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The New 'Godzilla' Trailer Is Astonishingly, Bed-Wettingly Terrifying

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | December 10, 2013 | Comments ()


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Warner Bros. released the first significant trailer for 2014’s Godzilla and unlike most monster movies we’ve seen over the past decade, this one has some bite. The trailer opens with a fairly typical troop rallying speech from David Strathairn, but quickly deposits us into the middle of the action. The genius of this trailer (and hopefully the movie itself) is that we are right there with our protagonists, shaking in their boots. The skydiving soldiers, a petrified Elizabeth Olson, an emotional Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche? We feel their terror. I was wondering if the trailer would show us the monster or if we were in for a Cloverfield treatment. But there he is, right at the end, looming up out of the smoke. The crowning glory of the trailer? Well that would be the thing that should send every 90s kid leaping behind their sofa or desk chair: a booming, honking roar reminiscent of Jurassic Park’s famous T-Rex. Let’s hope the movie lives up to this nightmare. Gird your loins, the movie opens May 16th, 2014.



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  • where's_wallace

    Who's voice is that? It's so FAMILIAR!!

  • jja

    And the music for this trailer seems to be a shout-out to the voiceless chorus in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the part where they discover TMA-1. Interesting.

  • Afferbeck

    I don't have high hopes for this. Remove Godzilla from those handful of shots and this could be the trailer for the next Call of Duty game.

  • JAG

    Great use of the 2001 music in the beginning to add a bit of cosmic terror to the whole enterprise.

  • Megan

    Is it wrong that I just said "GOD-ZIRA!" to myself?

  • hapl0

    Meh.

  • googergieger

    I liked The Host a lot. Troll Hunter was alright. Can't think of any others off the top of my head. I think this Godzilla is going to be one of those ones where like five years from now we are going to wonder why we liked it when it came out.

  • strand0410

    Okay. I was as snarky and cynical as everyone else when I heard about this but boy does that look terrifying. Pacific Rim has me primed and pumped.

  • Huh. He looks exactly like the last one.

  • Remy Carreiro

    It is an absolute miracle they gave this movie to Gareth Edwards. Like, shocked there was an exec smart enough to make that decision, and we can see here, so far, looks like it will pay off. If it is half as good as Monsters, this will be the new big creature movie to beat.

  • Evidence that sometimes we can have nice things, perhaps? Let's not get carried away, but this one time, maybe they didn't fuck things up.

  • stella

    So whats the story for this movie, because it looks pretty awesome.

  • Guest

    TRAILERS LIE.

    Pierce Patchett!

    *I'd wish they would do a GAMERA movie.

  • BlackRabbit

    Make it PG. He's a friend to children, after all.

  • Sean

    Maybe that will be the sequel. We can always hope

  • BobbFrapples

    I'm in. Take my money!

  • John W

    That looks frakking awesome.

  • Adam C

    The roar. I was waiting for it and it delivered

  • manting

    Gojira! I mean Godzilla!

  • JJ

    Does that look like a six-meter turkey to you? That is more iconic than a Jurassic Park-esque roar of a T-Rex, 90s kids.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    A little disappointed that there isn't even a mention of the son of Godzilla. Maybe, Edwards is saving that surprise for the final product.

  • DeaconG

    Followed by Godzilla trying to teach his kid how to shoot his energy blasts the RIGHT way instead of those cheesy rings...

  • dizzylucy

    As someone who had a little brother and got stuck watching a LOT of old Godzilla movies growing up...that looks pretty great.

  • St

    Yeah, it was surprisingly good. That opening shot of those falling soldiers is amazing. Also - why didn’t they opened their parachutes? Were they the ones that would sacrifice themselves and drop bombs on Godzilla?

  • DeaconG

    HALO-High Altitude, Low Opening. Probably won't open their chutes above 2000 feet.

  • Helo

    Walter White and Kick-Ass vs. Godzilla. Sure, why not?

    (also... how can THIS comparison pop up 31 comments later? come on, people...)

  • Carrie Ann

    The background chanting as the men jump out of the plane sounds similar to the creepy chanting in 2001 A Space Odyssey. (Encounter with Monolith scene). Anybody else hear it?

  • gutpunchprod

    You're right, it's the same music he's used. Ligetti.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    it sets the mood perfectly. it makes it look and feel all Lovecraftian, like this Godzilla is a force of nature, oblivious and alien to us mere humans and any reasoning we'd try to apply to it

  • Oh, I don't know, I think the Matthew Broderick one was plenty terrifying.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Mostly because of Matthew Broderick.

  • AudioSuede

    That was legitimately amazing. Officially on board now. Also, THAT CAST.

  • UglyBattery

    IM MORE EXCITED RIGHT NOW THAN I HAVE BEEN SINCE I SAW THE FIRST TRAILER FOR PACIFIC RIM!!!! And yes, all caps is necessary.

  • MauraFoley

    I'm really digging that the swath Gozilla in smoke, dust and ruin. That is always my overwhelming thought when watching monster movies: where's the detritus!? Not all the debris is Lady Liberty's noggin. It's almost like seeing a real big fish come atcha in a lake, it churns up sludge and adds to its visual volume. Adds to the realism in this trailer, I hope it bodes well for the movie as a whole.

  • ohwhitneykay

    Thats a really terrific point. The ruin and sludge add to the confusion and overall mayhem. Yeah we know you worked hundreds of hours to make your monster look just so, but what monster is effective in a vacuum?

