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Leapin’ Lizards! Eleven fun facts about Godzilla, the Pride of Tokyo

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He may be the biggest star in Hollywood. Literally. This week, Godzilla, everyone’s favorite city-stomping, radioactive monster smashes his way back into theaters, breathing atomic breath back into a classic movie franchise, and most likely leaving a pile of demolished box-office records in his wake. The new movie, which stars Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame), Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olson, arrives on the 60th anniversary of Big Green’s first calamitous stroll through the streets of downtown Tokyo. Since then, he’s become one of the great cult heroes ofall time. For those of you who may not have grown up breathlessly waiting for Saturday afternoon creature feature TV reruns, here is some background information on the King of the Monsters:…

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What horrors lurk behind Godzilla and other great movie monsters?

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This week, when Godzilla emerges from the sea and tramples his way into movie theaters around the world, flattening major cities and shrugging off all manner of artillery fire, he’s going to be dragging behind him more than a massive dinosaur-style tail. He’s going to be backed up by generations, if not centuries, of monster-related storytelling from folklore, fiction, and cinema that reflects humankind’s worst fears and the monsters that dwell inside us all. Movie monsters have been around almost as long as movies themselves. While the silent classic Nosferatu, released in 1922, was the first movie based on the Bram Stoker gothic novel Dracula, the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi is the version that probably comes to the public’s…

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