Fangs. Multiple eyeballs. Tentacles. Scales. Talons. Rotten flesh. There are so many things to be repulsed by when it comes to movie monsters, but also such a sincere appreciation for each and every one of them that often the two hold hands and skip down Lover’s Lane together. When it comes to matters of the heart, forbidden love knows no bounds even if the subject of passion is from a supernatural world, a different realm, another planet, or even from the ground. These are the kinds of characters that will have you dramatically falling to the floor in a fit of passion exclaiming, “But Daddy, I love him!” because the ones we love really do hurt us the most. Seriously, most of the movie monsters we fall for would gladly sink their teeth into our flesh.
When it comes to compiling the subjects of our movie lists, picking the ones we love may have been the hardest to select. Don’t we love all of the monsters we encounter as horror fans? We all hold a soft spot for the weird, the macabre, the gross, the strange, the dangerous, and the wild. While there is an entire universe of lovable monsters missing from what you see here, just know we fell for them just the same. Nothing can separate love at first sight or first bite. Whether they were born bad or are forced into becoming a beast, the following characters are 10 Movie Monsters We Fell In Love With.
10. Michael in Tammy And The T-Rex (1994)
Thanks to writer Mary Beth and the spirit of horror, I decided to face my fear of animatronic dinosaurs (yes, deinophobia also known as ornithoscelidaphobia is a real thing) by venturing into Stewart Rafill’s (Mac and Me) oddly romantic 90’s gore flick, Tammy and The T-Rex. Unfortunately, I still have a deeply-rooted psychological issue with the creatures. From what I was able to see through my fingers, Michael the dinosaur was a lovable monster brought to life by some horrifyingly impressive practical effects. He may be ferocious and terrifying to look at, but he has a heart of gold and a passionate love for his sweetheart, Denise Richards (Wild Things). If you swoon for the bizarre, this guy is for you.
9. Daniel Robitaille in Candyman (1992)
Is it cliche to say we fell in love with Daniel Robitaille because he’s sweet? The hooked-handed villain of Bernard Rose’s (Paperhouse) urban mythical Candyman may be a lethal murderer completely covered in bees, but he is one committed lover. Sure, he’s totally narcissistic and has a severely supernatural god-complex, but we can’t help ourselves from adoring the Candyman himself. His tragic backstory reveals heartbreak and vulnerability, making him a pretty sympathetic character no matter his personal body count. Hand us a mirror and you know whose name we’re calling out five times.
8. Eli in Let The Right One In (2008)
She may be a child, but the character of Eli in Tomas Alfredson’s (Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy) Let The Right One In and Matt Reeves’ (Cloverfield) US remake, Let Me In, is definitely one of the most lovable characters on this list. Most of us may be too old to have a romantic inclination towards Eli, but it’s the friendship the young vampire girl forms with a local child outcast, Oskar, that really tugs at our heartstrings. She’s lonely and lost in the world in which she doesn’t belong, but her strength, loyalty, and love for the boy gets the best of our emotions. We love her protective nature, even if that means ripping a few bullies to shreds. Eli is fierce and we love her for being exactly what she is: a monster.
7. David Kessler in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
David Kessler is an innocent guy backpacking his way through Britain with a friend in John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London. It’s pretty obvious that actor David Naughton (Midnight Madness) had the quintessential boy-next-door good looks, but it’s his candid and naive personality that really win us over. He finds himself in a pretty hairy situation, but wouldn’t we all just want to help him despite his carnivorous lunar activities? We fell in love with David from his first unbelievably spectacular transformation to his bloody mass homicide along the moors of Yorkshire. Knowing his doomed fate makes it just that much harder to give him our whole heart, but we do it anyways.
