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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 20 Jun 2009 09:23
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Run For Your Lives! My 35 Fave Giant Monster Films

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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (160 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Them! (1954)
Atomic radiation.
The process of mutation.
The desert.
You do the math.

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People who added this item 595 Average listal rating (373 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Monsters (2010)
this is actually more of a love story with a backdrop of giant aliens monsters, of which we probably don't see enough of.
But still,
I gotta give credit to this movie for trying to do something different by intermingling genres.
For my tastes it wasn't as successful in it's efforts as I would've like it to have been, but in the end, I truly admire the quality in which this project was appraoched by it's creators.

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Spoiler alert!

In this particular Frankenstein movie, Doc Vic's creation enters the Toho universe & goes from being just a plain ol' human-sized Frankenstein's Monster to becoming a giant several stories tall Frankenstein's Kaiju Monster. Well, at least, in his heart he does.
And here's the spoiler alert part; despite what the movie title suggests, Frankenstein doesn't really actually conquer the world. But at the height of 300 feet, he does end up covering alot more landscape than before.
And in keeping with the theme of mashing up the madcap with the macabre, Mary Shelley rolls over in her grave.

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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.3
Where does one even begin to describe this movie?

I guess you could start by saying that if one could imagine the concept of a cyborg geisha that could transform into a wall-clinging half battletank in order to fight a multi-tiered pagoda that transforms into a giant daikaiju-style rubber-suited robot
and then
if one could imagine fried shrimp being used as a deadly assassin's weapon
and then,
threw in every kind of Dali-esque type of violent asian outrageousness possible,
then you might be able to capture a vague resemblance of a description for this movie.

I still have a hard time believing that I actually saw this film & that it wasn't part of some 'shroom-induced nightmare.

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People who added this item 136 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
While maybe not the biggest monsters that will habituate this list, Sinbad's Golden Voyage still contains it's fair share of the giant critters, including a couple that literally fall under the category of "more than a handful".

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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 4.3
Okay, okay,
you might think that technically, this isn't so much a giant monster movie,
as it is a giant man movie.
But, imagine, if you will, what you would see when looking up a 60 foot tall bald man in diapers. Now, hold that picture in your head for a while,
& then tell me that you're not splitting hairs.

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Frankenweenie tells the macabre tale of how a pet dog is bought back to life by his child owner. After the bull terrier gets killed by a car (the leading cause of death amongst canines, after old age), the young lad decides to a take a page out of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, & ressurrect the Spuds Mckenzie look-alike through the use of electricity. I guess mad scientists have figured out that electricity is spark of all life.
Which sets in motion a series of events of science going wild, including one is which a pet turtle is mutated into a in a giant Gamera-like monstrosity. Which, depicted in the unique style of Tim Burton, makes it look even more adorable than when it was in someone fish tank. Never has a kaiju looked so damn cute.

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.... remember back when stop-motion was the sh#t?

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TBH, I found the first chapter of the Narnia film series to be much more entertaining & engaging than I expected, especially for a nonfan such as myself. However, by the time of the sequels came out, I did find them to be a bit overbearing with their messages of Divine Superiority.
However, Dawn-Treader had some redeemable moments that allowed me to endure the bits that bothered me.
One of those moments was, of course the really cool giant Sea Serpent segment.
From what I understand, it was much more fearsome than the source material. I don't know how 0r if that may have translated to the sensibilities of the hardcore fans, but for me, I just thought it was pure kick-ass.

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People who added this item 3653 Average listal rating (2329 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Avengers (2012)
Loki, the God of Mischief, arranges the worldwide conquest of the Earth. Because he's a cosmically powered supervillain, & that's basically the goal of most cosmically powered supervillains. His latest scheme of global domination involves the use the Cosmic Cube & a vast army of extra-dimensional aliens, including one giant armored species that act as bad-ass flying warships.
And the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
As usual.
"Avengers Assemble!!"

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People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Almost a decade after the country buckled under the very first atomic attack in the history of the world, Japan presents a cautionary tale about the dangerous consequences of atomic energy.

