Kaiju films, in which a diabolically large monster storms through a city destroying everything in its path, are a genre that Japanese cinema has loved and developed further than pretty much any other country. There are plenty of giant monster productions that have flourished as franchises like ‘Ultraman’ and ‘Pacific Rim’, but it was the 1954 movie ‘Godzilla’ – and its subsequent spin-offs – that inspired all those later generations of kaiju-based plots.
You might have seen the most recent remakes of Godzilla on Netflix, you might have even seen the original 1954 version, but you probably haven’t seen all the installments in between them. Curious to check out the Godzilla archive? Starting from December 1, you’ll be able to see virtually every Godzilla movie ever made on Netflix so you could – in theory – binge them all back to back.
You’ll probably need to stock up on supplies first, though, because there are more movies than you might think. The newly added collection will include all 15 films made in the first series (often called the Showa era movies) including ‘Godzilla Raids Again’ (1955), ‘Son of Godzilla’ (1967) and ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’ (1962) where the atomic beam-spitting monster battles its American counterpart.
Not only that, 12 titles from the second series (called the Heisei era movies), which range from ‘The Return of Godzilla’ (1984) to ‘Godzilla: Final Wars’ (2000) will be added too, although it appears that one of the classics from this period, the 1989 film ‘Godzilla vs. Biollante’, has been excluded from the otherwise complete collection.
Note that some of the added films may not include English subtitles.
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