Run for Your Lives

Roland Emmerich’s 1998 take on the kaiju classic Godzilla is rightfully reviled by both fans of the original and anyone else who hasn’t suffered brain trauma. But among one select audience, it’s been in great demand for years, and when RiffTrax Live: Godzilla> hits theaters, that demand, however inexplicable, will be fulfilled at last.

“Strangely, this is an audience favorite [request],” explains RiffTrax’s Kevin Murphy. “My best guess is because it’s so far off the kaiju canon for everybody, they seem angry and resentful for the fact that this version of Godzilla was made. I don’t have that much of a dog in this fight, so I don’t care either way, but it is fun to make fun of.” And no one is better suited to make fun of it than the RiffTrax crew. Michael J. Nelson and Bill Corbett join Murphy — all Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni — for a live lampooning that should be the most fun it’s possible to have with Emmerich’s bloated monstrosity of a monster movie.

The simulcast live show — transmitted from a theater in Nashville — will also offer a new video and theme song from Jonathan Coulton. It screens tonight at 7 p.m. at numerous local theaters — including the Pavilions 15, 500 16th Street — and again at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19. Get tickets, $12.50, and more information, including a complete list of participating theaters, at rifftrax.com or fathomevents.com.
Thu., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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