|Above, Kumonga from Godzilla Final Wars. Toho Co., Ltd.|
One of the most "popular" monsters in horror movies are spiders, big ones (as in Tarantula (1955)) and small ones (as in Arachnophobia (1990)).
Godzilla movies have featured a giant spider named Kumonga (sometimes called Spiga) who first appeared in Son of Godzilla in 1967 and later in Godzilla Final Wars (2000).
|Above, a scene from Tarantula (1955). Universal-International Pictures.|
However, spiders have play roles in Japanese folklore and Tofugu.com has an article about them, "Spiders in Japan: The Tiniest Kaiju."
It begins with:
Arachnophobes be warned. Today’s article is all about our little eight-legged friends. Spiders, and monsters inspired by them, have held a place in Japanese culture for centuries. Japan is also currently dealing with the problem of a spider species from abroad. Meanwhile, a Japanese company has developed a spider-derived technology for the future. Grab your flashlights, and let’s see what we can find in Japan’s nooks and crannies.To read the full article, go here.