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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Monster Theories

We all know the movie is focusing on the epic (and I mean EPIC!) battle between two of the most prominent kaiju in all cinematic history, but the whole story is yet to be told. We’ve only seen the tip of this colossal iceberg and there’s plenty left to speculation. So as we wait (finally!) for it’s long-awaited release in March let’s run down a few of our theories.  

courtesy of Warner Bros, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MECHAGODZILLA!

Let’s get the most obvious out of the way. Given just a brief glimpse at the beginning of the trailer we see what could be none other than Mechagodzilla. 

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Watching this scene over and over again it really does leave little else to be argued. It has the shape of Godzilla but appears mechanic and we’re given the briefest glimpse of an orange-glowing energy pulse in the thing’s neck.

Unless Godzilla levels up his atomic flame from blue to reddish-orange, similar to what happened during the Heisei era, we might be seeing none other than Godzilla’s mechanical nemesis. 

Reasons for this theory.

By the trailer we’re told that Godzilla is out there hurting people. Now that’s a big turn of events given how Godzilla has been the earth’s defender and a hero to humanity. Although, the somber ending of Godzilla: King of the Monsters does reflect that Godzilla is on our side ‘for now‘ leaving room for a frightening possibility of Godzilla becoming our destroyer.

What could turn him against us? Now that’s the question. 

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Perhaps it’s our meddling with the Titans – genetic engineering or bio-experimenting – that pisses Godzilla off. After all he is their king and would only be protecting his subjects from us if that were the case. And you know it’s entirely within reason that people like Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) would be using Titans as his own personal weapons.

That could be enough to send Godzilla into a shit storm of fury. I don’t think that’s entirely the case though. If we are indeed getting Mechagodzilla in this movie then it’s possible Godzilla is not, in fact, to blame for these sudden attacks at all.

image via Toho

You see, back in 1974, when Mechagodzilla was first introduced he appeared as Godzilla at first, albeit a counterfeit. Just like the Terminator has a fleshy exterior to hide the monstrous T-800 underneath, Mechagodzilla wore a Godzilla skin suit to conceal his true identity while leaving a trail of destruction in his wake and the blame being pinned on Godzilla.

So what if what we’re seeing is not the real Godzilla but an imposter? Someone whose sole purpose is to create chaos and drive humanity to the brink of despair? In desperation, humanity would turn to the King of Skull Island to battle the King of the Monsters and hopefully end the sudden reign of terror.

image via Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

While Kong and Godzilla are busy beating the shit out of each other the world would be left defenseless against whatever the true threat operating behind the scenes is. 

I can see this as being a likely case. We know Alan Jonah is still very much active out there. We also know that he had some sort of plans for that (SPOILERS!) discarded Ghidorah head in that post credit scene.  Hmmmm. (We’ll visit this plotline a little later on. )

Could Jonah be orchestrating events so earth’s two mightiest Titans fight to the death while leaving the planet open to advance his master plan? This does strongly echo the original intentions of Mechagodzilla. 

via Toho

Given that Legendary has been faithfully adapting classic motifs from Toho’s Godzilla mythos it makes sense to see Mechagodzilla finally given their extraordinary treatment. Mechagodzilla is renowned as one of Godzilla’s chief villains and became an instant fan favorite upon his introduction back in 1974. Also he is one of the few Godzilla kaiju to make an appearance in all three of Toho’s Godzilla eras, just like Mothra and King Ghidorah.

Kevin’s Head

Kevin’s head is still a mystery. Why did Jonah want to purchase it so badly? This could be another connection to the Mechagodzilla theory. In the 2002 film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, a film rebooting the original concept, Mechagodzilla is made from the bones of the original Gojira. Let that sink in a little.

via Toho, ‘Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

So in that film there are two different Godzillas: the original Gojira – who died by oxygen destroyer – and another who was the current Toho Godzilla. 

Humanity builds Mechagodzilla around the bones of Gojira to fight Godzilla. That’s just all kinds of Hell yeah!

via Toho, ‘Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla’

In that film Mechagodzilla was biomechanical and at one point the DNA of Gojia’s bones activates, takes over, and goes insane. 

Could it be the decapitated Ghidorah head (lovingly known as Kevin) serves as a kaiju DNA structure for Mechagodzilla? Or…is there someone else we could be seeing?

Mecha-King Ghidorah

Anyone familiar with 1991’s Godzilla vs King Ghidorah will know exactly what I’m talking about. In that colossal movie Godzilla promptly takes down Ghidorah but the battle is far from over. From the discarded body humanity builds the Mecha-King Ghidorah!

image via Toho

This mechanical beast is mankind’s only hope against the devastation of Godzilla.

Given that, at the end of GKOTM, there’s still that remaining piece of Monster Zero, and the fact that they purposely show it to us, it’s a good bet someone has some wicked plans for it.

It’s entirely possible that Jonah’s team builds Mecha-Ghidorah out of that head.

So would fans rather see Godzilla battle Mechagodzilla or Mecha Ghidorah? Fuck I’d hate to choose between the two. I’d be thrilled to see him and Kong fight both! Bring it on!!! 

image via Toho, ‘Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’

And Legendary could make that shit look great!

So either Mecha is a possibility at this point. 

Could this severed head be the missing piece to the puzzle? The unseen force working in the shadows by a skilled puppet master to bring an end to the known planet?

Destoroyah! 

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

What if Legendary is planning something even bigger? Something less obvious? Something that embodies destruction itself? I mean would it be that far of a stretch for Legendary to bring in the Devil of Godzilla’s mythos to challenge the two Kings?

Think about it. Once again we point to Ghidorah’s rotting head (I swear there’s more to that thing). Let’s recall how Ghidorah lost that head: it was during the ocean battle with Godzilla, and Godzilla bit the head clean off. Then immediately afterwards the oxygen destroyer struck the both of them and left its carnage upon the waters.

In Gojira, this was the very weapon the slew our beloved monster. Then, during the Heisei era, the oxygen destroyer was brought back to fans’ memories, for out of the debris and mutations left behind from the OD a new and terrible force came into being: Godzilla’s most terrifying enemy, Destoroyah!

So…why would Legendary bring in the oxygen destroyer? And that thing not only hit Godzilla but also Ghidorah and the severed head. The same head seen at the end of the credits, letting us know it’s still of importance.

What if the cells of the head are crawling with radiation that could lead to Destoroyah’s emergence into the Monsterverse?

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

Destoroyah could be a new monstrosity grown from Ghidorah’s own cells, have prescient memory, and, along with that, an inherent hatred for Godzilla. Yes, I’m suggesting Keven could become Destoroyah.

During the movie Godzilla vs Destoroyah, Destoroyah was unique for the fact that it went through various evolutionary stages until reaching its final form.

What if whatever Jonah’s monster eventually evolves into this thing? That would be one helluva final form and final battle. It would be something beyond Kong or Godzilla’s ability to face alone. I can see them having to join together to defeat the power of Destoroyah.

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

After all, they’ve already hinted at Godzilla vs Destoroyah by introducing burning Godzilla at the end of GKOTM. Could it have been a hint of more things to come?

image via Toho ‘Godzilla vs. Destoroyah’

So those are my theories, at least for now. As more is revealed I’ll be sure to make a follow-up post. Maybe none of these are right. Maybe Gigan will be the big reveal! Or, better yet, Gamera shows up and beats them both into submission. I’d be down for that!

There’s still room for the Super X to make an appearance as well as other beloved kaiju. We’ll have to wait until March to know what all is in store for us.

It’s an exciting time to be a fan and I hope you share your thoughts and theories with us in the comments below. Thank you and long live the King!

IN A YEAR THAT TOOK EVERYTHING, ADAM GREEN NEVER STOPPED GIVING

It has been a year of loss and pain. Our lives have been turned upside down, put on hold, or altered forever. One way or another, not a single one of us has been spared from the scars. Our nation has experienced a lifetime of trauma in less than a single calendar year, to say nothing of the upheaval of the social battles that have been fought day after day not only this year but for the past four and beyond.

We are hurting mentally and physically, emotionally and financially. We have experienced holidays where we have been unable to see our family and friends. The easy fixes of the past–going to the movies or a ballgame, swinging by the pub for a few beers with loved ones, or just popping by for a visit–have been ripped away from us. Each day blurs into the next, with nothing to look forward to that would offer the slightest variation between Tuesday and Saturday, and it has left us feeling very alone.

Experts have informed us time and again to stay in touch with those closest to us because it’s important to combat the isolation as much as social distancing will allow. That calling or texting or Zooming with those we love, however briefly, will help to alleviate the loneliness that has characterized 2020.

But despite not a single paycheck coming in for the entirety of this horrific year—a stark and terrifying reality that far too many can relate to—Adam Green never stopped giving. Never stopped reaching out. Never stopped providing us with something to look forward to. Hours upon hours of preparation fueled by nothing but a desire to keep people connected or giving them a reason to forget for a few hours.

The first image of the CORONAPOCAPLYSE appeared on March 23 with Green seated at a table rocking glasses and a Holliston tee shirt, a steaming cup of coffee to his right, about to embark on a fireside chat of sorts. Whether you call it fatherly or grandfatherly, for the next three days the filmmaker became a calming comforter as he read I, Survivor, the fictitious novel he co-wrote with Joe Knetter outlining the life story and harrowing events of the Honey Island Swamp massacre experienced by Hatchet III‘s (2013) Andrew Yong (Parry Shen). The worries and fears of the world raging outside the walls of our homes slipped away and for a few hours everything was alright. We could breathe. We could smile. Because we were together.

Every day through April 19, Green aired a live stream on YouTube to provide an outlet for those alienated from their lives. From features including DIGGING UP THE MARROW (2014) and the HATCHET series to every episode of HOLLISTON (2012) and ArieScope’s Halloween shorts, Green shared his library of creativity free of charge and it touched countless lives.

