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Monsters Toying with Trains
A stock scene in horror movies involving a giant monster playing with a train like a child's toy.
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''Helpless people on subway trains
Scream "My God!" as he looks in on them...
Blue Öyster Cult, "Godzilla"

In a scene which features an Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever going on a rampage in a major city, there will inevitably be a shot where said 50-Foot Whatever will pick up a subway train, monorail, or other such vehicle, look in on the passengers through a window with his giant eye, and then do something very unpleasant to his new plaything.

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  • The Trope Maker is probably the original Godzilla, at least in the sense that almost every other portrayal since is probably an homage to this film.
  • Happens in the 1976 remake of King Kong during his rampage while looking for Dwan.

  • One that riffs on the whole idea:
    Godzilla: Have you ever eaten train before?
    King Kong: It's just like lobster; you crack it open and eat the insides.

  • The music video for The Apples in Stereo's "Signal in the Sky (Let's Go)" has a monster which does this.
  • As noted in the page quote, this trope is lampshaded in the Blue Oyster Cult song "Godzilla."
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