Monster Legacy is a non-profit fan-site dedicated to the making of, and celebration of Movie Monsters and their creators. All the characters analyzed in its essays, and their associated logos, are trademarks of their respective owners. All other copyrights and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Monster Legacy and its author own none of the pictures posted on the website, nor claims to. The data available on the site is presented purely for archival and research purposes
Monster Legacy serves advertisements through an agreement with Aut O’Mattic Ltd. (Ireland). This agreement includes the collection of certain anonymous information when the website is visited. The ad company may use non-personally identifiable/traceable information (including but not limited to: click stream information, browser, time and date, subject of advertisements appearing) during your visits to this website with the purpose of providing advertisements about goods and services likely to be of interest to you.
Monster Legacy employs the built-in WordPress traffic statistics tracker, which gathers information like search engine keywords, number of visitors per time period, and referrers.
“I would suggest, then, that the monsters are not an inexplicable blunder of taste; they are essential, fundamentally allied to the underlying ideas of the poem, which give it its lofty tone and high seriousness.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics
Welcome to Monster Legacy, your one and only pit stop for everything concerning movie monsters! With this Blog, I attempt to give you visitors a journey through the making of the greatest cinematic monsters. These creatures, born out of the imagination of talented people worldwide have an articulate history that can be traced back as early as the very dawn of Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Cinema. Monsters were among the first elements of creativity and fiction shown to audiences. From suits, to animatronics, to stop-motion, to digital technology, the most various techniques have been and continue to be used to bring film creatures to life. For the most popular films, an extensive array of behind-the-scenes material is available, but that is not true for all of them.
Monster Legacy’s purpose is properly that of writing retrospective articles that can provide a clear image of the history of the monsters’ creation. I take information and quotes from various sources — from behind-the-scenes featurettes, to magazines (like Cinefex, one of my main sources), to online interviews.
There are various kinds of characters presented in motion pictures and novels that can be described as ‘monsters’, or are labeled as such in the films themselves. This blog, for reasons of continuity and personal taste, arbitrarily chooses what characters definable as ‘monsters’ can be analyzed here. Monster Legacy focuses on organic, fictitious creatures — not oversized (or overly ferocious) simple animals, or serial killers, or human ghosts. Obvious reminder is that this is what estabilishes Monster Legacy’s canon, and should not be necessarily applied to other contexts — meaning that if you disagree with it, simply let it be.
When you are reading Monster Legacy, I assume that you have a portion of outside knowledge: besides contextually necessary explanations, the articles will not provide generic details about film storylines, casts of actors, character names, or other subjects that are easily researchable on the web.
The Monster Legacy logo is courtesy of Gyula Nemeth!
“Monsters are patron saints of imperfection. And they represent otherness. You and I may have a trade or a proclivity that can marginalize us. We can be neatly grouped for people to hate us, you know? It can be gender, race, you name it. But monsters are all-in-one. Monsters simply don’t belong, you know? They’re the biggest outsiders, and that’s what I celebrate and love about them. There’s a liberating aspect to monsters that I find, spiritually, very close to the way that I view the world.”
-Guillermo Del Toro