Why, yes, we already discussed a handful of fun Godzilla trivia before but you DO realize how many of those movies exist, right? Well, I made sure to grab at least a few facts from a handful of these crazy flicks to get you educated. Let’s start it up!
1. In 1956’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters! it was the American version that switched out the moniker of Godzilla from Godzilla, the Sea Monster to Godzilla, King of the Monsters. This was to buff up the scary appeal of Godzilla for a US audience. Was the sea not scary enough to us!?
2. In Godzilla’s first seen moment on the island in Godzilla, King of the Monsters, there’s a woman shouting ‘Gojira!’ in the background. This is because the sound editors missed it and didn’t edit it out or slot the English title in. Hey, you can’t possibly catch EVERYTHING, right?
3. Mothra was supposed to appear in 1965’s Godzilla vs. Monster Zero but ended up getting dropped and written out of the script when production costs ran far too high for them to reasonably facilitate adding another massive monster design.
4. The effect used when the flying saucers rose from the lake happened thanks to an intelligent practical effects coordinator who filled a thermos with carbon dioxide before blowing it up from beneath the surface. Man, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero was crazy as hell.
5. Son of Godzilla actually filmed in Guam mostly because it saved the production a lot of money that typically goes to building miniatures. Most of the Godzilla films spend their budget building miniatures that will ultimately get destroyed over and over again.
6. While it’s known to purists as a Godzilla film, All Monsters Attack is somewhat seen as a film that was made to make Godzilla and other monsters more accessible to kids. Quite often, old Godzilla suits were ripped to pieces and repurposed to build the monsters that appeared in the movie.
7. Terror of Mechagodzilla is one of three Godzilla films that actually has nudity. Before you go peepin’ that film up, the nudity was removed from all releases that approached North America. Seeing as how this film came out in 1975, after All Monsters Attack attempted to appeal to children, it seemed uncouth to distributors and producers to shut kids out with a rating that would halt their access.
8. The original Godzilla film never featured a battle against another named and famed monster and it wouldn’t be until Godzilla 1985 that this concept was revisited. It took a long dang time, but he finally got a break from all the drama.
9. You never see Mecha-King Ghidorah move in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah because the suit weighed so much and had such a complex rig that an actor inside was almost unnecessary. Four people operated the wires and joints of the suit and would escape the shot for still frame moments.
10. Nobody heard of the corn syrup and food coloring trick during 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah apparently. Wound effects were done using, no joke, octopus blood. Really? There was NOTHING else hanging around, guys!? Damn.