When you watch a film like “Halloween” and see Michael Myers, you realize that he is intimidating, but he can be subdued by modern military efforts. When you see a giant monster, all hope is lost. If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that shooting them only pisses them off, nuking them makes them stronger, and there is no point in running as they destroy everything in their path. The only thing that can stand a chance is some deus ex machina the film throws in to take it down, or another giant monster.
For Day 6 of our 31 days of Halloween, we decided to choose the top 10 best giant movie monsters. For this list, we decided to not just look at horror movie giant monsters, but other film genres as well. However, each creature must be a monster. This means that it must be evil, or at least cause mass destruction. It also can’t just be an animal. If it is a giant mutated animal, that’s fine, but a resurrected T-Rex from “Jurassic Park” won’t cut it. We are not counting robots, as they could have their own list. We are also only taking into consideration Godzilla from the Godzilla films. If not, this list would primarily be Godzilla monsters.
10) The Kaiju (“Pacific Rim” 2013)
In an abysmal future, giant monsters called Kaiju emerge from a void in the ocean to destroy mankind. Rather than rolling over and playing dead, humanity fights back by building giant robots called Jaeger’s to fight the monsters. Holy shit, “Pacific Rim” was incredible. “Kaiju” is a Japanese word that means “strange beast,” but after “Godzilla” came out, it was a term used to describe giant monsters in movies. “Jaeger” is a word which means “hunter.” Again, the term was used to describe those that fought the Kaiju. Anyways, the Kaiju in “Pacific Rim” have the sole duty of ending the human race. They target major cities, and have proven to go out of their way even to extinguish a single life. Some can fly, some of blades attached to their body parts, and some are just absolute brutes. However, all the Kaiju are badass.
9) Idominus Rex (“Jurassic World” 2015)
Now the Idominus Rex technically isn’t a normal dinosaur as it was genetically crossbred with several different dinos, so it fits our rules. The Idominus Rex is a white-scaled dinosaur with the strength of a T-Rex, and the ferocity of a velociraptor. It runs around Jurassic World killing for sport, and eating whatever savory human crosses its path. What guaranteed the Number 10 spot was the ending fight where it fought both a T-Rex and three velociraptors. not only was it one of the best action scenes of 2015, but the best action scene of the entire “Jurassic Park” franchise.
8) Clover (“Cloverfield” 2008)
“Cloverfield” is known for being the movie that brought back the found footage films. Watching a group of teens escape New York City as a giant monster, and its smaller creepy minion monsters terrorize them. Officially named “Clover,” the giant monster wrecks New York City, and even survives multiple air strikes. The movie does a good job of keeping most of the monster shrouded in shadow and darkness. This way, whenever he is on screen, the audience gives it their undivided attention so they can try and figure out what they are looking at.
7) The Balrog (“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” 2002)
This one was a bit of a stretch, but the Balrog from “Fellowship of the Ring” was truly a sight to behold. He basically looked like a giant, flaming devil with a fiery whip and sword. We were also considering the Rancor from “Return of the Jedi, but decided against it after realizing he was defeated by a rock the size of a cantaloupe. So, why does the Balrog earn this spot. Look at it this was: Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli fought hoards of countless orcs on multiple occasions, he fought cave trolls, they faced an army of ghosts, they went on suicide missions in epic wars, fought elephants the size of skyscrapers, but they ran from the Balrog.
6) The Blob (“The Blob” 1988)
In my opinion, this is the scariest monster on the list. The rest of the monsters on this list have a face. When you look at them, you see a sentient being, and something that can be killed as difficult as it may be. When you see the Blob, all hope is lost. What the hell can you do to it? It absorbs everything it gets, which only makes it stronger. If you are threatened by the Blob, your only chance is to run away. However, as the film proves, you can run, but you cannot escape from the Blob.
5) The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbuster’s 1984)
Hell yeah Stay-Puft is on this list! The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is only in a few minutes of the film, but he became an immortal symbol for the film due to the fans’ love for the monster. After Ray is told not to think of anything, he goes back to his days of camping with his friends. In that abyss of memory, he recalls his beloved childhood icon, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. What makes Stay-Puft so iconic is that he is a symbol of joy turned evil. This would be like if a kid born in the 90s was terrorized by Barney the Dinosaur. Stay-Puft might be a a big creampuff, but he is also a nightmare of epic proportions.
4) The Kraken (“Clash of the Titans” 1981)
Zeus is a god. He throws lightning bolts that can obliterate continents. His children can hurl mountains into the stratosphere. However, even he needs to call for back-up. Who does he call? The mother f****** Kraken. The Kraken is a skyscraper-sized human/aquatic creature whose sole purpose is to wipe out all of civilization so it can start over from zero. He is basically a giant eraser for the planet. The Kraken has been remade and remastered, but the original Kraken from “Clash of the Titans” from 1981 still is the favorite from all who know him.
3) Gamera (“Gamera” 1965)
Gamera: friend of children, foe of basically everything else. The Gamera films never attracted the same size audience as the Godzilla films did. They did attract a cult following, but most of his popularity came from “Mystery Science Theater 3000” who made fun of basically all the films. However, that is not to say that there isn’t anything to like about Gamera. He is a giant turtle who can breathe fire, and fly because of his jet-powered shell. He fights to save children, the only people who do not fear him. However, what makes Gamera even cooler are his fights. Gamera gets bloody. His enemies get impaled, torn the shreds, or just plain blown-up. In “Gamera Vs. Guiron” (which was not at all a good film), Guiron cuts monsters into sushi using his saw-head. No other monster movies at the time came even close to that brutality. Gamera might have been the friend of children, but he was also one brutal SOB.
2) Godzilla (“Godzilla” 1954)
Oh yeah, you knew he was coming. Godzilla is the all-time King of the Monsters. He has battled countless foes, and left them in a trail of atomic breath. He has been both the savior and destroyer of mankind. His feats have even become known by creatures from other planets. To put it simply, Godzilla is a BAMF. Even with almost 30 films under his belt, Godzilla is still making movies, and is still entertaining as all hell.
1) King Kong (“King Kong” 1933)
Before you go and type a hateful message in the comments section, hear me out on why King Kong is the best of the best. First, he precedes Godzilla by 20 years, making him one of the oldest, if not the oldest giant monster in film-history. Now, as many people know the original Kong was made through claymation and stop-motion. However, not many people know about what had to be done to blend images of Kong with footage of the actors. The super-imposing methods were the first of their kind, and were revolutionary in the film industry. Without Kong, we wouldn’t have had other great stop-motion films like “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” or “Jason And the Argonauts.” However, despite being revolutionary in the film industry, there is one more clear reason why Kong takes the Number One spot. “King Kong” is one the most recognized American film in existence, right next to “The Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars.” Kids starting elementary school may not know about Michael Corleone from “The Godfather,” or about Andy Dufresne from “The Shawshank Redemption,” but they do know the name of the giant ape who climbed the Empire State Building to fight off a battalion of planes. KONG: THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD!