If you’re looking for something to watch, why not check out one of these fantastic movies and TV shows featuring cryptids? We solemnly swear you’ll love at least one entry on this list.
Newt Scamander is, in essence, a cryptid hunter. The best parts of this movie are when Scamander gets to interact with the creatures in his care. While young kids might find this one too scary (or confusing), it’s a decent family film—especially if you’re sick of rewatching the Harry Potter movies.
This one is definitely not for the kids, but it’s a fascinating film. If you ever watched Creature from the Black Lagoon and thought “needs more kissing,” then you’ll love The Shape of Water. Benicio Del Toro’s strange imagination isn’t for everyone, but this is a beautiful (and very weird) film.
Honestly? Even though Gravity Falls is a kid’s show, it’s probably my favorite thing on this list. Blending conspiracy theories with classic cartoon humor, the show is a must-watch for cryptid fans of all ages. The heroes, Mabel and Dipper Pines, are sent to live with their great-uncle (or Grunkle) who runs a cheesy roadside attraction. But is there more to the fake exhibits than meets the eye?
Do we even need to recommend this one? We’ve already talked about the myths and legends that inspired some of the best episodes of Supernatural. While they delve more into ghosts and demons than cryptids, per se, it’s still well worth your time.
Just remember that the road is a long one for the Winchester boys. If you get hooked on the show, you’ve got fifteen seasons to binge!
The other “gimme” on this list is The X-Files. Even more than Supernatural, this show explored the legends of cryptids from around the country. A personal favorite is the episode “Quagmire” from the third season. Mulder and Scully investigate a lake monster named Big Blue that clearly parallels famous cryptids like Champ and Ogopogo.
Take a trip to Norway with the 2010 film Trollhunter. Filmed in the “found footage” style, it’s a breathtaking adventure film that follows a group of people on a troll hunt. I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen it, but Trollhunter is an intense ride. It’s from the same director who made 2019’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and it’s visually stunning.
There are two In Search Of TV series, but today today we’re talking about the original flavor hosted by Leonard Nimoy. The series ran for six seasons, from 1977-1982. You can find most of the original episodes online.
Skip the short-lived 2002 revival hosted by Mitch Pileggi. The second revival hosted by Zarachy Quinto (yes, the “new” Spock is following in Nimoy’s footsteps again) began in 2018. It’s not quite as good as the original, but still worth watching if you enjoyed Nimoy’s version.
Wait, what? Isn’t Mystery Science Theater 3000 a spoof show where a dude and some robots watch bad movies? Yes, readers, it is. But MST3K is a great way to enjoy the old creature features of yesteryear. The revival is available on Netflix, but to watch the classic episodes you’ll need to do a little digging.
One more for the road, friends. This lovely Irish film from 1994 tells the story of one girl’s search for her missing brother, whom she believes has been taken away by the selkies that live near the island of Roan Inish. If you enjoy Irish legends, then this is well worth seeking out.