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Cities Under Siege: A Cinematic Tour

''Creature-feature'' film locations -- Your guide to movie settings, from ''The Birds'' to ''Independence Day''

''Creature-feature'' film locations

New on DVD this week, Cloverfield chronicles New York's annihilation, courtesy of a 350-foot beast. Have an appetite for more creature-feature destruction of notable locales? Take our apocalyptic tour.

1. THE BIRDS
(1963) Bodega Bay, CA
Ticked-off feathered fiends poke out more than a few eyes.

2. MARS ATTACKS!
(1996) Las Vegas, NV
Macrocephalic aliens raid during a Tom Jones show.

3. THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
(1997) San Diego, CA
Papa T. rex stops at nothing to find his captured baby.

4. THE SWARM
(1978) Houston, TX
Killer bees! Get 'em off!

5. ALLIGATOR
(1980) Chicago, IL
Turns out huge reptiles do live in sewers.

6. KING KONG
(1933/2005) New York, NY
A giant gorilla bats at biplanes from atop the Empire State Building.

7. GHOSTBUSTERS
(1984) New York, NY
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man takes Manhattan...the hard way.

8. INDEPENDENCE DAY
(1996) Washington, DC
A flying saucer lasers the capital, doing monumental damage.

9. GODZILLA
(1954) Tokyo, Japan
H-bomb testing mutates a prehistoric fire-breathing monster. And boy, is it pissed.

Originally posted Apr 21, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints
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