Hello, everyone. Cloverfield Monster here. Well, for those who don't know, the first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years was just released in Japan. It's Godzilla: Resurgence. It promises to return the monster to its scary, horrifying roots, just as he was in the original 1954 classic. We have to wait until 2019 to see the sequel to the recent American Godzilla, but luckily, this will be here to hold us over, as it will be released in the United States in late 2016. So, in honor of Godzilla Resurgence's release, I will be listing films I like that feature MONSTERS! (Giant or otherwise). But, there are some rules I set up for myself. I will NOT include ANY Godzilla films or Pacific Rim. If I included Godzilla films, other monsters wouldn't get a chance to shine, and Pacific Rim has been in several of my lists already. So, neither of those are going to be in this. So, let's quit laying dormant at the bottom of the ocean and rampage our way through this list.
Monsters, Inc. needs no introduction. The beloved Pixar film about a factory that powers its city through the screams of children is actually one of my favorite animated films of all time. What's not to love? I like the characters, Sulley and Mike, there's a lot of great laughs, an interesting storyline and a lot of heart. One thing I like personally is that it really does like feel like a real factory with average people getting through the day at work prior to the main story kicking in, except those average joes are monsters who scare children. As morbid as that sounds, they found a way to make it endearing and a great film overall.
For those who don't know, Gamera is a movie monster that was created to captilize on the success of the Godzilla franchise. However, his films were well-put together enough that he managed to gain a franchise and fanbase in his own right, with another film expected to be released soon. Gamera started off strong in 1965, but as the films went, the budgets got smaller and smaller and the films got worse and worse, making Gamera a major punching bag for Mystery Science Theater. But, enter, Gamera, Guardian of the Universe, a film that reboots the Gamera franchise, and brings it back to roaring life in an epic adventure. So, yes, I really like this film, mainly because it made Gamera popular again and silenced all those who treated him like dirt at the time. The film was a huge hit in Japan and became a trilogy before being rebooted again in 2006 and is going to be rebooted again in Japan soon.
This is a monster movie created by none other than the great Ray Harryhausen, who is famous for his incredible stop-motion work. His stop-motion work may be obsolete today, in his time, it was revolutionary. One of my favorite films from him was The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. But, what is the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms? Well, I'm gonna tell you. It's about a gigantic dinosaur that gets re-awakened by an atomic bomb and starts destroying a city. Sound familiar? YES, that's pretty much the plot to Godzilla. But, keep in mind, this film was actually made in 1953, a whole YEAR before Godzilla came to town. It's even reported that this film may have actually served as some inspiration for the Big G's design. So, it's entirely possible that if this did not exist, Godzilla may have ended up looking entirely different from what we know him today. But, as a film in it's own right, Beast is actually pretty awesome. Boasting incredible stop-motion work for its time and it's just plain a fun monster movie. I highly recommend it.
Yes, believe it or not, Rodan actually had a movie of his own back in 1956, which was the same year that the original Godzilla was released in North America as "Godzilla: King of the Monsters". This movie served as the debut of one of the most famous Godzilla monsters. And believe it or not, he wasn't alone. In this movie, there was actually not one, but TWO Rodans in this film. It was also one of the first monster movies to be in color. Me personally, I actually like this film a lot. While, it's not really in my favorites of all time list, it's still a fun movie to watch, despite its rather dated effects. Plus, another thing I like about this film, is while most monsters from this time were rather slow and lumbering, Rodan was FAST! And he could fly. And that is actually a reason why some people who normally aren't a fan of monsters movies may actually like this one. So, yeah, Rodan, I like Rodan.
Where to begin with Hotel Transylvania? I don't really have to say about it, but I may change this section if I have more things to say about it. But, for now, I will say this: While it's not the most original premise out there, the way it was executed here was really well-done in my opinion. I think Hotel Transylvania is a roaring good time and the performances are really well-done with most of the cast. That combined with the fact that this is one of the few recent Adam Sandler movies that is actually good. That fact alone earns this movie praise.
And that's my list of monster movies I enjoy in honor of Godzilla: Resurgence. What do you think of this list? Do you agree with it? If not, what would YOU add instead. Feel free to tell me in the comments below.