Almost as long as there have been movies, there have been movie monsters. They range from the supernatural to the all too horrifyingly real. We haven’t seen it yet, and it’s a project shrouded in mystery, but the upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane is at least tangentially related to one of the most memorable recent creature features, Cloverfield. We’ll have to wait and see about the connection between the two, but we can’t help but have monsters on the brain.

With that in mind, we thought what better time to count down some of our favorite scary movie monsters and why they’re so delightfully terrifying. Before we get into this, we’ve got a couple of ground rules. We’re going to stay away from the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Jason Voorhees-esque slashers, and the like. Of course, we adore those icons of horror, but for the purposes of this list, we want to stick with movie monsters that are more creature and less human/character.

10. Clover, Cloverfield
As this list is inspired by 10 Cloverfield Lane, what better place to start than with one of the most popular movie monsters of recent years? Affectionately called Clover by the production, though it never gets an official name in the movie, we only catch glimpses of the beast in the shaky, handheld video footage that comprises the movie. Producer J.J. Abrams wanted something "insane and intense" in the vein of Godzilla, and watching Clover smash its way though the city in Cloverfield, the subsequent creation certainly fits the bill. The creature is also intended to be immature and suffer from separation anxiety, which probably explains all of it violent outbursts and lashing out, designed more an event than a character like some others.

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