Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES

I'm sure you have heard that Godzilla is making his gigantic come back next year (ten years after the last film "Godzilla: Final Wars"). It was officially announced that the theatrical release of the film will be on May 16, 2014 and I'm sure the fans are very eager to see this highly anticipated film. Anyway, i came to realized that there are so many notable films featuring giant monsters and in fact, in Japan, they have this genre known as "Kaiju Eiga" or Monster Movie. The most recent film that features a Kaiju or Giant monster is Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim". Now, allow me to list down five of the most popular giant monsters in movies (including both Kaijus and Giant monsters in American films). Have fun! PS. This is the first part of my Godzilla-related entry, i will have another one next month.
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES
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Author's Note: This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"KRAKEN"
(CLASH OF THE TITANS / PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN)
There are two notable Kraken in movie. One is featured on Clash of the Titans while the other one is briefly featured in Pirates of the Caribbean. Kraken is considered as one of the most legendary sea monsters both in films and fictional books. It is basically depicted as a giant squid whose size can grow up to 50ft huge. According to the myth, Kraken is an ocean-dwelling monster found in Norway and in Greenland. It is capable of destroying ships. In the Pirates of Caribbean, Kraken is depicted exactly how it is being depicted in books but Clash of the Titans showed off a new approach. It is basically inspired from the Greek mythology in which serves as the pet of Poseidon. 

TOP 4 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"TYRANNOSAURUS REX"
(JURASSIC PARK)
Compare to the monsters listed on this entry, Tyrannosaurus Rex or simply T-rex is the only creature regarded as monster but with a scientific explanation behind its existence. T-Rex has been widely used as one of the most terrifying creature in movies, televisions series and books that tackles prehistoric era but it was Jurassic Park who made them even more popular. The concept of bringing dinosaurs in present time is simply impressive and it's not really surprising why they came up with two more installment for the movie. T-rex is technically considered as the largest land predator. The term "Rex" itself means "King" in Latin and I believe that is pretty self explanatory. 


TOP 3 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"CLOVER"
(CLOVERFIELD)
Clover is a gigantic creature from the film Cloverfield. Technically, the monster from this film is never named and the authority (the Department of Defense in particular) tagged it as LSA or Large Scale Aggressor. The name Clover is just a nickname given to the creature by the production staff. Clover is dubbed as the American version of Godzilla and according to Exphorine.com, Clover is 20 ft bigger than Godzilla and ten times bigger than the T-rex. Clover is vaguely quadrupedal but is capable of standing upright in short distances. He notably has long and thin limbs compare to his body. Clover's body is covered with parasites (dog-sized parasites) that are also predators. 

TOP 2 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"KING KONG"
(KING KONG)
King Kong is undeniably one of the most iconic gigantic monsters in movie history. The first film starring King Kong was on 1933 film which becomes an iconic film due to its pioneering special effects using Stop motion models. Obviously, King Kong resembles a Colossal Gorilla . It is also considered as a Mammal-based Kaiju. King Kong also has a Japanese counterpart named as Toho. King Kong was suggested to be among the most powerful in terms of raw physical force, possessing strength and durability that rivaled that of Godzilla. As one of the few mammal-based kaiju, Kong's most distinctive feature was his intelligence. He demonstrated the ability to learn and adapt to an opponent's fighting style, identify and exploit weaknesses in an enemy, and utilize his environment to stage ambushes and traps. 

THE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"GODZILLA"
(GODZILLA)
I guess this list is quite predictable right? Of course, nothing yet can dethroned Godzilla on the first spot. Godzilla first appeared in a 1954 film and since then, the creature has become a worldwide pop culture icon. An American version of the creature was made in a 1998 film. It is quite confusing whether Godzilla is a hero or a villain because the creature has been depicted both as a destructive monster and a savior at the same time. Within the context of the films, Godzilla's exact origins vary, but it is generally depicted as an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. Godzilla is shown to possess immense physical strength and muscularity.  In addition to that, Godzilla also possesses different form of abilities including the capability to breath underwater, atomic pulse, fireballs, eyebeams and even flight at some plot. 

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Other notable giant monsters in movies include Mr Stay Puft (Ghostbusters), 50 Ft Woman (Attack of the 50ft Woman), TriPod (War of the Worlds), and Kaijus (Pacific Rim)
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