When: Fri., Oct. 14, 7 p.m. 2011
If you've ever had a drunken debate with your friend as to who would win in a fight between King Kong and Godzilla ... well, technically the question wasn't settled in 1963's King Kong vs. Godzilla, as the U.S. and Japanese versions had different victors. But dammit, it's still fun to watch. For the first time, the Carolina Theatre's Retrofantasma has been able to get a print of a classic Godzilla film, and it's a doozy, with lizard battling ape. Who really does win? Answer: audiences.
It's paired with an indisputable classic of the Japanese monster genre, 1962's Mothra, which teaches the valuable lesson that if you abduct a pair of tiny Japanese girls who speak in unison, a giant caterpillar-thing will eat Japan and then turn into an equally large moth that will alternately battle and team up with Godzilla. Once again, the real winners are in the audience. Get some poorly dubbed mayhem for a mere $8 starting at 7 p.m. —Zack Smith