Top 10 Movie Mutants

To celebrate the release of the upcoming X-Men: First Class, we present 10 of movies' most memorable mutations.

Mutants: for good and for and for evil, terror and wisdom, metaphor and good old fashioned gross-out, movies have seen them in all shapes, sizes and skin conditions. The most famous, arguably, are Marvel's X-Men, who've enjoyed four big screen incarnations and an enduring place in the popular mind. This week, the gifted outsiders return in X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn's anticipated prequel that takes the series' characters back to their origins. To celebrate, we've put together a list of 10 of movies' most memorable mutants -- so kick back in the teleportation chamber, pass the radioactive goo... and enjoy.




The X-Men -- X-Men series (2000-2011)

All mutant movies are about how these aberrations collide or co-exist with society, whether it's Godzilla stomping Tokyo or Godzilla defending it against the Smog Monster, Ninja Turtles saving Manhattan from Shredder or Belial killing off its sleazy doctors. But the X-Men series of films explores this theme better than any other, with Xavier and Magneto's camps believing respectively that they can co-exist with humanity or dominate them. There are all sorts of messages about intolerance to be found. But what really gets us amped? Powers and sexiness! The array of mutant powers on offer fufills every fanboy and fangirl fantasy, from telekinesis and telepathy to laser-beam eyes and conjuring the weather. Oddly, while mutation usually means victims are hit with the ugly stick, X-Men's heroes and anti-heroes are all hotties. And first among these equals? Undoubtedly it's Wolverine, the renegade with adamanantium skeleton and claws, super-duper healing powers and lady-wooing mutton chops.





Brundlefly -- The Fly (1986)

"How does Brundlefly eat?" That's one of the questions asked in David Cronenberg's 1986 classic about an eccentric scientist named Seth Brundle who mutates into a fly-monster after a teleportation experiment goes wrong. The answer, as demonstrated by Jeff Goldlum (with an Oscar-winning assist from make-up artists Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis), is playfully known as the "vomit drop," and it's one of the great gross-out moments of 1980s horror. But while there are plenty of gorily realistic mutant moments, where the film really succeeds is in making us care about the tragic fate of our main fly-man. The 1958 original, starring Vincent Price, is well worth checking out, too.





Gojira -- Gojira (1954)

The Anglicized version of the name gets the "god" bit right because this mutant dinosaur -- born of atomic radiation -- has divine powers of destruction and protection, depending which of his more than two dozen films you're watching. The Japanese name was reputedly a combination of the words for "whale" and "gorilla" but Gojira most readily calls to mind a supersized T-Rex, albeit one with back scales, atomic fire-breath and martial arts skills. His tale was re-told with so-so results in the 1998 Roland Emmerich remake and another reboot is planned, this time with Monsters' Gareth Edwards directing.





Kuato -- Total Recall (1990)

If Basket Case's Belial had a far-flung space cousin, it'd be this little dude, who's the leader of the Martian rebels. Still attached to his human host, Kuato has all the wisdom and righteousness of Yoda, even if looks like a baby who's been on an eight-day bender. "Open your mind to me" he tells Arnold Schwarzenegger, telepathically hooking into the big man's brain but failing to find evidence of any love children. Kuato's an impressive feat of animatronics who required 15 people to make him work. So, why don't you remember Kuato better? Because your total recall is focused on that film's other mutant, the three-breasted hooker named Mary.





Giant Ants -- Them! (1954)

The effects of radiation saw those tiny nuisances at picnics mutate into huge people munchers in Them!, which marked the first giant-atomic-monster movie. Possibly giving Steven Spielberg an idea or two for what to do when Bruce broke down filming Jaws, director Gordon Douglas didn't show his gi-ants until about a third of the way into the film, unsettling audiences instead with superbly creepy stridulating sound effects. James Cameron was perhaps also paying attention, with Them!'s hero James Whitmore drawn into this adventure after he discovers a little girl made mute by the terror of seeing the mut-ants snack on mom and dad.



Comments

Alec D.

Alec Dmowski

Meh Godzilla should be #1, good list regardless.

May 26 - 08:56 PM

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Kirk McCarty

Except that these weren't listed in any specific order. Moron.

May 27 - 01:52 PM

Hollywood Karma

kevinsmithsux Last

...Was it absolutely necessary to call him a moron?

May 27 - 02:33 PM

bamb0o-stick

Jonathan Y

I think the fact that it was titled "Top 10" implies that there's some sort of hierarchy involved. If there was no order it should've been just "Ten most xxxx movie mutants"

May 27 - 04:05 PM

The NewHampshire Database

Kirk McCarty

Then why weren't the entries numbered? Durrrr.

May 27 - 04:42 PM

Jeffrey C.

Jeffrey Cooperhouse

Shut up idiot.

