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What Should The Next Science Fiction Monster Be?

  1. Sep 17, 2005 #1
    This is a big problem because I think they ran out of good ideas a long time ago.

    The last one that struck me as any good was the graboid in Tremors, but that film is pretty old now.

    The film Alien really turned the whole genre around and most stuff that's come afterward seems to have it's roots in that film, one way or another. Mimic and Species, which both had good sci-fi monsters, still reminded me alot of Alien.

    I think we need a new sci-fi monster that comes from a different direction.
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2005 #2

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  4. Sep 17, 2005 #3

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    Seriously though, I don't know. I was going to suggest some kind of parasite that takes over the brain, but I get the feeling some variation of that has already been done a few times.
     
  5. Sep 17, 2005 #4

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    How about a race of aliens so big that when they come along, they just eat the earth like a big apple?

    Hmmmm, it would be a short movie I guess...
     
  6. Sep 17, 2005 #5

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    Already been done, sort of, in the Transformers cartoon movie:

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    That's a moon getting consumed by a gigantic humanoid robot that itself transforms into a giant robotic planet with planet-eating mandibles (here seen in giant robotic planet form). Ah, childhood memories.
     
  7. Sep 17, 2005 #6
    This is certainly from a different direction.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2005 #7
    Yeah, one of the first sci-fi films I ever saw as a kid was about brain parasites. They hung on your shirt collar and inserted two probes in the back of your neck. It was ust sort of sickening, not scary.
     
  9. Sep 17, 2005 #8

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    Hmmm, okay, how about a black hole beast? You get ripped apart by the tidal forces whenever it gets near. It just sucks you up and then gets bigger and stronger.
     
  10. Sep 17, 2005 #9
    This is pretty much what they were up against in one of the original star treks. I think they called it The Planet Killer. It was a giant space worm, really, with a big mouth.
     
  11. Sep 17, 2005 #10
    That's not too bad.
     
  12. Sep 17, 2005 #11

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    Um... isn't that just a black hole? :bugeye:
     
  13. Sep 17, 2005 #12

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    That used an energy beam. Not quite as elegant as being eaten like a big apple, IMO. :biggrin:
     
  14. Sep 17, 2005 #13

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    Sort of, but it acts with intent and can fit in your Geo.
     
  15. Sep 17, 2005 #14
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    i think sephiroth should be the new bad guy
     
  16. Sep 17, 2005 #15

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    How about some sort of assult by murderous fruit, or maybe murderous vegetables?
     
  17. Sep 17, 2005 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    Okay, Zooby liked my last answer. I'm stopping before I ruin the moment.
     
  18. Sep 17, 2005 #17

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    A 4D monster might be cool. It could rip your heart out without puncturing your chest. And other neat stuff.
     
  19. Sep 17, 2005 #18

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    Attack of the Killer Tomatos? No, that won't do. Attack of the Killer Pluots?
     
  20. Sep 17, 2005 #19

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    Attack of the green leafy vegetables?
     
  21. Sep 17, 2005 #20
    The image that came to my mind was of a hulking humanoid thing that slowly trudged around sucking people in by it's personal super-gravity. You'd see them striped apart layer by layer: skin, then muscle, then bones.
     
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