Sure, Hollywood’s main exports may be movies that grip the human heart and soul, but sometimes, directors and producers allot some space for more absurd stories and characters, like animals. What? You ask yourself. That’s true. And we’re not even talking about Babe or Homeward Bound here. We’re talking about huge (or tiny), annoying pests you need to call pest control for. Here are 8 gross movies that feature pests.
1. Them! (1954)
Yep, Hollywood was making these kinds of films as early as the 1950s. The premise of Them centers around a colony ants that are bombarded with radiation during nuclear tests, thus enabling them to grow into large insects. Think of the Hulk, but instead of the anger management issues and green color, these ants are just, well, big.
2. Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959)
Sure, leeches are therapeutic since they allow your body to replenish new blood cells by sucking them, but too much of their blood sucking can leave you dry. Now, imagine being attacked by giant leeches. In a similar vein as Them!, this centered on a group of leeches that grew to large proportions due to radiation and were taking people as prisoners, siphoning blood off of them.
3. Cloverfield (2008)
The main character of J.J. Abram’s monster movie is a monster codenamed “Cloverfield”, who by first glance, looks like a mix of an ugly looking de-furred bat without any wings. Cloverfield was so terrible that it caused millions, maybe even billions, of dollars in collateral damage in New York that the military had to bomb the entire island just to get rid of it. Now that’s intense.
4. The Mist (2007)
One of Stephen King’s literary pieces was made into a monster movie that was just horrifying. Every time a mist engulfs a town, people must stay way from it, or else they will be killed by giant bugs and different kinds of creepy crawlies.
5. Arachnophobia (1990)
What happens when a deadly Amazon spider is transported from its natural habitat into Central America and breeds with a normal house spider: A deadly infestation, that is. If you don’t have a fear of spiders, watching Arachnophobia will definitely give you one.
6. The Fly (1986)
Seth Brundle develops a device that can teleport things and beings from one place to another. But when he teleports with a fly inside the chamber, he finds himself slowly transforming into a hideous hybrid of man and fly.
7. Any Godzilla movie
Imagine seeing a lizard in your home. Now imagine that very same lizard about 100 ft. tall with large spikes on its back with sharp claws and the ability to shoot deadly energy beams from its mouth terrorizing the streets of Tokyo and, voila: You have Godzilla, a monster that is recognized by millions of people anywhere.
8. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
If tiny spiders freaked you out, then these giant-sized spiders will scare you to death. Giant arachnids begin terrorizing locals after being exposed to toxic waste. Even as a nod to old monster films, it’s thrilling nonetheless… and it stars young Scarlet Johansson.
Do you know other movies that start disgusting pests/monsters? Share them in the comments section below.