5 Awesome Giant Movie Monsters
Byon Dec 13, 2012
This week’s Chiller TV premiere is Dale Fabrigar and Everette Wallin’s terrifying Area 407 (airing Friday, December 14 at 9P ET). When a plane crashes inside a government testing area, the survivors must learn to stay alive while being stalked by the predators that lurk there. If you dig monster movies, it’s a fun flick that you won’t want to miss. To celebrate the occasion, we put together a list of five of the greatest giant movie monsters the horror genre has to offer.
KING KONG (1933) – Kong
Right up there with the classic beast Godzilla, King Kong is a giant movie monster of legend. He’s an enormous (but lovable) ape that just wants to be left alone on his island. Unfortunately, profit seekers couldn’t leave well enough alone and decide to capture the beast. Let’s just say that things don’t go exactly as planned. A tragic and, at times, terrifying tale, King Kong is one of the best monster movies ever made. It could remade not once, but twice - in 1976 AND 2005.
CLOVERFIELD (2008) – The Cloverfield Monster
Sure, The Blair Witch Project may have started the shaky-cam found-footage subgenre, but you can probably also thank the huge success of Matt Reeves’ 2008 disaster flick Cloverfield for the current overabundance of found-footage flicks. Regardless, the unnamed monster in Cloverfield is frightening, devastating, and enormous. Here’s hoping we get to see more of him in the long-awaited sequel that I’m sure we’ll experience one day.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986) – Audrey II
Audrey II might not be your typical giant horror movie monster, but if you’ve had the pleasure of seeing Frank Oz’s director’s cut of Little Shop of Horrors, then you know just how much havoc the enormous green alien-plant can wreak. Here’s a hint, Seymour: You probably shouldn’t feed him!
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) – Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
If he didn’t look so cute and cuddly, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would probably terrify a lot more people. Granted, he did nearly destroy the entire city, but he’s still a puffy white ball of adorableness (with a bad attitude). The classic Ghostbusters found its iconic image in a sugary substance grown to sizes way beyond anything anyone could have imagined, and we’re all lucky to have witnessed it.
GODZILLA (1954) – Godzilla
The greatest giant movie monster of all time is easily the great Godzilla. The original 1954 Japanese film Godzilla (Gojira) stands the test of time quite well. This guy’s so badass that not even Roland Emmerich’s not-so-well received 1998 film about him could put a dent in his horrific mystique. When you see Godzilla coming… you run!