New ‘Godzilla’ Images & Featurette: Gareth Edwards’ Favorite Movie Monsters

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A cinema icon is returning to theaters this summer after being absent from movie screens for a decade. In Godzillathe King of Monsters is poised to make a triumphant return to mark the series’ 60th anniversary with his latest feature film from director Gareth Edwards.

Godzilla hits theaters a little less than two months from now and the marketing is just beginning to kick into high gear. We’ve already seen posters, teasers, one very intense trailer, and even a “Godzilla experience” that was set up at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The updated design for the big green guy has been featured on magazine covers and turned into giant toys.

Only adding to the film’s promotional buzz is this short video (above) of Edwards answering the all important question: What are his top three movie monsters? His number one is obvious. He just directed a film starring that monster. But the other two are a little surprising and not creatures that immediately jump to mind when you think “movie monsters” – at least not ones like Godzilla.

It’s interesting to speculate about what Edwards’ #2 and #3 – Steven Spielberg’s shark from Jaws and Ridley Scott’s Xenomorph from Alien – might say about about how he handled the reboot of Godzilla. For instance, both of those monsters are kept mostly hidden for the majority of their respective films. Could this mean Godzilla will only be glimpsed briefly until the film’s climax? Perhaps, but judging from how up front Sony has been about showing Godzilla in their recent marketing materials, probably not.

 New Godzilla Images & Featurette: Gareth Edwards Favorite Movie Monsters

It should be noted that this isn’t first time Edwards has mentioned Spielberg as an influence, having previously cited Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a film he referenced frequently. Star Bryan Cranston also drew comparisons between Godzilla and Jaws in terms of their monsters, making this sort of speculation not entirely out of the question.

Though it’s possible that the Jaws/Alien/Aliens influence manifests in another way. Those films’ monsters aren’t entirely evil characters, but have something of a ‘misunderstood creature lashing out’ angle to them. Godzilla, too, is often depicted as neither evil nor malicious, but rather aggressive and territorial. Humans are often the instigators behind his rampages, making them more akin to retaliations than outright attacks.

Yet, retaliation or not, Godzilla’s attacks are devastating, a point Edwards’ Godzilla aims to make abundantly clear. Just check out the aftermath featured in some of these newly released photos (via Indiewire):

How strong of an influence do you believe films like Jaws and Alien had on Edwards when it came to directing Godzilla? Do you expect a slow reveal of Godzilla over the course of the film? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below!

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Godzilla stomps into theaters May 16th, 2014.

Source: Indiewire

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  1. The more I hear about this film the more excited I am getting. I think the first half of the film will be about the build up, not much seen of Godzilla or the others only the devastation left by him. Until we got the shot of one of the main characters out in the open or closing a door turning around at the sound of his roar with the look of oh s*** on his/her face and then the full reveal

  2. it seems to me we’re getting del tormo influences, let alone spielbergo or ridley scott influences. we are getting many monsters and much destruction. i hope he don’t try and blow his whole gojira monsters in one go. if it rocks, we hope to have classic monsters for later feature films. the previews seem to show his whole gallery of monsters.. perhaps even robozilla! why blow your wahd in the first film.. at least pacific rim can create new kiaju. i really want godzilla to rule. and flaunt the monter from the start…god sakes, we know the zilla.. don’t drag it,that’s what we’ve been waiting for. reveal the monster early and give us a grand show for two hours. don’t give me a break to go refill my soda/popcorn!

  3. Are these ‘new’ images just screenshots from the trailer? :/

    • Pretty much, yeah.

  4. Sure these images are “new.” If you didn’t see them the last time SR showed them in the trailer. Another deceptive title for clicks. I am impressed that you didn’t need to change pages just to see the clip at the top though. Kudos!

  5. Short term gain – Misleading headlines get me to click on article.

    Long term pain – Avoid all future articles by writer of this article.

  6. bduck; I guarantee this film is going to be fresh and original. This is a new genre for Godzilla considering the horror aspect, along with the emotional, epic, and enormous depth to the Godzilla fiction. What Gareth Edwards and his crew created is staying true to the essence of TOHO Godzilla and added his own idea’s to what Godzilla would be like if he were real and from what mankind has done to create such terror. Another note is the MUTO’s are known to be a new creature we have never scene before in Godzilla, so you say kaiju monsters. From right now the only kaiju confirmed is Godzilla and the others may or may not be kaiju origin. But what we do know is the the MUTO’s are monsters and they will be something new. Also robozilla is know as MechaGodzilla or Kiryu and from your knowledge of Godzilla seems little to none, this movie is majorly based on Godzilla fiction. Yes Gareth Edwards probably was inspired by all those films, but he did not base his fictions from them. He created the Godzilla we deserve. And if you are comparing this to Pacific Rim, well be prepared to be overly impressed.

  7. If they’re trying to make Godzilla seem realistic what does he eat ?

    • @greg – whatever he wants…heh :D

      Paul