Godzilla Snow Cone

Godzilla Raids Again

Curious, this Godzilla Raids Again (1955) as it was originally released in Japan as Godzilla’s Counterattack and then later in 1959 Gigantis, The Fire Monster in the U.S. Why would anyone want to wreck Godzilla’s christian name by calling him Gigantis? This makes my tummy hurt and my face very upside down happy face.

Godzilla was killed to the bones in the original 1954 movie, so they brought him back exactly as before, except with a different name. Didn’t fool anyone. They should’ve made him wear a hat and fake glasses.

Godzilla Raids Again

A volcano wakens Godzilla/Gigantis and he gets into a chest bump with Anguirus, a giant porcupine that looks like four-legged toilet brush. Madcap craziness ensues.

Godzilla Raids Again

Problems I continue to have with Godzilla Raids Again: The U.S. version was clearly edited by a meat butcher. Gaping chunks of the movie’s narrative were summarily tossed in order to speed up the action. And they changed Godzilla’s iconic roar. That’s like turning Pavarotti’s operatic tenor into a mezzo-soprano.

Godzilla Raids Again

So how did Japan stop Godzilla, the Captain of Crunch, from completely Riverdancing the entire town into landfill? They shot missiles into a snowy mountain, thereby causing an avalanche that buried Godzilla up to his ass in…ice cubes. The kind you put into 40 gallon cocktails. No massive jolts of electricity or discount napalm. Just frozen water squares.

Just thinking about it is taking me to Frown-y Town.

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