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“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 monster movies and movie monsters! With this body of work, you begin a journey through the making of the greatest cinematic beasts!
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 creature 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.
Monster Legacy’s goal is providing retrospective coverages with a clear image of each subject matter. Various kinds of film characters can be described as ‘monsters’, or are labeled as such in the films themselves. For reasons of continuity and personal taste, Monster Legacy arbitrarily chooses what characters definable as ‘monsters’ to make coverages about: in essence, the subject is creature designs and effects. A vampire with just a couple fangs does not constitute that, nor does Frankenstein’s creature.
The obvious reminder is that this is what establishes Monster Legacy’s canon, and should not be necessarily applied to other contexts — meaning that if you disagree with it, simply let it be.
Third-party knowledge is necessary! Besides contextually necessary information, the monster coverages will not provide generic details about film storylines, cast, character names, or other subjects that are easily researchable on the web.
“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