Ramifications of radiation in film

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Editor's Note:

It is well known that radiation can harm people and animals. After a serious radiation accident, it is not unusual for a panic to ensue, such as the ongoing Japan nuclear power plant explosion. In reality, however, the damage is limited and being controlled by experts.

While in the film industry, especially sci-fi films, most radiation calamities bring about horrific transformations. The consequences and damages are exaggerated to attract greater audiences. Film producers have created numerous classical images on the screen, such as Godzilla, who destroyed Manhattan to find her babies, well, giant lizard babies, and they have also created heroes to save the planet like the Fantastic Four. Film makers use their imaginations to show us a multitude of possibilities in the wake of radiation contamination.

Recent science-fiction and horror movie transformations:

 Movies  Animals Tranformation
 Godzilla  Lizard



The American sci-fi film shows us this story: a montage of French nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean, observed by many marine iguanas.A scientist found a giant, irradiated lizard known as Godzilla has been created by the explosions.

Release in 1998.

 The Host  Fish

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. The monster was deformed after the contamination by chemicals.

Release in 2006.

 Octopus  Octopus

On October 1962, a Russian submarine was sunk and toxic barrels spread in the ocean. 38 years later, an American nuclear submarine is transporting a captured terrorist to the States. The voyage is going well until a huge creature attacks the sub.

Release in 2000.


Human transformation


Character: Bruce Banner  

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While working on a new technology to accelerate the healing process in animals, he is exposed to gamma radiation. Instead of killing him, the radiation turns him into the Hulk, a mindless green behemoth.

Release in 2003.


Character: Dr. Hank McCoy

Hank Mocoy's father was employed at a local nuclear power plant before Henry's birth and was once exposed to intense nuclear radiation, which appears to have caused his son's mutation.

Release in 2000, 2005, 2008

 Fantastic 4 

Characters: Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm, Ben Grimm

The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

Release in July, 2005. 


Character: Sandman (William Baker)

A shapeshifter endowed through an accident with the ability to turn himself into sand, he eventually reformed, and became an ally of Spider-Man. He first appeared in Spiderman 3.

Release in 2007. 

The Hills Have Eyes

Characters: deformed cannibals

While traveling in a trailer to California through the New Mexico Desert, a family is misled to a shortcut going to nowhere. Along the night, they are attacked by a group of deformed cannibals, fruit of the atmospheric nuclear tests conducted by USA from 1945 to 1962 in that spot.

Release in 2000.


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