During the 1950s, monster movies were all the rage. During that decade, it seemed like a B-movie monster flick was being released every week.
The Creature For the Black Lagoon. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Them. The Thing From Another World.
Because these films were cheap and usually made a small profit, the Japanese studio, Toho, decided to throw their hat into the ring and make their own monster flick. Despite having no experience with the genre, Toho released Godzilla in 1954. Because it was the most expensive film Toho ever made, it would have bankrupted the studio if it didn't make a profit.
Luckily, Godzilla was more than a monster hit.
The story couldn't be more straightforward. Every movie revolves around Godzilla attacking a city or battling another monster. Even though the plot was simple, viewers have been clamouring for more Godzilla films for decades.
Over the years, Godzilla has spawned sequels, remakes, TV shows, video games, and crossovers. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which considering he is a fictional character, is pretty impressive.
With the King of Monsters appearing in his 36th film in 2020, Godzilla vs King Kong, it seems like a perfect time to look back at the Godzilla franchise.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
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