The best movie monster designs: Godzilla, King Kong and more

Five of the best movie monster designs: Godzilla x Kong, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Pinhead, Kraken
(Image credit: Legendary / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Universal-International / Film Futures)

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire sees two of the best movie monsters team up once more. So what better excuse for us to recap on the best monster designs we've seen on screen over the years? And there are plenty to choose from.

Almost since cinema existed it has been populated by monsters (Carl Boese y Paul Wegener's Der Golem from 1920 is often considered the first film with a monster). Many were designed to frighten, other to amuse, while some have changed their roles over time. And many of the most memorable have spawned franchises that have lasted years if not decades, becoming some of the most popular characters on screen.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.