CGI is okay, but there’s really nothing quite like sticking some poor actor in a costume and making them walk around. It’s the foundation of monster films, and something we get to see less and less of these days.
Ironically enough, as costumed monsters get sparser with modern techniques, they also became way cooler thanks to those very same advances. Check out some of the most unique ones since 2000 – costumes that remind us why we love monster movies.
10. The Merman in The Cabin In The Woods
The bloodier this movie gets the more blissful it becomes. In terms of horror monsters it’s a god damn festival that ranges from terrible CGI snakes to wonderful practical makeup creatures to god damned unicorns. What makes it work is the fact that, with all the cliques they are mocking, it totally makes sense that there would be varying effects even though that wasn’t their intent.
The merman monster is exactly what it sounds like – a wiggling punch line to a joke you had no idea existed that blows blood out of its top hole. What more do you want?
9. Mr. Hyde in The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
No one is calling this movie good – but one thing it did have was awesome effects, at least for the time in which it was made. The reason why was that they went with a range of technique including CGI but also model and makeup. The best had to be the Mr. Hyde costume worn by Jason Flemyng.
Watching the film, you probably didn’t even notice it was a costume – but since we’re talking about the days where an actor was yet to climb in a polka dot gimp suit and emote in front of a camera helmet, they opted to get the real thing.