El Rey saved my ass from severe boredom. If you’ve been keeping up with this and our sister sites over the past couple of weeks, then you already know that I got floored by the Flu over Christmas. I don’t want to belabor the point, but it is relevant to the current post. I was, you see, literally too sick to even sleep for a few days. Even Nyquil, the vaunted nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever, so-you-can-rest medicine failed in that last regard. When you’re so sick you can do nothing but either wait to get better or to die, what is left to you except to watch TV and movies? Which I did. Lots and lots and lots of TV and movies.
In addition to wearing out my DVD player with old movies, fortuitously I discovered that the El Rey network–and I didn’t even know that I HAD the El Rey network!–was running a weeklong Kaiju Christmas Marathon! Godzilla movies! Glorious Godzilla movies! Even some that I’d never seen! It was a Christmas miracle!
In terms of the few Big G flicks I’ve never seen, I’d never watched GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN, which was released in the US as GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER. Now, if you have the rights to release a Godzilla movie, even back before the franchise was really the juggernaut that it would become, why would you think it was a good idea to rename the monster, when it is painfully evident that the monster is Godzilla? What a lame-brained move. And I don’t know if the plot to GIGANTIS/GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN made any sense in its original Japanese, but it dang sure didn’t in English.
Among those films I got to see for the first time, then, was the WORST Godzilla movie I’ve ever seen, hands down.
Actually, maybe it was Godzilla who wanted the title changed to GIGANTIS. Maybe the film was so bad, he wanted his name taken off the production. Couldn’t blame the big scaly guy if that was the case. That movie just plain BLEW. And NOT radioactive fire, if you know what I’m saying.
Yeah, I kinda loved it.