How to Make the Other Universal Monsters Scary Again

Dracula. The Wolf Man. The Mummy. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Frankenstein(’s monster) and the Bride of Frankenstein(’s Monster). They’re all icons of cinematic horror, many for nearly a century – and that’s the problem. Read More >>

The Case for Calling All Vampires Draculas

Myths about vampiric creatures that rise from the dead to feed on the blood of the living predate Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the modern concept of extravagant, seductive vampires by hundreds of years. But stories about aristocratic, sometimes campy vampires who vanish into puffs of smoke and must be invited into human homes have arguably been defined by it. Read More >>

What is a Cryptid? The Gizmodo Guide to Undocumented and Unusual Beasts

Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, Australia the Bunyip and America, its Jersey Devil. All over the world you hear tales of mythical beasts, animals and monsters that might just exist, even if they're not scientifically recognised. From lake monsters to living dinosaurs to creatures straight out of myth — we're talking about cryptids. Read More >>

Scientists Declare Nessie Was/Is Probably an Eel

Researchers who analysed DNA material floating about in Loch Ness did not find any long-lost dinosaur code in the water, but they did find evidence of some wiggling creatures that may well have been mistaken for the beast in the past: eels. Read More >>

Bird Box is the First Great Monster Movie About This Poisonous Invention

Have you watched the new Netflix movie Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock yet? It’s been divisive, with some people saying they love it and other people claiming that they hate it. But I absolutely loved it, and I have a theory about one of the most difficult questions of the entire movie: What are the monsters, exactly? Read More >>

It’s Tourist Season so Scientists are Dredging Loch Ness Again

Scientists who fancy a romantic busman's holiday to the Scottish highlands have come up with a new reason to examine the contents of Loch Ness, with this latest team hoping to analyse the water to hunt for the DNA signatures of mysterious contents. Read More >>

Universal Adds Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame to Its Monsterverse, Which Is Very Dumb

Universal is desperate to create a franchise out of the classic “monsters” that ruled the studio from the 1920s to 1960. It’s calling this thing “Dark Universe” and it’s all kicking off with that ridiculous Tom Cruise-starring Mummy. And now we get word about more monster movies being planned and they make no sense. Read More >>

Siberian Miners Find Demon Baby Dinosaur Thing

Diamond miners in the remote Siberian town of Udachny received quite a shock this week when, instead of pulling shiny rocks from the sand, they unearthed a bizarre mummified creature that looks more than a little like the escaped spawn of that three-jawed dog monster in The Thing. Is anything ever normal in Siberia? Read More >>

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What Kind of Scary Creatures are Hiding Deep in the Ocean?

The deep sea is home to creatures that are sort of normal but then have some sick twist that makes them monstrous. A squid can’t be just a squid, it has to be a giant squid the size of a school bus. A shark can’t just be a shark, it has to be a goblin shark with a jaw that protrudes out of their face. A giant isopod looks like the world’s largest cockroach and zombie worms are freaking called zombie worms. Life is scary down there, man. Read More >>

This Video Showcases the Man Behind All Your Favourite Movie Monsters

Meet Tom Woodruff. You’ve seen him in movies, but probably didn’t even realise he was even in them. That's because he specialises in playing creatures. Read More >>

What Actually is… the Sussex Bigfoot?

The agricultural hotbed of the South Downs is at the centre of a media storm at the moment, with local journalists pretending that a blurry black lump spotted in the woods might be some sort of... of... monster. Read More >>

Happy Birthday, Godzilla — 60 Years of Never Being Remotely Scary

The monster from the depths first appeared on cinema screens back in 1954, meaning it's about to celebrate 60 years of being an allegory for environmental catastrophe via the medium of a man in a pantomime monster suit. Read More >>

The Natural History Museum Wanted Nessie Killed and Sent to London

A shock plan back in the 1930s saw the Natural History Museum issue an order to have Nessie killed and brought back to England, with one museum official asking bounty hunters to forget their moral values and shoot the monster on sight so its corpse could be displayed for the merriment of the London elite. Read More >>