King Kong is returning to our screens this week, in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s reboot Kong: Skull Island. In doing so, the original movie monster is actually following in the rather large footsteps of his contemporaries, as the monster movie has seen something of a rebirth over the past decade.
Last year’s Japanese Godzilla reboot was the second in only two years, the first of which was Gareth Edwards’s city-stomping American version, a movie that laid the groundwork for an upcoming King Kong vs Godzilla crossover in 2020.
Whether Skull Island will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but in preparation for some more monkey madness, it's worth revisiting some of this century’s monster genre classics.
But which otherworldly beasts or tower-climbing titans can claim dominance in this millennial battle of the creature features? CGI has come a long way since Godzilla first wreaked havoc in the 1950s, but a truly memorable monster flick is about more than just chaos and destruction.
It needs to have a heart, something that can be ripped out and smeared all over the Tokyo skyline.