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Listen to Serj Tankian’s ‘Godzilla’ Cover For King of the Monsters

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian teams up with composer Bear McCreary to record a new version of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla” for the soundtrack to the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He first terrorized Tokyo way back in 1954, and now Godzilla is coming back to once again thrill movie audiences (in computer generated form). And this time, he’ll be joined by fellow kaiju superstars Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah.

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the titular fire-breathing atomic creature finds himself fighting on the side of humanity when Earth is overrun by monsters, leading to a global calamity. Millie Bobby Brown heads up the movie’s human cast, playing a young girl who has a mysterious connection to Mothra. She’s joined by Vera Farmiga as Dr. Emma Russell, a scientist who’s invented a machine that may allow humanity to control the rampaging Titans. In all, the movie contains at least 17 monsters, which should make for one of the most epic Godzilla films of all-time.

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In honor of the return of Godzilla, composer Bear McCreary has dusted off the classic 1977 song “Godzilla” by Blue Öyster Cult and created a new version with lead vocals by Serj Tankian of System of a Down. The new take on “Godzilla” is appropriately epic, even though the lyrics remain as intentionally silly as they were when Blue Öyster Cult first laid them down back in the ’70s. Hear the song below (via WaterTower Music):

Composer McCreary, who of course is best known for creating the theme to The Walking Dead, calls his new take on “Godzilla” the most “audacious” piece he’s ever produced. He said (via Rolling Stone):

[The song is] jammed to the breaking point with orchestra, choir, taiko chanting, taiko drumming, heavy metal rhythm section, Gene Hoglan’s blistering double-kick drums, and Serj’s distinct vocals. It is complete musical madness.

By all appearances, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a complete cinematic event, so it’s appropriate that the music would also be just as epic. McCreary’s full score for the film contains 25 pieces, many of them adapted from original Godzilla themes, including the classic “Mothra’s Song” by Yuji Koseki. With so many classic kaiju returning alongside Godzilla in the new movie, it seems fitting that the music would also form a connection back to the original Godzilla movies.

Music indeed has played a big part in the marketing for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with one trailer even featuring the tune “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.  It seems McCreary’s score will be a big part of the overall effect when Godzilla and his fellow kaiju roar their way back onto movie screens.

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Source: WaterTower Music, Rolling Stone


2019-04-25 05:04:16

Dan Zinski

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2019-04-23 13:13:51

Supernatural: 10 Monsters We Want To See Back In The Final Season

As we plan to say our goodbyes to Sam and Dean Winchester, Castiel and the rest of the Supernatural cast this final 15th season on the CW show, most fans have a hefty wish list regarding what they’d love to see on the show. Some want a resolution with Adam, the boys’ brother, and many want to see Castiel and Dean finally seal the deal with a big, fat smooch. Then there are those who want a monster encore.

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Some of the best episodes of Supernatural featured the Creature of the Week format and too many of those creatures were limited to their one day in the spotlight. Others may have had more than a day of recognition but we loved them so much that we just really need to see them again, and see the brothers take them out in a totally new way, before the show is over.

10 Jesse Turner

He’s the Antichrist, the half-demon spawn that Lucifer had planned to use in destroying the host of Heaven during the Apocalypse. He also disappeared and to never be seen again for almost a decade. Where on earth is this half-monster, half-human and what has he been up to all of this time?

We’re dying to know if Jesse has been training to do evil or valiantly struggling against his purpose like Team Free Will. Will we get to see him again in the final season? We hope so, to get a resolution for this loose end if nothing else.

9 Benny

For all we know, our favorite vampire remains in purgatory where he felt most comfortable and most willing to remain in order to allow Sam his escape. Benny represents a lot for Dean Winchester: not only one of his few rare friends that he trusts with his life, but also an actual monster he refused to off in the series. Dean has grown a lot since the days when he insisted that all monsters must be taken care of and we’d like to see him reunited with his vampire buddy at some point.

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If Benny’s still in purgatory, that might not be in the cards, but given that he was such a big influence on Squirrel we think he at least needs a mention sometime this season.

8 Changelings

Having your child stolen and replaced with a monster that looks just like the kid is one of the most frightening situations portrayed on the show, and we think there’s so much more potential for an episode featuring changelings. What if someone we’ve already met before is revealed to be one of these creepy creatures with hollow eyes and round, pointed-teeth-filled mouths?

Since it’s possible for changelings to exist just about anywhere, there are lots of scenarios where this could come up again as the monster of the week. While we expect most episodes to follow an arc toward the resolution of the show, hopefully some of the episodes will still feature a monster of the week format.

7 Gabriel

Gabriel was one of the Winchesters’ funniest opponents in his Loki form, and while we’ve already seen enough characters brought back to life for a lifetime, what if we got a fun flashback episode where the brothers could have one last round with the trickster/archangel? It wouldn’t be the first time they traveled back in time if the show went with that angle, but even seeing the return of Richard Speight Jr. in a “forgotten episode” would be worth it just to see those hilarious pranks, one of the brothers offed a million times or another goofball episode featuring the trickster.

