Last week, I said that the Balrog from The Fellowship of the Ring was the best movie monster of all-time. I stick by that in terms of freaking awesomeness. In the category of monster most likely to give you nightmares forever, there is nothing that comes close to The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo del Toro‘s masterpiece adult fairy tale is one of my favorite films and I had the privilege of screening it at the Arclight in LA with del Toro present when the film first released. The scene is the most harrowing part of Ofelia‘s journey in the fantasy realm (though arguably her stepfather is far more the monster in reality, but he doesn’t have eyeballs on his palms). It’s terrifying and phantasmic and my favorite scene from this modern classic.