I'm sure that many of today's kids would look at this movie and wonder what the heck is it that the generations before them saw in this big ol' rubbery, radiation blasting, clumsy-looking dino-phenomena.
the only way I can explain it is by saying that,
even with the scars of WW2 still visible and the lack of big budgetry in their film industry, Japanese cinema knew how to make do with what they had. And it was this can-do/make-do attitude that helped them to make a big footprint in the arena of 50's colossal creatures genre that was raging in film at the time. And it's what also helped to give Godzilla the long standing reputation as the King of all Kaiju Monsters.

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People who added this item 370 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
For me, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a movie that if it were just any sci-fi movie, would still be one the best sci-fi movies of it's time. But the fact that it was made by Disney, and comprising some of the typical "Disney conventions" (which I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of), makes it an even remarkable achievement for a classical pre-steam punk thriller.

The film adaptation of Captain Nemo and his legendary underwater ship, the Nautilus, finally comes to shore in a very fitting manner, as the very first film ever to be shot in Cinescope.

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I suppose that there are alot of movies with dragons that I could put on this list. But since dragon movies could make up a whole separate film category by themselves, I've decided to limit it to just one entry onto my giant monster list.
Therefore, for me, I'd have to say that as far as the use of a dragon in a live action movie goes, my fave so far has gotta be the Hungarian Horn Tail in Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment in the Harry Potter film series.

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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
I'm sure I don't have to explain who this creature is.

I'm sure I don't have to explain who this creature is.
I mean, let's be honest here,
has there ever been a slimy public figure who was a bigger meme sensation on the world wide web than Cthulhu?
Oh, okay,
maybe Chuck Norris.
But still,
no matter how much Mr. Norris likes to brag that he can kick anybody's ass, we all know that he wouldn't stand a chance against this guy.
Hell, even as an actor, Cthully can swim circles against the ol' Chuckster. And Cthulhu is just a stop-motion effect.
The truth is, no matter how much martial arts training CN has had, at the end of the day,
brass testicles just don't stand a chance against mass tentacles.
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People who added this item 543 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Troll Hunter (2010)
Not as scary as the kind you might find here on the internet,
but still, just as ugly. And stinky.
Not to mention that these guys are HUGE!

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The Earth's populace must come to grips with it tendency of abundantly accumulating & disposing it's vast heaps of garbage upon the shrinking expanse of the enviroment, as The King of All Monsters takes on a giant shambling mountain of red-eyed sludge that terrorizes the island of Japan by transforming itself into a flying smog-billowing force of pollution incarnate.
Kinda makes you want to start recycling, huh?

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People who added this item 505 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
When you look at all the destruction & chaos that Zues & Co. release down on our humble planet just outta petty jealousy & pride, it really reveals the truth behind the old saying, "The gods must be crazy".
While I'm not usually a big fan of movie remakes,
for me, the original Clash, is an excellent example of a classic that would greatly benefit from today's special effects technology.
I'd really like to see alot of these old stop-motion flicks of yesteryear get the updated treatment that many of us as children could only dream of back when these films were first released.
But even with that said,
it doesn't change the fact that, as cheeseball as they were,
most of these ultra-fantasy originals will always hold a special place in my heart. Simply b'cuz they were a big part of my childhood.

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People who added this item 1128 Average listal rating (760 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
In this latest comedy directed by Evan Goldberg (he's done a bunch), The End is not only nigh, it is here. In Hollywood, some of it's biggest names (well, biggest when it comes to the circle of friends who tend to hang around Seth Rogen & Co.), are not excluded from the mayhem of global destruction simply because they're better than the rest of us.
And just as the Book Of revelations said that there would be demons walking the earth, in this depiction of The End of Days, there are. Including a massive tower sized "Lucifer", which despite the comedic slant of this apocalyptic tale, the makers of this movie did a serious job of making it looking pretty damn fearsome not to mention pretty damn cool.

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People who added this item 1842 Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
To be honest,
I haven't yet decided which version of Clash I like better:
the original 1981 version, which always held a sentimental spot in my movie-viewing heart,
or this new 2010 update, which adds alot of the coolness factor into the creatures & effects that we wished for back when such technology wasn't so available, but also doesn't contain the heart or charm the the original did.
So for now, I'll lean more towards the remake basically for that one scene that every special effects fan has been looking forward to since this modern version was announced: "Release the kraken!"

