10. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003
Anyone afraid of giant spiders? Shelob is, in my humble opinion, the most terrifying of the eight-legged freaks on film.
9. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Giant squids are awesomely frightening. I look for them (and sharks) every time I swim in the deep end.
8. The Blob 1958
Don’t watch the remake; the original features Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen. The blob, in some ways, is the ultimate giant monster, growing larger as it ingests more…um…food.
7. Ghostbusters 1984
Weird. Funny. Scary. Best movie of the 80s. “This Mister Stay-Puft is okay. He's a sailor, he's in New York. We get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble…”
6. Jason and the Argonauts 1963
I (heart) Ray Harryhausen. Talos is scary. The Hydra is scary. The skeletons, although normal size, are scary (until they fall off the cliff).
5. Clash of the Titans 1981
Did I mention I (heart) Ray Harryhausen? Obviously the Kraken is one bad monster. Remember the giant scorpions? The best parts of this movie feature all those very special creatures created by Mr. Harryhausen (really the only reasons to watch Clash…).
4. Jaws 1975
Okay, not technically a “giant” shark, but a pretty damn big one. “Farewell and adieu to ye fair Spanish ladies…”
3. Them! 1954
I love schlock and cheese. Them! starts out as 50s noir, then flirts with goofy sci-fi, finally staking its claim to great giant creature feature. The image of the giant ants dropping tiny human remains outside their mound scared the poo out of me as a kid.
2. King Kong 1933/2005
Both incarnations are awesome, for different reasons. The mid-third of Peter Jackson’s take on Kong is pure monster-lover orgasm. The giant bug sequence is truly shiver-inducing.
1. Godzilla (Gojira) 1954
He is the King of the Monsters, and he doesn’t even need that much screen time. Before Godzilla became a joke, he was a scary, scary incarnation of humankind’s atomic fears.
So, what are your favorite big brute movies? What did I miss?