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Top 10 Tuesday: Godzilla Monsters

What’s Top 10 Tuesday? It’s a new Top 10 List every Tuesday!

After the recent passing of Haruo Nakajima who was the first actor to wear the Godzilla suit I decided to kick off Top 10 Tuesday with look at the various monsters who’ve made appearances in the nearly 30 Godzilla movies since 1954. I didn’t include Godzilla himself because it goes without saying, the King of the Monsters is and always will be #1.

Honorable Mention, Orga
First Appearance: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

What started as a group of Aliens known as the Millennians, before evolving into one of the most unique looking Godzilla monsters. Orga’s appearance is that of a super-deformed Godzilla after absorbing his DNA. Constantly evolving, Orga can adapt to any environment. He also features regeneration, a beam-cannon from the shoulder and a huge jaw which he uses to absorb DNA from his bite.

10. Anguirus
First Appearance: Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Anguirus’s appearance is a spike covered mix of an Ankylosaurus and an armadillo. He was the first monster Godzilla ever fought but he’s usually one of his most loyal allies. While Anguirus lacks any energy attacks, he will literally fight tooth and nail (claw) with any adversary. He can also roll into a ball and use his back spikes to cause high speed chaos.

9. Megaguirus
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

A giant mutated ancient dragonfly, Megaguirus appeared after a black hole weapon allowed it to arrive on Earth and lay an egg. The egg hatched it’s swarm which collected energy from Godzilla to feed it’s queen. The queen Megaguirus has faster speeds than even Mothra and Rodan, producing sonic waves that disable electronics. Her wings can cut through rock and steel and she’s got a stinger that can pierce to drain energy which she then uses to shoot a fireball.

8. Gigan
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

One of Godzilla’s fiercest space-based enemies, Gigan is a cyborg with giant claw hands and a circular saw on it’s chest. While Gigan is a bi-pedal creature, he does have a bird-like face. Gigan has a huge amount of abilities including anti-gravity flight, the giant chest saw which has made Godzilla bleed, the hook hands (later upgraded to chainsaws), an eye-beam laser, flying razor discs and a scorpion tail.

7. Hedorah
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Hedorah is the alien emobidiment of pollution, a literal “smog monster”. Hedorah had many forms from tadpole, to water, to land, then flying and finally a large final form. While Hedorah is one of the most destructive monsters, that’s mostly due to it’s physical form. It’s entire body is an acidic sludge. In addition, Hedorah can split into smaller Hedorahs and re-combine, has an eye-laser and can launch it’s sludge as a weapon. Hedorah’s also one of the strongest monsters defensively being unaffected by Godzilla’s atomic breath.

6. Mechagodzilla
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

There’s been multiple versions of Mechagodzilla but for this list i’m going with the original alien-created 1974 Mecha-G. Mechagodzilla’s appearance is just that, a mechanical robotic version of Godzilla. Mechagodzilla’s armor is made from highly durable “Space Titanium” and made even more defensive with a forcefield and limited but high-speed flight from rocket’s in the feet. It includes a viable arsenal of weapons like a 360 opitcal laser that’s as powerful as Godzilla’s atomic breath & a heat-beam. Mechagodzilla also had missles hidden in the fingers, knees, mouth & toes.

5. Biollante
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

Biollante was created by the terrible idea of combining rose DNA with Godzilla’s DNA and even human DNA. She begins as her first form of a rose with teeth and tendrils. Evolving into a giant mass of plant and beast with an almost crocodile like appearance. Biollante can’t fly but can propel herself quickly thanks to the strong tendrils and she can regenerate lost mass (even part of her own head). Offensive capabilities include spitting radioactive sap and binding tendrils with the ability to pierce even Godzilla’s flesh. Biollante could even go invincible by turning into a cloud of spore energy.

4. Destoroyah
First Appearance: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Destoroyah takes on multiple evolutions in his first and only film appearance, with his final form being twice as big as Godzilla. His final form is quite demonic with bat wings, horns, spikes and a dark red color. The physical embodiment of the effects of 1954’s Oxygen Destroyer, Destoroyah places so high on this list because he not only manages to kill Godzilla junior but also Godzilla himself. Destoroyah has multiple beams (chest & horn), can absorb DNA to evolve and is highly durable (even surviving decapitation).