6. Jack Skellington and Sally in A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
As the cutest, sweetest, and most resourceful rag doll in the horror universe, Sally adds heart and a level-head to the ensemble of universally eerie frights. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town in Henry Selick’s (Coraline) holiday mashup A Nightmare Before Christmas, is the epitome of the season’s spirit with an irresistible drive to incorporate the macabre into all of his endeavors. It’s hard not to love a man built on spooky passion and the strong lady next to him. Who doesn’t want to live like Jack and Sally? Or better yet, with Jack and Sally? We gladly crown them both as Halloween royalty and love them both respectively.
5. Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus (1993)
We normally wouldn’t brave the smell of fresh dirt and decayed flesh for just anyone, but for Billy Butcherson we’d be happy to go six feet under. His appearance steals the show of Kenny Ortega’s (High School Musical) Halloween favorite, Hocus Pocus, even if he met an early grave for stepping out on his lover, Winifred. He may have been a handsome fellow back in the day, but we fell in love with the maggot museum for more than a fancy hairdo and tailed coat. Billy, animated by the fantastically talented Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) is protective, a decent problem solver, and is adorable even though he’d lose his head if it wasn’t attached to his body… which it isn’t.
4. All The Vamps in The Lost Boys (1987)
Okay. These are some obvious choices. Between Michael, Star, Marko, David, Paul, and Dwayne (just for you, Josh!) there’s plenty to fall in love with in Joel Schumacher’s (Phonebooth) edgy teen vampire horror, The Lost Boys. Whether we’re under the seductive curse of the vampire or Santa Carla is just chock-full of some seriously evil eye candy, these fanged monsters are pretty irresistible. Even though they are children of the night and are pretty ruthless when it comes to their next meal, admit it: you wanted to roam the boardwalk with the vampire gang and give into their nefariously bad influence. Who doesn’t love big hair, leather, and 80’s glam-goth style? I know Michael had my heart from the second he fashioned those Ray-Ban Clubmasters.
3. Edward in Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The duo of director Tim Burton (Beetlejuice) and actor Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) have gifted cinema fans with some of the most incredible and memorable characters of all time. However, none are as beloved and unique as the mysterious being made up of parts left unfinished with scissors for hands named Edward in Edward Scissorhands. With a pale scarred face, black leather getup, whacky midnight hair, and a razor sharp grasp, you would think that Edward is one of the most terrifying monsters to touch the silver screen, but he is just the opposite. Edward is gentle, compassionate, kind, and pure. He uses his physical flaw to craft beauty in a world full of ugly dullness. If it wasn’t love at first sight for you when it comes to Edward, surely the lovely ice sculpture moment he shares with co-star Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) is enough to make you fall in love with him forever.
2. The Amphibian Man in The Shape Of Water (2017)
Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak) is responsible for bringing some of horror’s most brilliant monsters, both lovable and detestable, to life on the big screen. One of his more romantic of tales, The Shape of Water, sheds light on one of the genre’s most admirable and unique relationships between a woman and… a fish. An Amphibian Man, to be more specific. He has a full set of gills, slimy scales, and webbed hands and feet, but he is just as charming, courageous, and charismatic as any frog prince out there. The Amphibian Man, again brought to life by the equally beloved Doug Jones, made us simultaneously fall in love with an aquatic creature and excuse fish sex all in a single story.
1. Frankenstein’s Monster in Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Together or apart, these two monsters represent so much about what we love when it comes to the horror genre. James Whale’s Frankenstein and the sequential, Bride of Frankenstein, gave life to two iconic and beloved characters of the genre in Frankenstein’s Monster and The Bride. They may differ when it comes to matters of their own relationship, but from inception ‘til death they remain sympathetic beings we couldn’t help ourselves from falling in love with, recreating, channeling, depicting, parodying, wearing …and the list goes on. Their influence alone is a testament to how hard audiences fell when the electric switches were turned on.
Again, it was incredibly hard to include every type of monster and every monstrous character on this list because we’re constantly falling in love with countless creatures with every kind of film release cycle. Just because something is scary, misunderstood, or blood thirsty doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve to be loved too. Which of these monsters gave you heart-eyes? What are some horror movie monsters that you fell in love with? Let us know your thoughts over on Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!