It's Heading for the City


  • Godzilla

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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