If you want to give a Brit nightmares, show him, or her, an Alien. Or maybe a great white animatronic shark. Ridley Scott’s Alien and the shark from Stephen Spielberg’s Jaws took top honors as the scariest movie monsters of all time according to a poll of 4,000 film fanatics in the UK (United Kingdom) recently conducted by Jameson Cult Film Club.
Most people we polled agreed that CGI was making monsters much more realistic and scary compared to the Special effects of the early first half of the 20th Century,” a spokesperson for Jameson said. “I guess with technology developing the way it does we will have a lot more monster to give us nightmares in the future.”
That may be true but the movie monsters giving us nightmares now are largely “classics” though not in the way one might expect. At 32, Alien still reigns supreme as the scariest monster in British imaginations followed by “Bruce” the shark from Jaws. Another alien, this time the invisible, laser-wielding one from the 1987’s Predator fills the Number Three slot. The sewer-dwelling Creeper from Jeepers Creepers and the half-Jeff Goldblum, half-fly from The Fly round out the top five.
“Four of the films that made the top five were made more than 24 years old,” the Jameson spokesperson explained. “They are classic movie monsters by anyone’s definition but what’s really surprising about these results is that the traditional and iconic monsters of the last hundred years like vampires, werewolves, Godzilla and King Kong were more likely to leave fans snoring than screaming.”
Well, yes and no. Vampire and shape-shifters fans are certainly screaming over movies like the Twilight Saga and television series like True Blood but not out of terror. And both vampires and were-wolves do make appearances in the top 10 of the Jameson list. The bloodthirsty were-wolves from British horror flick Dog Soldiers attack the Number eight position while the vampire Count Orlok from the classic German film Nosferatu hangs on at Number 10.
“Years ago people would be scared of the unknown — fantastic creatures with fangs and a thirst for blood. These days we have become accustomed to the classic monsters — vampires and werewolves play out romantic teen dramas, the ghosts are friendly and even the recent remake of King Kong made him out to be a softie.”
Brits and horror buffs are still being frightened however. Nearly half of those polled admitted they suffered from nightmares after watching a monster movies. A third (including one in four men) admitted that they often hid behind their hands while watching a scary film. One in ten report leaving the room altogether during a horror flick.
So, what are the top 20 scariest movie monsters to horror film fans in the UK? According to Jameson they are:
- Alien (Alien)
- Jaws (Jaws)
- Predator (Predator)
- The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers)
- The Fly (The Fly)
- Crawlers (The Descent)
- The Thing (The Thing)
- Werewolves (Dog Soldiers)
- T Rex (Jurassic Park)
- Count Orlok (Nosferatu)
- T2000 (Terminator)
- Gremlins (Gremlins)
- King Kong (King Kong)
- The Creature (Cloverfield)
- Triffid (Day of the Triffids)
- Godzilla (Godzilla)
- Frankenstein (Frankenstein)
- Bugs (Starship Troopers)
- Creature (Monster)
- Worms (Dune)
Those using horror films as a means of getting closer to their date will want to keep in mind there are some gender differences to what scares us. The ladies are more likely to report having nightmares after watching Jaws. And if you want to scare a gentleman in the UK? Watch Alien.