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Jason, Godzilla, Aliens & More—Exploring the Meaning Behind Cinema’s Great Monsters

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of ‘Friday the 13th,’ Adam Nayman examines a selection of iconic cinematic monsters and their deeper meaning

In our latest video essay collaboration with Ringer contributor Adam Nayman, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Friday the 13th by studying the history of movie monsters. From Godzilla to A Quiet Place, there is a deep cinematic tradition of representing societal anxieties as villains and monsters. In this piece, Adam examines a selection of iconic cinematic monsters and their deeper meaning.