Before the critical and commercial success of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit”. The director Peter Jackson had his start creating some of the most memorably bizarre gross-out horror comedies with some highly unimaginable and disturbing creatures.
Some of his early films such “Bad Taste (1987)” and “Dead Alive (1989)” were Crazy, visceral, over the top, quirky, violent, gory, silly and extreme. While I know everyone has their own favorite monster and horrifying creatures list, I hope you will find at least a few of your favorites among my candidates as well. List of top 10 Peter Jackson’s 10 horrifying and disturbing movies creatures.
10. Jackson’s Alien – Bad Taste (1987)
It’s all about the aim in this tongue-in-cheek shock-horror gross-out fest from early in Pete Jackson’s career. It’s hard to imagine how Mr. Jackson went from this to incredibly campy comedy of guts and brain chunks to the brilliant Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 20 years, but, if you take a look at the films he made along the way – Meet the Feebles, Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive, etc – you will see the common threads.
The amount of bloodshed in this film is really high, but the gore is presented in such a way that it just makes you laugh hysterically. There’s vomit eating,brain eating,exploding heads,flying guts and even exploding sheep.A must see for horror,splatter and gore fans.
9. Shelob – The Return of the King (2003)
Shelob was one of the countless brood of Ungoliant, a Great Spider and a relic from a time before Sauron’s Shadow. Shelob was the greatest of Ungoliant’s spawn, many times larger than even the largest of Mirkwood’s spiders.
Frodo is able to escape, but after Gollum unsuccessfully attacks him, Shelob sneaks up on him and pricks him. She is driven off by Sam, who returns to Frodo’s aid, before she can take Frodo into her Lair.returns to Frodo’s aid, before she can take Frodo into her Lair.
8. Balrog – The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers
Also known as Durin’s Bane and Flame of Udûn. The Balrogs were originally Maiar, of the same order as Sauron and Gandalf, but they became seduced by Melkor, who corrupted them to his service in the days of his splendor before the creation of Arda.
In the books, Tolkien depicts the Balrog as being barely a shape wreathed in shadow and flame. Possibly man-shape, yet greater. Balrogs seemed to encapsulate and project power and terror.
7. Watcher In The Water – The Fellowship of the Ring
The Watcher in the Water was a horrifying and mysterious beast with many tentacles living in a pool near the Westgate of Moria in Middle-earth. According to the most ancient tales, Melkor, the most powerful of all the Dark Powers and the Valar, in his fortress of Angband bred many terrible creatures for which there were no names in the Time of Darkness before the Valar kindled the Stars. In the following Ages, these creatures were a bane on land and in the dark waters to those who lived peacefully in the World.
This was one of the great Krakens, a massive creature with many tentacles and a slimy sheen. It was luminous green and had an inky stench emanating from its foul bulk. For many years, it lay patiently in the black water beneath the mountains.
6. Cave Troll – The Fellowship of the Ring
Not long after the Fellowship finds Balin’s Tomb and discovers the fate of the dwarven colony at Moria, they are attacked by Orcs. The Orcs have a massive Cave Troll with them. It nearly steps on Gimli, then stuns Boromir. It then goes after Frodo. Aragorn tries to protect Frodo, but he is knocked aside.
The Cave Troll then spears Frodo, appearing to mortally wound him. The rest of the Fellowship then kills the Cave Troll in their anger. Afterwards, they discover Frodo alive thanks to the Mithril Coat that Bilbo had given him.
5. Party Crashers – Dead Alive (1992)
Among other things, there’s a bit of zombie sex, a zombie baby, a memorable custard meal, and the party to end all parties. The creature and splatter effects are simply amazing, and it’s all practical stuff, to boot. An irresistible dose of dark humor runs throughout, in addition to the amount of slapstick and farce that creates some truly hysterical moments.
Of course, seeing the unrated version of this film is advisable, since you get even more bang for your buck.
4. Hyperactive Baby – Dead Alive (1992)
Dead Alive contains some of the most hilarious scenes of all time. There is one scene of a zombie baby being tossed around in a park as residents look in horror at what Lionel is doing to this baby of his. Of course it isn’t his baby though, it is the baby of two zombies.
How did they end up having this baby? Take a guess. While everyone else is watching Lionel beat this baby off of poles and such, there is a drunken guy who is cheering him on.
3. You-Don’t-Scare-Me-Mother – Dead Alive (1992)
Lionel’s mother falls gravely ill and then starts transforming into an Undead nightmare that attacks and bites other people, spreading the infection. Lionel, being a timid mama’s boy, can’t bring himself to kill his own mother, despite the fact that she is already Undead and so he tries to cover up his zombie problem as it grows worse and worse.
His mother grows into a giant monster and Braindead becomes a splatter fest. The ending is unique, but it is only slightly better than Shawn of the Dead, which bored me to death.
2. Orcs – Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Orcs were the most commonplace villains serving the Dark Powers. Orcs as evil in their own right, but only as tools of Morgoth and Sauron. Orcs were dependent on the Dark Lord in various ways: after their leader was defeated, the Orcs were confused and dismayed, and easily scattered by their enemies.
In the millennia after Morgoth’s defeat and banishment from Arda, they were without a leader, and degenerated to small, quarrelsome tribes hiding in the Misty Mountains.
1. Gollum “My Precious” – Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Gollum, originally known as Trahald, was a Stoor, one of the three early hobbit-types. The name Gollum was derived from his disgusting gurgling, choking cough. His birth can be estimated to have happened in the year 2430. His death date is given as March 25, 3019. His life was extended far beyond its natural limits by the effects of possessing the One Ring.
The Ring, which Gollum referred to as “my precious” or “precious”, extended his life far beyond natural limits. Under centuries of the Ring’s influence, Gollum had come to love and hate the Ring, just as he loved and hated himself.