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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Heavyweight fights don’t get much heavier than this: the two most gargantuan monsters in screen history going at it with almost as much ferocity as Merian C Cooper’s legal team as they took on Toho Studios. The original King Kong director (along with Willis O’ Brien) tried and failed to stop the fight, and so the stage was set for a titanic clash between two Japanese actors in rubber costumes and, at one point, an octopus filmed with a macro lens camera.

Ishiro Honda’s preposterous movie – made to coincide with Toho’s 30th anniversary – is the very pinnacle of trashy sci-fi entertainment. If you can holster your modern-day hyper-awareness of unconvincing special effects and second-rate dubbing, King Kong vs Godzilla is about as much fun as anyone can possibly have at the movies. The Kong suit though, looks like something you would buy your kid for Halloween at Morrison’s. Shouldn’t someone put Peter Jackson and Gareth Edwards together in one room and get them drunk enough to start writing a remake?

And the winner is…

Kong emerges victorious after their climactic battle on Mount Fuji and goes on to scrap a Metal Mickey lookalike in King Kong Escapes. However, Godzilla would return to fight Mothra two years later, and then survived an attempt to assassinate his reputation by Roland Emmerich in 1998.


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