10 Best ‘It Came From the Deep’ Sea Monster Movies

Posted by: Michael

I have always been a sucker for monster movies but alot of my favourite monster movies are in a special niche of their own. Sea Monster movies are a fantastic horror niche and I am sharing my Top 10 It Came From the Deep Sea Monster Movies in the hopes that you will all share your favourites so I can watch them and hopefully discover some new ones of my own.

It is far too difficult for me to list these films in order from 1 to 10 so instead I will be just listing them in the order I wrote them down and avoid the whole fiasco of ‘how dare you rank sea monster movie A above sea monster movie B’ debate.

The Host: Directed by Bong Joon-ho ‘The Host’ follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squid like creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her. The film is gruesome, action packed and full of heart. The creature in the movie is also one of the best and really was the predecessor to Cloverfield since it does a great job at showing you just enough of the monster to build suspense until the final big reveal. In true Hollywood tradition Vertigo films and Universal are working on a remake with Gore Verbinski. The film will be directed by Fredrik Bond and is based off a script by Mark Poirier.

Rogue: Sam Worthington’s first big bite on the big screen for me was in the giant croc movie ROGUE. The film is about a monstrous Croc in the outback that decides to make lunch out of a bunch of water boat tourists. The film co-stars Radha Mitchell who starred in Silent Hill and the recent remake of George Romero’s The Crazies. Although it won’t win any awards for creativity it is a fun and entertaining monster movie with a great mix of intensity, violent carnage and fun.

Piranha: I have not seen Piranha 3D yet since I have been moving but the general consensus is its hot chicks, giant 3d fish, and lots of gore and oh yes tons of TNA. The original movie is a classic and was directed by Joe Dante. I shouldn’t have to tell you but the movie is about killer Piranha that decide to make lunch out of a bunch of folks who decide to take to the beach for some sun and fun. An absolute classic and yes as mentioned the remake is currently playing in theatres.

Jaws: Dun Dun.. Dun Dun... Dun Dun... oh how I love those notes. JAWS was the movie that made me never want to go back to the beach or as the movie tagline was ‘back in the water’. It scared me so bad I was terrified to even go near a fish tank for months for fear of what might be lurking in the castle in my tank. JAWS directed by Stephen Spielberg is THE definition of the ultimate Sea Monster Movie. Had I of tried to put this list in order I likely would have put JAWS in the #1 or #2 spot.

Cloverfield: Those of you who read my ramblings and have for awhile know that Cloverfield was not my favourite movie. The film actually made me sea sick with its obnoxious use of the first person camera but that does not take away from the fact it was a creative and very well executed monster movie. I would go so far as to say it was the greatest monster movie since Godzilla just based on the buzz and marketing alone. Cloverfield is about a monster that hits New York and turns it into street meat. Shot from the first person it’s a great monster movie with plenty of suspense and a great story. Despite its cast of unknowns and an untested director it was a fun film so long as you took some Gravol first.

The Thing: Ok so admittedly not exactly a sea monster but pretty close if you don’t mind stretching things a bit. The Thing is a monster that is taken out of the arctic ice and ends up wreaking absolute havoc at an American Research Institute. Easily one of the best Monster movies ever made it would rival JAWS for being #1 on this list. In true form the remake started shooting in Toronto a few months ago with the monster being 100% CGI this go around which is a complete slap in the face to the original which has some of the best Practical FX ever done!

FrankenFish: How can you not love Frankenfish? This is another classic B-Movie that I would dare say alot of you have probably never even heard of. The film is about Chinese Snakehead fish that are genetically modified and become a pest in a Louisiana river. The kind of pest that eats people alive and grows to yacht size terrifying people worse than my grammar ever could J . FrankenFish is a low budget monster movie that has its flaws but is still a really fun movie to checkout.

Lake Placid: This horror comedy directed by Steve Miner is such a great film. Steve Miner went on to direct one of the worst remakes ever made, Day of the Dead (2008) which you should ABSOLUTELY not confuse with the Dawn of the Dead remake. Lake Placid is about a giant killer alligator and a group of locals and out of towner’s who set out to hunt it down. The clear highlight of this film was Betty White and you will understand why once you watch it.

Deep Rising: I bought Deep Rising on VHS tape for $4. It was a blind buy many years ago and since then I have seen it no less than 40 times. The film stars Treat Williams and much like The Thing and JAWS could easily rival for the #1 spot on this list if there was such a thing. The film is about a boat captain who gets recruited to take a ‘group of men’ out to sea. The men it turns out are mercenaries out to take over a yacht. When they arrive however things go south quickly as the entire crew and thousands of guests are missing and they discover something has risen from the deep and is set on making them dinner. Great FX, great writing, lots of gore and humour are just a few of the reasons Deep Rising is a must buy.

20,000 Leagues under the Sea: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a movie I remember fondly from my childhood. My parents rented it on VHS and it still holds its mark with me. Released in 1954 and starring Kirk Douglas it’s the story of a submarine called the Nautilus which falls victim to a sea monster. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a classic sea monster movie and one that everyone should see.

So there you have it my 10 Best ‘It Came From the Deep’ Sea Monster Movies which now leads to the question, what are your favourites?


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