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Kaiju movies that are actually scary

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Kaiju movies that are actually scary
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:53:14 AM »
Kaiju movies were initially meant to be a horror sub-genre even though a lot of them tend to lean toward sci-fi/action and were geared toward kids for a while.  There are a lot of kaiju fans here, so I'm curious to know if there are any kaiju movies that actually gave some legitimate scares.

I thought Cloverfield offered a nice sense of dread, although most of its scares were jump scares.  And while it's not a typical kaiju movie, the giant troll at the end of Troll Hunter was pretty damn creepy.  The initial attack in The Host was pretty brutal too, as you feel yourself in almost as much shock as the characters.
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Re: Kaiju movies that are actually scary
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 09:42:17 AM »
Do we count The Myst as a Kaiju movie?

The thing I found funny about Kaiju movies is that they are probably the least scary genre of horror flicks but in a real world scenario Godzilla would be a lot scarier than Jason.

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 11:21:23 AM »
Do we count The Myst as a Kaiju movie?

About as much as Troll Hunter, so why not.

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The thing I found funny about Kaiju movies is that they are probably the least scary genre of horror flicks but in a real world scenario Godzilla would be a lot scarier than Jason.

True.  Most people would be frightened into a coma if they saw a giant monster knocking down buildings and shrugging off military ballistics.  The concept is far more terrifying than a zombie with a machete.  I think a lot of it has to do with special effects.  Most kaiju movies involve guys in rubber suits knocking down paper machete models of skyscrapers.

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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 12:00:57 PM »
Special effects are certainly a key factor but even so The most recent American Godzilla and King Kong looked amazing and both still both were more exciting than scary.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 12:28:46 PM »
Special effects are certainly a key factor but even so The most recent American Godzilla and King Kong looked amazing and both still both were more exciting than scary.

That goes back to kaiju movies often being sci-fi/action as opposed to horror films.  It helps that both Godzilla and Kong had somewhat heroic depictions in those flicks.

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 02:04:42 PM »
Special effects are certainly a key factor but even so The most recent American Godzilla and King Kong looked amazing and both still both were more exciting than scary.

That goes back to kaiju movies often being sci-fi/action as opposed to horror films.  It helps that both Godzilla and Kong had somewhat heroic depictions in those flicks.
Shin-Godzilla looked much more terrifying than 2014 Goji,but i think the way the Kaiju have been presented makes it more sci-fi than horror.In Shin Goji you see him topple buildings with families still in them.if they went full R-rating,i think it would be a lot scarier,showing real death & destruction up close.

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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 04:17:39 PM »
Do we count The Myst as a Kaiju movie?

The thing I found funny about Kaiju movies is that they are probably the least scary genre of horror flicks but in a real world scenario Godzilla would be a lot scarier than Jason.
Yeah if we count the Mist, then that one was pretty creepy.

Kaiju are like natural disasters w. faces. Scary af in a nature doesnt give a shit way, not actually creepy overall.

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 05:10:51 PM »
I was always creeped out by Gaira in War of the Gargantuas when I was a kid

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
^^^those were the different colored bigfoot things, right?

Its weird what can creep you out, though. As a kid i was freaked by Guy Smiley on Sesame Street, and he was basically the most human looking muppet.

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Re: Kaiju movies that are actually scary
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 06:35:57 PM »
That's right, re: the Gargantuas.

My picks, I'd say Cloverfield, the original King Kong and Godzilla, and Godzilla vs. Hedorah.

(Also, as a kid, I was traumatized by a scene in King Kong Lives where a guy gets ripped in half)
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2018, 08:04:52 PM »
^^^those were the different colored bigfoot things, right?



yeah, though in the Japanese version you find out they're made from Frankenstein's cells.


But yeah, that scene where this little fishing boat stops and the old man looks overboard and sees Gaira looking up out of the water at him creeped 6 year old HJ out. I even had a nightmare about him

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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2018, 10:00:25 PM »
^^^those were the different colored bigfoot things, right?



yeah, though in the Japanese version you find out they're made from Frankenstein's cells.


But yeah, that scene where this little fishing boat stops and the old man looks overboard and sees Gaira looking up out of the water at him creeped 6 year old HJ out. I even had a nightmare about him
him crunching on people,& spitting out their clothes didn't feel so good when i was younger either

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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2018, 12:49:46 AM »
Huh, i can see the creep factor in those scenes NOW.
How the hell did i not see it THEN?!?

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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2018, 06:20:58 AM »
Seriously I'm just over anything with tentacles.

It always feels like a cheap cop-out because of budget restraints OR when you finally see the full creature, the tentacles just don't suit the design.

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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2018, 06:10:12 PM »
Deep Rising scared me when I was a kid