Top Ten Giant Monsters

Mike Matei / January 28th, 2008

Description: James Rolfe picks out the greatest giant monsters ever put to film.


  • April 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Lol Flying Battleship!!!

  • April 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

    This is probably your most interesting Top 10 you’ve ever made! The Giant Claw FTW!

    I wonder when are you going to talk more about the Gamera movies since you did Godzillathon? Hearing about these movies from you might get me interested the same way as the Godzilla movies!

  • Lord Moe

    April 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I might’ve put the Medusa from “Clash of the Titans” over the Kraken, but that’s just me. I remember seeing that scene as a kid while my dad was watching it. It scared the hell out of me. I watched it all the way through for the first time last night, and it’s still scary!

    Don’t bother with the remake, by the way. It’s just flat out bad.

  • April 11, 2010 at 1:59 am

    no jaws? well fuck. :S

  • Lord Moe

    April 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    well Jaws was basically just a shark. While the movie is awesome (my favorite) the movie really isn’t about a shark.

  • horrorfanboy

    April 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    What’s the name of the movie monster at 0:14? That bird monster.

  • April 29, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Ahhh… movie monster, classics xD, And The Giant Claw, good choice ๐Ÿ˜€
    The dumbiest but also the BEST monster movie ever 8D

  • Nerd87DK

    May 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Aaah…yes Reptilicus, remember watching that as a kid, too bad they removed the flying scene it’s epic. I actually think I have the VHS at my parents house with the flying scene and everything.
    Nice work on the list, think I’ll tjeck out the Claw thingy ๐Ÿ˜€

  • A.Regular-Person

    May 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Some i’ve never seen before and some i will always love.

    Though two movies they should remake. The Giant Claw and Gamera, but they better not screw it up.

  • MaximusDark

    May 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I agree with the Kracken being on there, but I favor Talos most when it comes to Ray Harryhausen.

  • Zombiekiller

    May 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I think it’s kinda cool that Reptilicus is on the list when it’s a movie most people in Denmark have forgotten or I never here people mentioning it here, apart from movie lovers such as myself ๐Ÿ˜›

  • that1person

    May 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Godzilla is better than King Kong and the Claw

  • WatchmenFTW

    June 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’m not a huge monster film fan but I liked the choice you made. I would’ve put the Tripods from War of the Worlds on there if they count.
    I loved you number 1 pick, but do you really think that the Giant Claw is the best movie monster? Or are you just saying that for a joke. Either way, it’s pretty funny.
    King Kong, Gamera, Godzilla…SISSIES!!!
    There is only the Giant Claw!!!

  • james

    July 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

    lol i have to giant claw so fucking funny

  • August 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    It says on wikipedia that the danish Reptilicus could fly while the american would spit green slime.
    I haven’t seen the movies so I don’t know.

  • IDaCashman

    August 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Has Cinemassacre’s wish finally come true? Will King Kong vs. Godzilla be remade?

    Yes, it seems very possible.

    LEGENDARY PICTURES owned by WARNER BROS. partial creators and majority owners of KING KONG is making a GODZILLA reboot. See the connection?

  • blackholeindustries

    August 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    hey james why don’t you make an entire list of top 10 monsters to appear in the godzilla series(maybe shorten the title)

  • PhantomSpaceman

    August 29, 2010 at 12:52 am

    You should have included Gorgo, England’s “answer” to Godzilla.

  • Fivster

    September 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

    have you seen the ’59 movie “Journey to the beginning of time” org. title “Cesta do praveku” it has some amazing special effects^^ this list reminded me of it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • shad

    September 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE that the Host is on James’s Top 10 Giant Monsters list. I mean it’s from one of my favorite Korean movies of all time, and as a Korean it’s just fucking awesome too see an American internet reviewer like James recognizing and appreciating it- and moreover putting it on his top 10 list of giant monsters?? Damn!!! I sure didn’t see that coming.

  • nammm3

    September 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Godzilla is friggin awesome!:-D sometimes i wish that the people who do Gamera movies would do a Godzilla movie since Gamera movies seem more ‘adult’. GMK was done w/ some of the Gamera crew supposively.

    Great video!

  • spurned

    October 4, 2010 at 1:16 am

    u know james now that i look at it im really a lot like u except way younger im only 13 but i love the movies u watch love games and i want 2 make movies

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Clash of the Titans was one of my favorites as a kid.

  • d.Note

    October 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    lol, it would be awesome if you made a Ray Harryhausen-a-thon

  • Jigsaw0759

    October 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    the giant claw is bad ass

  • Eden

    October 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I’d say Stay Puft marshmallow man is the king for me. But in a duel, Godzilla would own everhting.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Quite a few people are going to give you hell for not putting Godzilla first…

  • bored_kid

    November 5, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    We have a turtle in my Ecology classroom. We are totally naming it Gamera.

  • nico6100

    November 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    The giant claw sounds like Ridley from Metroid (at least in zero mission and fusion)

  • Veridius2000

    March 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

    My favorite line from “Gamera vs The Gyaos” was this japanese guys goes up to a girl and says “I want to take you on a Monster FREE Date!!!” My dad still brings up to today even though we both heard it like 15 years ago. I’ve tried to use the line on girls but it they don’t get it? Maybe because they dont watch monster movies or I’m trying it on the wrong girls. But still a classic line in trying to dub english with japanese movies Godzilla will always be my #1 Monster!!!!!

  • March 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I bought Reptilicus in Denmark, and there is no green shit but sure is an flying scene, I can buy it for you, I live in Denmark.

  • Ozymandias677

    July 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I loved all of your decisions on this list. I’ll admit that the Brontosaurus wasn’t intimidating to me, but it was a classic and it demolished chunks of an old city, so I can learn to love the big scaly boy.

    Maybe I’ll buy the movie, after I get done acquiring the Castlevania series.

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm


    Jeg havde ikke regnet med at se den pรฅ listen.
    (I didnt expect to see that one on the list).

    • TheShadowluigi

      December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Are you from the drunken dane squad of everquest?

  • TheShadowluigi

    November 26, 2011 at 2:16 am

    for number one…this monsters name doesn’t about the BIG AND BADASS CLAW!!

  • TheShadowluigi

    December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm


  • Ambrose

    February 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Love the giant claw

  • HorazStCruz

    March 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Godzilla is … just… uh… i dunno; it’s fucking awesome. No matter how much i read about it, i just can’t get it, and probably because of that is so damn fascinating, very much like Chokuzoka animes…!

  • thatepicguy

    April 9, 2012 at 5:44 am

    this was the very first video that i seen thst you made and since have been(i would say) one of your biggest fans! this is hilarious

  • Aaron1375

    June 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I don’t see the Giant Claw being better than Godzilla or King Kong. Should it be on the list…absolutely, just not number one. That spot should of been reserved for either Godzilla or King Kong.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      February 25, 2013 at 6:21 am

      I think it was a joke…

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    July 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Fun fact: the flying scene was in the Danish version of Reptilicus but the American editors chose to remove it because it looked fake. They then added in the green slime and were pleased with how it looked.

  • Idmndcookies

    October 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    #3?! Please. Godzilla would fuck up all of those monsters! (King Kong is awesome, but doesn’t count for this) #1 if not #2 for Kong.

  • Lil Chivita89

    December 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    How about Gorgo (1961) it was the first giant monster movie before watching Godzilla…now I can’t find old VHS Godzilla movies their priceless for me.

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 25, 2013 at 6:10 am

    James, you just blew my mind! I am Danish, as you may know, and I love this movie, and I love your work. Godmanit, I may be one of your biggest fans! This movie and the effects got so much critiscm and slack… but I believe it’s a true gem. I love the way you say “The only Danish movie…” like people would actually care. So you care about Danish film as well? That’s insane and awesome. Thank you so much. You should check some more Danish films out sometime. Some of the better ones perhaps ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lukas Sprehn

      February 25, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Oh, it was monster… but yeah, there’s not much fantasy or sci-fi or any speculative fiction coming out of our films, which is bullshit. Every time I ask someone about it, they say it’s ’cause our people don’t want to see this shit. They want to see “boring” dead-serious films about insane people and politics and boring shit like that. The only people enthusiastic enough about these kinds of films over here is the directors themselves, but they’re afraid the people don’t want to see it ๐Ÿ™ And now we’re finally perfecting CGI here… and our films are so much cheaper. Man, I wish we had our own Hollywood ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, it’s bullshit that we don’t want to see this stuff, because every time the big American blockbusters come to our country, we all go see it!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 25, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I’d compare the Giant Claw to a giant monstrous vulture, big as a battleship!

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    The Gaiant Claw as number one? Really? Godzilla or King Kong, yes, but not The Giant Claw. What about Rodan or Mothra?

    • Ace

      July 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Dude, the Giant Claw has to be number one. It’s like a flying battleship!

  • Ace

    July 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    A good vid to revisit with the current popularity of Pacific Rim. May the era of giant monsters return!

  • Misdemeanors

    August 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I then can tell that the Danish dvd of Reptilicus have those infamous flying scenes. But I’m still so glad to see Denmarks only contribution to the monster movie genre on your list!

  • September 15, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Nice bathos, James. I can’t believe you put the Giant Claw before both King Kong and Godzilla considering your interests. I cant believe you put him there in any case.

  • fcabanski

    October 22, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Japan did not experience the horror of the atomic bomb. America used the atomic bomb to stop a murderous empire that had ravaged the Pacific for decades.

  • November 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    James Theres somthing you have misunderstood
    there are two Reptilicus movies one with English voice and one with Danish voice in the English one Reptilicus can spit acid and in the Danish he can fly

  • Kjetil hรฅvรฅs

    May 4, 2014 at 7:07 am

    top 10 giant monsters is my first Cinemassacre video and I saw it in 2008 When I was 12 years old. When I saw it I loved it. This is how I was familiar with The Giant Claw. I knew about Godzilla , King Kong and Gamera in 2007.

  • dansims

    July 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Where is Gorgo ?

  • January 2, 2017 at 2:02 am

    OH GOD THE B MOVIES HAVE WON. egh im fine with it

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