Was noticing recently how many MST3K movies feature a giant threat, whether it’s a classic kaiju or enlarged animal or giant human or colossal alien. I thought it might be nice to take a census of these in poll form. Vote for your favorite each time, and I’ll start with the kings of the monsters:
- The Beast Of Hollow Mountain
- Yongary, Monster From The Deep
- the enemies from Atlantic Rim
I didn’t add all the foes of Gamera and Godzilla, but they are present in spirit. More polls coming, and let me know if I overlook any entrants.
I want to write in the giant ducks! (& also save them from the giant bbq so they can battle giant slugs)
Next up are the creepy crawlies super-sized.
- The Black Scorpion
- The Deadly Mantis
- The Giant Gila Monster
- giant grasshoppers fromThe Beginning Of The End
- giant spider from Earth vs. The Spider
- giant spiders from The Giant Spider Invasion
Tough call; Gamera is really neat, and while Reptilicus is silly, he really illustrates the great array of monsters all over the place.
Nope, he’s coming in a different themed poll.
They came from beyond to terrorise the puny Earthlings! It’s the attack of the…
- The Crawling Eye
- Teenagers From Outer Space (giant crab things)
- Prince Of Space (Phantom’s giant guardian)
- Starcrash (“Lady Talos” giant robot)
- The Day Time Ended (inexplicable time monsters)
Giant lobster things. Seeing as how they were lobsters.
Space crawdads in drawn butter. Mwah!
That episode is an infrequent watch for me, I just recalled them as crustaceans.
“Every country has a lobster…”
And finally, because I want to get these all posted before I head off, it’s those lumbering humans that haunt our dreams. How many sins must a man commit in a single lifetime?
They Might Be Giants
- The Amazing Colossal Man/War Of The Colossal Beast
- Village Of The Giants
- Monster A-Go-Go
- Tor Johnson
- Richard Kiel
Tor want to vote in poll. Tor vote for Tor.
Man, I am so basic. I picked the most popular option in every single one.
Though I enjoy the Deadly Mantis and both of the giant spider movies are among my favorite episodes, I simply love the personality that Joel gave to the gila monster.
Gamera gets my vote, but he’s a tricky one because he’s really only a threat in the first movie, then a friend (to all children) afterward.
Godzilla’s the king, 'nuff said
The mantis was well done, but for sheer goofiness, the giant spider housed in a VW is delicious (to kind of quote Vincent Price in the Alice Cooper song, “Black Widow”)
Alien Bigguns is a close one, crawling eyes are creepy, giant guardians are hilarious, and giant robots with nipples make me ask, “why, do they serve a function, do they turn other robots on?”
And finally, while I love Tor and Kiel, Glenn is the biggest and the best and most philosophical. Oh how I wished he could have popped up in the VotG to show those punks a thing or two (about a thing or two)
You know? That’s what influenced my vote, too.