When the original CORONAPOCALYPSE came to a close, Green looked into the camera and offered a simple but touching message: “We’ll get through this,” continuing, “stay safe. Stay healthy. Keep being nice to each other. And keep talking to each other because talking helps.”

The shot faded from Green to a scene from HOLLISTON where his character felt as though he’d reached the end of his rope, that he couldn’t go on. And Oderus Urungus (the late Dave Brockie) delivered as motivational a speech as Adam’s imaginary friend was capable, asking “what it would have been like if (he’d) hung in there for just one more day,” echoing the words of Green’s close friend Dee Snider who encouraged him to chase his dream before HATCHET (2006) came to fruition with the words, “don’t you ever give up.”

With the gorgeous “Flying Theme” from E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) swelling underneath, images of Green’s work began cycling through to the beats of the John Williams before a message appeared:

“This was Adam Green’s CORONAPOCALYPSE.” but as the music continued powering us through tears, “Adam Green’s” faded into “OUR,” and if it hadn’t already been clear before, it was beyond dispute in the moment: this was not about anything more than giving the fans something to hang on to. Hope that the sun would shine again, and that the pandemic would one day fade into memory.

To the right of the screen was a chat, and as the final images played out, it was clear how much the CORONAPOCALYPSE had meant to so many:

“Got out of work just in time to cry.”

“It’s been a great 28 days!”

“THIS WAS EPIC.”

“Beautiful.”

“JUST ONE MORE DAY!”

“Thank you Adam and the whole @ArieScope family. I love you all and I will always remember and be grateful for this.”

Just before the final note rang out, in a nod to Snider and HOLLISTON and SCARY SLEEPOVER, one fan wrote “METAL!” Clearly, the Movie Crypt Fam is just that–family.

It didn’t end there, however. In September, CORONAPOCALYPSE II streamed the entire HATCHET and HOLLISTON series on back-to-back nights and again provided something to look forward to–an event filled with laughs and togetherness.

All the while, not a single week of the Movie Crypt podcast (hosted by Green and fellow director and HOLLISTON co-star Joe Lynch) was missed because of the pandemic.

To say nothing of the resurrection of the SCARY SLEEPOVER (2015) series in July with comedian Doug Benson, where Green once more demonstrated his deep understanding of what the people needed–an oasis.

The final two episodes of SCARY SLEEPOVER strategically aired on Thanksgiving and Christmas nights featuring fan favorites Corri English (HOLLISTON) and Parry Shen (HATCHET series), respectively. For many, holidays normally spent in the company of loved ones were instead endured alone, until 6 o’clock Pacific when Green and his guests delivered conversation and smiles and laughs and memories that left all who watched them feeling a bit less isolated.

Then came Yorkiethon 5, the Movie Crypt’s annual fundraiser for the Save a Yorkie Rescue for abandoned and abused Yorkshire Terriers. For years Green and Lynch welcomed guests into the ArieScope Studio for a 48-hour marathon where their motto is “we stay awake so they don’t get put to sleep.” But with the Coronavirus, having guests was not an option, so Green and company simply Zoomed with the likes of Anthony Mackie and Barbara Crampton and Joe Bob Briggs and raised nearly $30,000 in a year when money has been (for nearly everyone) harder to part with than ever before.

And all that, the streams and podcasts and series, without a single paycheck coming in for Green himself.

In a year where it seems everything has been taken away from us, Adam Green has never stopped giving. From laughs to love, Adam Green selflessly devoted innumerable hours of his time to give us what we needed more than anything–hope.

Those who follow Green know that he’s an empath with an enormous heart, but never has his love for the fans been more evident than in the most difficult year of our lives. Before signing off on the first CORONAPOCALYPSE (which this writer still can’t watch without tearing up), Green said “I hope that you get everything that you want in life. I love you,” and it’s time we make it clear that the feeling is very mutual.

“Keep being nice to each other. And keep talking to each other because talking helps.” Green wasn’t merely pontificating, he was simply informing us of what he planned to do. And he kept his word.

May you get everything you want in life, Adam Green, because no one deserves it more. We can never thank him enough for what he’s given us these past ten months, but what we can do is make two things abundantly clear: we are grateful, and we love him back.

Holiday Horror Yule Log: Chucky Roasting On An Open Fire

HOLIDAY HORROR YULE LOG: CHUCKY ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE

In this final week of Christmas, I wanted to make one last post for the occasion before we all succumb to the annual holiday-hangover paired with gluttonous-induced food comas. And what better way to finalize the ending of 2020 with Chucky’s nuts roasting on an open fire?

The spiritual tradition of the Yule Log is not something I take lightly, as I am a practicing Pagan. However, I haven’t lost my sense of humor either and this is just downright splendid as a nice alternative to the traditional hum-drum log televised for decades; especially for horror fans!

Youtuber ShotgunZen put this holiday twist on the tradition together over on Youtube with a full SEVEN hours of the Chuck burning alive at the hands of Andy.

Not much else to say other than ENJOY and Happy Holidays Nostalgic Nuggets!