NYC’S FINEST MEETS RODAN! Mick Preston Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!

Mick Preston was cast as the tough-talking New York City cop in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. While his scene may have been short, it is one of the most memorable parts in the entire movie. In this 2005 interview, Mr. Preston recalls working on what would be Godzilla's last … Continue reading NYC’S FINEST MEETS RODAN! Mick Preston Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!

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OLDIES BUT GOLDIES! Fred Olen Ray Discusses His DVD Label Retromedia!

Fred Olen Ray is a name most genre fans associate with his plethora of cult classics, ranging from Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) to Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold (1995). To this day, Mr. Ray remains one of the busiest and most prolific directors working in the business. His DVD label Retromedia Entertainment, Inc., is … Continue reading OLDIES BUT GOLDIES! Fred Olen Ray Discusses His DVD Label Retromedia!

GODZILLA GETS AMERICANIZED! Straw Weisman on Rewriting Godzilla 1985!

Straw Weisman, born in Brooklyn in 1952, is a successful writer/producer/director. Among his credits, he has directed the horror film Dead Mate (1988) and Man of the Year (2002) with John Ritter, which was shot with 20 cameras and 25 actors in one house in one night. He’s also worked on over 2,500 movie advertising campaigns, … Continue reading GODZILLA GETS AMERICANIZED! Straw Weisman on Rewriting Godzilla 1985!

GODZILLA MAKES THE CUT! Editor Michael Spence on Trimming Godzilla 1985!

Michael Spence began his career as an editor, working for Sunn Classic Pictures. His first television program was an episode of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Following that experience, he edited the films Hangar 18 (1980), The Boogens (1981), and One Dark Night (1982). Overall, Mr. Spence has cut about 30 feature films and TV movies. … Continue reading GODZILLA MAKES THE CUT! Editor Michael Spence on Trimming Godzilla 1985!

ON GODZILLA AND RAYMOND BURR! Godzilla 1985’s First Assistant Director Lee Berger Shares His Memories from the Set!

(Note: The following introduction was written in 2006.) Lee Berger earns his living making the impossible possible. As one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects producers at Rhythm & Hues Studios, he’s dazzled movie audiences over the years in some of the biggest blockbusters of recent memory. Having worked on such films as Titanic (1997), The Ring … Continue reading ON GODZILLA AND RAYMOND BURR! Godzilla 1985’s First Assistant Director Lee Berger Shares His Memories from the Set!

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ZILLA! Michael Croaker on His Role in Godzilla: Final Wars!

Australian-based actor Michael Croaker earned a place in Godzilla history in 2004 when he was cast in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars. Mr. Croaker played the role of Ritchie, a car thief who meets Zilla face-to-face during the monster's rampage in Sydney. While it may have been a small part in the film, Mr. Croaker … Continue reading UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ZILLA! Michael Croaker on His Role in Godzilla: Final Wars!

RACE CARS, DRUMS, AND MONSTERS! Yutaka Hayashi on His Varied Entertainment Career!

Yutaka Hayashi, who played the race car driver Hiroshi Jinkawa, in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), followed an unusual path in becoming part of the movie business. In 1966, Mr. Hayashi debuted as the drummer for the pop band The Village Singers, which immediately started releasing records. In 1972, The Village Singers ultimately disbanded, and Mr. … Continue reading RACE CARS, DRUMS, AND MONSTERS! Yutaka Hayashi on His Varied Entertainment Career!

KEEPING AN EYE ON GODZILLA! Patrick Feren on Working on the Set of Godzilla 1985!

Patrick Feren was born in Germany as an army brat and was raised in California's Bay Area. He later moved to Los Angeles while also spending eight years in New York City along the way. He has worked in all forms of media, including commercials, film, and television, which involved a stint on the TV … Continue reading KEEPING AN EYE ON GODZILLA! Patrick Feren on Working on the Set of Godzilla 1985!

AMP IT UP! Troy Slaten on the Making of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad!

Troy Slaten is an actor who began his career at a very early age and found success in a variety of television shows. Mr. Slaten’s best-known role is that of Jerry Steiner on Fox’s early ’90s television hit Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (in which he appeared one of the three leads). He also appeared on … Continue reading AMP IT UP! Troy Slaten on the Making of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad!

URBAN RENEWAL! R. J. Kizer on Directing Godzilla’s 30th Anniversary Reboot for American Audiences!

R. J. Kizer, born and raised in the New York City area, attended New York University Film School, from which he graduated in 1976. Following graduation, Mr. Kizer moved to Los Angeles in 1978. In May 1979, he began working at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. There he met Tony Randel and pursued a career … Continue reading URBAN RENEWAL! R. J. Kizer on Directing Godzilla’s 30th Anniversary Reboot for American Audiences!