  • Wrestling Fan

    Where is Mayor Ebert and his assistant, Siskel?
    Roland Emmerich showed us that you simply cannot have a Godzilla movie without them!

  • Arran

    I just hope Elizabeth Olsen lives up to the lofty standards of Maria Pitillo.

  • Pentadactyl

    Oh, that's who she is! I was just going with "Not Maggie Gyllenhaal".

  • jthomas666

    Holy fawk.

  • Rob

    Effective trailer, indeed. Still there was a little part of me that wanted to see Gypsy Danger show up in the end.

  • Me too.

    I loved it. Can't wait to see it before The Hobbit this weekend.

  • emmalita

    I had to think about this. I wasn't sure why Gypsy Danger was going to be at The Hobbit.

  • Snath

    Awwwwwww yiiiissssssssss!

  • BendinIntheWind

    SO. FREAKING. JAZZED.

  • Andrew

    Great use of Atmosphères.

  • mograph

    Oooh. Ligeti.

  • VonnegutSlut

    Now THIS is how you cut a trailer for a movie of this sort--the lack of Inception "BWAHHHHHHHHMMMMMMM"s is, on its own, enough to put it in the plus column for me. (Yes, there was that sound at the beginning, but I consider that more of a thump than a bwahhhhhhhhhhmmmmmm.)

    The stripped down, ascetic soundtrack for the trailer lets the tension build & the visuals speak for themselves.

    Color me excited.

  • AudioSuede

    I've been saying that for the last few years. I don't understand why trailer makers don't do this more often; they want to cut through the noise, but they make their trailers SO NOISY. Silence is so much more effective.

  • BWeaves

    I still like Godzilla 2000: Millennium. Tokyo stomping guy in rubber suit vs. a flying bicycle seat from outer space.

  • Ian Fay

    That movie is awesome if only for the final line:

    "There's a little Godzilla in all of us."

  • emmalita

    Oh that has it's own charm. And that's really the Godzilla that I know. However, I really wanted Pacific Rim to be a great monster movie. It wasn't. It was ok, and I have re-watched it for the Kaiju - Jeager fights, Charlie Day, and Idris Elba. (Stacker Pentacost! That name makes me giggle and swoon at the same time).

  • manting

    I was watching MST3K recently and they did a Gamera movie. It was Gamera vs Guiron. Guiron is exactly where they got the Kaiju codename: Knifehead. http://84d1f3.medialib.glogste...

  • Quatermain

    I just re-watched that the other day. I had forgotten how funny it was.

  • emmalita

    I haven't seen that episode in years. I need to re-watch it.

  • manting

    The Joel episodes are my favorites. His delivery is drier than english wit.

  • emmalita

    And I love me some dry wit.

  • SamuraiShampoo

    Hopefully it sticks with the human perspective in the trailer and doesn't devolve into gratuitus scenes of godzilla punching buildings.

  • emmalita

    Ooooo....that looks excellent. Beautiful visuals, too.

  • B. Garcia

    I agree--and I'm glad the presentation of the big guy is slow enough to appreciate it, unlike in Pacific Rim. (Is it just *my* old, non-video-game-addled brain that can't handle the current trend for whiplash editing in action sequences?)

  • linnyloo

    No, no it is not. I hate shakycams so much, and rapidly switching angles make it hard to tell what's going on in any truly coherent way. *shakes walker at the screen*

  • Pat Sponaugle

    Very nice. It goes without saying (yet, here I am, compelled to say it) that I hope it avoids the errors of the Matthew Broderick one, which featured a giant lizard that was somehow mistaken for Godzilla.

  • Ian Fay

    I sat the entire two minutes or so waiting for that iconic scream.

    My inner Creature Double Feature watching 10 year old was not disappointed.

  • A. Smith

    So it has come to San Fransisco. At least it makes better sense than New York.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Frisco? I had hoped that this one would be the result of the lone surviving egg from Madison Square Garden.

  • Jezzer

    He'll turn back around when he realizes he can't afford to live there because the tech shitheads have taken over and driven the real estate through the roof.

  • Godzilla is a bubble

  • Arran

    Sequel: Godzilla vs. the Housing Bubble

  • emmalita

    I think he's doing a good job of lowering property values. Godzilla: Making San Francisco Affordable for All.

  • Glad that this movie appears to put the fear back into these types of films. Disaster porn has become the ultimate cinematic empty calorie, but this has some promise.

    Oh, and if you've never seen Gareth Edwards' debut, Monsters, slap that in your Netflix queue immediately. Very tense, clever little indie joint.

  • Target_Blonde

    I'm 100% okay with the fact that every time I see Scoot McNairy in anything ( Argo, 12 Years a Slave) my first thought is always "Cool dude from Monsters is in this too!"

  • Brooke Michelle

    Monsters actually really made me feel pretty sad for the monsters.

  • I did want more monsters in Monsters but that was a fun movie. Combined it with Europa Report for a nice double-feature.

  • chanohack

    Holy shit! I'm glad you mentioned that or I would have missed that it was the same director. Monsters is one of the movies I spread the gospel of, and I'm happy Edwards is getting bigger projects, because dude is talented.

  • NateMan

    Monsters was kinda brilliant. Even my wife liked it, and she's not much for monster movies.

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