Use your lizard brain: The best giant reptiles on film
The cinematic love affair with giant reptiles has been going on for about as long as film has, and it won’t stop any time soon because what can we say? People just love giant lizards. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Godzilla: King of the Monsters are on the way, Rampage just stormed through the box office, and a solid chunk of all low budget sci fi and horror seems to involve angry lizards. With this in mind, here are some of the best giant reptiles on film:
Gamera from Gamera
In 1965, the world met what may be the greatest kaiju in Japanese cinematic history – a giant turtle that can shoot rockets from its butt and has tusks. Gamera was ever the D-list version of Godzilla, never quite achieving the fame of the terrible radioactive lizard from the sea but still being memorable if for no other reason than he was a giant turtle with a rocket butt.
Gamera’s been no slouch – there have been twelve films featuring the turtle in just over 50 years, which is not a bad average overall. The fact that most of these films are nearly unwatchable without a healthy dose of irony or schnapps means nothing because – and forgive us for pointing this out yet again – he’s a giant turtle with a rocket butt.
T. Rex from Jurassic Park
They say everyone likes a bad boy or girl and few characters in cinema will ever embody that idea better than the T. Rex. This is both due to its surly yet opportunistically heroic nature and the fact you’re never sure if it’s a boy or a girl from one movie to the next. What you can be sure of is that the T. Rex will show up when it’s clear the human protagonists have no chance of surviving, and it will pause for a perfect selfie pose before or after doing so.