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The G-FEST double double feature film festival returned this year at the Pickwick Theatre with one pair in the afternoon and the second pair in the evening, as well as our regular Friday and Saturday night features. Fans also gathered for the July 12th premier of Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju epic Pacific Rim.

Pickwick Theatre
5 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 825-5800

20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Showing in tribute to the late great stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. 20 Million Miles to Earth features the Ymir, a giant reptillian monster that terrorizes Rome, after being inadvertently brought back to Earth from a manned mission to Venus. Here, Harryhausen continued to refine and improve his already considerable animation skills, creating another international box-office hit film.

Thursday afternoon, July 11th at 1:00 PM

Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris

Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
The final entry in Shusuke Kaneko’s Heisei Gamera trilogy, 1999’s Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris is considered by many fans to be not only the best Gamera film, but one of the greatest kaiju movies of all time. The dark, brooding story is more focused on the human drama and conflict, but when Gamera arrives it is with devastating effect. Special effects director Shinji Higuchi raised the bar above and beyond anything seen in a Toho Godzilla film.

Thursday afternoon, July 11th at 3:00 PM

Gamera vs. Gyaos

Gamera vs. Gyaos

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Released in 1967, Gamera vs. Gyaos was the third film in the series and is one of its most popular featuring Gamera’s most infamous foe. Noriaki Yuasa returned as director and would stay on to helm the rest of the Showa series films. While Daiei Studios was beginning to have financial problems, obviously trimming its film’s budgets, it didn’t lessen Gamera’s popularity with children, who were clearly now the target audience. Gamera vs. Gyaos would see Gamera become earth’s savior, and friend to all children.

Thursday evening, July 11th at 7:00 PM

The X From Outer Space

The X From Outer Space

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Weird is the best way to describe The X From Outer Space (Space Monster Guilala). It was released in 1967 by the Japanese film studio Shochiku in response to the popularity of Toho Studios’ Godzilla franchise. While The X From Outer Space comes up short in all departments compared to Toho’s giant monster films (special effects, story, score, and monster design), it still has a peculiar charm, and a cult following large enough to warrant a Criterion Collection video release!

Thursday evening, July 11th at 9:00 PM

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the creatures, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, known as Jaegers. Can mankind’s combined forces hope to defeat the relentless onslaught of the Kaiju? Join other G-fans for the premier of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s modern kaiju epic.

Early Friday morning (midnight), July 12th at 12:01 AM

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

The 21st film in the series, 1994’s Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla was directed by Kensho Yamashita. This 6th Heisei film pitted Godzilla against an evil mutated version of himself – SpaceGodzilla, created from Godzilla and Biollante cells exposed to intense radiation from a black hole. While Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla cannot really compare to its excellent predecessor (Mechagodzilla II), it’s still a fun if uneven entry.

Friday evening, July 12th at 10:30 PM

Godzilla X Megaguirus

Godzilla X Megaguirus

The second Godzilla film in the Millennium series, Godzilla X Megaguirus saw the return of the infamous “super weapon,” the Dimension Tide, with hopes of finally defeating Godzilla. Directed by Masaaki Tezuka, his first of three Millennium entries, and a new powerful score by Michiru Oshima, providing possibly the best Godzilla theme since Ifukube’s original.

Saturday evening, July 13th at 10:30 PM