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Speaking of gods, remember the episode, “A Very Supernatural Christmas”? We’d love to see the brothers take on pagan gods like they did in that hilariously dark episode, or to even finally face a Krampus, the monster they originally thought to be the culprit.

6 Scarecrow

Another iconic Supernatural episode from the first season, “Scarecrow,” featured the titular monster as a pagan god to whom the townspeople sacrificed human travelers to in exchange for abundance. It put a whole new meaning to #blessed and gave us a truly scary urban legend that hooked fans for life.

We don’t necessarily need a scarecrow to fulfill this role, although another scarecrow would still be fun. Any pagan idol would do, and after all of these years chances are we could see something even more frightening as an homage to that classic episode. It also doesn’t have to be Vanir, the Norse fertility god of wisdom and future. A new god we haven’t yet met would work here as well.

5 Rugaru

The reason a Rugaru would be such a great monster to have back on the show is that it’s an undetectable monster until it turns 30. Once it ages, it transforms and cannot be cured, but only taken out by fire or a powerful weapon. What more powerful way to feature a monster of the week than to make it someone we met in the past who just turned 30 and now has to be taken out?

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This could make for a heck of a tragic episode, but it could also be interesting: what if the brothers have since discovered a way to cure the condition somehow? Or even a way to send it somewhere like purgatory where it could still exist without harming innocent people?

4 Jacob Pond

In the Supernatural nod toward Doctor Who, a young kitsune mother named Amy Pond was offed by Dean Winchester for murdering criminals to help feed her son. As a kitsune, she didn’t have a whole lot of choice, and it wasn’t like she was offing innocents in cold blood. She very well could have been doing the work Sam and Dean did, and Dean could have given her the option of going with them to take out monsters to feed her son, especially since she was Sam’s childhood friend. We know many innocents perished at the Winchesters’ hands over the years, after all.

Instead, he offed her, and her son Jacob vowed to avenge her someday. We hope to see this kitsune return and try to make good on his promise.

3 The Monsters Of Chicago

Remember back when there was supposed to be a Supernatural spin-off called Bloodlines that was pretty much abandoned? It was supposed to feature a bunch of monster families and the hunters that took them out, and there were even some emails that Sam received from someone named Ross shown in an episode whom many fans believed to be Ennis Ross of Bloodlines.

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While we get it if the CW doesn’t want to mention a failed spin-off, we also think that if Chicago has a massive monster problem the Winchesters need to report for duty and take care of it. We’re curious to see which monsters these are, and besides, who you else you gonna call?

2 Woman In White

Remember back when it all started and we met our first monster face-to-face? The Woman in White was a monster that perfectly combined the horror of the show with the urban legends that served as the backbone of the show long before the angels vs. demons took precedence. As we say our goodbyes it would be awesome to meet another one of these legendary monsters, since just about every Midwestern area has some version of the whole ghostly hitchhiker story.

In the next version, perhaps we’ll see a more kindly woman in white who didn’t harm her kids, more of a traditional version of the ghostly hitchhiker. It would be interesting to see how Sam and Dean might deal after so many more years of experience.

1 Sam

That’s right, Sam Winchester is another monster we’d like to see return! Both brothers have had powers for good and for evil, depending on how they used them over the years, and Sam’s powers were never truly resolved. While he thought he needed to drink demon blood to enhance his abilities, according to Ruby he just has them inside no matter what.

The powers suddenly disappeared after he was cured of his demon blood addiction, but they might still lay in him, dormant and ready for use. Will they be employed for a final battle? It might be cool to see after all these years. An older, wiser Sammy might be able to pull it off.

NEXT: 10 Supernatural Fan Theories That Are Too Good To Be True


2019-04-19 11:04:54

Sara Schmidt

Ranked: The 10 Strongest Monsters In The Godzilla Universe

In the 65 years that he’s been on screen, Godzilla has faced a multitude of different monsters. Sometimes are evil, while others act as benevolent protectors. Some stick around for a while, but most usually vanish forever after the credits roll.

Whatever the case, the Godzilla universe is home to some of the greatest giant monsters in all of science fiction. They’ve challenged the King of the Monsters time and time again, and while most aren’t successful, some of them leave a lasting impression on the series.

10 Anguirus

Anguirus is Robbin to Godzilla’s Batman. Always there when Godzilla needs him, he was a common sidekick in the Showa era. While he was first introduced as Godzilla’s enemy, Anguirus seemed to patch things up with the big G and decided to fight on his side. With a back covered in sharp spikes, Anguirus is difficult to attack from behind, and Godzilla often bounces enemies off of it for added damage.

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But While Anguirus may be a trusted ally, he’s pretty useless by himself. Without any range attack, his ability to hold his own is limited, and if a monster ever manages to kick him onto his back, his belly is left exposed to potential damage. Still, despite enduring the most damage out of any of Godzilla’s allies, he keeps coming back to help his buddy time and time again.

