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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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Monster Movie Mondays – King Kong Escapes (1967)

30 June 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Monster Movie Mondays looks at King Kong Escapes

Director: Ishiro Honda

Release date: 1967

Also released as: King Kong, Frankenstein’s Son (Germany)

Appearing kaiju: King Kong, Mechani-Kong, Gorosaurus

In the early 1960s, Toho struck a deal with American producer John Beck (who was representing Willis O’Brian) to make a movie based on the King Kong character which would end up being 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. The film was one of the most successful entries in the Godzilla franchise and is a beloved movie by fans of the King of the Monsters. Toho were keen to produce another Kong movie while they still had the rights and the character was set to star in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep only to be replaced with Godzilla as the movie rolled into production. He would return to screens though in the 1967 movie, King Kong Escapes.

King Kong Escapes brought together the »

- Luke Owen

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Photos of New 5-Feet Tall Godzilla Statue

22 May 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995): special effects guru Koichi Kawakita helped create the look for these and other Godzilla monster mashes. Now Koichi Kawakita has designed a new Godzilla statue that pays homage to the classic Godzilla look while celebrating the King of Monsters’ recent resurgence on the big screen.

Standing at an impressive 60 inches with a width of 24 inches and a length of 42 inches, the ‘Kawakita’ Godzilla is now available for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles and is expected to ship in August:

“Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Kawakita Godzilla Statue from Styles on Video. Legendary director and special effects supervisor Koichi Kawakita along with Hollywood Collector’s Gallery, are thrilled to introduce a new prop replica of Godzilla based on the iconic bronze statue near Tokyo’s Hibiya Park. Developed in the same scale, this fiberglass statue used the original casting »

- Derek Anderson

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White Hat or Black Hat: Should Godzilla be a Hero or Villain? (Spoilers)

18 May 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The new Godzilla remake has finally arrived in theaters. The rebooted king of monsters stars in his 30th film in 60 years but he continues to vacillate between good guy monster and bad guy monster. Which way does Godzilla work better? Should he be the sheriff or the outlaw?

(Spoilers ahead)

60 years ago, Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted on screen; with a towering reptilian protagonist who was basically a rampaging beast. He was really a metaphor for the destructive power of the A-bomb.  In the following three sequels, Gojira’s Counter Attack (Aka Gigantus the Fire Monster/ Godzilla Raids Again); Gojira vs. King Kong (Aka King Kong vs. Godzilla), and Mothra vs. Gojira (Aka Godzilla vs. the Thing); the radioactive monster continued his destructive, city-flattening ways, earning the enmity of the citizens of Japan. He was the ultimate threat.

By his fifth and sixth films, however, The Three »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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White Hat or Black Hat: Should Godzilla be a Hero or Villain? (Spoilers)

18 May 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 

The new Godzilla remake has finally arrived in theaters. The rebooted king of monsters stars in his 30th film in 60 years but he continues to vacillate between good guy monster and bad guy monster. Which way does Godzilla work better? Should he be the sheriff or the outlaw?

 

 

 (Spoilers ahead)

 

60 years ago, Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted on screen; with a towering reptilian protagonist who was basically a rampaging beast. He was really a metaphor for the destructive power of the A-bomb.  In the following three sequels, Gojira’s Counter Attack (Aka Gigantus the Fire Monster/ Godzilla Raids Again); Gojira vs. King Kong (Aka King Kong vs. Godzilla), and Mothra vs. Gojira (Aka Godzilla vs. the Thing); the radioactive monster continued his destructive, city-flattening ways, earning the enmity of the citizens of Japan. He was the ultimate threat.

 

By his fifth and sixth films, however, The Three »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Why We Still Love Godzilla

13 May 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a creature who's been asleep for hundreds of millions of years, Godzilla is surprisingly adept at changing with the times.

Across 60 years and 30 movies, from his first appearance in 1954's "Godzilla" to the second American reboot "Godzilla" opening this week, the Lizard King has reflected the anxieties of his times, from World War II to the War on Terror, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the atomic reactor disaster of Fukushima., and from Japan to the rest of the world.

Even in that first film, the linkage of the radioactive-breath monster with the atomic anxieties of the only nation ever attacked by nuclear weapons was explicit. "First Nagasaki, now this!" cries a woman in anticipation of Godzilla's imminent arrival. Less then a decade after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan's surrender in World War II, and just months after U.S. hydrogen bomb testing »

- Gary Susman

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Why We Still Love Godzilla

13 May 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a creature who's been asleep for hundreds of millions of years, Godzilla is surprisingly adept at changing with the times.

