With the release of the latest trailer for this summer’s Godzilla reboot, there’s one thing we can walk away saying: it actually looks scary. 

Set for release in theaters on May 16, 2014, the latest reboot for the famous giant monster stars Brian Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. Setting a darker tone than any previous retelling of the famous story, the latest version maintains key elements from previous offerings in the Godzilla series: a prehistoric monster of gargantuan proportions is awakened from its ancient sleep beneath the Pacific Ocean, apparently with strength and abilities augmented by exposure to radiation during nuclear tests that took place there.

However, with the 2014 version, the newest trailer (above) takes an interesting new twist, hinting at Cold War era nuclear tests that had actually been attempts to destroy the giant monster upon its first discovery. Incidentally, much of the imagery in the early trailer releases, while dark and atmospheric, also remind us of visuals that accompanied actual high-altitude nuclear tests that occurred over the Pacific, such as Operation Starfish Prime (pictured at the top of this post) which lit the skies over Honolulu, Hawaii golden red well into the early morning hours on July 9, 1962 (you can read more about it here).

Godzilla films haven’t exactly built their reputation on the fright-factor of the moviegoing experience over the last several decades, catering more to the kaiju (giant monster) culture of “bigger is better,” and thus awesome… no matter how silly the rubber suits involved may be.

One notable scary exception in the long lineage of Godzilla films was director Ishiro Honda’s first Godzilla film, released in 1954. The 2014 reboot obviously pays homage to Honda’s original, with its themes of nuclear experimentation and its horrifying repercussions outline the real-life horror of war and nuclear destruction, the likes of which ended World War II with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The upcoming May 2014 release is directed by Gareth Edwards, and the trailer (above) appears courtesy of Legendary Pictures.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

2 Replies to “Latest 2014 “Godzilla” Trailer is Genuinely Scary

  1. I am glad that you will be on C2C with George Noory. I can only say that Godzilla is representative of what happens when you cannot deal with uranium and its byproduct radioactive waste. As an environmental person and an American of Asian origin, I have always found people need to be reminded at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yeah, the Fukishima nuclear accident gives us a taste of what can happen in our backyard with our reactors barring the Keystone pipeline and its repercussions. It’s one greedy Canadian company that wants that oil revenue and the oil and natural gas fracking is dangerous as well. Ironically, Pacific means “peace”, the Ocean whose name bears it hasn’t had any and is the most violated of all our Earth’s waters.

  2. The cliched ‘FRAAAAAZAAAAAAM!!’ of Tibetan horns is becoming increasingly annoying. But the chorus voices from 2001 was a nice touch.

    This idea of nuclear tests which were actually intended to destroy an ‘alien’ threat is very interesting. In one of his books, the late Pedro Ferriz speculated that Operation Argus –a high altitude nuclear weapon test carried out in the late 50’s– was actually a secret project whose goal was to destroy ‘foreign satellites’ orbiting our planet, which hadn’t been launched by neither the United States nor the Soviet Union.

    Maybe the idea is not as farfetched as it seems. It may also be the reason why UFOs started to pay such close attention to nuclear storage facilities…

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