9 Gigan

With a pair of curved blades for arms and a saw in his belly, Gigan is a mishmash of different monsters thrown together. Part machine and part animal, Gigan’s body doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But Gigan is still considered one of the toughest foes of the 1970s.

Gigan is pretty much a giant Swiss Army Knife. He has a laser that he shoots out of his forehead, he can pull enemies into his spinning blade, and he can fly. Sadly, Gigan is one of the more arrogant monsters of the Godzilla universe, and it is here where he often meets his demise.

8 Megalon

Another Swiss Army Monster, Megalon can seemingly do anything he wants. He can fly, and burro underground. He has a pair of spinning drills for arms. The thing that sticks out of his head shoots lightening bots. He looks like a cockroach from hell, and was sent from a group of underground humans to conquer the world.

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But even with everything going for him, he still needs Gigan to help him fight off Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. And he still managed to loose. Much like Gigan before him, Megalon was simply not cunning enough to withstand Godzilla and his allies.

7 Biollante

Part plant, part Godzilla, and part human, Biollante makes Audrey II look like a daisy. The result of a freak accident at a lab, Biollante begins life as a rose, before morphing into a freakish monster that takes root in Tokyo bay. Despite her ugliness, she’s actually an ally to mankind, who’s possessed by the spirit of a girl who died in a bombing.

Biollante’s mouth is full of hundreds of razor sharp teeth, and she spits an acid that melts flesh. She also has an army of Venus Flytraps that can extend as long as she needs them. They can sprout out of the water and hold an enemy down, or pull them into her jaws. While Godzilla was too much for her to bear, the spirit that occupied her continues to live on.

6 Space Godzilla

Another creature born who is part Godzilla, Space Godzilla was created when some of Godzilla’s skin sells were accidentally carried into space by Mothra. The result was a creature equal to Godzilla in almost every way, with the addition of psychic abilities that put him a cut above his earth born counterpart.

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Space Godzilla can pick up and throw things with his mind, including Godzilla, and he was able to spawn crystal pits that give him power. He could also levitate and fly in order to get to where he needs to be. In the end, though, Godzilla and G-Force’s Moguera unit made quick work of this Godzilla wannabe, and his potential was ultimately wasted.

5 Mecha King Ghidorah

A frankinstine-like monster, combining pieces of the dead King Ghidorah with mechanical parts, Mecha King Ghidorah is the most advanced and powerful mech of the Heisei era. Created in the 23rd century, the cyborg was sent back almost three-hundred years in the past to prevent the destruction of Japan by Godzilla.

Combining advanced, almost otherworldly technology with Ghidorah’s size and strength, Mecha King Ghidorah was the best of both worlds. In addition to firepower from three heads and powerful grapples that were strong enough to restrain anything, Mecha King Ghidorah could have been the death of Godzilla himself. And while he was defeated, his mechanical remains were used by G-Force to build Mechagodzilla.

4 Destoroyah

Created by the oxegen destroyer that killed the first Godzilla in 1954, Destoroyah is the grim reaper of the Godzilla series. Appearing around the same time that Godzilla was dying, Destoroyah threatened to end the human race with his army of crab-like minions. And with Godzilla’s death threatening to cause the apocalypse, Destoroyah’s spawn could’ve replaced the human race as earth’s dominate spieces.

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Able to break himself down into smaller versions of himself, Destoroyah is a threat on every level. His arsenal of attacks includes a horn that could turn into a katana, able to slice through anything and everything. Not even Godzilla could kill Destoroyah, and he defeated, it was a hollow victory.

3 Mechagodzilla

There have been three incarnations of Godzilla’s robotic doppelganger in the live action Toho films. The first from 1974 was built by space aliens to take over the world. The second was created by G-Force using the remains of Mecha King Ghidorah. And the third, sometimes called Kiryu, was brought to life using DNA from the 1954 Godzilla.

But no matter who built him, Mechagodzilla has remained one of Godzilla’s most formidable foes. Possessing state of the art weaponry like missiles, lasers, and jetpacks, Mechagodzilla has everything he needs to tame his adversaries. While Godzilla usually beats him in the end, there have been more than a few times when Mechagodzilla has come close to toppling the King of the Monsters for good.

2 King Ghidorah

Godzilla’s arch nemesis, Ghidorah is the Joker of the Godzilla universe. A three headed dragon of otherworldly origins, Ghidorah appears and re-appears regularly to give Godzilla a good thrashing. Perhaps the biggest of the Godzilla kaijus, he towers over all those who oppose him.

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His wings generate hurricane-force winds, his serpentine necks can asphyxiate his victims like a boa, and each head shoots yellow lightening. But it’s the sound he makes that stands out the most, a telltale laugh that makes it seem as though he’s mocking his opponents.

