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Buy / Wait / Rent: October 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of October 2019! read more

Criterion Announces Monster-Sized ‘Godzilla’ 15 Film Blu-Ray Collection

If you grew up on Godzilla films that were broadcast on local channels on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (pre-cable), you’re going to want to start saving now for a monster-sized movie collection.

This fall, Criterion will release a Blu-ray collector’s set of all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era (1954-1975) including the one that started it all, Godzilla (1954), followed by Godzilla Raids Again (1955), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964),  Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965),  Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), Destroy All Monsters(1968),  All Monsters Attack (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Each release will be presented with HD digital transfers. read more

Godzilla Invades San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con will be taking place July 17-21, 2019 in San Diego, California. This will be the show’s 50th event and whether you are attending or not, expect to see a lot of news and information up to and on the dates of the event. Luckily for horror fans, there is no shortage of panels, events, and exclusives to satisfy your every horrific need.

This year also happens to be Godzilla’s 65th anniversary for the original film. In 1954, “Godzilla” was released and was the first of dozens of movies about the giant monster, as well as several comics and video games. To celebrate this long-lived yet prehistoric creature, the parent company, TOHO, has plans to host a booth dedicated to the Kaiju at San Diego Comic-Con with photo opportunities, live mural painting, and a variety of props including the actual suit used in “Godzilla 2000.” An exclusive from Bandai that will be available to attendees is the “65th Anniversary 1954 Godzilla Deluxe Vinyl Figure” which is a 6.5-inch-tall recreation of original Godzilla. The item will retail for $30 and will be available at SDCC in limited quantities daily. read more

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’: The Horror News Network Review

Many fans eagerly awaited the release of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in 2014, hoping to see a return to form and a possible new franchise built around the atomic monster first created by Toho Studios in 1954.  While the film quickly turned a profit with an opening weekend of close to $100 million, many detractors found Edwards’ film to be too focused on the stories of human characters (that the audience had a hard time connecting to) and most importantly, a movie too light on the kaiju action monsters lovers expected.  If this is how you felt about Edwards’ version, save your money and fly as fast as you can from (on the back of Rodan perhaps) the follow-up film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. read more

Get Ready to Travel Over the Rainbow in New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer

Set to a haunting instrumental version of  the song Judy Garland made famous way back in 1939 in The Wizard of Oz, the latest trailer for the upcoming Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is guaranteed to send kaiju fans “Over the Rainbow”.

The brief clip jams more monsters than you can shake a stick at in the exactly one minute long teaser, giving viewers generous shots of Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah, and of course, the biggest star in Hollywood, Godzilla.

The film is directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) and stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, The Conjuring), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out); Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street), and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton).  Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins (who appeared in Gareth Edwards franchise starter in 2014) will also return to the film, reprising their roles from the previous monster mash. read more

El Rey Network’s ‘Kaiju Christmas’ Godzilla Marathon Returns on December 22

It is clear that the El Rey Network understands what the holidays are all about: giving.  Therefore, it should be no surprise that El Rey’s annual giant monster mash, Kaiju Christmas, is once again taking over their airwaves on December 22.

The marathon, featuring 96 hours of Godzilla films, begins on Saturday December 22 at 6 a.m. and will run until Wednesday December 26 at 6 a.m.  The schedule is a bit different this year, as El Rey likes to switch up the titles from time to time, but there is sure to be more than enough city-stopping action to make your yearly visit with the relatives a little more palatable. read more

Mothra, Ghidorah, & Rodan Star in Trio of New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Movie Posters

Godzilla fans love fantastic beasts, and the publicity department for King of the Monsters wants to make sure they know exactly where to find them! This week’s king-sized trailer features new clips of fan-favorites Mothra, Ghidorah, and Rodan in action, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have followed up on the hype with a new series of poster art for each monster. You can view each of them in all of their glory as they hover far above military helicopters and planes, and loom over precarious looking skylines: read more

New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Smashes Its Way Into the Internet

If your holiday wishes include a massive prehistoric water lizard smashing its way through a giant moth and a three-headed monster, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have got you covered! A new trailer launched today for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which features the clearest images of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidora that we’ve seen since the project was first announced. Fans of the film’s impressive ensemble cast will be pleased by new shots featuring Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga Charles Dance, and Sally Hawkins. You can watch the entire trailer below: read more

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Adds Eiza Gonzalez to the MonsterVerse

The epic battle between two legendary cinematic monsters is really starting to round into form.  In an exclusive story, Deadline is reporting that Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) will be joining the cast of Godzilla Vs. Kong in an as yet-unknown capacity.  Gonzalez will be joining a killer cast that has already been confirmed including Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), and Brian Tyree Henry (the upcoming Child’s Play reboot.)

Godzilla Vs. Kong will be directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, HNN favorite V/H/S).  The anticipated film will represent the fourth installment in the “MonsterVerse” cinematic universe, a collaboration between Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. aimed at portraying the irresistible force meeting the immovable object on the big screen.  It follows in the mammoth footsteps of 2014’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and the forthcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019.)  While only halfway through the timeline, the series has been wildly successful thus far grossing over $1 billion worldwide. read more

Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Deadline has a report that Alexander Skarsgard is the latest actor to join Godzilla vs. Kong. The Emmy Award-winning Skarsgard is most known for his portray of Eric Northman on the cult TV show True Blood.

When it is finally released in 2020, Godzilla vs. Kong is expected to make a huge splash and become the highest grossing Monsterverse film to date. The series has grossed over $1 billion worldwide with Godzilla bringing in over $529 million and Kong: Skull Island grabbing $566 million.

Next up for Legendary and the Monsterverse is Godzilla: King of the Monsters which is set for a May 31, 2019 release. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Bradley Whitford. The much anticipated feature will showcase Godzilla battling it out with other monsters including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. read more