They’re big, they’re bad, they’re mostly mean.

Whether they be man-made monstrosities or creatures from another world, the terror of gigantic monsters has loomed large in cinema ever since Kong made his iconic climb to the top of the Empire State Building. Across the world, these massive forces of destruction have worked as a blank canvas for some of society’s most existential fears: fear of nuclear armageddon, fear of terrorism, fear of pollution, fear of communism, and – most of all – fear of getting eaten by a gigantic monkey. Large and in Charge shines a light on some of our favorite giant monsters to ever smash their way across the silver screen at both brunch and midnite. Prepare yourself, the monsters are coming!

For brunch there’s director Brad Bird’s masterful tale of doomed friendship The Iron Giant; Dino De Laurentiis’s 70’s rebirth of King Kong; Guillermo Del Toro’s dazzling smash fest Pacific Rim; and Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr’s groovy original version of The BlobAnd at midnite we have Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s enviro-horror fable The Host (35mm); producer Dino De Laurentiis’s silly spectacle King Kong Lives (35mm); Matt Reeves’ and J.J. Abrams’ first-person nail-biter Cloverfield; and Chuck Russell’s suffocating and nasty 1988 remake of The Blob (35mm).

Standing tall over the series is the King of the Monsters himself: Godzilla, in a special Live Sound Cinema presentation of one of Big G’s best (and most ridiculously titled) battle royales: Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack! with live score by drone-y metal outfit BLACK LODGE.

  • THE BLOB (1988)

    • Rating: R
    • Length: 105 minutes
    • Director: Chuck Russell
    • Year: 1988
    • Language: English
    Scream now, while there’s still room to breathe. A 35mm presentation. When a meteorite crashes outside of a small California town, a gloopy... Read More
  • THE BLOB (1958)

    • Rating: NR
    • Length: 86 minutes
    • Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
    • Year: 1958
    • Language: English
    It creeps, and leaps and glides and slides across the floor… *pop* Beware of THE BLOB! In his debut role as a leading man, a 28-going-on-40 Steve McQue... Read More