Happy 30th Anniversary "Godzilla 1985"! It was 30 years ago today (Aug. 23rd, 1985) when this film was released.
Some of you guys old enough would remember these trailers:
I recall, New World did a great job advertising this movie everywhere
. It was featured aplenty on Entertainment Tonight. And I even remember Johnny Carson making mention of it. Unfortunately, it did not gross the money New World had hoped and even worse, it got critically panned by the critics. Truthfully, I didn't think it was a great movie either, but was still discouraged that so many critics had held not only scorn for this movie, but the entire franchise as well. In my mind, it was almost giving the Medved brothers'' book some validity that most of these Toho films were turkeys.
Of course, we now know several filmmakers who actually loved
these movies from Guillermo Del Toro, to Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino, so it is good to realize, I was not alone!
While I still don't think "Godzilla 1985" is a great movie, it has grown on me over the years. While the Japanese version makes things a little more coherent, I still prefer the American version. Ironically, this was the year Raymond Burr would return to play another one of his famous characters of the past - Perry Mason, as it was revived by NBC.
I think the best part we got in all of this were those two Dr. Pepper commercials. While I didn't care for the design of the monster suits, I LOVED the miniature settings.