Junk Drawer: Monsters

Alex Schadrie: Freddy Krueger

Ever since he first appeared in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Freddy Krueger has become one of the greatest modern movie monsters of all time. Freddy Krueger was a child killer who was captured by the police, but released due to a technicality in the search warrant. Furious at the trial’s results, a mob of angry parents decided to hunt down Krueger and burned him alive. While they thought that he had died, Krueger survived due to assistance from dream demons, who gave him his powers. Besides his interesting backstory, there are many other traits that make Freddy Krueger such an interesting character. Some of the factors are his ability to enter people’s dreams and kill them; plus his clawed glove is certainly a unique weapon. Out of all the films that he has appeared in, “Freddy vs. Jason” (2003) is certainly my all-time favorite.

Ben Paplham: The Pale Man

Guillermo del Toro has long been notable for his work with horror and fantasy, especially creating unique monsters. But there are none more iconic than the Pale Man from “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), a film that’s a perfect mix of historical drama and gothic fairy tale. Set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, “Pans Labyrinth” follows a young girl named Ofelia encounters magical creatures that allegorize her stepfather’s brutal military connections and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The Pale Man, who mercilessly eats children and has eyeballs stuck in the palms of its hands, is a brilliant representation of oppression.

Heidi Swanson: Sully

Movie monsters: scary, gruesome, violent, horrifying, murderous. Basically, monsters are at their core, evil. Obviously Sulley, from “Monsters Inc.” (2001), is the most deadly of monsters. Just kidding, Sulley is, according to Boo, a “Kitty”—loveable, cuddly, cute. While Sulley has sharp teeth and a fearsome roar that scares most children, his soft blue and purple fur kind of ruins the scary image. In the world of “Monsters Inc.” screams are what power electricity. However, Sulley and his friend Mike find an alternative to scaring the children, a technique that is much better for both the children and the monsters. (I won’t say what technique just in case you haven’t watched this classic, though.) What makes Sulley so great is that he is a good monster. Along with Mike, they make the world a better place. Sulley’s goodness reinforces the notion that who you choose to be is much more important than what you are.

Eduardo Padrino: The Night King

If regular zombies are already cliché and boring for you, ice-zombies are here to change your mind. As the main antagonists of the “Game of Thrones” series, “White Walkers” are ancient and powerful creatures looking to bring death to the entire human civilization. If that is not scary enough for you, these beings also have the power to re-animate the dead, turning them into human-killing corpses for their massive army. “The Night King” however, is not a regular “White Walker,” he was the first of them to ever exist and is therefore, the strongest one. Standing at the top of the ice-zombie royalty, “The Night King” does not only have a cool name, control over the entire “army of the dead” and mystical powers, he also wears a “crown” on his head, showing us that true evil is not just about killing others It is about doing it in style.

Rebecca Jacques: Wendigo

Mythological stories have always been interesting to me. Sometimes, I wonder where the idea behind them came from. The Wendigo is an evil and cannibalistic spirit who is often depicted to take on a deerish form, its body stretched out and bones sticking out. It is said that this 15-foot tall emancipated creature resides in northern forests along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region. As the legend goes, those who are possessed by this spirit become cannibalistic. Similar to with other mythological creatures, there have been sightings of the creature and few claim to have killed a wendigo, but pure evidence has yet to be found. Whether or not there’s any truth to the myths, I don’t know. What I do know is that the Wendigo is a pretty cool monster.

Sam Sorenson: The Thing

My favorite movie monster is the Thing from John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982). Hundreds of thousands of years ago some sort of alien life form crashed in Antarctica and a few Norwegian scientists discover a creature that mimics the things around it. A group of American scientists discover the creature when it sneaks into their base in the form of a husky. This monster is so fascinating to me because it can only be killed by fire and it multiplies by infecting the blood of those around it. The practical effects used in “The Thing” are marvelous and show off how disgusting this monster is.

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