Thursday, April 17, 2014

Destroy All Monsters 1969 TV trailer

Here's another TV spot, but this one means a little more to me, since it's probably the actual trailer I saw on television at the tender age of four. My memory is naturally hazy about it, but I remember being rather scared for the fate of the planet. I think I can be forgiven for being a bit naive back then. It also intrigued me, enough to want to see more, but it would be a few years before I saw my first Godzilla movie. This is pretty cool, since it has different narration from the theatrical trailer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Godzilla in books

Back when I was a kid, I loved books about monsters movies.  There weren't a lot of them, but they were there.  If you were a fan of US monster movies, especially the Universal Classics, these books were great.  However, if you also loved Japanese fantastic films...

... you usually were disappointed and sometimes a little angry, since the movies were almost always derided as "cheap" and "poorly acted" and full of "bad effects".  It was very frustrating, because I loved those movies so much and there was such scant information about them that I wanted more all the time.  Heck, I even just wanted to see more pictures, since that was also a very cool event.  I can't think of how many Famous Monsters mags I bought just because it had a picture from a Japanese monster movie in it that I had never seen before.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Son Of Godzilla Trailer

Another TV spot for another fun Godzilla island adventure. This one actually has no bad guys in it, just some really hungry arthropods. It does seem like the Kamakira tend to play with their food a bit. Poor Minya.

Monday, April 14, 2014

FM #274 all Godzilla!

Here's a sneak peak of one of FOUR covers for the next annual all Japanese monster issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.  I am not surprised that GODZILLA VS THE THING was chosen to one of the movies depicted.  I've very curious to see what the other three will be.  One of my guesses is that GMK will be featured.  Here's hoping they throw caution to the wind and do one with Megalon... or perhaps a cover featuring all the creatures from the 70s.  That would be the one I would want, since that's probably my favorite time period of Godzilla movies.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Trailer

This is not a real movie trailer, but more likely a TV spot, done by a very knowledgeable person. I mean, they wrote the the name of the shrimp monster, which isn't named in the US version as well as calling Ebirah the "Horror of the Deep" which in the name of the "International" version. I wish I had seen this spot growing up.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

well, what IS Godzilla?

Much like Batman, Godzilla has been portrayed in many ways.  He's been a villain, a hero, and tweener, possessed by ghosts and a doomed zombie dinosaur.  Many fans have preferences as to what their favorite version, but there's really no one that's better than the other one.  Except the pregnant iguana from the horrid first American remake.  That one sucks sewer water and will rarely if ever be mentioned again.

Friday, April 11, 2014

MONSTER ZERO trailer

This is a great title for a movie, and it's the only thing I call it. Adding "Godzilla vs" to it makes it far more generic than it needs to be. Monster Zero is amazingly mysterious. In fact, I passed it up one day because I didn't know what it was about. Never made that mistake again! I don't even have to add that Toho's "official" title for this movie is one of their dumbest decisions ever. PS, yes you do get the bonus WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS trailer, since I can't find a separate one for MZ.