Friday, October 5, 2018

It's Heading for the City

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Flee to the Eureka Theater Oct. 5-7 when Monstro-fest-o-rama presents Kaiju-palooza ($30 festival pass, $10-$20 double and quadruple features). That's three days, eight movies and an army of kaiju — Japanese monsters from the golden age of rubber suits and their Hollywood descendants — stomping their way through city after city.

Friday, Oct. 5 goes apeshit with the original King Kong (1933) at 7 p.m. See the big guy swat planes from the Empire State Building. Stay for the 9 p.m. show, when fire-breathing nuclear mutant Godzilla (1954, subtitled) emerges from the sea and makes for Tokyo ($10 double feature).

The Toho Studios monstrosities keep coming with a quadruple feature starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 (half-day $10, all day $20). First Mothra (1961, subtitled) flies into town with twin fairy translators in epic matching outfits to kick off a quadruple feature. Yaasss, insect queen! Then it's the kaiju pile-on of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001, subtitled). You remember Ghidorah — three heads, anger issues? Refill your popcorn for Godzilla 2000 — no Matthew Broderick, just monster rage and snappy, dubbed dialogue. Rounding out the night is Shin Godzilla (2016), with a Fukushima update and classic giant lizard destruction.

Sunday, Oct. 7 brings Hollywood kaiju ($10 double feature). At 2 p.m. it's found footage and creature-in-New-York action with Cloverfield (2008). Finally, Pacific Rim (2013) closes out the fest with monsters vs. humans in giant robot suits from monster maestro Guillermo Del Toro.

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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