Since the inception of CG into science fiction, fantasy, and horror films, movie creatures and creature design has taken a hit. That statement is not meant to disrespect any of the current slew of very talented CG artists out there today, but there is just something unnatural about shiny, CG monsters. They never have a real sense of physics to them. They always just ends up feeling like Roger Rabbit to me. Like someone carefully mixed animation and real acting to try to make one, fluid experience.
But when it comes to creature and creature design, you really can’t beat organic makeup and prosthetics if you want to make the audience believe the creature is there and poses an actual threat, be it rushing at the protagonists or slowly stalking them from the shadows.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see a whole lot of non-CG movie creatures these days. Everything seems to be digitized. So, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the most frightening creatures on film who were played by real life people, and not just animated on a computer. You may not agree with, or even be familiar with all of these picks, but we feel that they are an accurate representation of what can be accomplished with a bit of imagination and strong creature design.
So, without further ado, we present to you 6 non-CG movie creatures who will give you some seriously terrifying nightmares.