With the release of the latest Godzilla film, maybe you’re new to the whole Kaiju sub-genre and want to learn more about it. I mean, it’s only been going on for well over 50 years, so it must have some sort of impact, right? There’s no time like the present to dive into one of the most entertaining and enlightening genres around. I grew up watching Big G on the small screen and though they might have been cheesy back then, I still loved them. In the ’90s and ’00s, they definitely lost the campy feeling and were more series. But again, pretty entertaining.
So if you’re looking to do a little Kaiju homework, here is a good place to start.
These are 3 titles from McFarland that cover different aspects of the Kaiju films. I would especially recommend David Kalat’s book, since not only is it a great book, but will give you more information than you thought possible. You can get more information or order these titles from McFarland’s website, by just clicking HERE.
The Skyline Drive-In Theater in Shelbyville, IN has finally announced the lineup for this year’s Super Monster Movie Fest. Their Don’t Go In The Water marathon is taking place on Aug. 24th and 25th, with the movies starting around dusk. They don’t have an official schedule posted yet, as far as what is playing and when, but here are the titles they have announced in alphabetical order:
Published by McFarland, 2017. 316 pages
Written by Mike Bogue
Anybody who picks up this book thinking that it is just another book of reviews of our favorite giant and mutated monsters from the ’50 and ’60s will be sadly mistaken. Yes, there are plenty of reviews within these pages of movies like Tarantula, The Monster that Challenged the World, Them!, Godzilla, Mothra, and so many more. But there is so much more here, both at face value and much more at a deeper level to really make you think.
Bogue has done an incredible job here going over these movies that many of us love and hold dearly in our fandom. But he also shows how these movies came about, through the use of atomic and nuclear power and the effects that it has. Not just on the cinematic monsters, but what it had done to humanity, and more importantly, what it still does. Even the novice of fans knows about the connections between Godzilla and the bombs that were dropped on Japan in the ’40s. But Bogue goes deeper is how the cinematic influences were different between Japan and the US.
While we’ve been going to the Monster Bash Conference for the last few years (and loving every minute we’re there, I might add), they are now holding a 2-day movie marathon that is tempting me to make the drive out. Yeah, it might be a 8 hour drive just to see some movies, but it really is much more than that. Last year, they played the whole Universal Frankenstein series. But this year, they are going with something much BIGGER!