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

**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
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #28: Godzilla: Tokyo Sos (2003)

On 15th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 2 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka

Starring: Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mitsuki Koga, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda, Ko Takasugi, Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Ohtsuka, Yumiko Shaku, Yusuke Tomoi, Kenta Suga

Plot: Japan fixes MechaGodzilla in case Godzilla ever returns, but Mothra threatens to destroy Earth if MechGodzilla’s bones are not laid to rest. Can Mothra and humanity find a way to make everybody happy?

Finally the Millenium series decided they would produce a direct sequel to one of their films. For a first in this sequence of films, the events directly follow those of the previous film. Although it’s another strong offering from Tezuka, it’s almost too similar to the previous instalment, with only Mothra being added for some variety.
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #27: Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)

On 15th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 3 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka

Starring: Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera, Ko Takasugi, Yusuke Tomoi, Jun’ichi Mizuno, Akira Nakao, Kumi Mizuno, Takeo Nakahara

Plot: Japan faces an attack from Godzilla, a creature not seen since 1954. In preparation, they decide to use the bones of the 1954 Godzilla to create a mechanical bio-robot to fight back.

With the success of the last instalment of the franchise, it made perfect sense to bring back Godzilla’s other well-known nemesis, Mechagodzilla, or as he’s known this time around, Kiryu (Machine Dragon). The name change is purely to avoid comparisons with the previous versions of the character. Mechagodzilla has always been a great battle as far as Godzilla films are concerned.
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #25: Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus (2000)

On 15th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 5 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka

Starring: Misato Tanaka, Shosuke Tanihara, Masato Ibu, Yuriko Hoshi, Toshiyuki Nagashima

Plot: Godzilla returns and a special weapon that creates a miniature black hole is designed to get rid of him once and for all. Unfortunately a test opens a wormhole through which a prehistoric dragonfly enters, and an egg is quickly laid and could spell trouble for Earth and Godzilla.

Despite being the second film in the Millennium Series of Godzilla films, Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus is actually the true reboot of the series. Godzilla 2000 thrust us into the action without any explanation as to how that Godzilla related to previous incarnations, if at all. Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus makes it very clear, though,
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Ultra Wacky Deep Sea Monster Raiga Trailer Surfaces

Oh, those wacky Japanese. The screwy trailer has arrived for the new Japanese giant monster flick Deep Sea Monster Raiga, a sequel to 2005's Deep Sea Monster Reigo. I had no idea Raiga even existed because, to the best of my knowledge, Reigo has yet to be released. Or has it? I'm clearly not as up-to-speed on my daikaiju cinema as I should be. I do know you need to see this trailer.

Deep Sea Monster Reigo started out as what amounted to a homemade project by Shinpei Hayashiya, an amateur filmmaker who got some notice in Japan and over here for a Gamera fan film he made. I'd been hearing about Reigo (the crew of a WW2 Yamato battleship battles a giant Zilla-esque sea monster) for years, but it never seemed like the film was coming out. Now, today, here's a sequel. Ummm... Okay. I'm clearly out of the loop.
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