Here be monsters!

15 09 2009
Godzilla!

Godzilla!

Welcome to GODZILLA EATS DISS! a new blog devoted to monster movies, creature features and giant things attacking cities. There have been thousands of column inches dedicated to monsters so I guess it’s important to talk about what we’re not. We’re not about vampires and we’re not about zombies. Though these are fine genre institutions they’re pretty well covered off on a variety of different places online.

This is for Mothra building a coccoon, for Ripley taping a flamethrower to her M41a pulse rifle, for Ray Harryhausen’s hours and hours of painstaking perfection, for every dodgy cgi thing you’ve seen attacking some poor innocents on the Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel, for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs, for Fin Fang Foom, for the Skarasen attacking London in Doctor Who and Kirk Douglas facing-off against a giant squid. Every type of media can count, it needn’t be simply film.

I’m hoping GODZILLA EATS DISS! will become a collaborative project. I already run one successful blog and it is time consuming, so if you’d like to post your thoughts, reviews or stories then please do. So what qualifies me to talk about monsters? Well, when I was 14 I directed a near perfect remake of Jurassic Park using model dinosaurs and my brother in some green pyjamas and a velociraptor mask. While not reaching the dizzy heights of the Raiders of the Lost Ark remake it did make me aware that I loved fantastic creatures on the screen. At university I studied film and once did an analysis of Starship Troopers for an essay on Paul Verhoeven. Anything to get giant insects into my work.

So if you like monsters, the way we like monsters then step inside. In the words of Doctor Harold Medford in Them!:

“When man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we’ll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict…”

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