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Overview

Hellhawks (ヘルホーク,   Heruhōku?)[1] are large winged bird-like kaiju created by Legendary Pictures that first appeared in the 2021 film, Godzilla vs. Kong.

Name

Hellhawks get their name from the nether-like nature of their natural habitat in the Hollow Earth and their resemblances with hawks.

Their scientific name, Accipiter infernum, is "hellhawk" in Latin.

Design

Appearance

Hellhawks are large creatures with many bat-like and avian traits. They have vulture-like heads with sharp curved beaks, bird-like feet with long curved talons, and leathery bat-like wings supported by four phalanges and a partially detached thumb. Despite their resemblance to birds, Hellhawks are mostly devoid of any plumage and instead have rugged leathery skin. They do, however, possess a light covering of thin hair-like feathers covering their heads and portions of their backs. The monsters' backs are covered in jagged spines that form a hump. While not in flight, their posture is very bird-like, as they will fold their wings and tuck them in close at their sides. They can also fold their wings and use them as forelimbs for crawling, as bats do.

Roar

The Hellhawks could be heard making shrill, piercing screeches while attacking Kong and the Apex expedition team. When interacting with each other, Hellhawks could also be heard making guttural, parrot-like calls.

Personality

Hellhawks are aggressive predatory creatures that inhabit the caverns of the Hollow Earth. They are easy to agitate and will relentlessly swarm any aggressor/prey they come across. They are fiercely defensive of their kills, as food is likely rare deep within the caverns of the Hollow Earth. This is seen when two Hellhawks have a brief fight over the corpse of an Apex soldier.

Origins

Hellhawks evolved deep within the Hollow Earth. Like bats, they prefer to inhabit caves and dark caverns, and spend their time hanging upside down from the ceiling. A large flock of the monsters inhabited the abandoned ruins of the Kong Temple by the year 2024.

History

Godzilla vs. Kong

A large flock of Hellhawks are first seen roosting in Kong's fortress within the Hollow Earth. While hanging from the ceiling, the creatures observe Kong and the Apex expedition team as they enter the temple, but do not attack. After Maia Simmons had Jia held at gunpoint, an enraged Kong lets out a fearsome roar at the woman and her Apex soldiers. Disturbed, the Hellhawks descend from their roosts and attack Kong and his human companions. The monsters quickly pick away at the Apex soldiers, grabbing and carrying many away to be eaten. As a Hellhawk closes in on Nathan Lind, Ilene Andrews, and Jia, Godzilla's atomic breath bursts through the fortress and sends the creature reeling. Frightened, the remaining Hellhawks dispersed.

Abilities

Flight

Hellhawks can use their leathery wings to fly through the air. They display high levels of speed and maneuverability while in flight. They are capable of reaching speeds of up to 68 miles per hour, or 109 kilometers per hour.

Strength and combat

The Hellhawks' primary weapons are their beak and talons, which enables them to carry and prey on humans effortlessly. Their talons also allow them to cling onto walls and ceilings. The power behind the Hellhawk's talons is 4,400 pounds per square inch, or 30,340 kilopascals.

Sonic Lullaby

The Japanese movie-guide for Godzilla vs. Kong reveals that the Hellhawks are capable of an unseen ability known as a "Sonic Lullaby". In addition, their vocalizations are capable of reaching frequencies as high as 200,000 hertz. [1]

List of appearances

Films

Novels

Trivia

  • The way the Hellhawks fly and attack are somewhat similar to the Terapusmordax in the 2005 King Kong film.
  • The Hellhawks might be inspired by the Giant Condor from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.
  • A Hellhawk is visible on a promotional image for the collab between Godzilla vs. Kong with the mobile game PUBG, although no Hellhawk is present in the game.
  • According to the film's Japanese release guide, Hellhawks weigh 14,000 tons in the Northern Hemisphere of the Hollow Earth,[1] and 4,600 tons in the Southern Hemisphere of the Hollow Earth[1], presumably due to the denser gravity in the Hollow Earth. However, this appears to be erroneous, as organisms of this weight would have to have a proportionate height and density to match, while the nine-foot height[2] of the Hellhawk species is insufficient, even compared to other Hollow Earth species.
  • In production, Hellhawks were planned to be several stories taller than a human before it was later decided to shrink them down to be a challenge to the human characters.[3]

References

Godzilla vs. Kong
MonsterVerse
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