List of films featuring giant monsters

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This is an alphabetical list of films featuring giant monsters, known in Japan as kaiju. One of the first films involving giant monsters was the 1933 classic King Kong, as developments in cinema and animation enabled the creation of realistic giant creatures. The film influenced many giant-monster films in its wake, including many produced in Japan, starting with the adaptation Wasei Kingu Kongu in 1933, which is now considered to be a lost film.[1] The visual effects in King Kong, created by Willis O'Brien, inspired future monster film effects artists such as Ray Harryhausen and Dennis Muren.[2] Early giant-monster films often had themes of adventure and exploration of unknown regions, and incorporated fights with giant monsters as a climactic element.

The development of atomic weaponry in the 1940s gave rise to its involvement in popular themes. The 1953 American film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms featured a giant dinosaur that awakens due to nuclear tests in the Arctic.[3]:42 The 1954 film Them! involved giant irradiated ants. Later in 1954, the Japanese film Godzilla was released. This was followed by an ongoing trend of giant reptiles created by nuclear radiation. Japan continued with a giant moth in Mothra, a turtle in Gamera, and many more that followed. Other countries have their own giant monster movies such as the United Kingdom with Gorgo in 1961.

Films featuring Godzilla and Gamera were made into the 1970s, and a King Kong remake was released in 1976. Awareness of toxic waste in the 1970s inspired the release of various horror films, and the giant monster subgenre saw the release of 1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah.[4] Godzilla received a 1998 remake by TriStar Pictures, and King Kong received a 2005 remake by Universal Pictures. 2008 saw the release of the successful Cloverfield, which some critics have claimed inspiration from the September 11 attacks.[5][6][7] Pacific Rim, a film featuring giant mecha battling with kaiju, was released in 2013, and the following year Legendary reinterpreted Godzilla for a new generation of audiences in the series' 30th film. The latest entry in the Godzilla series, Shin Godzilla, premiered in Japan in July 2015.[8][9] A reboot of King Kong known as Kong: Skull Island is scheduled for release in March 2017.[10]

List of films[edit]

