Watch: 'The Scariest Movie Monster' Video Essay from Throughline
"I think as she was dying part of her mind became part of the creature that was killing her." Monsters in movies have been scaring us for decades, since the early days of cinema. But which one is the scariest of all of them? Jonathan Hiller, known as "throughline", has made a video essay asking exactly that: What is the scariest movie monster Hollywood has ever created? His focus is on the iconic mutant bear creature from Alex Garland's Annihilation (2018), which many film critics have noted as one of the most haunting monsters in recent cinema. But this essay also digs a bit deeper, exploring the philosophy of horror and the emotions we feel watching movie monsters. It ends too quickly but is still worth a watch – only 10 minutes.
Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip on this video. Description from Vimeo: "What is the scariest movie monster Hollywood has ever created?" This video was created by an editor called "throughline", a video essay site run by Jonathan Hiller, based in Boulder, CO. You can follow throughline for updates on YouTube or Facebook or Vimeo. Or subscribe to his video updates on Patreon, including where he first revealed this one. Hiller writes in the description on Vimeo: "Alex Garland created one of the most memorable horror monsters ever witnessed in film." See the full Zach Bush interview here. For more info on this, visit Patreon or Vimeo. To view more video essays, click here. Thoughts? Which movie monster do you think is scariest?