Get Out the Raid! The Giant Cockroach Hops on East Nashville in Godzilla vs. Megalon at Logue’s This Weekend

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Pity the poor fate of the 1973 Japanese giant monster rally, Godzilla vs. Megalon, long reviled as the “worst” Godzilla movie. It’s been kicked around, roasted on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and even had the dubious honor of being shown on U.S. network television in 1977 with John Belushi serving as the less-than-respectful host in a Godzilla suit. And, truth be told, from a purely technical standpoint, the movie is a total mess — made with a bargain basement budget, aimed squarely at kids with the intent of marketing a robotic superhero (Jet Jaguar) that Toho studio execs hoped would spin off into his own series (he didn’t), and overflowing with stock footage from past Godzilla epics.

But as every cult film fan knows, there are “good” movies and then there are “great” movies, and there is often an inverse correlation between the two. That’s certainly the case for Godzilla vs. Megalon, especially when seen in its original widescreen glory. If you thrill to Japanese men in monster suits beating the sushi out of each other, you can’t find a better payoff than G vs. M. And that’s not to mention all the off-kilter freakishness that spins out from the undersea kingdom of Seatopia’s attempts to destroy the surface-dwellers with a giant, hopping cockroach.

So get on down to the Cult Fiction Underground at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium this weekend and prepare yourself for a WTF overload. Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday. There’s a rumor that fat, pasty-looking white guys in togas and Megalon headbands who are accompanied by Seatopian dancing maidens will be admitted at half-price.

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