Icons of Terror 2016: 14 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 88 horror films grouped in 14 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

Godzilla

Japan is attacked by a large irradiated sea creature from the Jurassic era.
Creature Feature
Japan
1954
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Translated
Animals: 
Dinosaur
Imaginary
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Collapse
Crash
Explosion
Extinction
Fire
Storm
Flood
Fluids: 
Water
Giant: 
Kaiju
Behemoth
Infected: 
Irradiated
5.04
Godzilla's the bomb!
7.04
4
5.04
4
1
4
3
Effects
Dialogue
Photography
It doesn't take long for Godzilla, in all his SFX glory, to show up. The trick, here, is that the dinosaur is nothing else than a man in a rubber suit destroying miniature sets. The film doesn't use excessive filler, though it sporadically indulges in its procedural for budget's sake. It gets over-explanatory at times, but the visuals are worth the wait. Great build-up and suspense get us there.
As much as you'll probably wish this movie to be almost exclusively about a giant monster, we're also following scientists and the military in their work and personal lives, which doesn't exactly tie in nicely with a main plot and a threat the size of twenty T-rex. The political side of things may eventually get the best of you. The protagonists are often cold crowds or the army; not individuals.
The photography and the audio merge into an hypnotic symphony. Its progressive structure is a beauty. You might notice symbolism and metaphors relating to history all the way through. Godzilla is the collateral product of the atomic bomb, or perhaps the hydrogen bomb, as stated in the film. He is the product of war and the definite horror icon of the scariest movie ever directed in man's history.
Alternate Titles: 
Gojira
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