For this week’s Weirdness Wednesdays, I chose Not ’Zilla: 12 giant monster movies that break the Toho mold: https://film.avclub.com/not-zilla-12-giant-monster-movies-that-break-the-toho-1835049058 although I think they should add Notzilla – The Audience Roared! — Mitch Teemley (original post – https://mitchteemley.com/2019/07/16/the-audience-roared/) and Bride of Godzilla – The Most INSANE Godzilla Movie That Was Almost Made! (Bride Of Godzilla) – YouTube Video; original video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA3vHC03k0E (about 6:57 minutes long). to the list. Granted, Bride of Godzilla is still waiting to be made (hint, nudge Mitch Teemley).
As part of my on-again, off-again Godzilla/Kaiju series – https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/kaiju/, see also Trivia Question: Kaiju
I wasn’t aware of the term “kaiju” for a long time. For a simple explanation that is open to some debate among kaiju fans, we can go with Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiju.
Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning “strange creature”. In English, it has come to mean “monster” or “giant monster”, referring to creatures of a large size seen in movies from Asia. Many kaiju movies are made in Japan. It is a type of tokusatsu entertainment. … The most well-known kaiju is Godzilla.
In some cases, I see it translated as “strange beast” and in other places as “monster.” Some purists would argue it only applies to Japanese movies of a certain genre; I tend to take the broader view that it includes a lot of other beasts/animals/monsters, like King Kong and other giant beasts. Had I titled this blog post “Godzilla,” then thrown in kaiju, some would have gotten the reference.
Other uses of Tag: Kaiju
I did not screen any of the videos in the article for language, but some of them may contain Not Suitable for Work (NSFW) language or other content. For more on any movie in this list that strikes your fancy, try https://www.imdb.com/, https://www.wikipedia.org/, possibly https://godzilla.fandom.com/ and/or https://wikizilla.org/wiki/List_of_Godzilla_film_continuities.
1. Cloverfield (2008) –
2. Gamera, The Giant Monster (1965)
3. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
4. Yongary, Monster From The Deep (1967)
5. The Host (2006)
6. The Super Inframan (1975)
7. Pacific Rim (2013)
8. The X From Outer Space (1967)
9. Gorgo (1961)
10. Reptilicus (1961)
11. Pulgasari (1985)
12. Colossal (2017)
Past Weirdness Wednesdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/weirdness-wednesdays/