’t seen yet but I will!! What about Dean R Koontz Whispers is also a really good creature feature as well!

  9. Cave missed a great opportunity. A wet cave can kill in a disturbing number of ways without the need of any monsters whatsoever. Make a film about a group of explorers whose daring has exceeded their skills and you could have a seroiusly frightening film…but they had to add a monster.

  10. What I'd like is for you to imitate an American accent while narrating these videos…your accent is like fingernails on a chalkboard !

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