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What horrors lurk behind Godzilla and other great movie monsters?

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This week, when Godzilla emerges from the sea and tramples his way into movie theaters around the world, flattening major cities and shrugging off all manner of artillery fire, he’s going to be dragging behind him more than a massive dinosaur-style tail. He’s going to be backed up by generations, if not centuries, of monster-related storytelling from folklore, fiction, and cinema that reflects humankind’s worst fears and the monsters that dwell inside us all. Movie monsters have been around almost as long as movies themselves. While the silent classic Nosferatu, released in 1922, was the first movie based on the Bram Stoker gothic novel Dracula, the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi is the version that probably comes to the public’s…

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