The Bigger and Badder Halloween Top 13: #7: Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Throne of Blood and Son of Godzilla, provides a stock heroic character, and while he certainly filled the part, there was nothing particularly compelling about him. Providing a familiar face to anyone who has seen a number of kaiju films is Jun Tazaki, this time playing the head of the United Nations Science Committee, Dr. Yoshido. The only character that makes any kind of impact is Kyôko Ai as the queen of the Kilaakians. Cold and stoic, she provides some of the film’s best moments and far outshines the film’s rather bland hero. One thing that I do think makes Destroy All Monsters shine, as well as any of the films in which he appears, is the person inside the Godzilla suit, Haruo Nakajima. He originated the part in 1954 with the first Godzilla film and strapped on the rubber costume twelve times in his career as a suit actor. On a side note, in March, I will be getting a chance to meet Mr. Nakajima, and while his name may be an unsung hero of the franchise, I can't wait to shake his hand and meet the man behind the King of the Monsters.
Today’s list comes to us from a guy that is strange, and I don't think he'd mind me saying that at all. That’s because I’m talking Rondal Scott, the big cheese over at The Strange Kids Club. This is another case of if you don’t know that site, then get to know it. He's got a collection of great writers working over there, and Rondal always does a bang up job with anything he touches. That includes his top 10 favorite giant monsters (in no particular order as his e-mail noted). So without further adieu, take it away Mr. Scott.
10. THEM! (1954)
9. The Blob (1988)
8. The Host (2006)
7. Gorgo (1961)
6. King Kong (1976)
5. Jurassic Park (1993)
4. Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974)
3. Lake Placid (1999)
2. Super 8 (2011)
1. Q - The Winged Serpent (1982)
I see a lot of likely candidates on that list for my next six films, but which will they be and in what order and is it possible that I'm just lying and none of them are on there. To answer those questions and more, set your computer boxes to The LBL every evening right up until All Hollow’s Eve!