(aka Gigantis the Fire Monster, Godzilla’s Counter Attack) Somehow, it comes as no surprise to me that Toho managed to get this film into the theaters six months after the original Godzilla. It is without question the least of all the Godzilla films. Not the worst. No Godzilla film has ever been as bad as Godzilla […]Read more "Gojira no gyakushû [Godzilla Raids Again] (1955)"
It’s a bad sign when a film suddenly appears from nowhere. Particularly when it is the first film in a beloved franchise in 27 years. A very bad sign. And frankly, one has no trouble seeing why this one came out of nowhere, or why it premiered only days before its DVD/VOD release. To say […]Read more "Critters Attack! (2019)"
(aka The Monsters’ Desperate Battle–Daigoro vs. Goliath) This is perhaps the most obscure Kaiju Eiga film Toho made. I said “perhaps” because that puts it in company with a handful of films that most American audiences haven’t seen — like Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon or The Three Treasures — and a few more whose “eiga” status […]Read more "Kaijû daifunsen: Daigorou tai Goriasu [Daigoro vs. Goliath] (1972)"
I”m not a big fan of Soviet era animation. Now I’ll admit I haven’t seen much of it. And one does have to make exceptions for films like Fantastic Planet, which a French director made in Czechoslovakia because it was cheap. And, of course, there is The Fabulous World of Jules Verne and all the other incredible […]Read more "Uzniki Yamagiri-Maru [Prisoners of Yamagiri-Maru] (1988)"
As I noted in my review of Dr. Who and the Daleks, the first of the two theatrical Doctor Who films made by Amicus back in the Sixties, I was rather surprised to find that I enjoyed it far more than I had in the past and, in fact, found it a far more interesting version […]Read more "Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)"
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re in that classic Toho space-aliens-attack-the-Earth movie, Battle in Outer Space: all the important leaders are gathered, making their plans to fight the aliens… And a bunch of children come rushing into the room. Okay, this is a children’s film about an alien invasion, and we are given some justification for […]Read more "Invasion of the Neptune Men [Uchu Kaisoku-sen] (1961)"
(aka Giant Phantom Monster Agon) I thought, once I’d caught up with 1959’s The Three Treasures I had seen all the Kaiju Eiga films Toho studios made (and yes, that does include their co-production with Tsuburaya Productions, Daigoro vs Goliath). So I was just a little surprised to learn that they had released a virtually unknown Giant Monster […]Read more "Agon: Atomic Dragon [Maboroshi no Daikaijū Agon](1968)"