Movie Monsters

As long as there have been movies, there have been movie monsters. Some are scary (the Mummy, the shark in Jaws), some are silly (Harry in Harry and the Hendersons), and some are even cuddly (Sully in Monsters, Inc.). Whether your kids love a good scare or need something a little gentler, you're sure to find something monstrous on this list.

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Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters

age 3+

Super Monsters celebrate Día de los Muertos in cute special.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Super Monsters: The New Class

age 3+

Monsters face first-day-of-preschool fears in sweet special.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Super Monsters: Vida's First Halloween

age 4+

Sweet cross-cultural holiday special celebrates inclusivity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Monsters, Inc.

age 5+

Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2001)
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Monsters University

age 5+

Monsters Inc. prequel is a fun college comedy for all ages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Beauty and the Beast

age 6+

Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1991)
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Harry and the Hendersons

age 7+

A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1987)
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Hotel Transylvania

age 7+

Father-daughter comedy works as intro to monster movies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Monsters vs. Aliens

age 7+

Homage to '50s alien flicks too intense for youngest kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Rumble

age 7+

Charming WWE-produced wrestling comedy is a champ.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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A Monster in Paris

age 8+

French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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The Sea Beast

age 8+

Swashbuckling adventure has kid role model, monster attacks.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Zombies 2

age 8+

Sweet sequel promotes inclusion, challenges stereotypes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Bride of Frankenstein

age 9+

A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1935)
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The Mummy (1932)

age 9+

This vintage classic is more funny than scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1932)
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Where the Wild Things Are

age 9+

Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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The Dark Crystal

age 10+

A fantastic but more intense Jim Henson puppet adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Frankenstein

age 10+

Classic monster movie still electrifies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1931)
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

age 10+

Playful paranormal reboot offers funny frights for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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King Kong (1933)

age 10+

Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1933)