- The Thing (John Carpenter’s The Thing)
Easily the most terrifying creature on the list and arguably the most terrifying alien monster to be put to film. My dad showed me The Thing when I was eight years old and needless to say it scared the shit out of me. I spent much of the movie with my eyes covered. Then when I got older I was gifted the VHS for Christmas and I can’t recall exactly how many times I have seen it now, but it’s somewhere in the low hundreds I think.
The Thing is a perfect name for this alien creature as it has no definite shape or form. Before it reached earth it moved from world to world assimilating other lifeforms, copying their genetic structure so it can call upon them later as needed. When threatened or cornered it mutates, sprouting new limbs, claws and teeth in a hellish amalgamation of previous victims leading to some of the most fascinatingly grotesque creature designs I’ve ever seen. Mostly though, the Thing likes to hide, waiting for just the right time to strike; when you’re isolated and alone is when it will come for you and it will hide inside your imitation until it can assimilate another poor soul.
What makes the Thing so dangerous is how hard it is to kill. If you don’t have a flame thrower or some high explosives then you ain’t got a chance! Each individual piece of it is itself a whole, meaning that if you take of a chunk of its flesh, well that chunk is its own organism and will try and survive on its own, so you take off an arm it will sprout a few sets of legs and scurry away, cut of a head and it will just grow some spiderlike appendages and disappear into the night.
Some may say I’m biased with this pick as it’s no secret that The Thing is my favourite movie but if you can think an alien monster more deserved of the top spot on this list then I’d love to hear it.