11 items from 2013
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 24 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Ishiro Honda
Plot: After the discovery of a new planet, Planet X, two astronauts venture there and uncover a race of human-like individuals. However, their planet is terrorised by King Ghidorah and they ask if they can borrow Earth’s monsters, Godzilla and Rodan, in order to fight back.
Ghidorah, The Three-headed Monster proved that Godzilla’s name in the title wasn’t a prerequisite for success. Although he certainly hadn’t been demoted, it was clear that Toho was willing to share the limelight between all of their monsters. Coming in 1965, Invasion Of Astro-monster was a title that clearly acknowledged »
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More news is coming out of the sexy creatures who populate the hallways of the Scream Factory. Two more Blu-rays are on their way which deserve a spot in your collection and on your shelf. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for a generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with the “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie. »
- Uncle Creepy
“It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition of Cat People features anamorphic »
- Jonathan James
We here at Cinelinx can't wait to see the brand new Godzilla movie from Gareth Edwards, and have been anxiously anticipating it's release since it's Sdcc announcement back in 2010! Now with the director already making comments about sequel ideas, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at the greatest Godzilla 'villains' who we wouldn't mind seeing pop up in the rebooted films.
5) Orga - First Appearance: Godzilla 2000 (2000)
Few here in the USA remember exactly who Orga was since his only film outing came in the form of Godzilla 2000, where he took on the King in one of his most brutal fights. Able to absorb DNA and mutate himself, Orga began life as a UFO, mutated into a giant-squid like creature, then into his final form: an immensely powerful but physically unstable clone of Godzilla himself. While Orga put up a hell of a fight, »
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Kaiju: The Japanese word for “strange beast”. However, the word Kaiju has been universally translated and defined into English as “monster” or “giant monster”.
Today's entry into My Favourite Kaiju is one of Godzilla's most formidable foes, the three-headed dragon alien, King Ghidorah.
King Ghidorah made his first appearance in the 1964 follow up to Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster and quickly became a fan favourite. Although he was only on screen for the last portion of the movie, the design of the creature as well as the suitmation work done by Shôichi Hirose made for an impressive visual that captured the imagination of kaiju-eiga fans. With such a popular reaction to the character, he was brought back again to fight Godzilla and Rodan in the 1965 movie Invasion of Astro-Monster, which »
Iconic Japanese actor Akira Takarada, who starred as Hideto Ogata in director Ishiro Honda's 1954 classic Gojira, Aka Godzilla, King of the Monsters, joins the cast of Gareth Edwards' upcoming remake.
Veteren actor Takarada has appeared in several Godzilla movies, including Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965), Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). However, his role as Ogata in the original is the one he is best remembered for. There’s no word on whether his character will be a link to the original Godzilla continuity or not, but it’s a great coup to have him there, either way.
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He's been asking for a few years and now it seems he may have his wish.
Takarada has featured in a total of six kaiju movies including the original Gojira in 1954. He went on to star in Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla & Mothra: Battle For Earth and Godzilla: Final Wars as well as Ishiro Honda's King Kong Escapes.
Takarada has become an icon to kaiju-eiga fans so this new will no doubt delight the fan base.
Filming on Godzilla began last week in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The production lasted less than 24 hours before the first images started surfacing online. Director Gareth Edwards has said that this Godzilla reboot will take the King of the Monsters back to his dark routes. »
He's talked about in several interviews (including the 2010 G-Fest, the video of which can be seen here) and there is now a Facebook group supporting the actor's wish.
Takarda starred in the original Godzilla (1954), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Godzilla and Mothra: Battle For Earth (1992) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) as well as the Ishiro Honda directed King Kong Escapes (1967), which was not a sequel to King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), but a spin-off to the Toho produced cartoon King Kong (1966).
In other Godzilla news, Canada.com has revealed that production of the movie has found a home in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The website says that, "Gareth Edward's sci-fi reboot of the city-destroying Godzilla is being filmed across Vancouver Island this March, »
Japanese living legend Akira Takarada has survived six Godzilla movies over the decades, and the prolific actor is looking for another reason to get in the cinema ring with Big G. From a fan standpoint this would be a glorious gift to us so let's try and make it happen.
To date Takarada has been seen in the original Godzilla King of the Monsters, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla: Final Wars and even the wonderfully wacky King Kong Escapes! Can you think of an actor with more cred? Come on, Legendary! Give us this and we'll love you forever!
- Uncle Creepy
If you've been reading fellow Flickering Myth writer Luke Owen’s various articles, you’ll know that Luke, our partner in crime Jon Lipscombe and I undertake a movie marathon each month. For February we chose Godzilla, or, more specifically, the first fifteen Godzilla movies. As there are twenty-nine altogether, we felt that splitting the series into more manageable, bite-sized, pieces was the way to go. Although, as I’ll discuss later on, fifteen films with virtually the same plot (and in some cases the same footage) was perhaps a film or five, too many.
After watching the trailer for Del Toro’s upcoming Kaiju film, Pacific Rim, fifteen Godzilla movies, over the course of twenty-six hours, seemed like a really tantalising idea. However, as the hours ticked by, and the sight of men in rubber suits throwing rocks at each other got more and more tedious, »
Movie Marathon Meeting - Where 3 guys watch franchise movies one after the others. This marathon is sponsored by curry, beer and a lack of sleep.
To date, our longest marathon was the initial marathon of Friday the 13th at 12 movies which spanned over 24 hours due to travel back and forth from London. But never had we taken on a marathon over 10 movies in one location.
With Pacific Rim heading into cinemas soon and the Godzilla reboot going into production next month, I decided to give my fellow Movie Marathon Meeting co-founders a history lesson in Kaiju cinema by taking in the Showa Era of Godzilla movies (1954 – 1975). The King of the Monsters has featured in 29 movies (including the American one) and we were about to watch the first 15 of them. It’s our longest marathon to date.
11 items from 2013
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