Cryptids are one of my favorite kind of monsters. When I was a kid, once a week we would take a trip to the library and I would bring home at least one book on sasquatch, lake monsters and backwoods creatures. As I grew older, it was this fascination with these urban myths that fed into my love of horror, especially creature features.
Sadly, however, finding quality horror movies or fiction that make good use of these beasts is much more difficult to find. I have never understood why. To be honest, I find supposed eye-witness accounts of these creatures rather disturbing enough, and I don't even believe they exist! Think of how easily a decent film could get under my skin! It would be fantastic. But usually I am stuck with terrible z-grade schlock films that are far from frightening. Not to say they can't be good entertainment though.
Baby:Secret of the Lost Legend
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Again, this isn't really horror, but an amazing film. In fact this is actually one of my favorite films of all time. Depicting a more fanciful version of the Beast of Gévaudan, it is a beautifully directed film.
ok, now some actual horror...
Night of the Demon
Not to be confused with the much better Night of the Demons, this film is a deplorable work of schlock and gore. A cheesy, low budget film of a rampaging Bigfoot (or carpet clad stuntman) running around killing all humans in his path. Like many creature features and schlock horror films of the post exploitation era, it is mainly about the visceral FX, and how many bizarre kills you can fit into an evening. If you are looking for something gruesome, and unintentionally funny, this film might just fit the bill. If you can find it of course.
Honorable mention of course has to go to my favorite television series of all time. The X-files. A short marathon of this show would make for an enjoyably freaky halloween.
Update- I just learned that most of Rick Hautala's novels, including Little Brothers, are now available for the kindle for under a buck each!
Honorable mention goes to two recent books I read, Eric Penz' Cryptid and William Meikle's Abominable, both taking well documented historical persons and events and filling in the gaps with cryptozoological nasties.