So November takes a whole different atmosphere in my house. Everyday we watch 1 Godzilla movie all month long. But there are dozens of other great giant monsters movies to also watch. So this year we thought we would do a double feature every night. On November 1st we did Gojira and Varan the Unbelievable back to back. We watch the Godzilla movies in chronological order throughout the month.
So I thought we would turn to you all for some great double feature ideas. 2 rules. 1) They must be giant monster movies that would go great along a single Godzilla movie. 2) I would like the films to be within the same time period as the Godzilla movie you double billed it with. If not, no biggie. Just want to hear great ideas.
Please tell me what you would double bill with a Godzilla film.
Nov 1st - Gojira and Varan
I always love to start any marathon from the beginning. Gojira always reminds me of my childhood and is a pleasure to watch. The fact that it is in black and white only adds to the dark looming nature of the film. I can go on and on about this film but then I will never stop. Going right into Varan was a great transition. Also in black and white, I still feel like I never left the Gojira. Even though there are some scenes taken right out of Gojira to fit into Varan shamelessly. But I love the design of Varan and even the way he moves. He crawls, stands up on his hind legs and even flys and swims! It was like having the same great meal twice! I went for seconds.
Nov 2nd- Godzilla Raids Again into Rodan
Having to go from black and white into Toho's first colored movie Rodan was a fun rush. Rodan being one of the best films in Toho's golden age is also one of my favorite. Having elements of horror and suspense and mystery wrapped up in a film featuring giant monsters is a treat in itself. It was like biting into a carmel apple. First sweet with Godzilla Raids Again and then juicy with Rodan! A fun combo!
Nov 3rd - King Kong vs Godzilla with King Kong
I chose something to fit in with the nights theme. To see both Godzilla and King Kong in color for the first time for audiences back then was quite a treat. Then going back to a black and white masterpiece like King Kong was great in itself. Its great to see both of these monsters in their element and what made them both such great iconic monsters. Greatly anticipating Godzilla vs Kong in 2020 only amps up the excitement watching these films back to back. No need for a food analogy, I need room for all this popcorn that adds to the flavor of these climatic classics!
Nov 4th - Godzilla vs Mothra and Mothra
You guessed it. What other movie can possibly go with this movie entry!? Godzilla truly shows off his ability to over come anything mankind throws at him! One of my favorite suit designs as well. I tend to forget how enormous Mothra is compared to Godzilla in the film. I mean Godzilla looks like a salamander compared to her! They had to scale her down from her first appearance in her own film to fight the King Of the Monsters. If Godzilla is King, then Mothra is Queen of the monsters. Then finishing the night with Mothra. I know I keep going in this star wars esc approach to watching movies but its still a fun way to watch them. Mothra has a great pace to the movie, its one of the movies where the monster doesn't start the fight, she finishes it! Man intrudes on Mothra, kills her worshippers and takes the tiny twin fairies. She instead fights back to take back what is hers. A refreshing way to feature a monster. Instead of monster attacks man, man kills monster, this film takes on a different climax with a happier ending. I would say its like eating hot wings for this sci-fi double feature. You start off with some spicy hot wings then dip it into some blue cheese for a nice relief. Then just to do it all over again!
Hmm... This is a fun idea. I'll have to mull over this a bit, but I'll get back to you soon. I definitely think Godzilla Raids Again and Rodan is the right route to go for tomorrow.
Well there's an incredibly large and diverse library of kaiju films outside of the Godzilla series, both from Toho and other companies. Here's just a few that I feel coincide nicely with Godzilla films.
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) and Gamera vs. Barugon (1966): Both the second films of their respective franchises, and both set the tone for the films that followed. The similarities don't end there: the star monster from the first film returns to battle a new, quadrupedal reptilian enemy monster in the city of Osaka. Personally, I think Gamera vs. Barugon is the far superior film of the two, but I find the similarities between them interesting.
Mothra (1961) and Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964): I think this double feature makes a lot of sense, because Mothra vs. Godzilla is actually a sequel to Mothra, which introduces the character of Mothra as well as the Shobijin, her two twin fairies. I also think both are absolutely stellar entries entries in the Showa era kaiju library, and two of Ishiro Honda's finest efforts.
Rodan (1956) and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964): Rodan crossed over into the Godzilla series with Ghidorah, but made his debut in Rodan, which is another standout film of the Showa series.
The Mysterians (1957) and Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965): The Mysterians was Toho's first alien invasion movie and was where Ishiro Honda arguably found his true niche, while Invasion of Astro-Monster was the first film to bring the alien invasion concept to the Godzilla series. Beyond this connection, they also feature the late great Yoshio Tsuchiya in a memorable villain role.
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971) and Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971): Both films were released in 1971, and both attempt to address the issue of Earth's oceans being polluted by mankind, with their titular monster heroes doing battle with a malevolent alien monster that emerges from the ocean.
