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Trailers from Hell: Mary Lambert on Japanese Kaiju Film 'Mothra vs. Godzilla'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 23, 2013 at 11:31AM

Unstoppable Monsters! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Mary Lambert introducing Ishiro Honda's "Mothra vs. Godzilla" (aka "Godzilla vs. The Thing").
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"Mothra vs. Godzilla"
"Mothra vs. Godzilla"

Unstoppable Monsters! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Mary Lambert introducing Ishiro Honda's "Mothra vs. Godzilla" (aka "Godzilla vs. The Thing").

When AIP released the US version they retitled it GODZILLA VS. THE THING, which was represented on the poster by a giant question mark with tentacles! Apparently Mothra was considered too wussy to be a credible adversary for Big G, who had just come off a grudge match with a ratty-looking gorilla billed as (but looking nothing like) King Kong. John Landis tries to explain that one here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.