Many of the monster movies of the past 40 years also dwell on the themes of the consequences of science. And these monsters are increasingly incorporated into our Hollywood lore.
Godzilla, for example is apparently the result of a nuclear test, as are the giant ants in Them. It’s no accident that Godzilla comes from Japan – the only country to have been hit with a nuclear weapon.
The many aliens that now populate Halloween and Horror imagery offer a variation on the science-gone-amok-theme. The superior technology of the inhabitants of flying saucers is another instance of how we are threatened by science, but in this case, a science far greater than our own.
Originally posted 2015-01-02 03:06:58.