Godzilla 60th Birthday Challenge!

With 2014 marking 60 years since Gojira first loomed out of the ocean to smash up cardboard reconstructions of Tokyo, and the much-anticipated remake coming in just a few months, I’ve decided to go back and look at all of the big-screen outings of the radioactive reptile. A total 28 Toho Productions (the company behind the original), the Roland Emmerich version of 1998, and the upcoming Gareth Edwards version. I remember watching, with a mixture of bemusement and joy, a number of the rubber-suited adventures as a child when they often showed them in the middle of the night on Channel 4 (in the days before Sky+ and certainly long before Netflix & the like). I don’t remember specifics, but they certainly left an impact on me, and I have recently started rediscovering their occasional campy charm and occasional genuine brilliance. It seems apt, with it being such a big year for the now hexagenarian lizard, to document his career so far; the hits and misses, but also the luring, infallible promise of catastrophically destructive fun.

Here I’ll list the films I intend to review and, through the power of the internet, they’ll steadily become links to those I’ve completed, meaning this page can serve as the base for all your Godzilla Birthday Celebration delight! I will be reviewing them in order (except perhaps for the new remake, which I’ll review as soon as I see it, which in turn will be as soon as humanly possible!) to give myself, and importantly all of you, a great insight into the progression of the iconic franchise over so many years. I’d love to hear people’s opinions in comments on any posts I make on this topic whether you agree or disagree with me, or simply have an interesting (or uninteresting) thing to say.

Here’s a small guide to getting hold of the DVDs of every one of the Toho movies as legitimately as possible.

Reviews are well under way; to keep updated with new reviews subscribe via the link on the right of the page. Here’s the list of reviews & with some “internet magic” they’ll become links to the reviews, making this the central page for all my Godzilla rambling!

Gojira (1954)

Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Mothra vs. Godzilla / Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964)

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Invasion of the Astro-Monster / Monster Zero (1965)

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep / Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

Son of Godzilla (1967)

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

All Monsters Attack / Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

Godzilla vs. Hedorah / Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971)

Godzilla vs. Gigan / Godzilla on Monster Island (1973)

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1974)

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla / Godzilla vs. the Bionic (or Cosmic) Monster (1974)

Terror of Mechagodzilla / The Terror of Godzilla (1975)

Return of Godzilla / Godzilla 1985 (1984)

Godzilla vs. Biollante (1985)

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Godzilla vs. Mothra / Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla (1994)

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Godzilla (1998)

Godzilla 2000: Millenium (1999)

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Godzilla against Mechagodzilla (2002)

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Godzilla (2014)

Wish me luck!


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