Monsters are back on the big screen.

Van Helsing, all about monsters, was No. 1 at the box office last week. A little less noticed was the re-release of the original Godzilla, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, to select theaters. A recent USA Today story chronicled the success of horror hits in the theaters—and on home video, as classics Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man are all now out as DVD "Legacy Collection" packages.

Two more famous movie monsters, Alien and Predator, return to the big screen in August in Alien vs. Predator.

Sounds like Movie Monsters Inc. is alive and well. So I've compiled my own list of favorite creature features, with the following criteria: No vampires or demons. I tried to avoid the occult, opting for more "traditional" monsters—creatures from outer space, or scientific experiments gone bad.

Some of these movies scared the daylights out of me. Others made me laugh. And some just made the list for their sheer creativity. So, read on, be afraid—and feel free to disagree. If your favorite cinematic creature didn't make the list, let us know!

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