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Action and Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy
The original King Kong remains an unparalleled horror-fantasy whose reputation is much deserved. An expedition captures a gigantic ape and brings him back to New York for exhibition - but a beautiful actress provokes feelings of love in the mighty Kong, causing him to break free from his chains and bring terror to New York City. Boasting visual effects that were incredible at the time they were made (and look pretty impressive even now), the first King Kong to hit the big-screen is thrilling, terrifying - and ultimately moving, with Kong reflecting back at us all the deeply buried urges and emotions of "civilised" man.
A film guide that looks at Godzilla (2014), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
The original Japanese film about a rampaging lizard-like monster that's been awoken by a nuclear test and is heading for Tokyo.
11+ years 98 mins
Futuristic sci-fi classic about an astronaut whose spaceship crash-lands on a planet ruled by advanced apes who make humans act like slaves.
7+ years 108 mins
Refreshingly quirky Korean monster movie in which toxic waste creates a giant mutant tadpole in the Han River.
16+ years 119 mins
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We take a look at new fantasy drama A Monster Calls and how storytelling and films can be used to help people cope with difficult issues and overcome anxiety.
Reading time 7 mins
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Reading time 8 mins
We look at how LAIKA's Kubo and the Two Strings recreates an authentic-yet-fantastic ancient Japan, whilst pushing the boundaries of stop-motion animation.
Reading time 7 mins
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