Arthur is an avid television and movie fan with horror being his favored genre. If you can name it, he has probably seen it. Twice.
Let's face it, apart from one famous fish, there are not many creature features that deserve even a B rating. One of the greatest strengths of the creature feature is just how awesomely bad they can be. Of course, there is a thin line between so bad it's good and just plain terrible. These 10 creature features are the best worst movies that you have probably never seen.
This movie has all the Hallmarks of a bad creature feature. A scientific experiment went wrong, a young doctor who just moved to town, and an old "insert creature here" expert who promises to catch the creature. It stars the infallible Pat Morita of Karate Kid fame and is not completely awful. They do make the mistake of showing the animatronic snake a little too often. As far as awesomely bad creature features go this one is stomachable at least once.
"Ice Sharks" is easily the newest entry on this list. Every year SyFy pumps out a number of creature features, but for the past few years they have been ramping up shark movies around what they are now dubbing, "Sharknado Week". While most of them are so bad they don't deserve a watch much less a mention, there is one that stood out this past year. The makers of Ice Sharks actually did a modicum of research on the sharks they were portraying which showed in the end product. This movie was good enough that both my wife and I felt the need to mention out loud that it wasn't terrible.
This one is difficult to find which is why I hold my VHS copy close to my heart. It is hard to get much B-er than this, but that is part of the charm. It plays on the urban legend of Alligators in the New York sewers which were flushed down the toilet when they got too big. The Alligator in the aptly titled "Alligator" end up growing into a hulking monster with an insatiable appetite. It's up to a hard-nosed cop with a shady past to take down the menace. If you can find this movie watch it immediately and often.
Feast is unlike anything before it or anything since. It is technically a B-movie, but this film could have done great in the theaters if it had the financial backing. They completely turned standard horror movie clichés on their heads and made a genuinely enjoyable creature feature that left you wanting more. Unfortunately, they gave us more in two sequels that were absolute crap. Just watch the first one and appreciate its brilliance.
This movie actually went to the theaters in the '90s, but it has been largely forgotten which is a shame because it is a pretty good movie. They never really explain what the creature is other than a reptilian creature that may be the product of dark magic. It stars the brilliant Tom Sizemore before drugs cut his promising career short (he's still alive, but no one in Hollywood will touch him.) If you have not had the pleasure of watching "The Relic" I would bump it toward the top of your watch list.
This movie is somewhat of a cult classic, but it wouldn't be surprising if you had never heard of it. C.H.U.D. stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers which is what the government calls the creatures that are lurking in New York sewers and eating people. Though the film is corny as all get out, the idea behind it is actually thought provoking. You may think I'm crazy, but I promise you won't hate me after watching this movie.
Into the Grizzly Maze
Never thought a bear could be a horror movie antagonist? You've never seen "Into the Grizzly Maze". This is an excellent movie that never made it into the theaters even though it stars Billy Bob Thorton, James Marsden, and Thomas Jane. I rented this film from a Red Box because I had a free rental, it was the best free rental I have ever had.
"Black Water" is everything that "Open Water" wished it could be. It is a suspenseful look at what happens when Man finds themselves knocked down a peg on the food chain. They do a great job moving the story along with a plot that has the potential to get boring and repetitive. The only reason that this movie is not as well known in the US is that it was produced and released in Australia.
This straight to digital Dolph Lundgren film flew under the radar for obvious reasons. The problem is that this movie is really not that bad, it revolves around Lundgren who is an exotic animal smuggler and loses a bull shark in a local lake. Of course, the acting isn't great, the story is full of holes, and the graphics are OK at best. Still, if you are looking for a good bad creature feature to watch this one is definitely worth the watch.
Bait may be pushing it to even be on this list because it is a darn good movie even though the plot is rather ridiculous. A group of people gets caught in a flooded grocery store after a tsunami rips through the city bringing a couple 12 foot great white sharks with it. It sounds dumb, but the graphics are great, the acting isn't half bad, and the movie is suspenseful with a decent body count. The only reason why more people didn't see this movie is that it was an Australian movie that was quietly released to DVD in the US.
I have probably seen every creature feature that has ever been made, but I would love to be proven wrong. Is there a really great one that I have missed? Is there a reason one of these should not be on the list? Let me know in the comments.