Godzilla's Triple Terror

July 20th (One Night Only)

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Sat, Jul 20

Exhumed Films and Drive-In Asylum, in association with Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media, present GODZILLA'S TRIPLE TERROR, a night of towering excitement as Godzilla and other kaijū titans rampage across the screen of the Regent Square Theater in three monstrous adventures!

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see these three original classic Godzilla adventures on the big screen as they were meant to be seen--projected on 35mm film!

Read the descriptions of each film below as celebrated by Mark Best, a Lecturer in English and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, sharing his love for Japanese science fiction film and television. He is currently working on a book project on Japanese giant monster movies, specifically the history of the Gamera film series from the 60s to present.

 

Invasion of Astro-Monster (Kaijū Daisensō) features the second appearance of King Ghidorah, the three-headed monster, and Godzilla’s perennial arch-foe. Originally titled Great Monster War in Japan, Invasion of Astro-Monster was the first Godzilla movie to directly exploit international fascination with the space race and space travel. Two heroic astronauts' exploration of a newly discovered planet leads to Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah becoming part of a sinister alien plot to conquer Earth, a common theme in the original Godzilla series. Toho’s special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya offers set pieces of giant monster battle and destruction on two worlds. And Godzilla dances!

Director: Ishirō Honda
 
Cast: Akira Takarada, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Kubo
 
1965 / 94 min. / 35mm
 
 

Fans and critics alike regard Destroy All Monsters (Kaijū Sōshingeki) as the pinnacle of the original Godzilla series that spanned from the 50s to the 70s. Set sometime after 1999, the film introduced Monsterland (later known by the more popular name "Monster Island"), where all the world’s monsters reside peacefully under close human supervision. Furthermore, Destroy All Monsters imagined an ideal outcome for the current space race: a permanent, international moonbase. The film’s human heroes are the astronauts who pilot the Moonlight SY-3, the sleek and heavily armed spaceship that shuttles between Earth and the moon. All of Earth’s monsters mysteriously disappear from Monsterland, only to reappear in major cities around the world, causing rampant destruction. For the first time in a Toho monster movie, Japan is initially spared — but why? The real pleasures of Destroy All Monsters are the special effects and giant monster mayhem.

Director: Ishirō Honda
 
Cast: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yoshio Tsuchiya
 
1968 / 88 min. / 35mm
 
 

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Gojira Tai Mekagojira) — along with its sequel Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) — is the swan song of the original Godzilla series that began in 1954. Declining budgets and box office returns forced Toho to increasingly rely on simpler sets and recycled footage for its Godzilla movies in the 70s. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla was a brief return to glory for the original films, featuring two new monsters and a few impressive special effects set pieces. Toho had already introduced a giant robot version of King Kong in King Kong Escapes (1967), so a robot version of Godzilla was a logical choice. And while Mechagodzilla is Godzilla’s enemy and the tool of another alien invasion of Earth in this film and its sequel, in 1993 and again in the early 2000s, the monster would be reimagined as a human-built defender against Godzilla.

Director: Jun Fukuda
 
Cast: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Akihiko Hirata, Hiroshi Koizumi
 
1974 / 84 min. / 35mm