Top 20 Craziest Kaiju: Number 8

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from The Relic (US-1997; dir: Peter Hyams)

The Relic poster


Well, how goes the gradual extinction of the human race, Lieutenant?

Kothoga (translation: “Satan Is My Father”) is a chimera — a creature formed from a parasite that merges with several species to make an amalgam of insect, dog, lion, gecko and even human DNA! It all comes together, thanks to SFX designer Stan Winston, to form one of the creepiest monsters to ever grace the big screen — and to tear apart a natural history museum.

The Relic statue

The titular relic (above)

The Relic 1

The Relic 2

The Relic 3

The Relic 4

The Relic 5

The Relic 6

These next two pictures are of Stan Winston’s developmental maquette for the creature. They were recently up for auction on eBay:

Stan Winston Relic maquette 1

Stan Winston Relic maquette 2

The trailer:


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3 Responses to Top 20 Craziest Kaiju: Number 8

  1. Avery says:

    I absolutely love this movie!! This is one of cinema’s wildest,weirdest creature creations ever.A really cool design at that.An all around good film too.

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