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Articles of Horror: 10 Best Man vs. Monster Movies

“Man vs. Monster” is something we have seen time and time again with films and books. Back in 1818 when Mary Shelley first created Frankenstein she began a trend with authors of science fiction and horror, revolving around a man versus a monster. Some things man was not meant to mess with is a good way to describe are inability to play god in a lot of films and books. This would be known as fringe science: science that can’t be explained or science that is being messed with. 

Cloning is a good example of real life fringe science. It seems as though man has a god complex and strives to make things better with life but ends up screwing everything up and getting a lot of people killed. In other cases they mess with chemicals to help those who may be sick hurt or even dead. Recently, in the movie Splice, two scientists try to come up with a way to cure a bunch of diseases. The company that owns their research wants to just make a buck, so they decide to make their own test subject to show the world what they can do. Unfortunatel,y things get out of hand and people die.

One film after another we see the road of good intentions paved with blood. In this article we will go over ten best examples of man (or woman) messing with stuff they really have no business playing with. You could almost say these are the smartest dumb people you will ever see on screen. At the end of each movie I will throw in an unfortunate victim in the film, so if you really want to watch some of these, be careful.

 
 
10. Deep Blue Sea

A scientist (Saffron Burrows) tries to cure Alzheimer using Shark DNA; the only problem she makes the shark super intelligent. A good thought process, but she should not have poked around a shark’s brain too much. Major Victim in this movie Samuel L. Jackson He gets eaten by a shark whole … ouch!

9. Return of the Living Dead Part 3: Living Dead Girl

A
 boy and a girl are out joy riding when they get into a terrible car accident. The boyfriend remembers his father works at a government lab with some weird material that can reanimate the dead. Problem is now that his girl is back all goth and hot she also wants brains. Love is tragic in this case tragic for the human race. Major Victim in this movie, the couple themselves die as only idiot teenage lovers do with each other.

8. Species

Let’s mix unknown alien DNA and human DNA together. What do we get? The hottest female alien (Natasha Hendridge) ever made. Problem is she wants to mate by the time she reaches adulthood, which sounds a lot more fun than it is. Good idea, but the filmmakers should have watched Weird Science when it comes to making the perfect woman. Best part of the film is alien designer H.R. Giger, who created Sil. Major Victim in this movie Alfred Molina has sex with Sil then just like a black widow spider she kills him. 


7.
Man’s Best Friend

This was Michael Vick’s worst nightmare made into a film. Make the best dog money can build, just make sure it’s not more insane than Cujo. This puppy goes from sweet and innocent to vicious and evil. The only person it seems to not want to kill is the reporter (Ally Sheedy) who adopts it while the military is hunting it. Love is blind, people! A lot of the animals talk (or at least have thoughts we hear) in this movie all voiced by Frank Welker, the famous voice actor from shows such as Transformers, Scooby-Doo, The Animaniacs, The Real Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget, and so many more. Major Victim in the movie Lance Hendrickson is electrocuted — by a puppy. 

6. The Fly (1986)

A scientist (Jeff Goldblum) tries to create a matter transporter. It works, only problem is he forgot to check the tube when he teleported to make sure he was alone. This is more of a man becoming the monster, but still messing in science he shouldn’t. Some of the grossest special effects are in this film. Major Victim in the movie is not really a death but, it’s still bad when Geena Davis gives birth to a maggot baby.


5. Re-Animator 

Scientist Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) comes up with a special green serum to bring the dead back to life and to keep them living. He believes this will make him understand what death is like and how he can control it. Only problem is it makes them stark raving mad and crazy and all they want to do is kill and destroy. This scientist obviously never watched a zombie movie.  Major Victim: Again not really a death, but still one of those what the $^$#% moments is when the girl tied down naked has a decapitated head lick her all over. Brings new meaning to getting head. 


4. Jurassic Park

Billionaire John Hammond clones dinosuar DNA and repopulates the species to show the world what these amazing creatures used to look like. He builds a park and forgets that dinosaurs where the most powerful creatures ever created. Best summary of this whole movie: God creates Dinosaur, God destroys Dinosaur, God Creates Man, Man Destroys God, Man recreates Dinosaur, Dinosaur eats Man, Woman inherits the Earth. Major Victim in this movie is once again Samuel L. Jackson, who gets torn apart by raptors.

3. The Curse of Frankenstein 

The Hammer Films version of the Frankenstein story has Victor (Peter Cushing) and his friend Krempe bring a dead dog back to life. Frankenstein suggests that now they must create life from scratch, but Krempe withdraws when Frankenstein suggests using human body parts. Victor does eventually create a body utilizing a corpse found swinging on a gallows, and hands and eyes purchased from charnel house workers. Next, he seeks the brain of a distinguished professor. This way his creation is smart, but it still hates its existence and want nothing more than to destroy and kill. The professor’s brain he uses wants nothing to do with its new horrible life.  Victor had good intentions, but went about them all the wrong way just to prove he could make life from scratch. Major Victim in this movie is the monster him self. It’s tragic what we will do in the name of science.


2. Bride of Frankenstein

In order to give his creature (Boris Karloff) a mate, Henry’s former mentor creates a woman monster (Elsa Lanchester) from scratch. He hopes the creature will not know the loneliness he has felt through the many years to come. It works and he creates Woman, but she is of course not given a sense of manners as at the first site of her husband-to-be she hisses at him in disgust and the creature feels betrayed. Major Victim is Frankenstein and his wife flee as the creature kills both himself and his bride. Love hurts.

1. Frankenstein

This is number one because it was the first film to show us how mad a scientist can be when he puts his mind to it. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) decides he can create life from an assortment of body parts that he can control. He had everything right about his project untill he decides to use the brain of a criminal. The creature (Boris Karloff) wakes up angry, frustrated and confused. It has no meaning of write or wrong. It grows to hate its master especially when victor tries to kill the creature. Major Victim in this movie is a little girl the creature picks up and throws in a lake. Why?! She teaches him to float flowers on the water and he thinks since she is so cute that she too can float. 

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