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I love monsters, I guess I always have. But you know what makes monsters really great? Tentacles. Seriously, it you want to make something otherworldly and strange, but don't want to go to the trouble of inventing an entirely new bodypart then you put tentacles on it. Et voila, instant monster. So here are ten of my top squirming horrors.

  • 10: Sharktopus
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Its the offspring of a love that could never be, should never be, might not have been except for someone spiking the punch at the undersea ball. [Sharktopus, Star Entertainment]

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  • 9: Giant Squid (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea)

Sometimes your canned food fights back, its not an easy life being a humongous cephalopod. [20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Walt Disney Entertainment]

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  • 8: Purple Tentacle (Day of the Tentacle)
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Have you let the world of the future be taken over by a short but megalomaniac tentacle? Time to fire up the Chron-o-John and put things right. Time-kharzi related highjinks ensue. [Day of the Tentacle, Lucusarts]

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  • 7: Displacer Beast
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D&D gives us a six-legged kitty with tentacles and a penchant for not actually appearing where it is standing? Fantastic, imagine what happens when this housecat wants feeding. [willpheonix via Deviant Art]

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  • 6: Biollante (Godzilla vs. Biollante)

An odd mix of roses and Godzilla's DNA. Finally a kaiju that smells nice. (Okay, so those are technically vines, but I wanted a Japanese monster without venturing into certain territories). [Godzilla vs. Biollante, Toho Company]

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  • 5: The Nope Octopus

Not really a monster? This little chap symbolises your inbuilt hatred of new things and ideas outside of your comfort zone. He's a tantrum in gif form, stamping his place in the world by denying it all. See? You are the real monsters.

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  • 4: The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Have you been touched by his noodley appendages (in a non-Japanese manner)? And is it NSFW if I show him with his meatballs out? [Image by Arne Niklas Jansson]

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  • 3: The Trash Compactor Monster (Star Wars IV: A New Hope)
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“There's something alive in here.” Wookiepedia confirms this is a Dianoga, an asexual cephalopod capable of growing to 10 metres in length. I think its cute, but I wouldn't really want one living in my wheeliebin. [Star Wars, Lucasfilm]

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  • 2: The Dragon (Space 1999: Dragon's Domain)

(Beware, 70's special effects and extreme horror, don't say I didn't warn you). A screaming, writhing, hypnotising, people-eating, inter-dimensional horror. Don't have nightmares.

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  • 1: Guess Who-lu
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Why do dholes suddenly appear

Every time you are near?

Just like me, they want to be

Cthulu.

[danieldevilish via Deviant Art]

  • Okay, so there are many more, Martian robots, the blind stabby thingy in Half-Life, numerous Doctor Who creatures, those guys from Galaxy Quest, but then the title would never have worked (provided it actually worked in the first place). Remember, next time you grabbed by the ankle and hauled to a watery grave, tentacled monsters want hugs too.