2021[123MOVIE>>@] Godzilla and King Kong Full Movie Classics to Stream Before ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’
2021[123MOVIE>>@] Godzilla vs King Kong Full Movie Classics to Stream Before ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ One of the most anticipated movies to spin out of Warner Bros.’ upcoming phalanx of 2021 movies heading to theaters and straight to HBO Max is “Godzilla vs. Kong.” The sequel to “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” and “Kong: Skull Island,” the fourth entry in Legendary’s evolving MonsterVerse arrives day-and-date on the rookie streaming platform and in available theaters this coming March 31.
The film is set in a time when monsters walk the Earth, and humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As a group of scientists called Monarch embark on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearth clues to the titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, and it boasts a fetching cast, including Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
Ahead of the film’s theatrical and HBO Max debut, here are 17 movies from the Godzilla and King Kong franchises to stream.
KING KONG, US lobbycard, from left, Bruce Cabot, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, King Kong, 1933
“King Kong” (1933)
The 1933 pre-Code original that started it all, “King Kong” starred Fay Wray in a star-making performance, and launched the entire Kong franchise. It’s currently available to stream on HBO Max, where the synopsis reads, “Shipped from mysterious Skull Island for display in the United States, a gigantic ape escapes from his bonds and carries a beautiful blonde to the top of the Empire State Building.”
GODZILLA, (aka GOJIRA), Godzilla, 1954
You can’t beat Ichiro Honda’s monster movie masterpiece in terms of sheer originality, and the launch of a mega media franchise owned by Japanese studio Toho. It’s currently streaming on Criterion Channel, which calls the film “a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost 30 sequels.”
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN, (aka GOJIRA NO GYAKUSHU), 1955
“Godzilla Raids Again” (1955)
In Motoyoshi Oda’s 1955 installment, Japan finds itself reeling from the return of Godzilla, as well as Anguirus, a monster from a rival species. The first sequel to the 1954 original, “Godzilla Raids Again” is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel, and is best viewed on a big screen for its set pieces featuring the havoc wrought on the streets of Osaka. Its avalanche ending is epic — and elemental.
GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA, (aka MOSURA TAI GOJIRA, aka GODZILLA VS. THE THING), 1964.
“Mothra vs. Godzilla” (1964)
Ishir? Honda directs this 1964 sequel introducing insect god Mothra — designed by “Godzilla” special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya — whom the humans call upon to stop Godzilla from destroying Japan. This one is notable for being the last film in which Godzilla (in the Toho Studios canon) figures as a malevolent villain. It’s currently streaming on Criterion Channel.
GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER, (aka SAN DAIKAIJU: CHIKYU SAIDAI NO KESSEN, aka GHIDRAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER), Ghidorah, 1964.
“Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” (1964)
Ishir? Honda also released “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” in 1964, and the film finds Godzilla working to save the planet for the first time, rather than trying to destroy it. It’s streaming on the Criterion Channel, which calls it “an electrifying screen debut for Godzilla’s archenemy Ghidorah.”
INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER, (aka KAIJU DAISENSO),from left: Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, 1965.
“Invasion of Astro-Monster” (1965)
The Criterion Channel is the current streaming home for this 1965 entry in the Godzilla franchise: “Aliens from Planet X make an irresistible offer to the people of Earth: let them borrow Godzilla and Rodan to help defeat King Ghidorah, and in return they will provide a cure for all known human disease. But the aliens’ duplicity is soon revealed, as they deploy all three monsters in their quest to conquer Earth. This retro romp, featuring American star Nick Adams, stands as a high point in the Showa Godzilla series.”
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
“Ebirah, Horror of the Deep” (1966)
Director Jun Fukuda’s first Godzilla film of four is fast-paced and light on its feet, culminating in an epic battle that’s among the Godzilla franchise’s most iconic. You can stream it on Criterion Channel, which writes, “On a secluded island in the South Seas, a group of castaways stumble upon a paramilitary organization whose nefarious nuclear activities threaten the world at large—and set the stage for kaiju clashes involving Godzilla, Mothra, and the giant crustacean Ebirah.”
Son of Godzilla
“Son of Godzilla” (1967)
From the Criterion Channel, where you can currently stream “Son of Godzilla”: “In director Jun Fukuda’s second Godzilla outing, secret weather-control experiments create a radioactive storm and Godzilla must rescue monster hatchling Minilla from the giant mutant insects that result. Featuring a buoyant score by Masaru Sato and impressive wirework by special-effects director Sadamasa Arikawa, Son of Godzilla is lively, comic, and timely in its addressing of contemporary anxiety about worldwide food shortages.”
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, Godzilla, 1968
“Destroy All Monsters” (1968)
You can stream “Destroy All Monsters,” 1968’s entry in the “Godzilla” saga, on Criterion Channel, which writes, “The original Godzilla team of director Ishiro Honda, special-effects supervisor Eiji Tsuburaya, and composer Akira Ifukube reunited for this kaiju extravaganza, which features no fewer than eleven monsters. Set in the remote future of 1999, when the people of Earth have achieved world peace by confining destructive creatures to Monsterland (until an alien race intervenes), ‘Destroy All Monsters’ mounts a thrilling display of innovative action sequences and memorable images that have made it a favorite for generations of viewers.”
All Monsters Attack
“All Monsters Attack” (1969)
Ishir? Honda directs the 10th entry in the original Toho Studios “Godzilla” series, and it’s his first film in the franchise made for kids. Now streaming on the Criterion Channel, “All Monsters Attack” is largely considered one of the worst “Godzilla” movies, partly because it reused effects shots from previous films. But it tells a more human-grounded story than before in following a lonely kid named Ichiro who befriends Minilla, otherwise known as the Son of Godzilla.
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, (aka GOJIRA TAI MEGARO), 1973
“Godzilla vs. Megalon” (1973)
Featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Jun Fukuda’s 1973 film introduces Megalon, the burrowing, humanoid, beetle-like god who can fly and swim at high speeds. Watch the movie on the Criterion Channel, which writes, “Nuclear testing unleashes mayhem on the undersea kingdom of Seatopia, causing a series of environmental disasters that nearly wipes out Rokuro, the schoolboy protagonist at the center of this film. To exact revenge, Seatopia unleashes Megalon, a gigantic beetle with the ability to fire ray beams and napalm bombs. Meanwhile, Rokuro’s brother creates Jet Jaguar, a flying robot with a built-in moral compass. The inevitable matchup of Godzilla and Jet Jaguar versus Megalon and Gigan decides the world’s fate.”
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA, (aka GOJIRA VS. MEKAGOJIRA, aka GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II, aka GODZILLA VS. SUPER-MECHAGODZILLA), Godzilla, Rodan (top), Mechagodzilla, 1993. ©TriStar Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
Photo:TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
“Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” (1974)
Directed by Jun Fukuda, the beloved “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” is currently streaming on Criterion Channel, which writes, “Godzilla’s evil twin Mechagodzilla first reared its head in this Jun Fukuda–directed film. A robot designed by aliens to conquer Earth, the enduringly popular villain has since been resurrected by Toho Studios several times. With the help of earnest direction, spectacular pyrotechnics, and guest appearances by veteran genre actors, this film recaptures the feel of the sixties Godzilla movies.”