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Japan's Horrorific influence on Cinema - CinemaDave

Aug. 2nd, 2005 07:16 pm Japan's Horrorific influence on Cinema

The latest new wave of horror springs from Japan.
With the success of "The Ring," American executives are
mining the depths of Japanese cinematic culture and
have come up with mixed box office results.

Starring Michelle Geller and Bill Pullman, "The Grudge" was
a Halloween hit in 2004, but "Dark Water" starring
Jennifer Connelly was a disappointment. This could be
because one can not tell one film from another. "The
Ring," "The Grudge" and "Dark Water" rely on
oppressive atmosphere over narrative content with
reoccurring theme about the misplaced rage of
victimized children.

Still, I miss the days of "Godzilla" ransacking Tokyo.
One of the best quotes ever can be attributed to a
dubbed actor in "Godzilla 1985,"

"Whenever there is a conflict between Man and Nature,
Monsters are born!"

There is a sense of fun about Godzilla monsters that is lacking today.
Perhaps Donald Roesser sang it best;
©1977 B. O'Cult Songs, Inc.

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down

Helpless people on subway trains
Scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Godzilla! zilla…zilla…God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
Godzilla!
Rinji news o moshiagemasu!
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
Rinji news o moshiagemasu!
Godzilla ga Ginza hoomen e mukatte imasu!
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
Daishikyu hinan shite kudasai! Daishikyu hinan shite kudasai!
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
God zilla God zilla

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

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