Now that the low-budget Cloverfield broke all January box office records, you can expect two things from Hollywood — a flood of new movies told from first-person POVs (romance movies recorded on cellphones, crime movies filmed on ATM security cameras, and so on) and a big, big resurgence in the skyscraper-sized monster genre.
And, as cynical as we can be, we have to admit that Cloverfield revived our long-gestating love with the creature feature and made us revisit some of our favorite man-in-suit, downtown-destroying monster movies of old. Here's a quick glance at VideoHound's top ten best-loved city-wrecking behemoths in movie history:
- The nuke-u-lar picnic pests — radiation-giganticized ants, that is — from the 1954 classic THEM!
- GM CEO Roger Smith, scourge of Flint, Michigan, in Roger & Me (1989)
- Godzilla, destroyer of Tokyo (and mortal enemy of Raymond Burr), in Godzilla (1954)
- The Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man, the ultimate sugar-coated Fleet Week nightmare, in Ghostbusters (1984)
- Bruce the Shark, the archnemesis of Amity's Chamber of Commerce, in Jaws (1975)
- The Kevin Bacon-hatin' Graboids from Tremors (1989)
- Rodan, Godzilla's red-headed step-child and cousin to Pterri the Pterodactyl, in Rodan (1956)
- The Mighty Kong from King Kong (1976) — a much maligned production which gets extra brownie points for the blatant horniness Rick Baker brought to his performance as Kong
- Stripe, Kingston Falls' mogwai anti-christ, from Gremlins (1984)
- The Han River's mutated catfish/velociraptor from The Host (2007)