There were a lot of big reveals coming out of San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, but one of the biggest was unquestionably the earth-shaking first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Now, a fan edit has allowed us to see that footage in a new (old) way.
The Creator Union of Tokusatsu (a Japanese term for big effects-laden films like kaiju movies) uploaded a video to their YouTube page Monday that attempts to re-frame the new film — helmed by Krampus director Michael Dougherty and the second installment in the current American incarnation of the franchise — as if it were a Toho (Godzilla's original Japanese home) film released in 1964. The footage itself is definitely not from 1964, but the presentation is extremely effective.
The recut is complete with Japanese title cards and narration, and even works in classic pieces of music from the original films, including "Call Happiness," the song the Shobijin priestesses sing to Mothra in 1964's, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. Since that film both introduced King Ghidorah in the first place and incorporated Rodan into the Godzilla films for the first time (that monster got its own solo appearance years earlier), it's a very fitting juxtaposition indeed. Check it out:
The trailer is so impressive that even King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty agreed, and shared a link to it via Twitter on Monday.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars into theaters May 31, 2019. If you can't wait that long, go watch Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.