Skullcrawler

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Legendary Pictures Monster
Skullcrawler™ Copyright Icon
A Skullcrawler in Kong: Skull Island
Skullcrawler
Species Nicknames
Giant Subterranean Reptilian Creatures Skull Crawler,
Dino MonsterLAN,
Skull Devil
Height Length
12-95 feet[1] Unknown
Weight Forms
40-100 tons[1] N/A
Controlled by Relationships
None N/A
Allies Enemies
Other Skullcrawlers King Kong, Humans,
Sker Buffalo
Created by Portrayed by
Jordan Vogt-Roberts,
Max Borenstein,
John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, Derek Connolly,
Zach Berger, Simon Lee
CGI
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Kong: Skull Island Kong: Skull Island 
Roar
Kong's god on the island, but the devils live below us. „ 

Hank Marlow (Kong: Skull Island)

Skullcrawlers are giant two-legged reptilian kaiju that first appeared in the 2017 King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island.

Development

According to designer Zach Berger, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did not initially have any specific vision for the villain monster of Kong: Skull Island and simply told the designers to create "something distinct and different" and not use dinosaurs in any way so as not to compete with Peter Jackson's King Kong. One early concept for the villain monster was a giant amphibious sea serpent inspired by Vietnamese dragons. One idea that Berger pitched was a "sawtooth" monster with saw-shaped protrusions around its mouth. Vogt-Roberts expressed admiration for the design of the monster from the Korean film The Host, and the designers ultimately decided to incorporate the two-legged aspect of its design into their design process. Eventually, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' attention was brought to the Two-Legged Lizard that briefly appeared in the 1933 film, and the designers decided to attempt to update that creature's design. Some designs very heavily resembled the original creature, while others gave it a different, almost snake-like head. Berger gave credit to Simon Lee for taking the Two-Legged Lizard concept and creating something close to the final design of the Skullcrawlers.[2]

Name

Because the native Iwis would not say their name for this species out loud, Hank Marlow came up with the name "Skullcrawlers" to describe them, on the grounds that it "[sounded] neat." He refers to the largest Skullcrawler simply as "the big one" in the film itself, but in the novelization he calls it the "Skull Devil." It is also called "Skull Devil" in The Art of Kong: Skull Island.

The spelling of the Skullcrawlers' name is not entirely consistent. While most official sources tend to spell the creatures' name as a single word, the official novelization and art book for the film spell the name as two words.

Appearance

Skullcrawlers are large serpentine creatures with only two long forelimbs and no hind limbs. Several aspects of their appearance are noticeably skeletal, particularly their backs and their heads. Their heads closely resemble those of mosasaurs, particularly the mosasaur Tylosaurus. Additionally, the Skullcrawlers have four digits in total on each hand, with the thumb being the smallest digit and the rest of the digits being larger and of the same size.

The Skullcrawlers range in size from 12 to 95 feet tall. The smaller Skullcrawlers are able to fit inside of the eye sockets of the skulls of Kong's species, while the largest Skullcrawler seen in the film, the Skull Devil, is almost as tall as Kong himself and possesses distinct spikes on its elbows.

Personality

The Skullcrawlers are violent and savage creatures that appear to attack and kill anything in sight. Monarch classifies them as "hypervores" due to their insatiable appetites. Though the Skullcrawlers seem to act primarily on instinct, the largest Skullcrawler demonstrates some intelligence when it swats Earl Cole away with its tail before his grenades can detonate.

Origins

According to Hank Marlow, Skullcrawlers terrorized Skull Island for thousands of years, forcing the native Iwi tribe to build a huge wall outside of their village to keep them out. To the Iwis' surprise, the giant apes that they once feared began fighting the Skullcrawlers, eventually driving them all underground. The Skullcrawlers remained primarily underground ever since, until the seismic charges dropped by the Monarch expedition to the island in 1973 began drawing them back to the surface.