May 27 - 08:01 PM

The NewHampshire Database

Kirk McCarty

Make me, cunt.

May 28 - 08:42 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

NERD FIGHT!!!!!!

May 29 - 06:11 PM

Matthew T.

Matthew Thomas

Ew ...

May 26 - 09:06 PM

Joy K.

Joy K

haha...agreed

May 27 - 10:09 AM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

xmen first class looks awesome and the reviews seem to be saying the same.

May 26 - 09:39 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Lazy list. No offense.

May 26 - 11:25 PM

gcopter

Gareth Penhallurick

lazy comment... no offense.

May 27 - 01:26 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

lazy screen name bitch. much offense.

May 27 - 09:38 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

lol

May 28 - 11:25 AM

NIGHTWIN6

Rob McDonald

Someone's being an asshole, no offense.

May 28 - 09:22 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

I'm guessing that's me.

May 28 - 09:26 PM

Zach N.

Zach Nix

A mutant is born bizarre or different. Half of these weren't born bizarre. Toxic Avenger and The Fly were in no way born that way.

May 26 - 11:40 PM

david h.

david hurlburt

Who said they had to be born that way? That's not true.

May 27 - 06:32 AM

megahew

Bob Smith

What?

May 27 - 09:18 AM

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Kirk McCarty

Shut the fuck up.

May 27 - 01:53 PM

Bob F.

Bob Franca

I could see you getting banned pretty soon with all of your comments. I'm gonna place a guess that you're not so brave in the "real" world when you make your way out of your Mom's basement.

May 28 - 04:43 AM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Bob. People like you are always writing from their mother's attic.

May 28 - 10:07 AM

Earman

Christopher Beckham

I have to agree with the dissenters. A mutant is only someone/something that has mutated from it's original form. This could be in utero or due to external circumstances following birth during life.

May 29 - 11:45 AM

bamb0o-stick

Jonathan Y

Kind of like New Hampshire here?

May 30 - 07:38 AM

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Kirk McCarty

DURRR HURRR HURRR!

May 30 - 10:00 AM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

O__o

May 26 - 11:48 PM

popyea

nick mckergow

wow, some people.
A mutant is anything suffering from a mutation, genetic or chemical.
I enjoyed this list, loved the trashy trailers.

May 27 - 12:37 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Wait...what about Vince Vaughn? -__-

May 27 - 02:07 AM

Richard H.

Richard Han

^^^ This

May 27 - 02:31 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Brett Ratner also belongs on the list. It's inspiring to know that a pile of maggots could mutate into a filmmaker.

May 27 - 02:27 AM

Richard H.

Richard Han

^^^ This

May 27 - 02:31 AM

david h.

david hurlburt

Who said they had to be born that way? That's not true.

May 27 - 06:32 AM

Spirit Bear

Martin Tam

wait..Ninja Turtles are missing from this list. What the shell?

May 27 - 07:27 AM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

You checked the second page right? Frankly, they'll always be my #1 mutants . . . . . . Xmen are a distant second.

May 27 - 08:06 AM

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Kirk McCarty

Learn to read.

May 27 - 01:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It's more like please "click" to the second page!

May 27 - 04:17 PM

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Kirk McCarty

Or it was a "read" that there was a page number 2, and THEN click on it.

May 27 - 04:44 PM

NIGHTWIN6

Rob McDonald

You're a dick! Do you feel big coming here and being huge douchebag?

May 28 - 09:20 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Who are you Nightwing? Coming on here calling people assholes and douchebags. You aint no superhero. Why don't you go suck Batman's dick.

May 28 - 09:31 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

It's on the second page, but I enjoyed the "shell" remark :)

May 28 - 11:57 PM

Spirit Bear

Martin Tam

well that redeems the list a little more

May 31 - 08:09 PM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

You checked the second page right? Frankly, they'll always be my #1 mutants . . . . . . Xmen are a distant second.

May 27 - 08:06 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

I nominate the Fleshy-Headed Mutant from "Strange Brew" for #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31zO5Ar1aRE

May 27 - 09:10 AM

tgibfo

Matt Ritchey

The World War Three has made me an enemy of civilization!

May 27 - 12:18 PM

megahew

Bob Smith

What?

May 27 - 09:18 AM

Sputnik99

sputnik 99

Love the turtles, love the X-Men, love the brundlefly. Mutants rock. But what about Jaws or the big guy from Goonies? Aren't they mutants in some respect?

May 27 - 10:02 AM

draven65

Tony DiGiulian

Jaws? In what way? He was just a shark. A big one, but just a shark. Say shark a lot and it starts to sound funny...ahh.

May 27 - 01:33 PM

Joy K.

Joy K

haha...agreed

May 27 - 10:09 AM

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