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995): While the Godzilla series was coming to its (temporary) end, the Gamera series was revived in 1995. I think these films merit being compared against each other because while Godzilla vs. Destoroyah was highly publicized and had a seemingly ambitious concept, Gamera was a lower-budget film that resurrected a long-dead franchise, and is considered by many to be a superior film. You could also pair Guardian of the Universe with Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) instead, which shows exactly what was wrong with the Heisei Godzilla series and part of the reason it came to an end: Daiei made a far superior film on a fraction of the budget.
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) and Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999): In a sort of inverse of what happened in 1995, the epic Gamera Trilogy came to a close in 1999 while the Godzilla series began again with the first entry of the Millennium series. I think watching these two films back to back really presents the sharp divide in quality between the two series: Gamera was largely quality over quantity, with Godzilla the polar opposite. Both films came out in the same year, but in my opinion G3 is miles ahead of G2K, which I by no means consider a bad film.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Gamera the Brave (2006): These two films are arguably what "killed" kaiju eiga, at least until its current revival. Both films were probably more expensive than they had any reason to be, leading both to be box office disappointments and the last entries in their respective franchises for a decade. But they are both incredibly different films; Final Wars an overstuffed borderline parody of the franchise, and The Brave a heartfelt tribute to the Gamera films of old that tried to appeal both to younger and older fans. I know my bias toward one of these films is probably obvious, but I still think it is an interesting contrast to watch these two films back to back.
Those are just some of my recommendations. I know a lot of them involved Gamera films, but I feel there is often a very fascinating parallel dynamic between the Godzilla and Gamera series, and Gamera films are typically easier to come by than some of Toho's non-Godzilla library.
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Hmmm... I love the idea but am drawing a blank for your rules. I will make a stretch and say Planet of the Apes series, old and new since they are giant creatures from an ant's POV?
The only other creature I can think of is King Kong.
I look forward to see what G. H. (Gman) comes up with!
Thank you for the recommendations! Tomorrow is Godzilla Raids Again. So I'll announce what I watch along with the film. Keep them coming!
Well I can make acceptions dk, King Kong would be a great double feature with King Kong vs Godzilla or King Kong Escapes. I'll except any giant monster movie. For example Dogra, Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Trantula, Gamera, Them, doesn't matter. Just try and find a fun fit to any Godzilla film.
^I can see that. I have not watched that movie in 20 sum odd years. I love all those movies with Dynamation. I think I spelled that right haha. What Godzilla film would you recommend that go well with like Peanut butter and jelly, dk?
looking for more suggestions. keep them coming!
@ The King of the Monsters, I liked how you put together some good monster movies by their themes. I will consider the lot of them as I go along.
Pair up the original Gojira with Beasts from 20,000 fathoms. Originators. No other reason needed.
Godzilla Raids again and It Came from Beneath The Sea. Just a story of a radioactive monster wanting to each some fish.
Hedorah and Gamera vs. Zigra for that "WE ARE DESTROYING THE PLANET WITH POLLUTION" social commentary.
Rodan and THEM!. I know neither is a Godzilla film, but Rodan is in the Godzilla universe so it counts for me. That would feed the "I WANT TO SEE GIANT INSECTS ALL THE TIME" people.
Godzilla and Godzilla 2000. You get to see what American producers think of Godzilla, and then see what Japanese producers think of American producers.
Godzilla Final Wars and Big Man Japan. A review in extreme ideas and perspectives. You get to see the Godzilla Franchise try to go all out and then question what the very idea of having to battle giant monsters really means.
Shin Godzilla and Colossal. One story is about how many people work through their problems to solve an issue and defeat a giant monster, and the other is about how one person works through their problems to solve an issue and defeat a giant monster.
^I like the use of classic monster movies your doing! I will consider these.
everyday I will post what I watched the night before and try to give a review of why and how it meshed nicely or disjointed.
No one thought to put Invasion of Astro-Monster with Frankenstein Conquers the world? Nick Adams stars in both films along with the same cast!
^D'oh! Yeah. That's an easy one.
Nice catch. Both are great giant monster films as well. Love me some Nick Adams.
Sorry if I have been too busy and if anyone still cared if I paired any monster movies up with but I try and keep it coming in my busy schedule.
Ghidorah, The 3 Headed Monster and Dogora! Both had the alien theme and I got a sci-fi high from it all!
Invasion of Astro Monster with Frankenstein Conquers The World! Other than giant monster battles the real reason to pin these two together is quite obvious. Nick Adams. He got a lot of crap from Hollywood and Toho gave him some of his best and IMO, the most iconic roles of his career! Although "Die! Monster Die!"(1965) is another one that is great. Give that one a look see if your a Nick Adams fan.
