Custom Search





Godzilla Was Misunderstood

May 14, 2015

Classic movie monsters held an alluring fascination for me throughout my elementary school years. Though it couldn’t be said I was a “die-hard’ fan, mainly because I wasn’t allowed to be. Scary masks, posters or figurines might have possessed me to become evil incarnate, (as feared by my dear mum). How could she have known I wouldn’t need any of those things to become a terror? However, despite my lack of merchandising, never was the opportunity passed up to see Dracula, The Wolfman, Kong or the Black Lagoon fish guy in all their black and white glory. But my personal favorite was Godzilla the King of the Monsters. Giant fire-breathing lizard stomping around, destroying everything in his path, lots of Japanese folk running for their lives­—what’s not to like.

Years later, drawn back by nostalgia, I found myself re-viewing those classic films that had once thrilled me to no end. In doing so I came to two distinct conclusions: 1. Stuff you watch and think is cool as a kid kinda sucks when you’re an adult, and 2. Godzilla was misunderstood. This realization dawned on me with the understanding that I’d been looking at it from the wrong angle. It’s hard to explain, so let’s try and put things into perspective. After all you can’t understand a man (or monster) till you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins… or in this case a big rubber suit.

Can you imagine (I know Bobbi G has the trademark, I’m just borrowing it this one time) - you’re floating effortlessly in a swimming pool. Most of your body is submerged beneath the cool, crisp water. The only parts of you visible to anyone who might pass by are your face and wittle pink toes. After a long, hot day your only desire is to bask in the warm afternoon sun and enjoy the feel of water all around you. Your eyes are closed, and maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll drift off into a nice tranquil…”Son of a…”

The moment is lost; your peaceful calm is ruined as you are struck by some unseen object, which explodes on your chest. The sudden jolt forces you beneath the surface; you gasp and take in a lungfull of water. Disoriented, you crack your head on the side of the pool as you try to regain the surface. Emerging from the pool, your head and chest hurt, your eyes are blurry, you cough and try to hack out the chlorine. Angrily, you storm out across the lawn in the direction from which you think the assault may have come. Tromping out across the grass, rubbing your bleach-burned eyes, and hoping to catch a glimpse of some damned kid with a bucket load of water balloons. “When I catch you, you little…” you yell and fume into the emptiness that is before you. Your assailants are apparently long gone, or are they?

You never stopped to contemplate or give a second thought about the little piss ants that you’ve killed helpless thousands of in your blind rampage through their metropolises. Could it be that maybe they were testing their advanced weaponry on an uninhabited island? Of course, YOU were the island in this case. However, they were as oblivious to your existence as you were to theirs until you rose from the pool in a rage.

Gee, that story sounds vaguely familiar. Oh yeah-GODZILLA! They hit him with a friggin’ two ton atomic bomb and then wondered why he destroyed Tokyo. Did anyone ever stop to think, that when he came out of the ocean, that he expected to see some giant lizard kid running off laughing? No, he comes ashore and he is immediately considered a threat and is hit with everything the military can throw at him. Who is the real monster here? Wasn’t he minding his own business when they hit him with the A-bomb? Did anyone ever try to tell him they were sorry?

Sadly, this is the human condition. We drop a bomb (not literally, in this case) on our fellow man, and when they become confused, upset, or angry we continue to fire away. Using insults, slander, and gossip we turn them into a monster. Never, in our feeble little minds considering the fact that we started the whole thing. Never considering that it may be us who is the monster.

This is a Chainsaw Classic! Saw will be back in a couple of weeks with all new stuff.

Questions, comments and column ideas are welcome via through the Focus, or just E-mail me at or you can FRIEND me on Facebook under Saw’s Brood!

Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




Happy Bunnies’ Last Stand! Or, The Rise Of The Content And Yet Paranoid Squirrels!

Smurf The Whole Day Through!

Running With Scissors

Back In 5 Minutes...

We’re All Mad Here!

