FIVE: Giant monster movies

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Skyline was recently released in theatres to terrible reviews, and Monsters has been making its run in limited release. Giant monsters seem to be making a comeback, but here’s our Top 5 giant monster movies that are worth your time.

5 The Host (2006)

Cloverfield (2008) tried to capture the experience of being a person caught in the midst of a monster attack, but the cinema veritè bullshit was off-putting and the monster sucked. By contrast, The Host is a much better film. You really grow to care about the characters, and the monster is very original.  

4 Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Godzilla: Final Wars is the 28th and final film in the Godzilla franchise, and it’s completely balls-out crazy. The action is frenetic and non-stop, and the movie features 15 of Toho’s original kaiju, including the return of the fan-favorite villain:  King Ghidorah.

3 Jaws (1974)

The movie that defined the term “summer blockbuster” and helped make Steven Spielberg a household name, Jaws still has the power to make people afraid to go swimming in the nude. 

2 King Kong (1933)

The one that started it all – the original 1933 King Kong is a classic, and continues to inspire filmmakers, such as Peter Jackson, who reanimated the long-lost Spider Pit Sequence for the DVD of his 2005 remake.

1 Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla has become a pop culture icon, but it’s important to remember that he was originally intended to be a powerful allegory of nuclear destruction. The original Japanese version of Godzilla was released barely ten years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the film reflects Japan’s very real experience of nuclear horror.

 

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