1 Mothera

While not indestructible, Mothera is easily the smartest and most cunning creature in the Godzilla universe. Possessing human-like emotion and empathy, she’s able to easily outsmart her attackers, exploting gaps in their judgement to bring down even her toughest adversary.

Mothera’s greatest asset of all is her sense of duty. Sent to protect the earth from potential harm, Mothera is willing to do whatever it takes to complete her mission, even if that means sacrificing her life, a feat that most monsters are unwilling or unable to do. And while she may not live to see another fight, her legacy lives on in her offspring, who go on to take her place.

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2019-04-19 03:04:38

David Chiodaroli

Supernatural: The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Monsters Of The Week

Supernatural has featured monsters galore over its 14 seasons on the air. Many of those monsters have popped up more than once. Even some that initially seemed like we’d never see them again, have emerged as major characters in the Winchester brothers’ story.

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Yet, Supernatural has also included numerous stand-alone episodes, each with its own monster of the week. Of course, some of those single-shot monsters have been better than others. We sifted through the seasons to determine which creatures land at the top — and bottom — of the list of all the monsters of the week Sam and Dean ever faced.

Here are Supernatural’s 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Monsters of the Week.

10 WORST: DRAGON (LIKE A VIRGIN)

This season 6 episode was the first and last time fans saw a dragon on Supernatural, and that’s definitely for the best. While the episode used sound effects and dialogue to convey how frightening dragons are when they’re in their flying lizard form, we never actually get to see it for ourselves.

Instead, Sam and Dean went up against a couple of guys with glowing hands that we were supposed to believe were dragons who had shape-shifted into human form. It was less than convincing. Plus, the dragons’ tendency to steal virgins and hold them captive in a sewer? Yuck!

9 BEST: GORGON (OUROBOROS)

Fourteen seasons in, it’s rare for Supernatural to introduce a monster fans haven’t encountered before. However, that’s just what happened in the recent episode “Ouroboros,” which featured a Gorgon named Noah. Of course, Supernatural‘s Gorgons aren’t like the snake-haired, turning-men-to-stone version of the creature Dean knows from Clash of the Titans.

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Supernatural’s Gorgon was a demigod who paralyzed and ate people. He also saw the future, which is how he repeatedly eluded Sam and Dean. Noah admitted the need to dine on people made for a lonely existence, but at least he had his pet snake. Despite the unpleasant facts of his survival, Noah was strangely charismatic and often oddly polite. As monsters go, he was a mix of scary and sympathetic that made him one of the more compelling recent entries in Supernatural’s canon of creatures.

8 WORST: VENGEFUL SPIRIT (ROUTE 666)

Technically, the antagonist of this season 1 episode was Cyrus Dorian, a vengeful spirit who was reawakened after decades to take out those responsible for his untimely demise. In life, Cyrus was an unabashed racist who committed horrible crimes against the town’s African American population. As a spirit, Cyrus takes the form of a truck with no driver who systematically runs people of color off the road.

This was Supernatural’s attempt at tackling a serious social issue. The effort was commendable, but the episode’s racist ghost truck was plain cheesy and sucked the resonance out of the social commentary. While many of the vengeful spirits Sam and Dean have hunted since have been genuinely scary, this spirit’s revving truck engine failed to strike fear into the hearts of viewers.

7 BEST: RAKSHASA (EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN)

Supernatural fans know that Sam has a longstanding fear of clowns. And anyone who watched this season 2 episode surely share his phobia now. The official name for the monster the Winchesters were hunting in “Everybody Loves a Clown” was a Rakshasa, a Hindu creature that appears to be human and has a taste for human flesh. They also can only enter a home if they’ve been invited.

The Rakshasa’s basic traits may not have made it the easiest monster to deal with, but it was this particular Rakshasa’s tactics that left an impression. It dressed up like a clown, identified kids with tasty-looking parents at the traveling circus where it lurked, then followed the families home. In the middle of the night, the kids invited the clown into their houses, giving it access to the child’s parents, whom it feasted on. Between the remarkably creepy looking clown and the kids who never learned not to invite strangers into the house, this was a monster of the week that haunted our nightmares.

6 WORST: BECKY (SEASON SEVEN, TIME FOR A WEDDING)

Becky may not be the ultimate monster of the week in this episode, but she might as well be. Fans were originally introduced to Supernatural superfan Becky in season 5 when she was just a poorly conceived caricature. She may have been an insult to the show’s devoted fans, but it wasn’t until season 7 that her actions became truly disturbing.

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From the beginning, it was clear that Becky was a Sam girl. In this episode, she took that devotion to the next level when she slipped him an elixir that convinced him he was in love with her. They get married just in time for her to show him off at her high school reunion in a plot that made Becky seem even more out of touch with reality than her previous appearances. While the episode was trying to play the scenario for laughs, Becky holding Sam against his will was gross and the show’s continued ridicule of the fandom through the character was perplexing.

