Deep Blue Sea
Ron Pearlman's character's "death" in PACIFIC RIM is rumored to be an homage to Samuel L. Jackson's character's death in DEEP BLUE SEA. Both featured a high profile badass character actor in a smaller role being killed suddenly by a nautical monster for comedic effect.
Guillermo del Toro, writer/director of PACIFIC RIM, said he based the kaiju designs on the monster suits worn in 50s monster movies, most notably GODZILLA.
It Came from Beneath the Sea
In Pacific Rim, the first kaiju attack is at the Golden Gate Bridge. This is an allusion to the phenomena of having giant monsters destroy this land-mark, famously started with the 1955 monster movie classic IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.
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