Immersion anticipates Godzilla
Universal Studios has been the number one name in monster movies, producing most of the genre films during Hollywood’s Golden Age. They put Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster and its bride, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a whole host of other obscure creatures on screen. As technology developed, filmmaking took the obvious step toward computer generated imagery to make their monsters scarier and less humanoid. As times changed, Universal’s old monster properties changed genres from campy B-movie to either action-adventure (1999’s The Mummy, 2004’s Van Helsing) or character-drama (1992’s Dracula, 1994’s Frankenstein). However, computers allowed studios without literature properties to create their own original monsters; or in the case of a few, literary/ mythological creatures never-thought-filmable to appear on screen.
Warner Bros. releases their retelling of the old Japanese monster movie nationwide this week in Godzilla. No longer a claymation reptile, the trailers and posters promise the most colossally-imagined daikaiju ever. Honorable mention: Aurochs from Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Jaws from Jaws (1975), sequels, the Universal Studios Monsters lineup of Frankstein’s monster, Dracula/ vampires, Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon; zombies from Night of the Living Dead (1968) and various others, Orcs/ Uruk-Hai from The Lord of the Rings series, the Rancor from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983),the Cloverfield monster from Cloverfield (2008).
Sorry, no deadites here—they just aren’t terrifying! And Mike and Sully are just too nice!