Sea monsters are cool. They live underwater and only come out to maim/cripple/devour/occasionally capture humans. If you can't get behind that, what can you get behind? Sea monsters are hip, baby, so get with it Anyway, here are five movie sea monsters, for your viewing and shrieking pleasure.

The Beast, "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms"

You know the story: An atomic bomb test goes horribly awry, wakes up a frozen dinosaur who then rampages across the globe eventually landing on New York City, humanity fights the giant monster. You know, that old chestnut. It's kind of like the American Godzilla, only a little more biologically accurate. And with stop-motion animation from the legendary Ray Harryhausen, there's really no reason not to watch this, unless you're just really afraid of dinosaurs.

The Creature, "The Creature from the Black Lagoon"

One of the most iconic monsters in movie history, affectionately known as "The Gill-Man," is the star of the show here. The movie is essentially a scaled-down reworking of "King Kong," in which a terrifying beast falls in love with a beautiful woman and tries to keep her as his own. But the monster here is the undersea fishman known as The Creature. And unlike Kong, The Creature is almost as smart as the humans he's fighting with. Maybe smarter, actually.

The Squid, "20000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Playing "the part usually reserved for Peter Lorre" as the old joke goes, this is a giant squid that you used to only see in your mind's eye as you read stories by Jules Verne and others. But Walt Disney ably brought it to life in his big-screen epic fantasy--some people say it looks old today, but don't listen to these people. They are sad and no fun at parties.

The Shark, "Jaws"

Probably the definitive sea monster in movies, this shark is unseen for most of the movie, but when he does pop up, it's pretty frightening. We mean that literally - at one point he pops out of the water and onto the boat holding the crew trying to hunt him down and kill him. Even if you are afraid of sea monsters, you have to sit through "Jaws" at least once. It's mandatory.

The Kraken, "Clash of the Titans"


Sea monsters are considered somewhat passe nowadays, but every once in a while one hits it big. That was the case with this big guy, whose claim to fame was that Liam Neeson shouted "release the Kraken!" in the trailer for "Clash of the Titans." It was pretty funny at the time, although less so once you heard it approximately a million times after that. As you can see in the picture below, he's been seen in lots of other movies too, without Liam Neeson. This guy doesn't need Liam Neeson, OK? Liam Neeson needs him!