List Of Giant-monster Films

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 King Kong Appears in Edo in 1938, which is now presumed 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 2016.[8][9] A reboot of King Kong known as Kong: Skull Island was released in March 2017.[10]

List of films

Name Year Country Description Ref.
20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 United States extraterrestrial from Venus [11]
All Monsters Attack 1969 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Always Zoku Sanch?me no Y?hi 2007 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 2004 United States snakes [12]
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters 2007 United States Insanoflex / robot [13]
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 1958 United States human [14]:18[15]
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, TheThe Beast From 20,000 Fathoms 1953 United States Rhedosaurus [16]:28-37[15]
Beast of Hollow Mountain, TheThe Beast of Hollow Mountain 1956 United States Allosaurus [16]:37-42
Beginning of the End 1957 United States radioactive grasshoppers [17][15]
Big Ass Spider! 2013 United States giant spider [18]
Clash of the Titans 2010 United States, United Kingdom monsters from Greek mythology [12]
Cloverfield 2008 United States Clover [14]
Colossal 2016 Canada/Spain unknown creature [19][20]
The Deadly Mantis 1957 United States Praying mantis [21]
Destroy All Monsters 1968 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Eight Legged Freaks 2002 United States, Germany, Australia giant spiders [12]
Galaxy Quest 1999 United States Gorignak (rock monster) [22]
Gamera 1965 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [23][24]
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion 1996 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [11]
Gamera vs. Barugon 1966 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [24]
Gamera vs. Guiron 1969 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [24]
Gamera vs. Gyaos 1967 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [24]
Gamera vs. Jiger 1970 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [24]
Gamera vs. Viras 1968 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [24]
Gamera vs. Zigra 1971 Japan Gamera / daikaiju [24]
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Ghostbusters 1984 United States Stay Puft Marshmallow Man [25]
Giant Claw, TheThe Giant Claw 1957 United States extraterrestrial prehistoric bird [26]
Giant Gila Monster, TheThe Giant Gila Monster 1959 United States beaded lizard [27]
Godzilla 1954 Japan Godzilla [8][28]:Chapter 3[15]
Godzilla 1998 United States, Japan daikaiju [8]
Godzilla 2014 United States Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla 2000 1999 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju / mecha [8][28]:Chapter 32
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][11]
Godzilla Raids Again 1955 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju / mecha [8]
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][28]:Chapter 28
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][28]:Chapter 33
Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][28]:Chapter 20
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][4]
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju / mecha [8]
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju / mecha [8]
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][28]:Chapter 21
Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster 1966 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][28]:Chapter 14
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Gorgo 1961 Ireland, United Kingdom, United States sea monster [14]
Grabbers 2012 Ireland, United Kingdom tentacled [11]
He's a Dragon 2015 Russia Dragon [29]
Helluva Good Luck 1999 Czech Republic Dragon [30]
Helluva Good Luck 2 2001 Czech Republic Dragon [31]
The Host 2006 South Korea amphibious [11]
Ilya Muromets 1956 Soviet Union Dragon [32]
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 Japan, United States Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
It Came from Beneath the Sea 1955 United States radioactive octopus [33]
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 United States giants [12]
Journey to the Beginning of Time 1955 Czechoslovakia dinosaurs [34]
Jurassic World 2015 United States dinosaurs [12]
King Kong 1933 United States King Kong [14]
King Kong vs. Godzilla 1962 Japan, United States King Kong / Godzilla [8][28]:Chapter 42
Kong: Skull Island 2017 United States King Kong [10]
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus 2010 United States shark and crocodile [35]
Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus 2009 United States shark and octopus [36]
Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark 2014 United States shark [37]
Mighty Joe Young 1949 United States giant gorilla [38]
Mighty Joe Young 1998 United States giant gorilla [39]
The Mist 2007 United States various [12]
Monsters 2010 United Kingdom six-legged, tentacled beast [11]
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 United States various [12]
Mothra 1961 Japan daikaiju / giant moth [40][41]
Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Night of the Lepus 1972 United States mutated rabbits [26]
On the Comet 1970 Czechoslovakia Dinosaurs, Sea monster [42]
Outlander 2008 United States Moorwen [12]
Pacific Rim 2013 United States, Mexico daikaiju / mecha [11]
Primeval 2007 United States crocodile [12]
Princ Bajaja 1971 Czechoslovakia dragon [43]
Rampage 2018 United States Giant Three Monsters - George the Gorilla, Lizzie the Alligator, Ralph the Werewolf Upcoming
Reign of Fire 2002 United Kingdom, Ireland, United States dragons [12]
Reptilicus 1961 Denmark, United States prehistoric reptile [44]
Return of Godzilla, TheThe Return of Godzilla 1984 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8]
Rock Monster 2008 United States rock monster [22]
Rodan 1956 Japan flying daikaiju [45]
Shin Godzilla 2016 Japan Godzilla [8][9]
Snow Dragon 2013 Czech Republic Dragon [46]
Son of Godzilla 1967 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju [8][28]:Chapter 92
Space Amoeba 1970 Japan daikaiju [47]:75-76
Spider-Man 1978 Japan swordfish [48]
Story of Voyages, TheThe Story of Voyages 1983 Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Romania Dragon [49]
Super 8 2011 United States alien [12]
Tarantula 1955 United States spider [50][15]
Tentacles 1977 Italy, United States octopus [51]
Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 Japan Godzilla / daikaiju / mecha [8][28]:Chapter 24
Them! 1954 United States radioactive ants [11][15]
Tremors 1990 United States Graboids [11]
Trollhunter 2010 Norway troll [11]
World Without End 1956 United States mutated spiders [15]
Wrath of the Titans 2012 United States, United Kingdom, Spain monsters from Greek mythology [12]
X from Outer Space, TheThe X from Outer Space 1966 Japan Guilala / daikaiju [52]
Za humny je drak 1982 Czechoslovakia Dragon [53]
Zarkorr! The Invader 1996 United States daikaiju [54]

See also

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Further reading

  • Bellotto, Adam (July 24, 2015). "A new renaissance for giant monster movies is almost upon us". News. Film school rejects. Retrieved 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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