A portal to another dimension opens up on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. From out of the hole comes a number of gigantic monsters –or kaiju— who seem to have only one purpose: destroy the living heck out of all the cities of East Asia and America’s western seaboard.
To mark the release of Pacific Rim at blinkbox this week, we’ve published our own Monster Atlas and pin-pointed global monster hotspot!
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1. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters)
Classification: Sweet, fluffy harbinger of doom
Notes: Arriving on our Earthly realm, the Sumerian god Gozer offers the intrepid Ghostbusters an opportunity to “Choose the form of the Destructor”. Figuring it would be totally harmless, Dr. Ray Stanz plucks for the ancient one to assume the form of a beloved corporate mascot, Mr Stay Puft: the Marshmallow Man.
2. Unknown Entity (Cloverfield)
Notes: Where this gigantic creature came from, nobody knows. What we do know is that this goliath has a sixth-sense for homing in on and destroying American landmarks –just like the aliens from Independence Day did.
3. Graboids (Tremors)
Height: 9.1m long
Classification: Giant carnivorous sandworm
Note: What do you do when the thing you fear most is right under your feet? You can tool-up and build some bombs with your pal Kevin Bacon… or you can bend over and kiss yourself goodbye.
4. Raptor (Jurassic Park)
Height: 1m (3.4m long)
Classification: Cloned abominations of nature
Notes: Cloned from dinosaur DNA extracted from preserved mosquitoes, these Raptors found in millionaire John Hammond’s island theme park are actually Deinonychus. Real Velociraptors were actually a lot smaller, weighing roughly the same as a large chicken.
Classification: Shape shifting extra-terrestrial
Notes: Discovered in a pod buried deep in the Antarctic ice, this insidious alien’s motives are uncertain. The one certain thing, however, is its ability to perfectly mimic any of its victims. Once it gets inside the American research compound, there’s no telling which one of the scientists is in fact… The Thing.
Classification: Giant Gorilla
Notes: Discovered by a film crew on location in South East Asia, Kong is the venerated god-ape of Skull Island. When it comes time for the team’s leader to bring a captured specimen back to New York City, one must wonder why they opted for a giant Gorilla when there were DINOSAURS on the island.
7. The Creatures (Monsters)
Classification: Floating Molluscs
Notes: “Six years ago… NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A space probe was launched to collect samples but broke up during re-entry over Mexico. Soon after new life forms began to appear and half of the country was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today… The Mexican & US military still struggle to contain ‘the creatures’…”
Classification: Nuclear-induced Mutant Lizard
Notes: Unleashed as an unintended side-effect of atomic explosions, this terrible lizard found its way to Japanese soil, punishing mankind for what it has done to the ocean. The name Godzilla –or Gojira—is a combination of the Japanese words for ‘gorilla’ and ‘whale’, which is strange seeing as he looks nothing like a whale and even less like a gorilla.
9. Jotnar (Trollhunter)
Notes: The largest species of troll on file, Jotnar can be killed much in the same way as regular trolls: with direct exposure to the UV radiation commonly found in sunlight. The only trouble is that you’ll have to find them first: for a creature that towers at over 200 feet, Jotnar have a knack for remaining hidden.
10. The Dingo (A Cry in the Dark)
Classification: Baby-taking canine
Notes: For such a vast country, Australian film hasn’t really got that much in terms of monster films. Why would they need to? Their country is already packed with thousands of deadly animals that can kill you for reals. Case and point: the dingo that ‘took the baby’ of a pastor’s wife in A Cry in the Dark, a Meryl Streep film based on an infamous Australian court case.
If you can think of any movie monsters from South America, let us know: we tried to find one and failed!
To check out the newest addition to the Monster Atlas check out Pacific Rim, now available to buy at blinkbox.