And then I was thinking.... That happens quite often doesn't it? I mean, a CGI creature screaming directly at the screen. I wonder how often. So I went through my shelves, just to get an idea about how many of those shots I could find in a quick search of my own film collection.
These are the ones I found:
Troll in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
Cave troll in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
The Kraken in Clash of the Titans (2010).
The zombie leader in I Am Legend (2007).
The mummy in The Mummy (1999).
And the mummy in The Mummy (1999) again.
The flashback creature in The Mummy Returns (2001).
Zombie pygmies in The Mummy Returns (2001).
Hulk in The Avengers (2012).
Some alien soldier from The Avengers (2012).
Arena creature in John Carter (2012).
Ice planet creature in Star Trek (2009).
King Kong in King Kong (2005).
Jake in Avatar (2009).
... And his flying buddy in Avatar (2009).
The kid in Up (2009) (*******).
That's what I've got, though I'm sure I missed some obvious ones. If you think of others, sound off in the comments below.
I'm off to watch Jaws, I'm pretty sure it's got no CGI creatures screaming at the camera.
(*) It was Saturday, September 8th.
(**) "Huge" and "giant" mean roughly the same, I realize that.
(***) This is NOT a dig at those wonderful people who work so hard creating these wonderful monsters. It really isn't. I promise.
(****) It's a troll, I know.
(*****) Yes, I realize there's technically no camera, since the creatures aren't real.
(******) Sorry for these notes, but recent experiences have taught me to be extra precise when I mention CGI.
(*******) This is a joke.