3. Rodan
First Appearance: Rodan (1956)

Rodan’s design is quite simple but very effective, he’s a giant irradiated Pterodactyl. Sometimes an enemy to Godzilla but more often an ally, Rodan is the perfect flying Kaiju. Rodan can carry monsters over twice his size in the air, is unaffected by Godzilla’s atomic breath, flies at supersonic speed and as “Fire Rodan” he can emit a heated radioactive beam. Rodan will make his first appearance in the Legendary Monsterverse in 2018’s ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.

2. Mothra
First Appearance: Mothra (1961)

Easily one of the most popular Kaiju’s of all-time is Mothra, the giant god moth. Only Godzilla himself has made more Toho movie appearances than Mothra with her 11 including 4 of her own standalone movies. Sometimes an enemy of Godzilla but quite often an ally she’s beaten Godzilla more than any other monster. While Mothra may have the gentle appearance but has many powerful qualities. She can fly up to mach 5, can drop poisonous reflecting scales, fires laser beams from the antenna and poisonous stingers are launched from the thorax. If that isn’t enough, she’s also immortal. Whenever Mothra dies she’s re-incarnated into an egg. After hatching Mothra’s still powerful even in a larval form. Mothra will make her first appearance in the Legendary Monsterverse in 2018’s ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.

1. Ghidorah
First Appearance: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

King Ghidorah is Godzilla’s arch-nemesis and one of the strongest of all the monsters. Ghidorah’s appearance has changed a few times but it’s almost always three heads, two feet, two tails and giant wings. Usually an alien villain, Ghidorah was once a hero in Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as the strongest of the Guardian Monsters meant to protect the Earth. Ghidorah can fly, even in space and can use it’s wings to produce hurricane-force wings. Each of it’s necks can be used to grapple and constrict and each of it’s three heads can shoot powerful gravity beams from the mouth. Different versions have had powers like an energy shield, energy absorbtion, regeneration and wing-based lightning bolts. Ghidorah is expected to be the protagonist of the Legendary Monsterverse in 2018’s ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.

With so many different monsters introduced in the long history of Toho’s Godzilla, it was incredibly difficult to pick just 10. I’m already thinking about doing a non-Godzilla Top 10 Kaiju Monster list too. Make sure to come back next Tuesday for Top 10 Horror Movie Weapons!

What’s YOUR favorite Godzilla monster?

El Rey Kaiju Christmas 2016 Godzilla Marathon

It’s almost Christmas which also means it’s El Rey Network’s annual Kaiju Christmas! 96 hours straight of Toho Godzilla goodness with 20 films from the Showa, Millenium and Heisai Series.

EL REY NETWORK INVADES THE HOLIDAYS WITH THIRD ANNUAL “KAIJU CHRISTMAS” MARATHON FEATURING96 HOURS OF CLASSIC GODZILLA FILMS BEGINNING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23RD AT 6AM ET/PT

Join El Rey Network for the third annual “Kaiju Christmas” marathon bringing you over 96 hours of roaring action featuring the one and only Godzilla. The marathon crashes into your home with the original film that started it all, GOJIRA on Friday, December 23rd at 6AM ET/PT and culminates with GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN on Monday, December 26th at 6AM ET/PT.

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Here’s the full schedule!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24TH

