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Godzilla Encounter and Press Conference at San Diego Comic-Con

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm by Justin Cavender

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Last week we were invited to take part in the Godzilla Encounter located in the Gaslamp Quarter of beautiful San Diego during Comic-Con. We had no idea what to expect and the building pictured at the top of this post forced our imaginations to run rampant. Unfortunately, video was not permitted during the encounter, but I was able to nab a few snapshots prior to the start of the event.

The interior of the building was transformed into a small Tokyo street that featured a restaurant, electronic shop, banners, radiation warnings, a Godzilla model, and a wrecked police car. Also inside the warehouse was a room filled with Godzilla memorabilia including comics, toys, and statues.

I would like to mention there was footage shown on monitors inside the encounter, but we were warned the footage was not actual footage from the upcoming film. It was at this time when alarms went off and people in hazmat suits started scanning us for radiation. Our group was forced into an elevator that started to shake and nearly broke down. After exiting the elevator we suddenly ended up in an office building. There were large windows and visibility was a little rough due to the thundering rain storm. Eventually, we could see a classic looking Godzilla walking in the distance. After a few moments, Toho’s iconic monster passed right in front of us and belted that familiar roar.

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The Godzilla encounter was thrilling and reminded me of something I would see at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The effects were top notch and even though it’s not the same Godzilla we will see in the upcoming film, I can’t wait for its release on May 16, 2014.

During the WB press conference at the Hilton, I learned the film is an origin story that pits Godzilla against other creatures that threaten our existence. What does that mean? Only that Godzilla is going to be fighting other monsters! It’s worth noting we don’t know if these other monsters are going to be original designs or classic creatures from Godzilla’s glory days.

The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. Jones.

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