History

MonsterVerse

Kong: Skull Island

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A Skullcrawler standing over the corpse of a freshly-killed Sker Buffalo in Kong: Skull Island

Voracious and violent creatures, the Skullcrawlers once terrorized Skull Island, forcing the native Iwi tribe to cower in fear behind a massive wall. Eventually, the giant apes of the island began fighting back against the Skullcrawlers, thinning their numbers and forcing the remaining ones to retreat underground. Before they were defeated, the Skullcrawlers were able to wipe out most of the giant apes, leaving only one surviving member, Kong, whose duty it became to prevent the Skullcrawlers from ever returning again.

In 1973, the Monarch-led expedition to Skull Island began dropping seismic charges onto the island's terrain, allegedly to map the island. These charges brought several Skullcrawlers back to the surface, much to the anger of Kong, who brought down all of the expedition's helicopters. Kong came upon the corpse of a Sker Buffalo, which had been freshly killed by a Skullcrawler. The Skullcrawler was joined by another member of its kind and attacked Kong, who was able to quickly dispatch the smaller creatures. The survivors of the Monarch expedition eventually regrouped and passed through a huge crater littered with skeletons. As they passed through the boneyard, they were attacked by a Skullcrawler, which was responsible for killing Chapman, the soldier they were all searching for. The Skullcrawler killed several of the humans, including William Randa, and was eventually killed when Mason Weaver used a lighter to ignite an explosive gas pocket as the creature passed by it, blowing it apart.

The largest Skullcrawler, identified as "the Big One," in Kong: Skull Island

Later that night, when Lt. Colonel Packard and his men ambushed Kong in the swamp, a gigantic 95-foot Skullcrawler, which Hank Marlow identified as the "Big One," emerged from the water. The beast attacked the wounded Kong, who had just killed Packard, but the humans were able to escape. By sunrise, the humans were attempting to rendezvous with Houston Brooks and Lin San, who were commanding the boat the Grey Fox. However, they were set upon by the giant Skullcrawler. One soldier, Earl Cole, attempted to sacrifice himself by detonating two grenades in front of the Skullcrawler, but the beast simply smacked him away with its tail. Kong soon arrived and smashed a boulder into the Skullcrawler's face, buying time for the humans to escape. Kong grappled with the Skullcrawler, but the beast overpowered him and nearly clamped its jaws upon his throat. Kong kept up the fight, even breaking a tree across the Skullcrawler's face, but the monster was too powerful and knocked Kong into an old shipwreck, where he became entangled in its anchor chain. Weaver got to a vantage point and fired a flare into the Skullcrawler's eye, enraging it and leading it to knock Weaver off the cliff into the water below. Kong broke free of the chain and converted it into a makeshift flail, with the boat's propeller at the end, and attacked the Skullcrawler again. This time, Kong gained the upper hand, cutting into the Skullcrawler's flesh with the propeller. Kong seemingly finished the beast when he slashed the Skull Crawler's throat with the propeller, causing it to fall limp to the ground. Kong took the moment to pull Weaver from the water, but as soon as he had her in hand the Skullcrawler rose back to its feet and bit down on Kong's free arm. Kong fought back and tried to keep Weaver away from the Skullcrawler's mouth, but the creature used its prehensile tongue to pull Kong's hand, with Weaver held in it, down its throat. Kong desperately pulled his hand free of the beast's gullet, tearing out its innards and killing it instantly.

Abilities

A Skullcrawler uses its prehensile tongue to eat its prey.

Prehensile Tongue

Skullcrawlers possess prehensile triple-forked tongues which can dart from their mouths to grab prey. Their aim is precise enough to grab a falling soldier in mid-air.

Prehensile Tail

The Skull Devil, the largest of the Skullcrawlers, used its prehensile tail to constrict itself around Kong.

Durability

The juvenile Skullcrawler that confronted the Monarch expedition was unfazed to small arms fire, even a short burst from a .50 caliber Browning M2HB. A sustained blast from a M9-7 Flamethrower caused it pain, but did not leave any visible injuries. It was only killed when Mason Weaver used James Conrad's lighter to ignite the gas coming from a vent directly beneath it.

The Skull Devil was more than a physical match for Kong himself, and was stated by Hank Marlow to have killed his parents. The twin .50 caliber Browning M2 Aircraft machine guns mounted on the Grey Fox were able to make it bleed, but mostly succeeded in getting its attention.

