They represent the best of what movies have to offer. Here are 10 magical creatures made even more mythic by the moviemaking geniuses in Tinseltown (and elsewhere).
We go to the movies for lots of reasons: to experience emotions we don't normally face on a day to day basis; to interact, if indirectly, with characters who are usually outside or just barely within our frame of personal reference; to laugh; to cry; to be frightened; to be pushed to the edge of our seat. But one of the main reasons we park our behinds in the often uncomfortable confines of the local Cineplex is to see something we'd never see in real life: zombies amassing against the last holdouts of humanity; boy wizards working out their destiny among the magic they are supposed to master; the end of the world as envisioned via earthquake, flood, alien invasion, or any combination of natural and unnatural disasters; and, of course, monsters. Those mythical, made up creatures that only the skilled hand of a talented F/X artist can bring to the fore without much effort (but via a boatload of imagination and innovation).
With the release of Luc Besson's latest live action extravaganza, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, on DVD and Blu-ray 13th August, the appearance of a similarly styled fantastical being got us thinking about our favorite onscreen beasties. Some of the choices are fairly obvious, as they come from history, mythology, or legend. Others are a little more obtuse and obscure. All represent the main purpose behind a motion picture - that is, to provide the audience with an experience they won't soon forget. Indeed, all ten choices here (including a couple relatively new ones) argue for a vision that few filmmakers are capable of capturing. Clearly, all the directors here have a way with spectacle and scope. The way these monsters make their presence known is just confirmation of their overall skill and talent. Oh, and by the way, we tried to stay within certain four legged limitations here. No King Kongs. No Godzillas (though we should have included Mothra, perhaps). Anyway, on to number 10: