As many of our Coastal Walkers walks are located at or near the Golden Gate Bridge, for this weeks posting I wanted to have a little fun and post about some things that, thankfully, you will NOT encounter on one of our Coastal Walks – the Monsters of the Golden Gate.
Perhaps you did not know that as an icon, The Golden Gate Bridge has been destroyed multiple times in sci-fi films over the years by gargantuan beasts and denizens of the deep.
My personal fave is It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) by stop-motion animation master Ray Harryhausen, featuring an octopus on steroids (actually radiation) tearing down the Golden Gate Bridge by climbing the south tower. Lots of camp humor in this one, until the giant octopus gets turned into sushi by a nuclear torpedo by the Ferry Building!
Harryhausen designed and animated all of the octopus action. Filming was on a very tight budget, and Harryhausen was instructed to cut costs, so he ended up animating only six of the octopuses’ eight tentacles, which he jokingly referred to as his “sixtopus”.
Monster icon in it’s own right, Godzilla, has it’s way with the Golden Gate Bridge in his most recent screen appearance, Godzilla (2014), in which the bridge fairs a little better, than with the giant octopus.
In Megashark vs.Giant Octopus (2009), the Golden Gate Bridge is bitten in half by a mammoth prehistoric shark that was released from a glacier due to global warming. FYI, the poster is better than the movie!
Keep your eyes peeled, as you never know what you are going to see!