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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
One of the things I liked about the Toho daikaiju was their ability to incorporate really cool & creative story-ideas into the middle of the rubbery cheese that was running amok thru the cardboarded streets & buildings of Nippon.
Mothra being my favorite example. Two tiny little beauties act almost as their familiars, who communcate telepathically with great godlike beast. Also, Mothra is usually treated as a Phoenix-like enity, in that every time it dies, it is soon ressurected as a giant egg, soon to hatch into it's larvae form (almost as equally formidable as it's adult moth stage).
For me, it's the over-all mythological slant that accompanies this particular kaiju that sets it apart from it's floppy-footed counterparts & therefore makes it one of my more favorites of the eastern-themed genre.

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What can you consider a Vegan to be a vegan and a carnivore at the same time?
When it's a giant flesh-craving Venus Flytrap from another planet.

A little shop that demonstrates that in order to properly take care of a house plant,
one need simply add water, some potting soil & lots of sunshine.
Not to mention, a carcass or two.
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People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.8

Yo, I know that Godzilla and King Kong both had sons,
but where there any "mega-monsters" movies ever produced that featured the moms?
The only one that I saw that did was Kramer Vs Kramer, which I watched b'cuz, based on the title, I thought it was a monster movie.
And for those of you haven't seen it, let me spoil it for you....
No, it's not.

Just when you thought that beauty had killed the beast for good, turns out that, apparently, the king had a prince.
Although, there are rumors that have been whispered throughout the jungle, that the albino mega gorilla might not really be the son of King and Queen Kong. Word is, that the Kongs' milk-gorilla (that the super sized simian's equivalent to a milkman) was also an albino).
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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5
I gotta be honest with you guys....
the only reason this movie is on this list is b'cuz after watching this flick as a little kid,
I used to fantasize about having a 50 Ft. woman attack our hometown just so's I could have an excuse to look up her dress without getting in trouble.

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People who added this item 4549 Average listal rating (3127 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
In the so-called "War Of The Worlds", the aliens in question are not only winning, they are displaying the power to totally wipe us out. I mean, they are completely ripping the planet Earth a new @ss.
But just when it seems like all hope is lost for our defeated species, a savior is revealed. In the form of our bacteria. Looks like these giant tripod riding raiders have an immune system that would make a bubble boy's seem like an iron-clad defense system. Yep. The aliens literally catch their death of a cold.
Turns out that, all the while they were cutting us down with their sophisticated disintegration rays, all we had to do was to sneeze on 'em.
"... aah....
... aah....
... aAH-CHOOO..!!!!!!

Take that, ya blasted Martians!!"
Germ warfare in it's purest form.
"Oh, and if you greenblooded bastards want some more of this,
bring it!
Cuz I feel a fart coming on with all of yo' extra-terrestrial names on it!"

And yeah, marching around in those big three-legged thingies, for me these aliens qualify as giant monsters.

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People who added this item 1175 Average listal rating (725 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Before Godzilla came along, Kong was the original over-sized king of all monsters in this early film era spin on the beauty and the beast theme.

One of my fave giant creatures movies b'cuz, seriously, how can any list of fave giant monster flicks be complete without the original gangsta of really big beasties in it?
Obviously, special FX have come a lonngg way since Kong made his black & white debut, but for me, I still find the energy and fun that went into making this film to still somehow be very present and very palpable whenever I watch this classic staple of the genre.

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A tribute to all those 50's black & white sci-fi horrors flicks, but now in cool 3-D-like computer graphics. And in full color.
The graphics are absolutely top-notch, but some of the sheen has been lost due to the fact that they're also something that I'm sure viewers are pretty much starting to become accustomed to by now. And teen-agers today, let alone the more targeted little kid audience, will barely, if at all, get any of the references made to the Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman, the Creature Of The Black Lagoon & the like.
Now don't get me wrong. I think that MvA comes off with enough of the high quality that we expect from this type of picture, but to some movie-goers, it may feel like it came out a fews years too late.

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People who added this item 343 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
During the height of McCarthyism & the Red Scare,
comes yet another sci-fi film taking advantage of the attitude scoring across the country at this time.
A big red mass that keeps getting bigger & bigger, terrorizes a small American town, swallowing up innocent denizens of democracy.....
get the symbolism?
Or is that stretching a metaphor farther than the reach of an extended slimey flesh-distintigrating tentacle?

