Posts Tagged ‘giant monsters’

Nature's Fury_Jaws

If Moby-Dick is the biggest literary influence on Stephen Spielberg’s Jaws (apart from the novel on which it was based), its primary cinematic touchstone is Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Jaws references Creature by recreating a number of shots from the underwater ballet sequence in the opening scene, and by strongly echoing the earlier film’s score in its own. All this being said, Jaws also has points in common with 1957’s The Monster That Challenged the World. I’m hesitant to posit a direct influence (though as we’ll see, there is at least one moment that is pretty strikingly similar). Rather, I’ll say that Monster taps into the same primal fear as Jaws and Creature, and does so quite effectively. (more…)

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That’s the title of a guest post I’ve done for Shaun Duke of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, over at his site. Read it here. It’s all about why giant monsters smashing everything to hell is A Good and Joyous Thing.

Meanwhile, you can also check out my semi-coherent contributions to the panel discussions about the marvellous Pacific Rim and the abominable World War Z.