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Godzilla 1998 - the BIG let down ! - CinemaDave

Nov. 25th, 2012 04:46 pm Godzilla 1998 - the BIG let down !

With a trailer like this,



one expected a BIG BLOCKBUSTER.

The marketing was phenomenal.
Bus posters had rulers on them, which compared the size of the bus as related to the size of Godzilla. In the age of the internet, the picture of "Godzilla" was not revealed until opening day.

Then the disappointment began, for the monster did not seem like "Godzilla," but some sort of Ninja Night Lizard.

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From:cinemastar
Date:December 5th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)

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I still get a kick out of the old, low budget, gigantic monster movies from the 1950s. One of my favorites is "Beginning of the End" with Peter Graves battling gigantic mutated grasshoppers. Some of the online articles about this delightful epic say that normal sized, live grasshoppers were filmed crawling across photos of Chicago skyscrapers, crudely magnified to achieve their gigantic size, and it shows! :)

When the box of grasshoppers arrived for filming someone forgot to feed them during the waiting period before the camera rolled, so they began to eat each other. When the filming began there were barely enough live grasshoppers remaining to be used in the film.
From:cinemadave
Date:December 8th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for sharing Cinemastar, I had not heard that story!

I recently visited Disneyworld (Pictures to be posted this month and next). One empty building is now a indoor Drive-In restuarant that plays trailers of "Godzilla" and "Mole People" in Disney Hollywood. Of course, there were plenty of 1950s posters.
From:cinemastar
Date:December 8th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)

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Hi Cinema Dave! It is fun to share the funny low budget monster movie stories. I will be looking forward to your Disneyworld photos.

Years ago I heard a story about Orson Welles being short of the cash needed for costumes in a movie scene he was directing, so he had the actors play the scene in a sauna.
:)
From:cinemadave
Date:December 9th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)

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A few years ago, Matthew Broderick visited the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. When he left, I thought of a question I should have asked him;
"Who was the biggest star your ever worked with, Godzilla or Marlon Brando?"
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 9th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)

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BTW Cinema Star - did you get any news in your neck of the woods about the Fire Breathing Flying Dragon over the New Fantasy Land in Disney World Wednesday night?
From:cinemastar
Date:December 9th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)

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I saw a news item about the Flying Dragon sighting. Very impressive but the story lacked detail. I wonder if any of the UFO buffs reported the Dragon to George Noory.

I think Brando and Godzilla got started in the movies at around the same time. Both became big stars but if some of the Brando stories are true, Godzilla may have been much easier to work with.
From:cinemadave
Date:December 9th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)

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Ha Ha !
From:cinemadave
Date:December 9th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)

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However - the Flying Dragon was an incredible LIVE event. I wonder what plans Mickey and Belle have for them!
From:cinemadave
Date:February 12th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)

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Hey North Star,

My blog has been under attack by some internet robots. I will attempt to block my blog for a few months and see if this solves the problem. Thanks for your support and stories for the past six or seven years. I hope we will communicate about movies down the road.