Gallery

Main article: Skullcrawler/Gallery.

Trivia

  • The Skullcrawlers' design was inspired by the Two-Legged Lizard from the original King Kong. Other influences included Sachiel from Neon Genesis Evangelion, No Face from Spirited Away, and Cubone from Pokémon.[3]
  • The Skullcrawlers' roar was influenced by sea lions, squirrels, and dying rabbits.[4]
  • The Skullcrawlers, at least in their role in the film's story, are reminiscent of the Deathrunners and Gaw from the novel Kong: King of Skull Island. Like the Deathrunners, the Skullcrawlers are insatiable carnivores that force the natives of Skull Island to hide behind a wall, and are responsible for killing Kong's parents. Just like in the novel, Kong earns his status as the island's god by killing the Skullcrawlers and saving the island from their reign of terror.

References

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Opulencesky1

5 days ago
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Skullcrawler's species is Prehistoric subterranean reptiles
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DeltaSquad5

8 days ago
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When I look at the Skullcrawler's head I keep thinking of Biollante.

It's exacerbated considering the two monsters are currently next to each other on Wikizilla's homepage.
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SkullIsland

8 days ago
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The site Kong sized suggest that the Skullcrawler's might be living in places other than skull island.
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The King of the Monsters

10 days ago
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If they went with the original Skullcrawler design, everyone would be saying "MANDA CONFIRMED!" http://wikiz...2884827.jpeg
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Astounding Beyond Belief

10 days ago
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Which for once would be pretty understandable.
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Spinocroc123

5 days ago
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Oh wow it looks a lot cooler! definitely i'd like something like that. that could really set the arrival of Ghidorah.
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Orion

13 days ago
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Man the skull crawlers are pretty scary
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MysteryKaiju

14 days ago
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i love skull crawlers
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Deathrock9

14 days ago
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They were awesome. They probably won't come back in a film again one day but I'd like to see them possibly show up in some video games.
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SkullIsland

16 days ago
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Awww, my preciously little skullcrawly!
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SuperNerd295

18 days ago
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I honestly don't see how Sachiel, No Face, and Cubone fit into it's design. Cubone could explain it's name and part of it's reptilian body but I honestly don't see any other way it makes sense. No Face literally has no connection to it at all, as No Face is just a spirit with a mask. Sachiel probably makes the most sense, but still, like the others, makes none at all. Kinda glad I know who all of those are.
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Deathrock9

18 days ago
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Cubone and the Skullcrawlers both wear skulls over their heads.
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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Isn't the big one called Ramarak?
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MosuFan2004

one month ago
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I think, i'm not sure.
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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Well I found some website that showed the copyrights for it. https://trad...3/index.html
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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While Ramarak is almost certainly the official name, we're holding off on including it on the page until we get a second source with a direct link to the movie.
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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Now there's one called destroyer. Might be a rename from Ramarak,but I'm not sure.

https://mobi...183883337729
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The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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I think that's just a brief tagline describing the Skullcrawlers, like how "FEAR THE FOREST" is used for Mother Longlegs.
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SkullIsland

22 days ago
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I had seen the movie and they didn't mention the name Ramarak even once which leads me to believe it might be a marketing name. However, in the movie John C. Reilly's character said the Iwi would not refer the Skullcrawler's with their actual name, but it wouldn't make any sense for them all the be called Ramarak.
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SkullIsland

13 days ago
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Perhaps Ramarak's name will be used in Skull Island: The birth of Kong.
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The King of the Monsters

13 days ago
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If they ever use that name, I imagine it would be in the film's art book. It seems however that the "Ramarak" trademark has been abandoned, so Legendary might not be using the name at all.
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SkullIsland

8 days ago
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Well if the name goes unused officially it would probably just be a popular nickname like Kamata kun is for shin Godzilla's Second form.
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Spinocroc123

2 months ago
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i like how they chose to use reptile kaiju as the villians and still managed to make them look original and creative.
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God's Godzilla

8 days ago
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And Scary...