Everyone loves Godzilla. That’s fine. He certainly deserves it. But Godzilla fans who have yet to experience the Gamera series are missing out on something really special.
Gamera isn’t as polished as Godzilla. He doesn’t have a very deep bench as far as villains go (though Guiron from Gamera vs. Guiron aka Attack of the Monsters is probably my favorite Kaiju ever). A lot of his films revolve around children, which people automatically dislike. Furthermore, Mystery Science Theater 3000, while not overly nice to Godzilla either, has really taken poor Gamera to task.
But I don’t care. Gamera is great. Most Gamera films have a wonderful charm about them. He’s a much more obvious hero since he’s always saving kids. And most importantly, his films always seem to feature a strange amount of Kaiju gore and oddly brutal fighting.
This is all a preamble to the big news that Shout! Factory TV is putting on a massive Gamera marathon this Saturday featuring eleven Gamera films. Yes, that means they will be showing the seriously badass ‘90s trilogy as well as the old school entries.
But that’s not all! If you follow us on Twitter (@bmoviesd - though I assume you already knew that!), I will be live-Tweeting the marathon as it plays. Not all of it, probably, but as much as humanly possible!
As you’ll see in the press release below, you don’t need a TV to join in on this fun. Simply go to shoutfactorytv, and you’ll be all set. I hope to see you there!
SHOUT! FACTORY TV AND FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND PRESENT KAIJU MOVIE MARATHON: GAMERA’S REVENGE FEATURING ELEVEN GAMERA FILMS, HOSTED BY KAIJU EXPERT AUGUST RAGONE, TO PREMIERE ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE ON OCTOBER 17TH
In celebration of Gamera’s 50th anniversary, the marathon will feature eleven the classic Gamera movies from Gamera (1965) through Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris (1999)
Following the success of Shout! Factory TV’s Kaiju Movie Marathon in July, Shout! Factory TV has once again teamed up with the monster magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland to bring you the Kaiju Movie Marathon: Gamera’s Revenge! Featuring 11 Gamera films and hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone the monster mayhem will stream live for 16 hours on October 17 from 8am ET to midnight ET. The marathon marks the 50th anniversary of the first Gamera movie release in Japan.
The marathon will feature all 11 classic Gamera movies in chronological order from both the original Showa series (1965-1980) and the Heisei trilogy (1995-1999).
The Kaiju marathon comes complete with original introductions by renowned Kaiju authority August Ragone, commenting on the history and impact of these classic films. A two-time Rondo Award-winning author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Ragone has commented on Japanese film and popular culture on radio, television, in print, online, and at events for more than three decades.
The event will be streaming at www.shoutfactorytv.com. For mobile, tablet and connected TV devices the marathon is accessible via the Pluto TV app. The marathon is also available via Pluto TV (CH 427), in the living room (Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Apple Airplay), on the go (apps for iOS, Android and Amazon) and at your fingertips on PCs, Macs or on the web.
Prepare yourselves for something monstrous (again)! Tune in for Kaiju calamity and live tweet with #Gamera. August Ragone, as well as other Kaiju super-fans, will be tweeting and sharing fascinating Kaiju knowledge. Shout! Factory will be offering various prizes to viewers through the marathon, including copies of Ragone’s book, limited-edition “I survived the Gamera marathon” blankets, Famous Monsters of Filmland monster poster, among other items.
KAIJU CONTENT STREAMING ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE:
Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967)
Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)
Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996)
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
Schedule of Films*
8:00 a.m. – Gamera
9:30 a.m. – Gamera vs. Barugon
11:00 a.m. – Gamera vs. Viras
12:30 p.m. – Gamera vs. Guiron
2:00 p.m. – Gamera vs. Jiger
3:30 p.m. – Gamera vs. Zigra
5:00 p.m. – Gamera: Super Monster
6:30 p.m. – Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
8:00 p.m. – Gamera 2: Attack of Legion
10:00 p.m. – Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
*Times listed are Eastern time, approximate and subject to change.
ABOUT SHOUT! FACTORY TV
SHOUT! FACTORY TV is a premiere digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. With a uniquely curated entertainment library, the channel offers an unrivaled blend of cult TV shows, movies, comedy, original specials and more – presenting an exciting entertainment alternative to major streaming services. SHOUT! FACTORY TV’s programming leverages a distinctive library of pop culture-defining entertainment curated from Shout! Factory, Westchester Films, Timeless Media Group, Scream Factory, major studios, independent producers and other sources from around the world. Whether reliving childhood memories or discovering television series, movies and comedy specials for the first time, SHOUT! FACTORY TV will provide an immersive, high-quality viewing experience across a wide variety of screens and platforms, online at ShoutFactoryTV.com and on smartphone devices, tablets and connected TV, with an initial rollout on Roku.
ABOUT FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND
Pop Culture. Sci-Fi. Fantasy. Horror. Famous Monsters magazine covers it all, living up to its classic title while staying current — and ahead of the curve. The first and finest genre fanzine created by Forrest J Ackerman in 1958, the internationally distributed FM has always been influential within the entertainment community while fostering fan excitement for decades. Our Captain Company (www.captainco.com) sells all manner of monster goodies, and we've moved beyond the page via social media and famousmonsters.com. Often imitated. Never duplicated. Famous Monsters is the winner of the 2015 Rondo Award for Best Classic Magazine.