The Big, the Bad and the Impossible: The Physics of Movie Monsters

Date(s) - Tue. Dec. 10, 2013
12:00 am GMT

Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

Chris Whittaker


Equal parts special-effects marvel and revelation of cultural anxieties, the colossal movie monster has fascinated audiences since perhaps its most famous incarnation in King Kong (1933). From gargantuan radioactive ants in the 1950’s classic THEM! (1954) to the resurrected t-rex in Jurassic Park (1993), these giants seem unstoppable. But are they even possible? Nature has rules, after all. In this talk, movie monsters meet physics—and the news isn’t very good for the monsters.