The Cabin in the Words is the ultimate meta monster movie. It lovingly explains exactly why all those countless teenagers in all those terrible creature features movies had to die, and does so in amusing -- yet horrifying -- fashion.
There are certain animals that simply creep people out. Endless documentaries on the Discovery Channel and PBS have shown us that sharks, spiders, and snakes are misunderstood creatures, but that doesn't stop up from secretly worrying about being strangled in our sleep by giant reptiles.
Eight Legged Freaks is a throwback to the radiation-infused monster movies of 1950s, in which fallout from a nuclear weapon causes fauna to grow to unusual size and then go on a murderous rampage. In Eight-Legged Freaks, it's toxic waste that causes the runaway growth of arachnids at a local spider farm.
The Relic is a
Alien-rip off creature feature with delusions of scientific authenticity, unlikeable characters, and an underwhelming monster. It's appearance on Netflix streaming may tempt you to watch it, but you're better of watching one of the many Tremors sequels available on the service.
The night I went to see Prometheus, a friend tried to wave us off, calling the movie a "hot mess". We saw it anyway ... and she wasn't wrong. This isn't to say it doesn't have it's moments, but the film is ultimately beautiful flawed.
Alien isn't just a monster movie. In many ways it is the definitive interstellar creature feature that spawned dozens of half-baked imitations (including some that had the Alien moniker) Thirty-four years after its release, the movie remains one of the best monster -- and science fiction -- movies ever made.