Tag Archive: Kaiju

May 28 2014

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1

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It always surprises me how people are praising Marvel Studios’ strategy for the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” as if it’s something new. I guess they have forgotten how Toho did it decades ago with their daikaiju movies. I suppose one could make an argument for Universal doing it first, but since most of their stable of …

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May 15 2014

GdL16 Kaiju Flashback

Given how Legendary Pictures’ take on Godzilla is almost upon us, we here at Gravedigger’s Local 16 have decided to put together a list of articles which deal with Japanese monster movies in some way: Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales Mothra Madness 12 Interesting Things About Gigan 12 Interesting Things About Hedorah Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Daikaiju …

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May 12 2014

Free (Legal) Download: Guidolon The Giant Space Chicken

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Frank Wu is a man of many talents. His artwork has appeared in more science fiction and fantasy publications than I can name and movies like Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water and Worm Free Society. In addition to being an artist, he has written stories, scientific papers and articles. That last link also reveals …

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Feb 25 2013

Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley

The year was 1992. After the success of their Hare Jordan ad teaming up Michael Jordon and Bugs Bunny during the Super Bowl, Nike was keen on recapturing the magic. Although the ad had initially been considered risky, it lived up to the company’s goal of creating “innovative advertising-but innovative in a way that captures …

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Jan 30 2013

12 Interesting Things About Hedorah

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Originating from the Dark Gas Nebula in the Orion Constellation, Hedorah is a strange case in the world of Godzilla fandom. Having first appeared in 1971’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah (better known in America as Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster), it took decades before Hedorah made a second appearance in the franchise due to the poor …

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Nov 03 2012

Homemade Godzilla Costumes

I’ve occasionally heard people theorize that part of the appeal Japanese monster movies have is the fact that costumes are used, with fans wishing on a subconscious level that they could be one in the cool costume crushing all those little buildings (despite the fact that doing so is much less glamorous than one would …

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Aug 31 2012

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Phase 2

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Daikaiju Official Site Phase 2, DingDong Records 2010 Daikaiju has been up to a lot since I reviewed their debut album in the first Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. After issuing their “Flight of Garuda” single, the band released their second major album, appropriately named Phase 2. In “Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter” (named for the location …

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Jun 18 2012

Japanese Sci-Fi A to Z

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[In 1995, Christopher Elam started a Japanese monster movie fanzine called Owari (which means “The End”). While the focus grew broader as the years went on, he never lost his fondness for the genre. Today Owari exists as his blog, where today’s article originally appeared there! So why are we posting it? If you can’t …

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Nov 03 2011

Godzilla and King Kong, Together Again

As it’s the Big G’s birthday, I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to one of his greatest battles. I was stuck on what to do, until I discovered that the Peruvian fast food chain Bembos decided to do a humorous ad reuniting the two (well, reasonable facsimiles of the two) that’s probably …

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Jul 18 2011

Guest Post: Monstermatt Patterson’s First taste of “Frankenstein Conquers The World”

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[Having written over a thousand bad monster jokes, Monstermatt Patterson has a mind unlike any other. Today, he recollects on a fond memory of his and a movie he's seen. Find more about the mind of Monstermatt here at his site, and then head to pick up his first book,  Monstermatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol.1] …

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Oct 09 2010

Toho vs. Zilla

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Despite authorizing the changes made to the character in the American Godzilla movie from 1998, Toho has never been shy about indulging the majority of Godzilla fandom’s desire to see the original Godzilla battle (and destroy) the American version. That same year, Toho’s video game division released Godzilla Trading Battle for the original PlayStation. Despite …

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Nov 03 2008

Happy Birthday Godzilla!

According to a friend’s LiveJournal, Godzilla has turned 54 today. To celebrate, I dug up some videos on Youtube that celebrated the Big G’s birthday in 1985 and 2004. Enjoy!

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