5 BEST: WEREWOLF (HEART)

This season 2 episode was one of the first that showed how heartbreaking Supernatural could be. Sam and Dean come to town to hunt a werewolf. In the process, they meet Madison, the woman who found the creature’s latest victim. Worried that Madison herself could be a target, Sam protects her while Dean goes hunting. During the hours they spend together, Sam and Madison bond and grow close.

When Dean finally tracks down the werewolf though, he realizes it’s Madison. Madison seems to remember nothing about her actions while in wolf form and is terrified when Sam and Dean question her. So the brothers attempt to reverse her condition. Ultimately, they’re unsuccessful. By the time they realize they can’t help her, Madison has learned that they were right about what she’s become. And she’s come to the conclusion that she can’t live as a werewolf. Madison begs a bereft Sam to end her life. It’s a tragic stand-alone episode that asks a question Supernatural has often grappled with since: If monsters can’t control their natures, are they truly evil?

4 WORST: AMAZONS (THE SLICE GIRLS)

Supernatural isn’t known for its stellar treatment of its female characters, and this season 7 episode showcased all the series’ worst impulses. The brothers catch a case that leads them to a tribe of Amazons. Instead of the strong mythological female warriors we’ve grown to expect however, these Amazons came off as a creepy cult who make their youngest members ritualistically take out their own fathers.

Between Dean lying to get into a woman’s pants, an accelerated pregnancy, and Sam taking down his own niece, the episode didn’t work on any level. And Sam using the Amazons as an object lesson in why all monsters need to be put down made things even worse.

3 BEST: CHANGELING (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT)

Creepy kids are a hallmark of horror and Supernatural has seen its fair share of them. One of the creepiest examples was the changelings who appeared in this season 3 episode. These creatures took the place of a family’s child. While they looked just like the original kid, their reflections showed what they really were: hollow-eyed, round-mouthed monsters with dozens of pointy teeth.

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The changelings fed off the mother of the child they replaced, slowly weakening her over time. While that would be bad enough, the true horror comes from the mother’s realization that the child in her house is not actually hers. The whole idea of the changelings became increasingly unsettling as the episode continued.

2 WORST: BUGS (BUGS)

There aren’t many people who would attest to the awesomeness of bugs. However, “Bugs” took our creepy-crawly fears and tried ratcheting them up to 11. The result was an episode that is largely considered to be Supernatural’s worst. Even the writers mocked the episode in season 4’s “The Monster at the End of This Book.”

The bugs as monster of the week conceit suffered for a couple reasons. Not only is their deadly presence attributed to the well-worn and sadly cliched cursed Native American burial ground trope, the visuals were plain icky. The bugs were supposed to be scary but mostly just grossed us out.

1 BEST: DJINN (WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE)

This season 2 episode introduced fans to djinn in a story that managed to be equal parts chilling and poignant. Djinn may be more commonly known as genies, but in Supernatural these creatures don’t grant wishes. Instead, they poison their victims, putting them in a comatose state in which they hallucinate their ideal world. Meanwhile, in the real world, the djinn has plenty of time to savor their victims’ blood.

The djinn in this episode captured Dean, and as it slowly drained him, Dean experienced a fantasy in which his mother was still alive. The episode delved into what might have been had Sam and Dean been able to lead normal lives, while giving Dean a limited time to do the seemingly impossible and best the powerful djinn. The episode established just how frightening the djinn were, and also demonstrated why losing one’s life at the hands of a djinn might not be the absolute worst way to go.

NEXT: 10 THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN BEFORE SUPERNATURAL ENDS


2019-03-29 01:03:06

Cynthia Vinney

New Godzilla: King of the Monsters Promo Goes Over the Rainbow

The latest promo for Godzilla: King of the Monsters combines footage from the film with the classic Wizard of Oz song, “Over the Rainbow”. It’s the latest trailer for the Godzilla (2014) sequel to juxtapose footage of the movie’s kaiju wreaking havoc on the planet (or one another) with soothing music, as a way of making the whole thing feel more operatic and sweeping. The trend began with King of the Monsters‘ original San Diego Comic-Con trailer, which was set to the classical tune “Clair de Lune”.

King of the Monsters itself is the third entry in Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse, following the Godzilla reboot and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. The movie pits Godzilla against a trio of equally-massive opponents in the forms of Rodan, Mothra, and Godzilla’s greatest enemy, the three-headed King Ghidorah, in a winner-takes-all battle for supremacy over the planet. And yet, thanks to its marketing, the sequel feels less like a down and dirty giant monster brawl and more like a symphony of chaos, as these Titans clash and claw at one another to the death.

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Case in point: the newest King of the Monsters promo is set to “Over the Rainbow” and is quite literally titled “Beautiful”. Check it out for yourselves in the space below.