Across 60 years and 30 movies, from his first appearance in 1954's "Godzilla" to the second American reboot "Godzilla" opening this week, the Lizard King has reflected the anxieties of his times, from World War II to the War on Terror, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the atomic reactor disaster of Fukushima., and from Japan to the rest of the world.

Even in that first film, the linkage of the radioactive-breath monster with the atomic anxieties of the only nation ever attacked by nuclear weapons was explicit. "First Nagasaki, now this!" cries a woman in anticipation of Godzilla's imminent arrival. Less then a decade after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan's surrender in World War II, and just months after U.S. hydrogen bomb testing »

- Gary Susman

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May 6th DVD & Blu-ray Releases Include The Birds, Countess Dracula, Godzilla Movies

5 May 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hey everyone! Starting this week, Daily Dead is going to be bringing you a weekly DVD & Blu-ray release recap so that you guys and gals can better keep up on all the great home horror entertainment coming at you each and every week. Considering the amount of titles being announced these days, we figured this would be a handy reminder of just some of the awesome movies you can to add to your own DVD and Blu-ray collections.

Here’s a rundown on what’s coming your way this week including a ton of amazing classic titles in hi-def from Universal Studios, a handful of Godzilla sequels being released on Blu-ray, and more.

Spotlight Titles:

Rear Window (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & Digital HD with UltraViolet)

None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. »

- Heather Wixson

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Sony to Release Eight Godzilla Movies as Blu-ray Double Features

18 March 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With a new Godzilla movie hitting theaters in May, now is the perfect time for Blu-ray releases of the classic movies. Thankfully, many distributors have already announced plans and we can now add Sony to the list. They recently revealed that they will release eight Godzilla movies from the 90′s as double feature Blu-rays.

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut eight classic Godzilla movies on Blu-ray for the first time on May 6th. Titles include: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000); and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) + Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Bonus features are said to include original theatrical trailers, along with a Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S making-of featurette, and a Godzilla: Final Wars behind-the-scenes featurette.

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

When a mysterious U. »

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Sony Bringing Several Godzilla Double-Feature Blu-rays Home in May!

17 March 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Sony is releasing several of the best Godzilla flicks from the 90s onto Blu-ray high definition, and we have the skinny on each of them right here for you. May is gonna kick all sorts of monster-sized ass!

From the Press Release

Beginning with the introduction of the original Godzilla film in 1954 and continuing through today, the King of the Monsters has entertained generations of movie fans through his big-screen adventures.

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut four classic Toho Godzilla Double Features for the first time on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD UltraViolet™ on May 6. The ultimate collector’s editions of the action-filled franchise include Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000); and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) + Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Each double »

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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #20: Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

7 March 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 10 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Takao Okawara,

Starring: Masahiro Takashima, Ryoko Sano, Megumi Odaka, Yusuke Kawazu, Daijiro Harada, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda, Kenji Sahara, Leo Meneghetti

Plot: Humanity uses the futuristic plans of MechaGhidorah to create a MechaGodzilla, just in case the real Godzilla ever returns. However, scientists also discover Rodan, a large Pteranodon, and an egg that looks close to hatching.

The onslaught of classic monsters continues in Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II, a title that suggests this is a sequel to Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla, released almost 20 years previously. This isn’t the case, and was merely a move during American distribution so as not to confuse viewers with two films with the same title. It’s best just to ignore the II, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #19: Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992)

28 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 11 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Takao Okawara

Starring: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata, Saburo Shinoda, Akiji Kobayashi, Akira Takarada, Makoto Ohtake, Keiko Imamura, Sayaka Osawa, Megumi Odaka

Plot: A meteor which hits Earth reveals a giant egg containing Mothra, releases Mothra’s nemesis Battra, and awakens Godzilla.

Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah proved that the old monsters worked best in terms of box-office business. The next logical step then, was to bring back arguably Toho’s second most famous monster, Mothra. Mothra had her solo feature back in 1961 and battled Godzilla for the first time in 1964, where she took top-billing over the now iconic lizard. This time though, things were slightly different. Godzilla was popular again and so it was his name that featured first. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #18: Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

21 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 12 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori,

Starring: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Akiji Kobayashi, Tokuma Nishioka, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Chuck Wilson, Richard Berger, Robert Scott Field

Plot: A UFO reveals itself to be piloted by humans from the 23rd century. They have travelled back in time to prevent Godzilla from destroying Japan in a nuclear holocaust.

Godzilla Vs. Biollante was considered a box-office failure. Whenever a film fails, it’s time to place the blame, and here the blame rested on Biollante himself. Being a fan-created brand new monster, it was decided he just didn’t have the draw of Godzilla’s other nemeses, even though Godzilla is surely the main draw for such pictures. It was decided »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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