These past five weeks, I’ve introduced you to some of my favorite cheesy sci-fi movies. Well this week, I’ve left the granddaddy of them all for last.
While there are several other movies I’d love to discuss with you, such as “Galaxy Quest“, “Krull”, and “The Fifth Element“, I couldn’t let this series end without mentioning my hubby’s all time favorite cheese.
While I did watch this as a child, I wasn’t nearly as enamored with it as my husband and one of his aunts. So it wasn’t until years after we were married that I had the opportunity to sit down with him and watch as many of these movies as we could get our hands on.
I am, of course, speaking of the true King of Monsters (and Cheese)—“Godzilla” (Gojira if you’re feeling formal)!
Gojira is the original Japanese Kaiju of destruction and mayhem. First appearing in 1954, the giant chimera-esque mutant was created as a metaphor for the destructive power and dangers of atomic weapons; which had been used to decimate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan in 1945.
Directed by the indomitable Ishiro Honda and co-created by Mr. Ishiro, Tomoyuki Tanaka and Eiji Tsubaraya, this behemoth has become a treasured icon of Japanese culture. Garnering a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this famous kaiju has spawned video games, comic books, collectible merchandise, movies on top of movies and cartoons.
Produced by Toho Co., Ltd, there have been 15 movies within the original Shõwa series from 1954-1975. The second series of movies in the Heisei series started with “Return of Godzilla” (named “Godzilla 1985” in the American version) and ended with “Godzilla Versus Destoroyah” in 1995.
In 1998 Toho partnered with: Centropolis Film Productions, Fried Films, Independent Pictures (II) and TriStar Pictures to create the American version “Godzilla” (1998), starring Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno (which in turn spawned a cartoon series in the late 90’s).
Next came the Millenium series starting with “Godzilla 2000” and ending with “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004.
All was silent on the eastern front until rumors began swirling of a new reincarnation. This year, we will see the birth of the newest movie in the popular series titled “Godzilla 2014“, staring Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.
The enormous nuclear infused dinosaur has traded punches with the likes of Anguirus, Rodan, Battra, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, King Kong and my personal favorite King Ghidorah (think Hydra). He has destroyed Tokyo, and several other cities and villages in Japan, Manhattan, NY, ships, buildings, and bad guys (of the human variety).
Please enjoy this wonderful tribute video that I found on YouTube.com created by KingGhidorah5464.
All Hail the True King Of Cheese!
Thank you for visiting, liking and commenting during this series. It was my pleasure to bring you some of my favorite Science Fiction Cheese movies.
Join me next week when I open the airlock and welcome aboard the amazingly talented author Marianne de Pierres. Marianne is the 2010 Aurealis Award winning author of the Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series and has been an inspiration to me for the past three years.
Until then, remember:
YouTube.com via KingGhidorah5464
10 Greatest Enemies of Godzilla (listverse.com)
From Trailer Park to Outer Space (yiwashington.com)