Michael KreponNu?

(Post has been updated. See below.)

I’m getting concerned. No one has submitted a list of movie monsters that are bomb-related. Is anybody out there working on this? Is this contest to name enlarged movie creatures due to man’s folly going to flop?

Update | 19 Dec 2014

Here’s a sweetener, courtesy of Bradley Laing:

Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Horror of Party Beach


Now Bradley has not named the monsters in question for his first two entries. Seeing as how I’m completely unfamiliar with the “Horror of Party Beach” — which seems like a must-see movie — I’m at a loss to know the creature. I’m beginning to think this creature does not have a name. Or a nickname.

Come to think of it, the beast from 20,000 fathoms probably didn’t have a name, either.

Godzilla is the exception to the rule. And maybe his real name was different. We just don’t know.

So I think I need to change the rules of this contest on the fly. Just list the names of monster movies built around creatures with plot lines related to the Bomb. And if the creatures have names, then by all means list them, too. We could use this as a tie-breaker. Or something.

Hmmmm. I will be the first to admit that this contest was poorly conceived. Sometimes group think really is better than solo excursions.

If I change the contest to naming movies built around bomb-generated creatures, including creatures with no names, then I have to allow sequels, and sequels to sequels.

So be it. For franchises, it’s OK to list separate movie titles. Extra credit for listing creatures with names or nicknames.

These contest rules are subject to change.


  1. SQ (History)

    So how does this work? If we submit our lists as comments, will you simply not approve the comments until the end of the contest, to keep the lists hidden?

    • krepon (History)


  2. Panda (History)

    Im working on it!

  3. Proliferator (History)

    Doesn’t Dr. Strangelove count?

    • krepon (History)

      Please confine your lists to monsters, not monstrous humans.

    • krepon (History)

      names and nicknames department:

      Bradley Laing emails that Godzilla was his “formal” name, but he he was also known informally as “the beast.”


      But how do we know what Godzilla’s real name was? It could have been Bob, or Mark. Godzilla used body language, quite effectively. There was no doubt that this lizard/gorilla could get his points across. But he never left a business card.

  4. Bradley Laing (History)

    As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast’s existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a “rhedosaurus” to paleontologist Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during an oceanic bathysphere excursion to search for the creature

    –From the internet movie database website.

    —If “rhedosaurus” is a fictional species name, then do the words “the rhedosaurus” count as a name?

    • krepon (History)

      The above is the plot of “Horror of Beach Party.”

      Creative mind meld from the arctic to the Bikini Atoll.

    • Scott Monje (History)

      As I recall, the “rh” of rhedosaurus actually stands for Ray Harryhausen, who did the special effects for that and so many other classics. “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” was always a favorite of mine, but I don’t recall any bomb connection. Maybe “The Giant Behemoth,” a lesser attempt by the same director about a radioactive dinosaur. Another favorite was (is) “Them,” about ants that grew to giant size because of the bomb tests at White Sands. Then there is “Beginning of the End,” which is about giant grasshoppers (and stars Peter Graves, the brother of James Arness, who starred in Them), but, alas, “Beginning of the End” is no “Them.” “The Amazing Colossal Man” was also the result of atomic testing (but not the Attack of the 50-foot Woman, who had some sort of alien encounter).

      I don’t know if it counts as a monster, but “I Was a Teenage Caveman” (with a youthful Robert Vaughn in a 1950s haircut) in the end turns out to be about the future and not the past, when we find out that the world had been blown up in a nuclear war. (Perhaps that’s where Planet of the Apes got the idea.)

  5. krepon (History)

    Another rule clarification:

    Bradley also points us in the direction of another lost cult creature feature, “The Hideous Sun Demon.”

    “This flick was released in 1959, and once again it’s a radiation accident that causes Dr. Gilbert Mckenna to turn into a horrific lizard-like creature every time he goes out into the sunlight. This was a very low budget flick, right down to the cheesy lizard costume.”

    Human monsters like Dr. Strangelove do not count. But movies about humans who get transformed into creatures as a result of Bomb-related plot lines do count.

    • Jonah Speaks (History)

      How about monstrous machines that only look human? E.g., the robots/cyborgs in the Terminator films. According to the background plot, in the future a really clever machine starts a nuclear war and also creates terminators whose mission is to kill humans. In the films, one or two of these terminators arrives in the past via time travel with programmed instructions to kill one or two specific individuals.

    • krepon (History)

      I see your point.
      It’s a stretch, but I’m OK with adding movies with cyborgs, as long as there is a nuclear angle.
      The poster of the “Planet of the Apes” movie, courtesy of Josh Pollack, heads in this direction, too.

    • FlamesInTheDesert (History)

      What about Spiderman?[70s tv show/movie],that was a radioactive spider that bit him.

  6. Andrew Tubbiolo (History)

    I just assumed somebody would submit the mutants worshiping nukes in St Patrick’s NYC “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”. And they had a most excellent palimpsest (of sorts) of prayers.

  7. John Field (History)

    Colossus and Guardian in
    Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

    Sister computers Colossus (US) and Guardian (USSR) tasked with nuclear security team up to take over the world from the humans. Remarkable about the film is the technical accuracy and filming of the computer control center location at the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science. It is still accurate and uniquely powerful after all these years.


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