As this new promo emphasizes, King of the Monsters sees humanity join forces with Godzilla, in an attempt to stave off their extinction and stop the other Titans from wiping out human civilization. (Or, to quote Ken Watanabe’s Monarch scientist Dr. Ishiro Serizawa from the second King of the Monsters trailer, humanity becomes Godzilla’s “pet”). That feels like a natural evolution of the Godzilla reboot, which concluded with the big guy actually defeating the other MUTOs in the film. Godzilla has long oscillated from being humankind’s savior to its enemy in his many, many previous movies, but for the time being it seems he’ll be fighting for Team Humans.

Beyond that, King of the Monsters continues to look like a pretty visually gorgeous Godzilla film in this new promo. Writer-director Michael Dougherty (Krampus) has said he tried to combine the grounded texture of the Godzilla reboot with Kong: Skull Island‘s vibrant colors in his sequel, and the results seem quite spectacular right now. There’s still the concern that King of the Monsters will ultimately get bogged down in shaky hand-held camerawork and frantic editing that makes it near-impossible to appreciate the dazzling visual effects shots. Thankfully, at the moment, that doesn’t appear to be a problem here.

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Source: Warner Bros. Pictures


2019-03-28 08:03:48

Sandy Schaefer

Mothra vs. Rodan Fight Confirmed For Godzilla: King of the Monsters

One more major clash between Titans is confirmed for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with Rodan and Mothra set to fight. There is plenty of excitement in the air for Warner Bros.’ planned MonsterVerse. They’ve delivered two solid and well-received entries in Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, and now Godzilla is set to get a sequel to help pave the way for the future. Before the giant atomic fire-breathing lizard can take on the large ape, the iconic Toho monster will first have to square off against some newly introduced foes.

The lead up to Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters has brought two destructive trailers packed to the brim with monster battles. This is a stark contrast to the the 2014 solo film which barely featured the titular creature, and Godzilla 2‘s approach has been to tease all the different monsters it holds. Outside of Godzilla, the movie will also introduce Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah – well-known Toho creatures in their own right – to the MonsterVerse. The money shot in the marketing has been Godzilla and Ghidorah charging at each other, but now another major battle has been confirmed.

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In anticipation of the new film, Collider had the chance to visit the set of Godzilla: King of the Monsters last year and during this time, they saw concept art that showed a Mothra vs. Rodan fight. They didn’t specify when this takes place in the movie, but it should be included in the final product unless the surprising decision was made to remove another big monster fight.

Throughout their cinematic histories, Mothra and Rodan have had a constantly evolving relationship. The two aerial creatures have teamed up before to save the planet and to destroy it, and even though they haven’t always worked together, they have never had an actual fight between them. This is partially why when the marketing for Godzilla: King of the Monsters showed them both in the same location, many believed this was a sign they were teaming up to try and help save the planet. But, as long as the understanding of the concept art is correct, then it looks like we’ll actually get to see these two monsters clash after all this time.

The Mothra vs. Rodan fight is now just the latest of many likely battles that Godzilla: King of the Monsters will contain. A recent TV spot teased that Rodan will also be facing off against Ghidorah at some point in the film, while toys for the blockbuster film have indicated Rodan will even fight Godzilla. The second trailer for the film did mention that these new monsters are battling to become a rival alpha to Godzilla, so all of these fights certainly line up with the idea. But, with Godzilla: King of the Monsters potentially even holding some secret Titans, moviegoers could be in for a real treat when it comes to the amount of spectacle the film has to offer.

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Source: Collider


2019-03-22 09:03:35

Cooper Hood

New Godzilla: King of the Monsters TV Spot Intimidates Humanity

Godzilla intimidates humanity in the new TV spot for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Warner Bros. is rapidly approaching the release of the biggest entry yet in their MonsterVerse. The cinematic universe began with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in 2014 and was expanded upon with Kong: Skull Island in 2017, and now it’s time for the god of destruction to return in a starring role.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters serves as the sequel to the previous hit and will help set the stage for Godzilla vs Kong next year. In order to prepare for a crossover with King Kong himself, Godzilla will have multiple kaiju to take down. His sequel features Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, all of whom have been heavily featured in the marketing so far. The epic trailers WB has released to this point have repeatedly teased the coming conflict, and now a new TV spot provides even more new footage.

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Warner Bros. released the “Intimidation” Godzilla: King of the Monsters TV spot recently, which kicks off with the titular Titan lighting up his back to intimidate the humans who are watching and studying him. As Thomas Middleditch confirms, the tactic works on the group. From there, the TV spot highlights many of the different kaiju who will make appearances in the film. Watch the full spot below:

Just like most of the recent marketing materials for King of the Monsters, WB is selling the movie with the monster mayhem that it’s set to hold. There’s more teases of Rodan and Ghidorah facing off in the sky, and then it once again ends with the money shot of the marketing so far: Godzilla and Ghidorah charging at each other through a terrible storm. We also get some ominous voice over by Charles Dance’s character (who’s likely the villain) saying that Pandora’s box has been opened and cannot be closed now.

