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Monster Gallery: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Watcher in the Water

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“Frodo felt something seize him by the ankle, and he fell with a cry. Bill the pony gave a wild neigh of fear, and turned tail and dashed away along the lakeside into the darkness. Sam leaped after him, and then hearing Frodo’s cry he ran back again, weeping and cursing. The others swung round and saw the waters of the lake seething, as if a host of snakes were swimming up from the southern end.

Out from the water a long sinuous tentacle had crawled; it was pale-green and luminous and wet. Its fingered end had hold of Frodo’s foot and was dragging him into the water.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Originally, executives maintained that the Watcher sequence in Fellowship of the Ring could be excised, being essentially superfluous; Peter Jackson was against the idea and was adamant in retaining the scene. “I loved the notion of the scene,” Jackson stated, “and I thought the film needed a good Monster sequence at this [narrative] point in time. I fought for it.” Compared to the scene in the novel, the Watcher in the Water’s attack in Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring film adaptation was greatly emphasized. In the original version of the sequence, the Watcher attacks the Fellowship with its twenty-one, faintly luminous green tentacles — remaining otherwise unseen. In the film, the action of the scene is larger, and the Watcher reveals its appearance, emerging from the water.

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Monster Gallery: Jurassic World (2015)

Indominus rex

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“It’s white. You never told me it was white.”
“Think it will scare the kids?”
“The kids? This will give the parents nightmares.”

“There is no shortage of awesome dinosaurs,” said Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World. “We could have populated this entire story with new species that haven’t been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the Earth right in front of us, but for some reason that’s not enough. We’re always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger. The focus groups want something bigger than a T.rex — and that’s what they get.”

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Monster Gallery: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Flame of Udun

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“Something was coming up behind them. What it was could not be seen: it was like a great shadow, in the middle of which was a dark form, of man-shape maybe, yet greater; and a power and terror seemed to be in it and to go before it.

It came to the edge of the fire and the light faded as if a cloud had bent over it. Then with a rush it leaped across the fissure. The flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed about it; and a black smoke swirled in the air. Its streaming mane kindled, and blazed behind it. In its right hand was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire; in its left it held a whip of many thongs.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Larry Talbot

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Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night;
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

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Monster Gallery: The Wolf Man (1941)

Monster Gallery: The Water Horse (2007)

Crusoe

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The Water Horse director Jay Russell first developed the appearance of Crusoe, the titular creature of the film, with concept artist Matt Codd. The core concept was to have a design that would channel the classic depictions of the Loch Ness Monster — like the iconic 1934 photo hoax by surgeon Robert Wilson. “We felt that since we were creating our own version of this legend we wanted to have something unique.” Russell and Codd also attempted to make the creature a realistic, animal-like character, that would have a familiar element to it.

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