We all love a good movie full of monsters, but what excites us even more is when the movie makes us fall in love or feel sympathy for the monster and hope for its success. Directors make a connection between us and the monster so undeniable that we’d rather overlook the vulnerable humans.
movies like Eli, Freddy vs Jasonand carrie Let’s want the monster to seize the day. Whether we feel guilty for this reaction or not, it’s always a unique experience as fighting the monster is all too common.
Eli is a dramatic horror film released in 2019 that follows the story of a boy named Eli who is sent to an institution by his parents in hopes of curing his autoimmune disease. Eli begins to believe that something inexplicably wrong is going on in this house.
We sure want to see Eli, who ends up being the worst nightmare ever. Still, you can tell that you root for the terrible kid and hate his parents and the doctors who surprisingly did what was good for society.
carrie is a horror/thriller film that was released in 2013. It follows a vulnerable teenage girl who is bullied in high school. However, she has a special talent for moving things with her mind. On prom night, the bullies went a step too far, leading to Carrie handing them the consequences of their lives.
Carrie is compassionate from start to finish as she was a lovely, innocent girl who is a victim of circumstance. Despite killing numerous innocent bystanders, we still find ourselves on her side: there’s a certain catharsis in her that takes control of her life, despite the amount of carnage she causes.
Splits is a horror/thriller film that was released in 2016. It’s about three girls who are kidnapped by a man named Kevin who has dissociative identity disorder. Fighting for their lives, the three teenagers try to escape as the kidnappers’ different personalities unravel.
You’ll learn about Kevin and the other personalities that live within him, including Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy who wants friends and company. Many other personalities have off-putting traits, but you can’t help but have a soft spot for Hedwig.
‘Warm Bodies’ (2013)
Warm bodies is a romance/horror film that was released in 2013. It follows a story set during a zombie apocalypse in which a woman struggles to survive but ends up being protected by a zombie named R. These two fall in love despite one being alive and the other undead.
R is considered special and unique: he is the light at the end of the tunnel in a zombie apocalypse. Somehow, he managed to maintain his emotions and humanity even after turning into a monstrous zombie. We cheer for his survival and even hope he turns back into a human.
The ‘Twilight’ Saga (2008)
The Twilight Saga is a dramatic fantasy romance film series released in 2008. The series follows Bella as she moves to the mysterious town of Forks and falls in love with a vampire while a werewolf languishes after her. They go through many dangerous situations to protect Bella.
We see these monsters as the good guys trying to protect the love of their lives. The Cullen family of vampires refuse to drink human blood, and the werewolves are there to protect humans from dangerous vampires. It makes you fall in love with both monsters and cheer on their safety even more than Bella’s.
“Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
Beauty and the Beast is a classic Disney romance film that was made as a debut and animated film, and then adapted into a live-action film. It follows a young woman captured by a selfish prince cursed to live as a monster. During their captivity, they fall in love with each other.
We hate this monster at first for capturing the innocent woman, but it shows its gentle, charming, selfless side. At the end of the movie we want them to find each other, lift his curse and survive against the other humans.
“The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
The silence of the Lambs is a classic crime drama released in 1991. It’s about a rookie FBI agent who enlists the help of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), an imprisoned serial killer and cannibal to track down her next murderous suspect before he kills another victim.
While Hannibal is the poster child for utter evil, we seem delighted when he escapes from prison and hope he doesn’t get caught. It may simply be because of his brilliant mind and sheer honesty that we oddly want him to succeed.
“Freddy vs. Jason” (2003)
Freddy vs Jason is an action horror film series released in 2003. This series is about two notorious monsters from the Friday the 13th movies, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. They return to Elm Street to terrorize the teenagers, but also hunt each other down.
This movie makes us root for one of the monsters as they fight each other. We used to hate them, but now it’s evil against evil. Viewers are drawn from one character to another, hoping to win against their slasher film rival.
“American Psycho” (2000)
american psycho is a 2000 drama crime thriller. It follows the perspective of yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Balle) while trying to mingle with his colleagues and friends. We learn how his brain works, what he thinks and how he behaves.
He ends up attacking and killing many innocent people. However, there is a sad quality to his character that makes him almost sympathetic. Aware of how terrible his crimes are and how shallow his life is: he desperately wants to be punished. There are even a few moments where he reigns in his bloodlust, suggesting he wants to change on some level.
joker is a dramatized crime thriller released in 2019. He follows Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) life before he became the title character. We watch as he tries to cope with his mental illness and how life throws obstacles in his way. He lives a hard life and in retaliation he wreaks mass chaos.
People love the Joker; Society created this monster and you can see why he is the way he is. We cheer for his success in punishing society as we can see how they hurt him and never gave him a chance to succeed in any other way.
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