As much attention as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah have received in all of the various marketing materials for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, they’re not going to be the only Titans who make an appearance in the film. Director Michael Dougherty has confirmed that additional kaiju will be featured, and there’s been a few different teases regarding the identities of some. However, some theories are even suggesting that the sequel is going back to previous unused designs from the first film to add more monsters to this universe. With more TV spots likely on the way, the footage will continue to be dissected even further to see what other teases it might include.

MORE: Everything The Director’s Set Photos Reveal About Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Source: Warner Bros.


2019-03-17 01:03:46

Cooper Hood

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The 5 Best Monsters Of The Week (And The 5 Worst)

Over its seven seasons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer became known for its deep bench of Big Bads. These characters ran the gamut from sinister to kind of sympathetic.

Yet during its run, Buffy also included a plethora of monsters of the week. These single shot antagonists only appeared in one episode. In that time, some made quite an impression and contributed something to the series as a whole. Then, there were the monsters that just didn’t work. They didn’t advance the story, reveal something new or interesting, or add anything to the show. Here, we explore monsters that fall into both categories.

These are Buffy’s best and worst monsters of the week.

10 WORST: RAZOR (BARGAINING, PARTS ONE AND TWO)

Okay, technically Razor was in two episodes, but he was limited to the two-part premiere of Buffy’s sixth season. Razor was the leader of a demon biker gang that came to Sunnydale when they learned the Slayer was no more. He has a lot of piercings and Freddy-Kruger-like claws, and along with his gang, he causes a lot of mayhem. Other than that, there’s not much to him.

Razor and his gang are unruly and terrorize the public, but unlike so many Buffy demons, they aren’t a metaphor for anything. They’re just a biker gang that happens to be made up of demons, making them pretty mundane for a show that usually traffics in much more thought-provoking characters. Also, Razor met his end at the hands of Tara. ‘Nuff said.

9 BEST: HOLDEN WEBSTER (CONVERSATIONS WITH DEAD PEOPLE)

Holden Webster doesn’t seem like the most obvious monster of the week. A former high school classmate of Buffy’s, she discovered him just as he arose from his grave as a vampire for the first time.

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Holden never posed a mortal threat to Buffy, even with the two years of tae kwon do training he said he had. Ultimately Holden made a much bigger impact with his partially completed psychology major and internship experience at Sunnydale Mental Hospital. He used his psychology knowledge to counsel Buffy on her problems. This led to a memorable conversation in which Buffy was able to delve into all the issues troubling her. Eventually, Buffy took Holden out, but not before he’d made a memorable impression.

8 WORST: MOLOCH (I ROBOT, YOU JANE)

Moloch appeared in season 1 just as Buffy was getting its sea legs. This monster of the week must have seemed like a good idea at the time. A demon who is released onto the internet when Willow scans the book he’s trapped in, Moloch tempts his victims with promises of love and power. Posing as a boy named Malcolm Black, Moloch seduced Willow and several other students over the  internet, while also coercing a company into creating a robot body for him.

The episode came out when the internet was still new technology and the idea of interacting through it seemed dangerous. Moloch takes those fears to their extreme. It’s not an especially inspired or involving metaphor though, and today it comes across as a bit of techno-paranoia that no longer applies.

7 BEST: SWEET (ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING)

Sweet was the demon behind the singing in Buffy‘s beloved musical episode, “Once More, with Feeling.” When he was called via a talisman, he appeared in Sunnydale and soon the whole town was bursting into song — and then bursting into flames.

Although Sweet doesn’t inflict much obvious damage on the Scooby Gang, by using their songs to make them share the truths they’ve been hiding from one another, he rattles the group more than perhaps any other demon had in quite a while. Plus, he did it with a bravura cool, a smooth song, and a wicked soft-shoe number.

6 WORST: LISSA (FIRST DATE)

Many shows include celebrity guest spots to draw interest and goose ratings. Buffy didn’t often engage in those tactics, but in this season 7 episode it decided to include pop star Ashanti as Lissa, a demon who wants to prove her allegiance to the First Evil.

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When Lissa met Xander and he asked her out for a date, she decided he was the perfect mark to use for a ritual sacrifice in the First’s honor. The gag is that Xander always ends up dating demons, something the show joked about from the beginning. Unfortunately, Lissa is an uninspired monster of the week whose presence does nothing to move the plot forward.

5 BEST: GACHNAR (FEAR, ITSELF)

“Fear me!” Gachnar was a fear demon who was accidentally summoned to a Halloween party at a UC Sunnydale frat house that Buffy and the gang attended. Soon, the house trapped everyone inside and brought forth their greatest fears. Buffy is separated from her friends, Xander can no longer be seen or heard, Willow’s magic spell turns against her, and Oz starts to turn into a werewolf even though it’s not a full moon.

