Monsters | Creatures

Monsters and creatures are fantastical beings. They are part of our stories, our folklore and mythologies. The word monster derives from the word ‘monstrous’ which is used to describe something or someone as unnatural, horrifying, or evil. Monsters are non-human entities who have strange and mystical powers or characteristics. They come in all shapes and forms and live in all sorts of places -- some live underground or in the sea, but others live under your bed or in your wardrobe. Frankenstein’s Monster is a really famous monster, but he has always been misunderstood. He was just a little lonely.

What is a monster?

A monster can be defined as an imaginary creature that is generally large, ugly, and frightening. A monster is considered a horror creature, like Frankenstein or Dracula, that often appear in literature and films to scare audiences. Monsters are regarded as grotesque who scare others with their appearance, and threaten society with their powers. Monsters can also be human-like, but they are portrayed as lower class, mutants, and supernatural.

What do monsters look like?

Typical images of monsters include animals with no heads or exaggerated features. Monsters are often ugly, lurk in the dark, and do not look like anything else. Physically monsters sometimes have qualities like dwarfism, giantism, physical splicing with other creatures, extra or missing human features, or more elements that differentiates them completely from what society accepts as normal.

Why are we afraid of monsters?

Humans are afraid of monsters because they challenge society’s standards. We create monsters and they are often a reflection of ourselves. Monsters are also characteristically out of our control and do not follow rules or opinions. Monsters are not predictable and tend to be extremely violent. Also, since we do not know what to expect from monsters or easy to explain and our mind makes them scarier than they actually are.

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Invisible Man
Drawings of the Invisible Man standing as seen from the front and back views with labeled height

The Invisible Man, also known as Griffin, is a character from the 1897 science fiction novella, The Invisible Man, by Henry G. Wells. Griffin was a scientist, who through research with optics, discovered he could make a person unable to reflect light and render them invisible. After performing this experiment on himself, Griffin realizes he cannot undo what he has done. Being completely invisible unnerves Griffin and he desires to begin a “Reign of Terror” throughout the nation. Griffin remains invisible until he is beaten to death at the hands of enraged mob.

The Invisible Man, portrayed by Claude Rains in the Invisible Man (1933), is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

The Invisible Man, also known as Griffin, is a character from H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man (1897). Griffin was a scientist, who through research with optics, discovered he could make a person unable to reflect light and render them invisible and performs this experiment on himself.

The Invisible Man, portrayed by Claude Rains in the Invisible Man (1933), is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Invisible Man
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Claude Rains
First Appearance
The Invisible Man (novel, 1897), The Invisible Man (film, 1933)

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Invisible Man front (original), front (modern), back (modern)

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Wolf Man
Series of illustrations of the Wolf Man in assorted postures with overall height labeled

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend. After being bitten, Larry is informed by a gypsy that he will turn into a werewolf since he was bitten and lived. This proves to be true, and throughout the rest of the film Larry struggles with his werewolf desire to kill and his human desire to not. Larry is finally killed by his own father when he attacks his love interest. As he dies, he transforms back into his human form and his father and lover mourn his tragic end.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

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Lon Chaney Jr.
First Appearance
The Wolf Man (1941)

Drawings include:
Wolf Man front (arms raised), side (walking), side (sniffing)

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Creature from the Black Lagoon
Series of illustrations of the Creature from the Black Lagoon drawn from the front and side views with overall height

Creature from The Black Lagoon, a movie released in 1954, stars the antagonist and monster Gill-Man. Gill-Man is a fully amphibious creature so he can breathe both underwater and above ground. Gill-Man has webbed hands with claws and tough, thick skin that can regenerate and heal rapidly allowing him to recover from attacks that would be deadly to humans. Gill-Man lives in the Black Lagoon at the end of a tributary in the Amazon and is obsessed with a female crew member, Kay, on a geology expedition. Gill-Man attacks the other crew members and abducts Kay, but she is rescued by the remaining crew. When she is saved, Gill-Man is riddled with bullets by the crew and sinks back into the depths of the lagoon.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, portrayed by Ben Chapman in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Creature from The Black Lagoon, a movie released in 1954, stars the antagonist and monster Gill-Man. Gill-Man is a fully amphibious creature so he can breathe both underwater and above ground. Gill-Man has webbed hands with claws and tough, thick skin that can regenerate and heal rapidly.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, portrayed by Ben Chapman in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

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Ben Chapman
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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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Creature from the Black Lagoon front (arms raised), front (walking), side (grabbing)

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Jabba the Hutt
Collection of drawings of Jabba the Hutt measured with overall height

Jabba the Hutt is a fictional leader of organized crime and possibly the most powerful slug-like creature in the galaxy in the extended Star Wars franchise. With powerful reaches in both the criminal underworld and the legitimate political sphere, he changes alliances as fast as it suits him. Jabba does not give second chances and is all too eager to make those he deems unworthy pay. Jabba is best known for hanging Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, on his wall as decoration, and dressing Leia in a metal bikini as he held her captive.

Jabba the Hutt, puppeteered by David Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds, is 5 foot 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and a length of 12 foot 9 inches (3.9 m).

Jabba the Hutt is a fictional leader of organized crime and possibly the most powerful slug-like creature in the galaxy in the extended Star Wars franchise. With powerful reaches in both the criminal underworld and the legitimate political sphere, he changes alliances as fast as it suits him.

Jabba the Hutt, puppeteered by David Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds, is 5 foot 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and a length of 12 foot 9 inches (3.9 m).

Jabba the Hutt
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David Barclay, Toby Philpott, Mike Edmonds
First Appearance
1983 (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)

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Jabba the Hutt front elevation

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Demogorgon
Scaled elevation drawing of the Demogorgon standing with Eleven from Stranger Things with labeled heights

Demogorgons are the sixth and final form of the Demogorgon creature in the Netflix television series Stranger Things. Arriving at the mature Demogorgon stage in roughly a week, Demogorgons are bipedal monsters with evident physical strength, tracking abilities, and resilience against gunfire and physical attacks. Demogorgons are able to move through inter-dimensional gateways between the Upside Down and Hawkins and can perform basic telekinetic abilities. Like other creatures from the Upside Down, Demogorgons are part of the Mind Flayer’s hive mind and act violently under his orders.

Demogorgons grow to a broad range of mature heights that vary between 6’-10’ (1.83-3.05 m).

Drawings of the Demogorgon from Stranger Things in multiple postures from crouching to standing and walking
Demogorgons are bipedal creatures in the Netflix television series Stranger Things. Demogorgons have evident physical strength, tracking abilities, and are resilient against gunfire and physical attacks.

Demogorgons grow to a broad range of mature heights that vary between 6’-10’ (1.83-3.05 m).

Drawings of the Demogorgon from Stranger Things in multiple postures from crouching to standing and walking
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Life Cycle: Stage Six

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