You wanna make a serious minded monster movie? Well, the result is going to be taken as symbolism, [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory regardless of what you intended]].

Here, then, are some of the standard Monsters from OurMonstersAreDifferent, with notable examples of said symbolism as interpreted.

!! Vampires
* Anything to do with parasitism or disease, including:
** AristocratsAreEvil
*** {{Dracula}}
* WhoWantsToLiveForever
** Too many VampireDetectiveSeries to mention
* VampiresAreSexGods
* Bloodthirst as a metaphor for drug addiction

!! Werewolves
* [[SuperpoweredEvilSide The Beast Within]]
** Film/TheWolfman1941
** Just about every other werewolf using the whole amnesia shtick.
* Metaphor for [=STDs=]
** Literature/HarryPotter (according to {{Word of God}}, although the evil werewolf Fenrir Greyback gives off hints of Pedophilia as well).
* Metaphor for menstruation
** Used by Creator/AlanMoore in ''SwampThing'' and JossWhedon in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as well as a direct connection in ''Film/GingerSnaps''.

!! Zombies (of the ZombieApocalypse variety)
* HumansAreBastards
** [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves Mindless, ravenous consumption]]
* Survival of the Fittest
* Faceless conformity and loss of identity
* Epidemics, especially when zombieism is TheVirus.

!! Zombies (of the HollywoodVoodoo variety)
* Slavery
* Again, faceless conformity and loss of identity
* Fear of being BuriedAlive

!! [[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers The Body Snatchers]] and similar
* Conformity and infiltration are the watchwords here.
* Frequently associated with a RedScare

!! [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]]
* 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).
** Franchise/{{Godzilla}} has basically been all of the above at some point. He started out as a metaphor for the devastation of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'' has him being the collective manifestation of the souls of those who lost their lives during Japan's Pacific campaign in WorldWarII. ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' gives him a GaiasVengeance characterization on top of being a radioactive mutation.
* 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.

!! Alien Invaders
* Human imperialism and war.
** The original ''Literature/{{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.

!! [[FrankensteinsMonster Mad Scientist-made Monsters]]
* ScienceIsBad / MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters
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