Someone Made An Old School Remix Of The ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer, And It’s Absolutely Genius
Watch and be amazed.
On Saturday July 21, the trailer (and theatrical posters) for the May 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters was dropped on the nerdiverse at the San Diego Comic-Con. The fan reaction to the trailer for the much-awaited next entry in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s ‘MonsterVerse’ line of daikaiju or giant monster movies has been tremendous.
But not everyone has been impressed.
Some uber hardcore old school fans of the original Godzilla productions from Japan’s Showa era — movies created between 1954 and 1985 with miniature model cities, actors dressed in rubber suits, and sweeping music scores by composer Akira Ifukube — aren’t particularly feeling the ol’ Hollywood version of the “King of the Monsters.”
But a Tokusatsu fan group from Taiwan, Creator Union of Tokusatsu, has managed to catch the hardcore Godzilla-heads by surprise.
Tokusatusu, by the way, is a Japanese term used to refer to live-action movies and TV shows that make heavy use of special effects. The term encompasses everything from Godzilla flicks to TV shows like Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
Anywho, the Taiwan-based 特製隊Creator Union of Tokusatsu (an extension of the Facebook Group Creation UnLimited of Tokusatsu), has taken the new Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer and remixed it by using vintage sights and sounds taken from the 1964 Toho Pictures classic, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster!
The incredibly clever fan-made clip pretty much just makes liberal use the original Japanese text and the sound layer from the 1964 Godzilla movie trailer and strategically edits footage from the new ‘MonsterVerse’ trailer to fit under and around it. The end result––devoid of any English subtitles––has a somewhat disorienting but really cool old school Japanese dub feel.
At the same time, even without any understanding of the Japanese language, the familiar faces of actors Zhang Ziyi, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, and O’shea Jackson Jr. help to keep Western viewers grounded in something familiar. And the marrying of the original sounds with the modern CGI effects is monstrously effective.
The footage for the remix trailer has also been tweaked to give it a grainy and slightly faded grindhouse feel, echoing the days when an endless strip of 35mm film was fed through the gears of noisy film projectors stationed at the backs of movie theaters. And this vintage vibe helps to take the total production to a whole ‘nother level. Watch and be amazed.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens on May 31, 2019.
Paco Taylor is a writer from Chicago. He loves old history books, Japanese giant monster movies, hip-hop, anime, comics, Kit Kats, and kung fu flicks.