Sci Fi Center owner picks Godzilla’s greatest hits


Sci Fi Center owner William Powell has been known to hold all-day Godzilla marathons at the Center’s screening room, so he certainly knows his giant-monster movies. We asked him to pick his favorites from the creature’s 60-year history.

Godzilla (1954) “For them to be making a movie like that, so soon after [Hiroshima], based on a character that came about as a result of nuclear testing—when you put it in context of when they were making it, it’s a really good movie. And it still holds up.”

Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965) “They really went all out. In order to do Ghidrah, they really had to do a lot of different special effects to articulate a three-headed monster. The storylines weren’t just Godzilla coming out and kicking around a building; they involved other plots, other monsters and other things.”

All Monsters Attack (1969) “It’s basically Godzilla going against other monsters. A lot of what those other Godzilla movies are, when you look at the characters, it’s really not as much about Godzilla. A lot of the movies that were made in that era are about the other monsters.”

Godzilla 1985 (1985) “That was the first one I was able to go see in a movie theater. At that time, I was 11. That was one of the first times, outside of a Star Wars movie or Superman, that I actually went to the movies and saw that kind of movie.”


Josh Bell

Josh Bell is the film editor for Las Vegas Weekly, where he's been writing movie and TV reviews since 2002. ...

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