Name Year Description Ref.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958 monsters from Greek mythology
20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 extraterrestrial from Venus [11]
Anaconda 1997 snakes
Anaconda 3: Offspring 2008 snakes
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 2004 snakes [12]
Anacondas: Trail of Blood 2009 snakes
All Monsters Attack 1969 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Always Zoku Sanchōme no Yūhi 2007 Godzilla [13]
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 1958 human [14]:18[15]
Bambi Meets Godzilla 1969 Godzilla
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, TheThe Beast From 20,000 Fathoms 1953 Rhedosaurus [16]:28–37[15]
Beast of Hollow Mountain, TheThe Beast of Hollow Mountain 1956 Allosaurus [16]:37–42
Beginning of the End 1957 radioactive grasshoppers [17][15]
Big Ass Spider! 2013 spider [18]
Boa vs. Python 2004 snakes
Clash of the Titans 1981 monsters from Greek mythology
Clash of the Titans 2010 monsters from Greek mythology [12]
Cloverfield 2008 Clover [14]
Destroy All Monsters 1968 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Eight Legged Freaks 2002 spiders [12]
Galaxy Quest 1999 Gorignak (rock monster) [19]
Gamera 1965 Gamera [20][21]
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion 1996 Gamera / daikaiju [11]
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris 1999 Gamera / daikaiju
Gamera the Brave 2006 Gamera / daikaiju
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 Gamera / daikaiju
Gamera: Super Monster 1980 Gamera / daikaiju
Gamera vs. Barugon 1966 Gamera / daikaiju [21]
Gamera vs. Guiron 1969 Gamera / daikaiju [21]
Gamera vs. Gyaos 1967 Gamera / daikaiju [21]
Gamera vs. Jiger 1970 Gamera / daikaiju [21]
Gamera vs. Viras 1968 Gamera / daikaiju [21]
Gamera vs. Zigra 1971 Gamera / daikaiju [21]
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Ghostbusters 1984 Stay Puft Marshmallow Man [22]
Giant Claw, TheThe Giant Claw 1957 extraterrestrial prehistoric bird [23]
Giant Gila Monster, TheThe Giant Gila Monster 1959 beaded lizard [24]
Godzilla 1954 Godzilla [13][25]:Chapter 3[15]
Godzilla 1998 daikaiju [13]
Godzilla 2014 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla 2000 1999 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 32
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][11]
Godzilla Raids Again 1955 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 28
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 33
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][4]
Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 20
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 21
Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster 1966 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 14
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Golden Voyage of Sinbad, TheThe Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1973 monsters from Greek mythology
Gorgo 1961 sea monster [14]
Grabbers 2012 tentacled [11]
The Host 2006 amphibious [11]
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
It Came from Beneath the Sea 1955 radioactive octopus [26]
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 giants [12]
Jason and the Argonauts 1963 monsters from Greek mythology
Jurassic World 2015 dinosaurs [12]
King Kong 1933 King Kong [14]
King Kong 1976 King Kong
King Kong 2005 King Kong
King Kong Escapes 1967 King Kong / daikaiju
King Kong Lives 1986 King Kong
King Kong vs. Godzilla 1962 King Kong / Godzilla [13][25]:Chapter 42
Kong: Skull Island 2017 King Kong [10]
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus 2010 shark and crocodile [27]
Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus 2009 shark and octopus [28]
Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark 2014 shark [29]
Mighty Joe Young 1949 gorilla [30]
Mighty Joe Young 1998 gorilla [31]
The Mist 2007 various [12]
Monsters 2010 six-legged, tentacled beast [11]
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 various [12]
Mothra 1961 daikaiju [32][33]
Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 Godzilla / daikaiju [13]
Mysterious Island 1961 mutated animals
New Alcatraz 2001 snake
Night of the Lepus 1972 mutated rabbits [23]
Outlander 2008 Moorwen [12]
Pacific Rim 2013 daikaiju [11]
Primeval 2007 crocodile [12]
Python 2000 snake
Pythons II 2002 snake
Reign of Fire 2002 dragons [12]
Reptilicus 1961 prehistoric reptile [34]
Return of Godzilla, TheThe Return of Godzilla 1984 Godzilla [13]
Rock Monster 2008 rock monster [19]
Rodan 1956 daikaiju [35]
Shin Godzilla 2016 Godzilla [13][36]
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 monsters from Greek mythology
Son of Godzilla 1967 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 92
Space Amoeba 1970 daikaiju [37]:75–76
Super 8 2011 alien [12]
Tarantula 1955 spider [38][15]
Tentacles 1977 octopus [39]
Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 Godzilla / daikaiju [13][25]:Chapter 24
Them! 1954 radioactive ants [11][15]
Tremors 1990 Graboids [11]
Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1996 graboids
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection 2001 graboids
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004 graboids
Tremors 5: Bloodlines 2015 graboids
Trollhunter 2010 troll [11]
Varan the Unbelievable 1958 daikaiju
War of the Gargantuas, TheThe War of the Gargantuas 1966 hairy humanoids
Wasei Kingu Kongu 1933 King Kong
World Without End 1956 mutated spiders [15]
Wrath of the Titans 2012 monsters from Greek mythology [12]
Yonggary 1967 daikaiju
Yonggary 1999 daikaiju
Zarkorr! The Invader 1996 daikaiju [40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bellotto, Adam (July 24, 2015). "A new renaissance for giant monster movies is almost upon us". News. Film school rejects. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  • Berry, Mark F. (2005). The dinosaur filmography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 9780786424535. 
  • Farlow, James O.; Brett-Surman, M.K. (2000). "Dinosaurs and the media". In Farlow, James O.; Brett-Surman, M.K. The complete dinosaur. Bloomington, Ind. [u.a.]: Indiana Univ. Press. pp. 675–706. ISBN 9780253213136. 
  • Landis, John (2011). Monsters in the movies. Penguin. ISBN 9780756688462. 
  • Marrero, Robert (1994). Giant monster movies : an illustrated survey (1st American ed.). Key West, Fla.: Fantasma Books. ISBN 9780963498229. 

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