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The Top-Rated Monster Movies - Organized By Creature

Looking for something spooky to watch tonight once the trick-or-treating's over? We've put together the ultimate list of classic horror monsters on screen, based on their scores at Rotten Tomatoes.

1. Frankenstein

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The best film featuring Victor Frankenstein's murderous monster is the Universal classic Frankenstein (1931) starring Boris Karloff.

2. Dracula

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Our only tie on the list came down to Bela Lugosi's iconic portrayal of the undead count in Dracula (1931) and Christopher Lee's Horror of Dracula (1958).  

3. Vampires, general


The best generic vampire film is the atmospheric horror Vampyr (1932) from Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer. 

4. Zombies

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There have been many, many imitators. But the top zombie movie remains the one that started the craze for flesh-eating ghouls: George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968). 

5. Werewolves

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Lon Chaney's sympathetic portrayal of a lycanthrope in The Wolfman (1941) leads the pack of werewolf movies.

6. Witches

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Based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name, The Witches (1990) is the only children's flick on our list. That said, it's not for the faint of heart. Some of Jim Henson's puppets for the film are truly terrifying.

7. Mummies


America doesn't always corner the market for best horror movies. The defunct British studio Hammer Film Productions released numerous creature features in the50s and 60s, The Mummy (1959) starring Christopher Lee.

8. The Invisible Man


Universal Studios' version of The Invisible Man came out over 80 years ago, but no one has topped Claude Rains's performance as the translucent anti-hero. The film also stars Gloria Stuart long, long, long before she played older Rose in Titanic (1997). 

9. The Phantom of the Opera

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Very few silent movies hold up. But the unmasking of Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is as horrifying today as it was 90 years ago. 

10. Satan

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Alright, Satan technically only makes a cameo in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968). But that limited screen time is enough to give expecting mother's nightmares.

11. Aliens

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Forget little green men with bulging black eyes. The top cinematic alien is the drooling, chest-bursting Xenomorph from Ridley Scott's Alien (1979).

12. Mutants


The concept of mutant ants might seem hokey. But the 1954 creature feature THEM! uses just the right amount of suspense to make a gripping horror film.

13. Sequels

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We saved the scariest Hollywood menace for last: the cash grab. Actually, there have been a lot of great horror sequels over the years. But the best remains Bride of Frankenstein (1935).


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