Attack the Block from director Joe Cornish is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, but it isn't the only movie to feature kids locking horns with scary monsters. After all, pitting young people against your monster makes the monster look bigger.

Here are seven epic movie battles between kids and monsters.

Super 8

This year's Super 8 was a classic example of kids vs. monsters. You've got a small band of nerdy child filmmakers who accidentally get embroiled in a government cover-up of a giant alien monster they've been experimenting on for decades.


Don't think the kids from It have it easy just because they're in a made-for-TV monster movie. As anyone who saw this movie will tell you, the monster from It, which preys on fear and has the ability to take the shape of anything that frightens you, is a lot scarier than the majority of big-screen movie monsters. His most terrifying form is as a murderous clown played by (of course) Tim Curry. If you're still doubting the legitimacy of this monster, remember that by the time he was defeated, the kids had grown up into adults!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You're probably more familiar with the TV show, but Buffy was slaying vampires on the big screen before The WB was even invented. And yeah, they look like guys in white makeup and lame Dracula costumes, probably because they were. But still, I bet that's more than you had to deal with in high school.

The Faculty

Speaking of high school, the monsters in The Faculty are of the body-snatching pod person variety. And as the title suggests, the faculty of the high school are the first to get killed and replicated by the aliens, so it's up tp the misfits of the school to fight them, lest the entire human population be turned into conformists and squares. Even the "cool" science teacher, played by Jon Stewart, isn't safe. Luckily, one of the kids stabs his replicant in the eye with a pen before he can do much damage.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Ten-year-old John Connor had always been told he was going to grow up to be a "Great Military Leader" and overthrow humanity's robot overlords. He also thought his mother, who taught him this, was least until the actual robots from the future started showing up, trying to kill him. The "monster" in this case is a T-1000, a Terminator robot composed of liquid metal which allows him to shapeshift and transform parts of his body into hooks, knives, and any other simple implements he can think of. Luckily for Connor, he has his very own Terminator robot (albeit a different, non-liquid model) to protect him, as well as his bad ass mom.

Monsters, Inc.

Here's a rare example of kids teaming up with monsters to fight other monsters. The monster being fought in this case is Randal Boggs, a monster with the chameleon-like ability to completely blend in with his surroundings. His evil scheme involves a device that will extract a child's screams. Randal doesn't even get a properly monstrous demise; he just gets beaten up by a trailer park denizen who thinks he's an alligator.

The Monster Squad

The kids in The Monster Squad don't just happen to run afoul of evil creatures. They do it deliberately, in search of an amulet made out of "good"...or something like that. Anyway, they run up against Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, The Wolf Man, a mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc., as they search for this magical amulet. The amulet ends up opening a portal to limbo which all the monsters get sucked into, leaving the world safe from their possibly-trademark-violating evil. Thanks, kids!