Halloween Havoc!: GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (Toho/TransWorld 1956)


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“History shows again and again, how nature points out the folly of man”-

“Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult

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Let’s kick off this year’s “Halloween Havoc” with the Grandaddy of kaiju eiga, GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS. The Big G first hit Japanese movie screens in 1954, and made its way to American shores two years later in a reedited version with new narrative footage. I’ve only seen the Americanized interpretation, so I can’t comment on Inoshiro Honda’s original vision, but I do enjoy this film a lot more than the endless, silly sequels that ensued. I’d go as far as saying GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS is one of the best sci-fi flicks of the 50’s, one that’s influence looms like Big G’s shadow even today.

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We start with a familiar sight: Tokyo in ruins, “a smoldering memorial to the unknown”! American reporter Steve Martin (played by Raymond Burr, not the “wild and…

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One response to “Halloween Havoc!: GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (Toho/TransWorld 1956)

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