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Saturday, July 4 Local

Godzilla arrives in Seymour Saturday to save the Holidays

SEYMOUR-He may have been accused of destroying Japan but Godzilla is coming to Seymour Saturday to help save the holidays.

The Strand Theater will be showing a 1970s Godzilla double feature with proceeds going towards the Knights of Columbus and their holiday donations helping the Valley’s needy.

“This is our second Godzilla monster mash,” said John P. Marini, a Godzilla aficionado since he was five, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 53 and Ansonia’s Corporation Counsel. “This time it's a groovy Godzilla from the 1970s. We will be showing Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla and Godzilla versus The Smog Monster.”

Marini said the first movie includes a rare appearance from King Caesar, a kaiju (Japanese for "giant monster") designed to look like a Chinese stone lion statue which were considered guardian dieties called Shishi. In this episode a dormant King Caesar is awakened to team with Godzilla and save the earth from being conquered by evil alien apes from Black Hole Planet 3 who designed Godzilla's bio-mechanical double.

The second feature has Japan’s most recognized monster going head-to-head with Hedorah, described by some as a “sludge-dripping, laser-beaming, metamorphosing incarnation of industrial pollutants.”

As the story goes Hedorah arrived in Suruga Bay as a tadpole from the dark gas nebula in the Orion constellation. He grows to monster-size by feeding on the chemicals and pollutants in the water.

Marini said a $10 ticket gets the first 250 attendees admission to both films and a limited edition Godzilla sticker designed by MIKETOMMYROT, a New York illustrator and tattoo artist.

But there’s more.

MIKETOMMYROT also designed a poster showing the different Godzilla monsters that appeared in the featured films. Ten of those, along with a Godzilla piggy bank, vinyl monster figures and more will be raffled between shows.

The doors to the theater open at 6:45 p.m. with Marini’s specially picked movie trailers from the 1970s appearing on the screen at 7:30 p.m. That will be followed by Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla at 7:45 p.m. An intermission follows that showing which will include the raffle at 9:25 p.m. More trailers follow at 9:45 p.m. with the main event of Godzilla battling the Smog Monster flicking on at 9:55 p.m.

“We did well with our first Godzilla event during the summer and now we’re counting on Godzilla to bring some holiday cheer to the Valley,” Marini said.