And once again I watched a movie I was never, ever going to watch. Let’s face it: I’ve seen Brett Kelly’s movies before. Well, to be precise, I’ve seen one of his movies, Raiders of the Lost Shark (2015), it just feels like I’ve seen a lot more of them because that one is so bad. […]Read more "Konga TNT (2020)"
This is one of the strangest Tokusatsu films Toho made. Admittedly, that’s an awfully big claim, and there are a lot of contenders for the crown, but let’s just point out a few salient points: Despite what you might think, this is not a sequel to Toho’s classic faceoff between Kong and their own in-house […]Read more "Kingu Kongu no gyakushû [King Kong Escapes] (1967)"
In 1963, Daiei started production on their attempt to break into the market for movies featuring giant monsters. However, instead of yet another giant lizard creature, they hit on the notion of something very different: a movie featuring a horde of deadly beasts. Giant rats, to be precise. But things didn’t work out as planned […]Read more "Nezura 1964 (2020)"
(aka, GoShogun: The Time Stranger) There’s weird, then there’s Japanese Anime weird. And if you want proof you need look no further than GoShogun: The Time Étranger: here we have a children’s bright and colorful Giant robot television series, much in the vein of Voltron, which was adapted four years after the series ran into […]Read more "Sengoku machine GoShogun: toki no ihôjin [GoShogun: The Time Étranger] (1985)"
Now those of you familiar with Japanese mythology (or who are obsessive Toho monster fans) may have heard of Yamata no Orochi. This was the monstrous, eight-headed dragon god the legendary hero, Susano-o fought to save a girl who was about to be sacrificed to it. This story appears in the classic 1959 Toho epic, […]Read more "Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushu [Eight-Headed Giant Serpent’s Counterattack] (1985)"
What we have here is a Miyazaki-esque Anime Fantasy/Science Fiction film for young viewers about Aoyama, a nine-year-old boy who is obsessed with, ummm… Boobs. Yes, you read that right. Women’s breasts. And he’s in love with One, the girl from the Dentist’s office because she, ummm… Has an exceptionally large pair. Right. In a […]Read more "Pengin haiwei [Penguin Highway] (2018)"
I knew this was going to happen. After all, it keeps happening to the big green guy. Sooner or later, the Legendary American version of him was bound to end up back in the Seventies. I know, I know. You’re thinking “You mean the Sixties. After all, that’s when he fought King Kong before.” But, […]Read more "Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)"
There is an iron rule of sequels which few movies — or movie series — manage to escape: Each new sequel is worse than the one before. Yes, I know there are exceptions — and even a few, like The Road Warrior which are better than the original. But that certainly isn’t true of the […]Read more "God Raiga vs King Ohga (2021)"
Buried deep in the bowels of the British Ministry of Defense bureaucracy at Whitehall, the mysterious agency D.M.O.A has survived for almost Sixty years, even if it has now dwindled to no more than two employees. But what does it do, and why is it still funded after all these years? And who is the […]Read more "Waiting for Gorgo (2009)"
(AKA Nezulla) Back in the Fifties, the Japanese film production company Daiei planned to make a movie in which a vast plague of rats attacks Tokyo, ending with one last, Godzilla-sized rat on a rampage. This is not that film. Not even close. Instead we have a low budget, guy-in-a-suit rat monster movie, where the […]Read more "Saikyôjû tanjô Nezura [Nezulla the Rat Monster] (2002)"