How Does Your Favorite Movie Monster Size Up?

The joy of monster movies is often seeing how much destruction an enormous mutant can wreak on a city, or lost island, as the case may be. Visual effects artists often fill the entire screen with King Kong’s eyes or dwarf Dwayne Johnson with a silverback gorilla that doesn’t even fit on the poster to emphasize their enormous proportions. Godzilla and Kong are slated for a showdown in 2020, but we often don’t get to see giants of the screen side by side. For those who were wondering just exactly how their favorite monsters would stack up, MetaBallStudios has created a handy guide.

Did you know that Mike Wazowski of Monsters Inc. is actually smaller than a Gremlin? Xenomorph XX121 of Alien is just a hair taller than Mike’s best buddy, Sulley, but a whole lot more brutal.

The creatures jump significantly from Balrog in The Lord of the Rings who comes in at 6 meters, or roughly 19.5 feet. The next in line is Smaug from The Hobbit who reaches 25 meters, or 82 feet, from dragon nose to tail.

King Kong himself has had a real growth spurt over the years. The original ape who scaled the Empire State building in 1933 was a mere 15 meters. The Kong of Skull Island had more than doubled in size to 31.7 meters. He’s going to need to take his vitamins to duke it out with Godzilla, however. The King of Monsters measured at 106.5 meters in the 2014 Godzilla reboot.

From there, the trump card begins to go to whoever is long and slimiest. Sandworm from Dune reaches 450 meters, but is quickly dwarfed by Exogorth from Star Wars at 900 meters. Of course, none of these heights are official, but it’s neat to see rough comparisons. We still wouldn’t want to cross anything bigger than Mike Wazowski.


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.

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