  • 6:00 AM ET/PT GOJIRA
    In the very first Godzilla film, a 400-foot tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea, becomes a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo.
  • 8:15 AM ET/PT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
    An American reporter witnesses a 400-foot amphibious monster, brought back to life by underwater nuclear testing, go on a rampage through Tokyo.
  • 9:45 AM ET/PT RODAN
    A giant pterodactyl whose wings create massive, destructive winds as it flies by makes its way to Japan.
  • 11:45 AM ET/PT GHIDORRAH: THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER
    The citizens of Tokyo are subjected to an ill-tempered atomic mutant: the triple-headed Ghidorrah, who breathes electric volts in all directions.
  • 1:15 PM ET/PT GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN
    Tsukioka and Kobayashi fly scout planes for a small fishing fleet, based in Osaka. A mechanical problem forces Kobayashi to set his plane down on remote Iwato Island, and as he and Tsukioka are trying to make repairs, they are drawn to the sound of a horrendous conflagration and discover two enormous dinosaurs battling each other amid the snowy wastes of the island.
  • 3:00 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO
    Following discovery of the mysterious Planet X in our solar system, a joint U.S./Japanese space exploratory mission is organized. The explorers discover aliens who claim their planet has been under constant attack from the powerful Monster Zero.
  • 5:00 PM ET/PT MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA
    A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.
  • 7:00 PM ET/PT GODZILLA’S REVENGE
    A precocious little boy has real-life traumas including harassment by bullies and kidnapping by a gang of bank robbers. He escapes these dilemmas mainly by taking frequent naps, during which he dreams of journeys to Monster Island to partake in Godzilla’s exploits.
  • 8:30 PM ET/PT TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA
    A race of malevolent aliens bent on world domination unleash the ultimate weapon of destruction on mankind, leaving them with no hope for survival but the power of the mighty Godzilla.
  • 10:30 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II
    A radioactive dinosaur fights a genetically engineered monster and battles pterodactyl Rodan for custody of a reptilian infant.
  • 1:00 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA
    After a meteorite awakens Godzilla, Mothra and a dark counterpart named Battra join forces to defeat him.
  • 3:30 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA
    Godzilla prepares for battle with an extraterrestrial creature that was formed from his own particles in space.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25TH

  • 6:00 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH
    Scientists freeze a radioactive dinosaur and contend with a horde of lethal creatures formed from its cells.
  • 8:15 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH
    Time travelers’ efforts to prevent a dinosaur’s mutation result in the creation of a three-headed dragon that terrorizes Japan.
  • 10:30 AM ET/PT GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA
    Japanese scientists create a robotic creature to fight a destructive monster.
  • 12:30 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS: THE G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY
    Japan is threatened not only by Godzilla, but by a gigantic flying monster and its legions of hungry larva. As the monsters go at it, the Japanese military scrambles to destroy them all.
  • 2:45 PM ET/PT GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK
    Three monsters battle the giant lizard to prevent it from destroying Japan.
  • 5:00 PM ET/PT GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.
    Godzilla, Mothra, and Mechagodzilla threaten to turn Tokyo into toothpicks in an all-out battle for supremacy.
  • 7:00 PM ET/PT GODZILLA: FINAL WARS
    Humans revive a frozen and gargantuan creature to save the Earth from sinister aliens and the monsters they control.
  • 9:45 PM ET/PT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
  • 11:30 PM ET/PT GHIDORRAH: THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER
  • 1:30 AM ET/PT GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN
  • 3:15 AM ET/PT GODZILLA: FINAL WARS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26TH

  • 6:00 AM ET/PT MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA
  • 8:00 AM ET/PT TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA
  • 10:00 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II
  • 12:30 AM ET/PT GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.
  • 2:30 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA
  • 4:30 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA
  • 7:00 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH
  • 9:15 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH
  • 11:30 PM ET/PT GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA
  • 1:30 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS: THE G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY
  • 3:45 AM ET/PT GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27TH

  • 6:00 AM ET/PT GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.
  • 8:00 AM ET/PT GODZILLA: FINAL WARS
  • 10:45 AM ET/PT GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
  • 12:30 PM ET/PT GHIDORRAH: THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER
  • 2:30 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS: THE G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY
  • 4:45 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II
  • 7:15 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA
  • 9:15 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA
  • 11:45 PM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH
  • 2:00 AM ET/PT GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH
  • 4:15 AM ET/PT RODAN

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El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, the one-on-one interview program EL REY NETWORK PRESENTS: THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR, and LUCHA UNDEGROUND a luchalibre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett. El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

Arachnicide (2016)

After years of experimenting, a researcher succeeds in creating an incubator that accelerates plant and animal growth. This technology is controlled by a powerful criminal organization and is being used to accelerate the growth of plants needed for the manufacture of narcotics and illegal drugs. To counter this criminal organization and destroy the laboratories they operate, the United Nations put together an elite team of operatives.

The L9 Commando is a task force composed of six of the best soldiers from different Special Forces Units. After successfully taking down the drug operation, the L9 Commandos are called on for an important mission that brings them to Albania, where they discover a sinister plan that could destroy everything. Arachnicide or die!

Arachnicide was released this month on DVD.

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