Building Up To It

Graveside Trivia With Frank

Before You Can Begin Sifting Through The Ashes

Daylight WASTE Of Time

Just Thinking Out Loud Here

There’s Bacon Loose In The Freezer

Stop Thinking Like A People

Sit, Roll Over, Play Dead...Now, Reanimate

Of Chainsaws And Puppy Paws

Cult Classic Or Pop Culture Corpses

A Chainsaw Classic:Exhaustipated

Living Within The Sliding Puzzle

Resolutions In Higher Resolutions

2015 As It Falls Apart

It’s A Wonderful Life?

How The Grinch Didn’t Bother Stealing Christmas

Room To Move: A Christmas Story

10 Uncomfortable Questions

Thanks...For Nothing

All In Due-Over Time

Stuff To Give Thanks For, Because After All, It’s Thanksgiving

30 Days

Hell-o-ween 4 Do You Believe In Ghosts?

Hell-O-Ween 3: Suburban Legends

Hell-O-Ween 2 The Bloody ‘55

Hell-O-Ween - There Is Nothing To Fear But FearItself...And Low-Flying Ducks!

Why Would You Want To Catch A Cold?

Technologically AdvancedOr Obsessed?

The Chainsaw Hard Drive

Of The Apes

I Don’t Know...What Do You Wanna Do?

And Then...One Year Later...

Is It Hopeless Or Should We Hope Less

Are There Alternate Realities?

Questionable Perception

Literally Speaking

He’s In The Closet

The Eclector

Littering Is Delusional!

Sis Boom BAH

Fear...Of The Bat!

CLOSED The Road To Imagination

Toy Box Terrors

Fire Trucks, Some Fencing And A Potential Kazoo

Grasping For A Gasp

Commercial Messages

Lilies Considered

The Passage Of Furry Little People

Broken Conversation Pieces

Momentary Lapse Of Realization

During The Zombie Apocalypse

And You Can Drive It Off The Lot...TODAY!!!

Th-th-that’s Not All, Folks!

Relation Termination

Bound & Determined

Waste of Saving Time

They Oft Go Awry


Mud and Memories

The Devil Came Down, Part 2

The Devil Came Down

Chainsaw’s Random Trivia Tidbits Or Useless Crap You Probably Don’t Know

Undead Offensive

Estranged Stranger

The Wee-wee Hours Of The Morning

Trying To Stay Focused

Annual Demise

‘Twas The Night Before Santa Claus Was Coming To Town!

Slay Bells Ring

Embracing The Holidays...In A Strangle Hold!

The TRUTH About Thanksgiving!

Stuff To Be Thankful For, Because After All, It Is Thanksgiving

Used Children

Primitive Mind Set


HELL-O-WEEN 3: Co$tumes

HELL-O-WEEN 2 Is It The Devil’s Holiday?

Helloween Left In The Dark

To The Naked Eye

Something Else

Trivia To Soothe The Savages


For Decades

Lights... Camera... Distraction

Webster’s DictionaryThe Chainsaw Edition Vol. 2

Webster’s Dictionary THE CHAINSAW EDITION, Vol. 1

You Only Get One

Picture Imperfect

Can You Imagine Dragons?

Putting The ‘Itch’ In

Grow Up!!!

Night of the Living Dead...Alligators?

Littering Is Still Bad!!!


Bulimic Nation

Warning: This Article May Contain Nuts!


A Better Mousetrap

A Little Soul-Rending


The Battle En...Shoes?

Americana Forgotten! A Train Of Thought Ride

The Evil Dead

Shooting From The Hip

Reminiscing A Dump...Truck

Another Good Friday

Political Race...ism?

Seven Stages

The Joke


The Bear And I

Scouting It Out

Chainsaw’s Dating Guide





BannerEventAd-01.jpg   fanjoylabrenz.jpg

PO Box 1721 | Hickory, NC 28603 | 828.322.1036 | Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm |

Home • Reviews: MoviesAdam Long • Editorials: FocusHave Chainsaw Will TravelSid On SportsBobbi GSara MawyerPeople PicturesPlaces/PeopleExtra Events Listing
Out Of Focus • News: Local NewsNational NewsHoroscopes • Info/Links: Staff/ContributorsList Of AdvertisersOnline AdvertisingOnline ClassifiedsContact UsFocus BLOGStoreLinks

© 1978 - 2018 Tucker Productions, Inc.