Monsters was the surprise genre hit of 2010, the first feature directed by special effects wiz Gareth Edwards. On a shoestring budget Edwards told the story of a photographer who has to get his boss’s daughter out of a disaster zone in the Mexican desert, an area plagued by monsters since a NASA satellite with samples from a comet burned up in the atmosphere above northern Mexico.

It combines elements of found footage, and a cinéma vérité style with 1950s creature feature tropes to tell a classic adventure love story. Something like a romantic road movie with a little of Apocalypse Now, The War Of The Worlds and hints of Salvador.

It’s a really engaging film, interesting on so many levels, from the narrative, to the visual, to the metaphoric with the added bonus of terrifically realized intense military battles against bizarre giant tentacled freaks. Well worth catching again if you haven’t seen it, and available on Netflix.

Monsters: The Dark Continent, directed by Tom Green, ramps things up to a new level of intensity. Ten years on from the events of Monsters, the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.

To mark the release of this much anticipated sequel, we’re giving away 5 DVDs and 5 Monster T-shirts.

Monsters: Dark Continent will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital formats from July 1st.

To win check out the trailer below, and tell us in the comments about your favourite classic 1950s creature feature atomic mutant monster or alien invader.

5 Winners will receive a Monsters: Dark Continent DVD and an exclusive Monsters T-Shirt! Entries are restricted to our Australian readers only, and close midnight, Friday 10th of July.

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About The Author

C S Hughes

C S Hughes is a proud member of the TV generation, studied film and communications, collects the paperback books of Philip K Dick, loves science fiction and fantasy books, B grade movies and cult TV, American thrillers and British noir, restoring vintage watches, reading poetry, creating innovative illustrated poetry books which are available in Apple’s iBooks format, and cake. Especially cake. He has also written short stories, and has a collection of horror stories coming out in 2015.

71 Responses

  1. B Blaylock

    Gort – The giant robot in The Day The Earth Stood Still.

  2. Big D

    The giant bunnies from The Night Of The Lepus. I know it is from the 70s, but – Giant Bunnies!

  3. Kristy Winters

    The fly, I saw this when I was little I loved it and went on a Vincent price binge because of this movie….but it did make me wary of teleportation like the first time I watched willy wonka (I hadn’t read the book) and the chocolate factory and they went into the TV room I was listening for a fly especially when Mike Teavee tried it out.

  4. Nancy G

    Them! Loved watching monster movies as a kid. “Them” had you worrying about the humble ant.

  5. Jo

    ‘War of the Worlds’ is my favourite, because it is based on the true story of the reading on the radio of this classic book, resulting in listeners believing the alien invasion was actually happening and fleeing for their lives.

  6. james pizzey

    The Blob (1958) this was what we had to scare us at the cinema a young Steve Mcqueen then the remake The Blob (1988)

  7. Andrew Mc

    I remember growing up watching creature features on Friday night with my Dad. There are so many to choose from but one of my most favourite is Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

  8. Diana O

    The only one that comes to mind, because I absolutely adored him, was from the early 60’s (for the shit of me I can’t think of one from the 50’s) and it’s ‘Uncle Martin’ from my favourite Martian.

  9. Mandy Graham

    The Thing (From Another World) (1951)

  10. joe crisafulli

    Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman – very feminism-istic!

  11. Carmel

    One of my favourites that I saw on TV many times as a kid was the original Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. Very cheesy monsters & acting but I loved it. There were some with Vincent Price that I don’t remember the name of that scared the crap outta me as a kid – most movies with him scared me big time. I know Village Of The Damned isn’t 50s – it was early 60s – but I really got spooked by this version of The Midwich Cuckoos. Didn’t trust blonde kids for ages. 🙂

  12. adrienne harries

    Superman and the Mole Men from 1951 – hilarious mutant ‘monsters’ called mole men – they glowed in the dark. were furry yet bald headed and Superman saved the day. Best movie to watch when feeling low its so ‘bad’ its good….

  13. Scott Crumlin

    The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The entire atmosphere was one of tension and dread. You were kept on the edge of your seat NEVER knowing where it would appear, under the water or from behind a tree. The way it was done was very creepy. A real ominous presence. Scared me more than Jaws because the Creature could . . . . . think!

  14. Tabatha Voss

    Cat Girl. Meow. A call for de-sexing and responsible pet ownership if ever there were one

  15. Melinda Chadwick

    Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space – what is truly terrifying is that the script made it all the way into production!

  16. Merryl

    The giant ants in “Them”. I guess they are mutANTS.

  17. Jessica Maloney

    The Aliens in Mars Attacks! because they prove that country music does make brains explode. (Yes it was made in the 90s, but it wasn’t set then!)

  18. lynne lillington

    World Without End where Giant, mutated spiders roam the planet

  19. RICHARD D T WILSON

    Would have to be Gort the robot in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL with Michael Renee.

  20. Joseph

    Dracula is a stud. It’s not hard to appreciate a charming evil villain whose magical undead powers and allure are irresistible to all but the most steadfast of humans, and then his primary goal is to bite down on your neck and suck out your blood to feed his strength! It just doesn’t get much cooler than that!

  21. Natalie M

    Tarantula!! I gave mum a spider ONCE… She had this movie playing and I’ve been afraid of them since then. We did name our ski boat Tarantula though.

