The 5 Essential Gozilla Movies

Wednesday, August 15 by Gregory Wakeman

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	There haven't been many <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/movie-monsters/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>movie monsters</a> scarier than the Japanese <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/lizard/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>lizard</a> Godzilla. This large and scaly creature has been terrorizing not only the <span data-scayt_word=asian continent for decades but has also seen him move across the world and look to destroy and murder westerners too. A second American version is currently in development so to celebrate this here is a list of the 5 quintessential Godzilla movies.

 

"Gorjira"

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The giant lizard's first appearance came in Ishiro Honda's 1954 extravaganza when a mutated dinosaur was awoken by atomic tests. "Gorijira" is a classic of Japanese post-war cinema and made the monster a star in his own right.

 

"Mothra vs Godzilla"

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The first installment to see a greedy businessman looking to exploit an insect egg for his own profits, then pits this Mothra against an upset Godzilla. Stunning camera-work and monster blows make this one of the quintessential Godzilla movies.

 

"Invasion of Astro Monster"

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Aliens + Godzilla = freakish fun. That seems like the correct formula to use. These friendly aliens look to use the monster to help them get rid of a three-headed destroyer named King Ghidorah, but a war soon breaks out between the planets.

 

"Godzilla vs. Hedorah"

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Basically, Godzilla works as a cleaner in this edition of the series when a villain named Hedorah, made entirely from pollution, starts to cover Tokyo in his dirt. Disgusting creature. The closest movie you'll ever get to an arty Godzilla movie.

 

"Godzilla"

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The first America remake of the science fiction monster disaster was directed by Roland Emmerich and is regarded as a loose remake of the 1954 Japanese version. Ridiculed on its release it's actually an enjoyable romp with Matthew Broderick excelling in his role, as usual.