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and Space Amoeba! This was something I had to put together. Both featuring gigantic crustaceans just seemed to to fit the bill for me.
Son Of Godzilla along with Tarantula! Ok trying to broad my horizons away from just Toho films. Tarantula is by far the best giant spider movie from any era. Try and tell me its not. So to see Kumonga and Tarantula together in one night would surly give anyone the creeps!
You can do another similar pairing with Son of Godzilla. Instead of Tarantula, try Deadly Mantis to match with Kamacuras.
Oooo! That's another good one. I have that on a Mst3k episode. Good idea
So I matched up Destroy all Monsters with Gamera vs Guiron. Both have female alien protagonists aliens. And both have a large Kaiju cast.
Also All Monsters Attack and Gamera:Super Monster. Even tho All Monsters Attack is a much superior film to the Gamera flash back film. The reason I chose the, together is obvious. Both have children antagonists along with a flashback sequence of earlier monster movies.
Godzilla vs Hedorah with Gamera vs Zigra. Thank you King of the Monsters. Your suggestion really fit the bill!
Godzilla vs Gigan with Gamera vs Viras! Both have aliens trying to take over the earth(again)!
Godzilla vs Megaon with Gamera vs Monster X! This ones a stretch i know but both Jaiga and Megalon are completely different they are both not aliens and both come from strange backgrounds and ancient cities.
So on the topic of Godzilla vs Hedorah I have a question for anyone who wishes to answer!
What is the deal with those old "zombie" people watching the teenagers party at Mount Fuji?
also I think Godzilla vs Hedorah is the strangest Godzilla movie along with Shin Gojira. Those 2 stand out the most out the entire series as the most abstract. Any opinions?
I love Godzilla vs Hedorah. I believe it is in my top 5 of Godzilla films. I have heard a lot of talk about the "zombie" people in that film but never anything definitive. David Kalat refers to them as "rural villagers? spirits of the dead?" in his book A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series. I could see it being either of those things. The teenagers drove their cards (which adds to the pollution) up to the mountain and then started a fire (which probably doesn't help with the pollution problem) which probably drew the attention of Hedorah and lead to more death. This could be adults, or "spirits", that are trying to see what is going on or just judging the teenagers for bringing more death and destruction to the mountain.
well the one in the middle of the "zombie" on-lookers is the same character from the beginning of the film where that fisherman brought in that tadpole Hedorah to the doctor. If he is a "spirit" did he die from hedorah? it just doesn't make any sense but im very intrigued by the whole scene with them. I want an answer damn-it!
thank you EmptyH for your insight, but im not satisfied with that as an answer. I want to know Banno's reason for their presence in the movie.
I thought Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla(1974) paired with King Kong Escapes was a fun mecha monster showdown!
it is the only time I will say a Fukada film outclasses a Honda film side by side like this. I can't stand the characters in KKE! I love the mecha king, but it's the only thing I think is great about the movie. Usually I praise Honda's films above all else. But I think King Kong Escapes is Honda's worst film. Anyone else have a different opinion on this?
This one might be a surprise you all.
I put Terror of Mechagodzilla and Gorgo together. I thought Gorgo and titanosaurus shared similar designs and made a great night.
I feel like if the 70's Godzilla movies were more like Terror Of MG, the 70's entries would have been a little better. Still love the 70's movies but ToMG is the best one of that decade.
Love me some Titanosaurus
I love him as well.
i also put The Return of Godzilla along King Kong(1976)! Both I feel like both films are the best of there series. That King Kong movie is the best KK film of them all. Yes even more than Peter Jacksons remake. That along with one of my top favorite Godzilla movies is a great time.
This one might seem silly and I know I might get some backlash. I put Godzilla vs Biollante with ...... Little Shop Of Horrors(the musical). I know what some of you are going to say. Little Shop Of Horrors isn't a giant monster movie. But the original ending(now on DVD! check it out!) I think has some of the best giant monster effects of that time! I resently just saw the directors cut with the original ending and it was soo fantastic I nearly cried! That film holds some great special FX and the fact that Audrey 2 takes over the world and destroys cities was stellar! I recommend that cut to anyone out there who disagrees with my monster mash up! But for Biollante's and Audrey 2's similar monster attributes is the reason for this double feature!
I think if the Heisei series stuck with the same dark atmosphere that both The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs Biollante both shared the series would have been at pare with the Showa era. These two films are the best in the Heisei series and I wish the rest of the series followed the trend that was layed out for them.
I paired Godzilla vs King Ghidorah with Rebirth of Mothra 3. A double Ghidorah mash. I like that Rebirth 3 reminds us that originally King Ghidorah wasn't just Godzilla's worst enemy, he was Mothra's as well.
Which leads me to ask a legit question, is Rebirth of Mothra in canon with the Heisei Godzilla series in anyway? If it is, I have way more questions.
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