In the end, the build up to Gachnar coming forth is a lot more impressive than his actual entrance. Although Giles forces his way into the house and tells everyone they must prevent Gachnar from fully manifesting, when Buffy accidentally releases him anyway, they find he’s more cute than scary. Turns out Gachnar is the size of his illustration on the page in Giles’ book. So, when he instructs the Scooby Gang to tremble before him, it’s adorable. Gachnar ultimately meets his end when Buffy squashes him like a bug.

4 WORST: SPAWN OF SOBEK (SHADOW)

The Spawn of Sobek was the snake-like demon that season 5’s Big Bad, Glory, attempted to use to find the Key. The demon was made from a transmogrified cobra. While this made it huge and strong, it seemed like overkill considering it was made to gather information, not take on Buffy.

Buffy featured snake demons before, but this one was perhaps the silliest looking of the bunch. It was more menacing as the pre-transmogrified cobra than as the unconvincing-looking demon. And the image of Buffy riding it as she pummeled it into submission was more ridiculous than scary. An inglorious beginning to Glory’s reign of terror.

3 BEST: THE GENTLEMEN (HUSH)

No list of Buffy monsters of the week would be complete without mentioning the Gentlemen, the creepy creatures from the revered episode, “Hush.” The Gentlemen were the stuff of nightmares, literally. Buffy dreamed about them along with the nursery rhyme that explained their sinister objective — to take seven hearts while no one can be heard.

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Soon, Buffy’s dream comes true as the Gentlemen render the citizens of Sunnydale mute and perform heart extractions on victims who can only scream soundlessly in response. While the Gentlemen look scary, their courteous manner towards one another and ability to float instead of walk makes them even more unsettling.

2 WORST: TAINTED BEER (BEER BAD)

The fourth season episode “Beer Bad” is considered by many fans to be Buffy’s worst. Buffy is having a hard time adjusting to college life and has just been used and dumped by Parker. So she visits the local bar where Xander recently started working. There, she meets a group of guys eager to entertain her — with beer.

However, this beer has an extra-special ingredient that turns them all into cave people. The owner of the bar cooked up the special brew to take revenge on the obnoxious college kids he’d been serving for 20 years. The episode was meant to be a metaphor for the twin horrors of drinking and casual affairs, but the message came across as obvious and prudish in a series that was usually anything but.

1 BEST: GNARL (SAME TIME, SAME PLACE)

Gnarl came to Sunnydale around the same time Willow returned in season 7, after she’d become the Big Bad of the previous season. When Buffy, Xander, and Dawn find a boy missing his skin at a construction site, they assume Willow’s to blame since she did the same thing to Warren. Actually, though, the culprit is a creature called Gnarl, who paralyzes his victims with his long finger nails and then spends hours stripping and eating their skin. Yum!

Between his sing-songy, third-person speeches while he’s torturing his victims and his Gollum-like character design, Gnarl is truly one of the most memorable. We’re just glad we only had to spend a single episode with this sadistic monster.

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2019-03-16 01:03:40

Cynthia Vinney

Godzilla Toy Suggests King of the Monsters Will Include ‘Burning Godzilla’ Form

Burning Godzilla in Godzilla vs Destroyah

A new toy from Godzilla: King of the Monsters suggests that the movie will include the “Burning Godzilla” form. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla and will feature Godzilla going up against some of his iconic foes, such as Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.

While Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the first sequel of the new American series of Godzilla movies, the famous monster has gotten dozens of sequels over the years. The first Godzilla was released in 1954 in Japan by the company Toho. Since then, the character has gotten several makeovers in his many sequels, including a “Burning Godzilla” look. The “Burning Godzilla” look first appeared during the Heisei era in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Now, it appears that “Burning Godzilla” could be returning to the big screen based off of a new toy for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. 

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In a new tweet from Ian Cassidy (via: Comic Book), a toy showing Godzilla with reddish-orange spikes and reddish-orange paint on his body seems to hint that “Burning Godzilla” will appear in the movie. This version of Godzilla is included in a double pack along with Mothra in a toy line from Jakks Pacific. The full tweet, as well as the packaging for the toy, can be seen below:

While Godzilla will obviously be prominently featured in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, he won’t be the only Kaiju to grace the big screen. Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah have been teased since 2014, and the most recent trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters gave fans their best look yet at these characters. This trailer also hinted at two new Titans for the MonsterVerse – possibly Kumonga and Anguirus; the latter of which is actually one of director Michael Dougherty’s favorite Godzilla characters.

Fans will no doubt be excited to see some of the most popular Godzilla characters back up on the big screen, but fans are no doubt also excited to see a new form of Godzilla. In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, “Burning Godzilla” came to be after it was discovered that Godzilla’s heart was going through a nuclear meltdown after he absorbed energy from a uranium deposit from a volcano eruption. This could certainly be the case in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, as trailers for the movie have already shown Rodan atop an erupting volcano. While all signs point to a “Burning Godzilla” appearing in the film, fans won’t know for sure until Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters.

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Source: Ian Cassidy (via Comic Book)




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