  22. Pheona Griffith

    “The Blob” made in 1958. Didnt actually see it until 1970’s when i was about ten. Scared the britches off of me at the time but now laugh at the animations and clump of jelly it looks like. Burnt into my memory as an all time favorite. ‘Run dont walk cause it’s going to eat you alive!’ 🙂

  23. Kirsten W

    Godzilla (1954 film): The best because of how gritty and realistic it is in that the film portrays Godzilla like a real-life epidemic.

  24. Jessica Ashbrooke

    Revenge of the creature 1955. Wow creature features in the 1950’s are a different kettle of fish than what they are today.

  25. Matthew Thompson

    The Giant Gila Monster Plus there are a lot that i like just for the so called special effects for that time period

  26. Fiona

    I was terrified of the old black and white monster movies especially of The Blob and Gort from the Day’the earth stood still. It has a lot to do with the suspense and the eerie music.

  27. hellen waltham

    creature from the black lagoon, there’s also the blob original, or war of the worlds original, just to name a few

  28. Beth Townsend

    My fave 50’s movie about monsters was definitely 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! Who can compete with a giant squid?

  29. Phillip Topping

    The aliens from the 1953 version of War of The Worlds

  30. Heather Hopley

    The Mexican red rumped tarantula from the 1955 movie The Tarantula. Fantastic!

  31. Debra Moody

    The War of the Worlds (1953) my classic favourite scared me into believing in Aliens and the thought that this could really happen.

  32. Donna

    Return of the Fly from 1959 – Vincent Price is always the master

  33. Michael

    The Invaders, loved the TV series, better than X-Files. Hope the make a new re-make

  34. Mick G

    20 Million Miles to Earth – With Harryhausen at the SFX helm this classic was the true forerunner of what we enjoy today

  35. Jenny L

    I loved watching THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) when I was a kid in the 70s and enjoy watching the 2005 version WAR OF THE WORLDS starring Tom Cruise.

  36. Kathryn Jenkins

    It’s not a movie but the original Dr Who. The aliens and monsters they would come up with and the special effects that were used to create them, still keep me highly amazed.

  37. Hamish

    Godzilla (1954). I saw that when I was a kid and loved it.

  38. Susan Banyard

    The Blob 1958 version, I used to have nightmares as a kid, when I watch it now I think OMG how corny was that.

  39. Natalie

    It’s definitely a toss up between Gojira and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Gojira not only is a force of nature, but he is also a walking incarnation of an atomic bomb, making him a political metaphor, one that would have obviously struck a chord with the Japanese audience. Gojira also spawned numerous sequels, both Japanese and American, all of which I love, no matter how cheesy they might be (with the exception of Matthew Broderick’s Godzilla… *shudders* ugh!)

    Creature From the Black Lagoon is amazing because the creature is relentless and the suspense in the movie is so on point. Plus, I loved the way the creature looked. Great costume design.

  40. Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    You can’t go past ‘The Thing From Another World’ later remade into the classic John Carpenters ‘The Thing’!

  41. Amanda D

    The Blob for sure! What’s not scary about a giant orange blob 🙂

  42. Janelle Dowton

    ‘War of the Worlds’ from the 1950’s’,
    Is a classic invasion movie,
    With extra-terrestrial intervention,
    And unprecedented occupation,
    Was the best cinematic attack on humanity!

  43. cheryl l

    ‘The Thing” is not a hand, but alien force, looks like a man, creates havoc across the land, terror in black and white, a fright

  44. nicole larsen

    The Blob I used to be so so scared of this

  45. Marie Reid

    Tarantula (1955) A giant escaped spider for goodness sake! Attacking our burgers! (cows) I’m telling ya nothing good ever came of eight legs!

  46. katrina stubbs

    invaders from mars. Still gives me the creeps to this day. Way better than the remake

  47. Belinda B

    My fave is The Blob for sentimental reasons. As a kid ‘The Blob’ scared me so badly that when I received the toy ‘Slime in a can’ for Christmas I screamed and ran outside thinking it was the Blob who hunted me down!

  48. Monica S.

    The Day of the Triffids…whiplash tongues, plants that walk, killers with a brain, terrifies onscreen! It fascinated me the first time i saw this movie and the book really sent my imagination into overdrive!!

  49. Chrissy Roberts

    The Fly. I can’t help laughing all the way through this weird movie. Such an odd movie. Should be in the “Rotten Tomatoes” catalogue. 🙂

  50. Paul Smyth

    That would have to be The Creature in Creature from the Black Lagoon(1954).

  51. Laura Scriven

    Godzilla with his might,
    It was a action delight.

  52. Melita

    The mutated ants from Them! (1954). At normal size ants are a real pest, imagine them human size or larger.

  53. Bree

    It has to be The Blob. As a kid it turned me off eating jelly for a long time.

  54. Liam

    I can’t go past Godzilla. The carnage, the destruction, the extensive villains gallery. Amazing!

  55. cherry glass

    It has to be the astronaut in The Quatermass Xperiment. The way he mutates into the creature he’s been infected with while in space was pretty scary. To lose your humanity this way was frightening.

  56. Haroon Hameed

    The Blob was one amazing classic movie from 1950’s.

  57. Haroon Hameed

    The Day the earth stood still was one amazing classic movie with the best plot.

  58. Nicole Weedon

    Godzilla for sure especially back in the day.

  59. C S Hughes
    C S Hughes

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