Stock Monster Symbolism
You wanna make a serious minded monster movie? Well, the result is going to be taken as symbolism, regardless of what you intended
Here, then, are some of the standard Monsters from Our Monsters Are Different
, with notable examples of said symbolism as interpreted.
- Again, faceless conformity and loss of identity
- Fear of being Buried Alive
- Conformity and infiltration are the watchwords here.
- Frequently associated with a Red Scare
- Disasters. Either man made (Hedorah, giant robots, mutants) or natural (Rodan), a sort of divine retribution tied to shinto beliefs can also be read into it (Mothra).
- Anti-military aesops. Almost always military might will fail miserably and just waste everyone's time, and often it's the fault of the military that the Kaiju are there in the first place.
- The threat of Nuclear Weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear Fallout.
- Human imperialism and war.
- The original The War of the Worlds novel was largely meant as a critique of the British Empire and imperialism in general.
- Human reaction to disaster, similar to zombie films in that the people are more of a problem than the invaders. Also an element of all War Of The Worlds adaptations.
- Human interaction with nature and Romanticism vs. Enlightenment— cryptids are usually described as living in areas of untouched wilderness and hunted by humans with fancy technological gizmos. Heroes often have to help them escape and be left alone in the wild, without human interference.
- Tintin in Tibet ends with the hero saying he hopes humans never catch the Yeti, because they'd only put it in a zoo.