monsters across time/space

interestingly, the existence of many re-makes and re-adaptations help detect and understand how the same monster or category of monster stands for different fears and represents different threats.

See for example how Godzilla (Gojira) emerges as a Japanese production in 1954 and how it has been appropriated by Hollywhood in the 1998 version.

Godzilla 1954

Godzilla 1998

See how the monster emerging from water is re-interpreted in the 2006 South Korean The Host


2 Responses to “monsters across time/space”

  1. Ariel Kroon Says:

    I noticed that, in The Host, the monster is more visibly mutated, whereas Godzilla (in both films) resembles the standard “T-Rex”, with only slight variations.

    The Host’s monster, on the other hand, has random appendages, extra skin, and moves as though it belongs to a water environment; it’s very telling. I also like how one of the kids thought it was an Amazonian River Dolphin, which reminded me of the Yangtze River Dolphin, which just went extinct two years ago due to the heavy pollution of the Yangtze River. It’s a very poignant social commentary.

  2. I agree that adaptations are contextually reintrepreted depending on the time of there adapation. Just as early Godzilla movies alluded to fears of nuclear fallout, contemporary adaptation, such as the host, allude to environmental concerns depictive of our time. The representations of these creatures also are a social commentary alluding to the conditions in society. Godzilla is a weapon who fights for Japan, as opposed to a nuclear bomb fighting against them. Whereas, the monster in the host is horribly mutated, alluding to environmental concerns, for instance, his creation was based off of an American scientist forcing a Korean scientist to pour 100 jars of fermaldehyde down the drain. Obviously, him as horribly mutated and having detrimental effects on the Korean people, such as eating then haha, clearly represent there fears in contemporary society of environmental fallout.

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