|Cheers erupt as the movie begins|
|My lovely wife displays our tickets to Kaiju Heaven!|
|The Elm Draught House Cinema|
Sadly prior obligations pulled me away before the second feature, which I'm told was Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidora: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (also known simply as GMK). This 2001 release is a strange entry in the series. It is part of the Millenium series of films, which started with Godzilla 2000. The plots involves Godzilla returning to wreak havoc once again on Japan. In a twist, apparently Godzilla has been reanimated by the souls lost in World War II who are angry because they believe that the country has forgotten their sacrifices. Bet ya didn't see that one coming!
|Godzilla vs The Smog Monster played silently as people showed up!|
In ANOTHER twist the only way to stop Godzilla is to wake up the Guardian Monsters: Mothera, Baragon and Ghidorah (who is not yet fully formed). This is interesting because Ghidorah is usually the bad guy and working with aliens to destroy or take over the earth. There is a lot of Spirituality in this film. The aforementioned Lost Souls reanimating Big G, and also after Mothra is defeated, her spirit fuses with Ghidorah, transforming him in the powerful King Ghidorah form.
Though I was unable to stay for the second feature, I can say with no uncertainty that the audience had just as much fun with the second film as they did with the first. Something that really adds to the fantastic atmosphere is the venue itself, The Elm Draught House, an old cinema sitting on Elm Street in Millbury, MA. The Draught House doesn't come with your run of the mill concession stand, oh no. Here you can get beer, soda, burgers, pizza, popcorn, you name it! The walls of the theater are adorned with old movie posters for films such as Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, Creature From The Black Lagoon and a curious one entitled Bank Dick....which I'm going to assume was about a guy who investigates a bank robbery.
|Evan (right) and Kevin (left) the masterminds behind Godzilla Attacks Worcester|
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Evan Scola, the brains behind this incredible Godzilla-thon and picked his brain for a while. Check it out:
WoV: So how did Godzilla Attacks Worcester get started?
Evan: It started last year when the Godzilla comic came out [from IDW] and they had the cover variants where Godzilla was crushing our store. So we got a bunch of those and we figured we'd make a big event out of it. We'd always wanted to do events down at the Elm Draught House because they're such a cool theater and similar to us in a lot of ways. We figured we'd show some Godzilla movies, give away the comic, and then we had so many people asking about it that we just decided to do it again this year because it was so much fun and it appeals to kids and adults.
WoV: So is this something we can expect to happen every year?
Evan: Yeah, I foresee doing this at least once a year. Hopefully we'll do more events at the Elm, not just Godzilla. See, the thing with Godzilla, like I said is it just appeals to so many people that we always get a good crowd. If we're to do other types of movies.....well we don't know, we'll see!
WoV: What's your favorite Godzilla film?
Evan: Oooh....hhmmm....probably one of the films that we showed last year, which is Godzilla vs Gigan. I grew up with that one you know? I had a VHS copy and wore it out.
WoV: Which may answer the next question....who is your favorite nemesis?
Evan: Probably King Ghidorah....I think he's everyone's favorite!
WoV: The Godzilla Double Feature is such a cool event, are you planning on adding more to the roster of That's Entertainment events?
Evan: Yes. Well, we try to have events every month, like in April we're doing the Avengers/X-Men release. We're doing Record Store Day, in May we're doing Free Comic Book Day and there will be video game fests during the summer...stuff like that, but hopefully we'll keep doing more at The Elm. It's a matter of finding the right time to do it and finding the right titles too. If we really wanted to we could have Horror Movie Night, but we really like finding stuff that everyone can watch. I think out of everyone that was there, the kids were having the most fun because they were getting to watch these on the big screen and hang out with other people who like it.
WoV: This was actually the first time I've gotten to see a classic Godzilla film on the big screen, so this was really like a boyhood fantasy come to life for me!
Evan: Yeah! The Elm just got a new projector this year, so this was worlds above even last year, I was impressed by it. Except for the sound cutting out at the very end of the first one...but it cut out in like the final minute so it couldn't have been any better!''
WoV: Which brings me to my next point that watching these films at the Draught House is like watching a live Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. Everyone loves these movies, but they also know that they really are B-Movies....the acting is not exactly fantastic and they're great to make fun of.
Evan: And sometimes the dubbing is so horrible and it seems they cared more about lining up something with their mouths that they didn't think about what they were saying sometimes. It's like "Fire all the missiles!" "You want me to fire ALL the missiles?" "Fire ALL the missiles!" Did they REALLY just say that? You know....they're cheesy but that's the point.
WoV: I brought my wife with me and she's really not a fan of these films, but she did have a lot of fun as well.
Evan: I was a little worried because I love Terror of Mechagodzilla but starts off slower than other ones, but it's also one of the better ones where if you're actually just watching it, it's really funny what they're saying if you really listen to it.
WoV: It has that awesome mad scientist subplot there too!
Evan: Bwaaa-huaa-huaaaa [Evan's Mad Scientist laugh]!!!! Ha ha...they're sitting there drinking the wine and you're just thinking "What IS this?" We actually had someone dress up as that scientist last year.....this year he was dressed as the Smog Monster.
WoV: How many staff members does it take to put this together from start to finish?
Evan: Two. Kevin and I are the ones who hand out the tickets and all that stuff. After that we were pretty much just hanging out...we were just doing it on our own, but I'd say that Kevin and I are the ones who got everything done for it.
WoV: Is everyone at That's Entertainment a Godzilla fan?
Evan: I'd say the majority of the people here are....it goes with alot of the stuff we carry....you almost have to know it.
WoV: Anything coming up that you'd like the patrons and fans of That's Entertainment to know about?
Evan: Free Comic Book Day is coming up on May 5th. Record Store Day is next month...and we'll have a bunch of events coming up in the summer but we'll know more as we get closer.
WoV: I'm looking forward to more Godzilla and more events like this. Are there any films in particular that you might like to show?
Evan: That's a good question...nothing comes immediately to mind right now, but we've been asking people to let us know if there's anything they'd like to see. Godzilla seems to be universally liked by yound and old people, so we're trying to find something else that fits in that spot that's not necessarily Godzilla. We haven't found it yet, but we'll see.
|Godzilla is loose! Nyaggggh! RUUUUUN!!!!!!!!|
Evan is also working with the Worcester Film Board for this summer's Movies on the Common series. Free films that will be shown in the park will include The Princess Bride, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark! That's Entertainment will not be hosting these films but expect them to have a presence there!
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