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People who added this item 4520 Average listal rating (2990 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
King Kong (2005)
Peter Jackson, the guy who was able to finally put The Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit series onto the big screen (at least, in a way that was successful), once again utilizes the latest in high-tech movie-magic to bring to life the most famous of big ass apes, as it travels over long distances and then rampages and terrorizes through the streets of 1930's New York, all for the heart of a woman.
Oh, and when I say "the most famous of big ass apes", obviously I'm referring to King Kong, not Jack Black.

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For the first time ever, Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, and Varan, all together in one movie, kicking all sorts of @ss with their big, floppy rubber feet (or any other appendages of like-minded floppy purposes).
And it's all because of those stupid aliens!
This is the original Monsters Versus Aliens epic, not to mention, the battle royale of all battle royales! With cheese!
Run for your lives!!!!

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People who added this item 1098 Average listal rating (702 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Chemicals get dumped into the Han River,
and several years later,
the result of man's disregard for the aquatic ecological balance surfaces in the form of a....a...
well, in this film they call it a host.
I say, it's more of a giant walking catfish with Olympic level gymnastic skills.
Whatever you wanna call it,
it's payback time for all the centuries that humans have been hoisting waterbreathing critters outta the water since back when we first learned how to bait a hook.
And as far as the Host is concerned, this is a case in which the law of catch & release does not apply.

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People who added this item 5298 Average listal rating (3504 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
The dead are starting to rise on the streets of New York. Well, moreso that usual that is. And at the center of it all, is the head ghost demon known as Gozer The Destructor. Who, even in marshmellow form, is still a destructor. So when ol' Goze decides to start giganticly rampaging down through the avenues of the Big Apple, who you gonna call....? The only guys around who know how to show this prehistoric b#tch how we do things downtown.

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People who added this item 1359 Average listal rating (918 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Pacific Rim (2013)
As a fan of the first Godzilla flicks, I used to watch those old Kaiju movies as a kid with the anticipation that one day the technology of special effects would catch up to grandness of giant monsters & robots duking it out in the midst of ill-fated Tokyo downtown districts.
And even though, because of modern movie audience's shrinking ability to suspend their belief for this kind of stretched out subject matter, it took longer than I would have liked, Pacific Rim finally came along and sated that almost life-long anticipation.

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People who added this item 419 Average listal rating (272 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
A movie about a big giant glob of pink snot that only gets bigger & bigger as the storyline progresses.
Could somebody hand me over a city-sized piece of tissue, please?

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People who added this item 7844 Average listal rating (5067 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Modern science demonstrates it highest possibilities to date by genetically re-introducing the dinosaurs of the Jurassic era to our time. Then, it goes about creating an island theme park in which to inhabit these prehistoric ganstas of giant monsters, in the speculative hope that the general public will eat them up.
Now, is it my imagination, or is it pretty obvious what the ironic twist is that's gonna result from this grand delusioning venture?
Oh, when will those zany scienctists learn?

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People who added this item 2499 Average listal rating (1694 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
Whenever an immigrant from anywhere in the world comes to New York, the first thing they tend to see is the Statue Of Liberty. It has always been a welcoming beacon to any alien from any part of the world. But when an alien from outer space comes to town, what's the first thing it does when it sees the statue? It breaks it. I mean, that damn thing was made in France and it was a gift.
See, this is why New York City can never have anything nice.

Cloverfield may not depict any fields of clover in it but it is a movie that gets an extra point just for the surprise factor of how much I ended up enjoying it. I really didn't expect to like this as much as I did. I saw this flick with my brother-in-law, and remember that when the lights in the theater came on, we both looked at each with an expression of "Whoa" on our faces.
As an adult, one of my absolute favorite things about going to the movies is when I see a film that brings back those feelings that I used to experience as a kid whenever I saw something that was too fantastic that it was beyond the realm of our realty and yet here I was watching it come to life on the big screen in front of me.
Watching a giant alien monster ragin' through the streets of the Big Apple in a manner of disbelief that at the same time is believable is a pretty good f'rinstance of that experience.
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Runn!! If any of you value your worthless lives, RUN!!!

Runners up:

- Jurassic Park II

- Godzilla (2014)

- How To Train Your Dragon

- Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets

- Jason and the Argonauts

- Rodan

- Mantis

- The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

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