I loved this one. Wow, I didn’t expect. that. Now there is something here that I need to point out right from the start. After all, I know a lot of you out there don’t get it. They look at a film like this and immediately start complaining about the effects. All I can say […]
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It must have been a shock when audiences got their first look at the new Gamera movie that debuted in 1995. After all, it was far more serious than any of the films which came before it — even the first film, which presented the Towering Terrapin as a nearly unstoppable force causing terrible destruction […]
Read more "Gamera 2: Region shurai [Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion] (1996)"
This is the one where Godzilla fights a giant rose. It’s one of those things that is so bizarre that you just have to lead with it. What makes this particularly strange is that this story somehow beat out a script which pitted the Big G against a gigantic super computer, a story which was […]
Read more "Gojira vs. Biorante [Godzilla vs. Biollante] (1989)"
There is a certain impression we all have of the Gamera films (well, at least those of us who grew up watching endless Kaiju films on Saturday afternoon television). And that impression is not exactly a good one: low quality giant rubbery monster fare aimed squarely at children. It is also an impression that is […]
Read more "Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen [Gamera: Guardian of the Universe] (1995)"
I suppose you could say it is a tradition. Although it isn’t too hard to spot the moment when it actually began. When Toho’s first major monster epic, Godzilla, first came to the United State, the U.S. producer added a lot of new footage with Raymond Burr as a reporter (with the funniest moment coming in […]
Read more "Daikaijû Gamera (Gamera: The Giant Monster) (1965)"
A Norwegian giant monster movie. Okay, that’s a new one on me. Still, I suppose there are stranger things out there. And it does more or less make sense that Netflix would pick it up as they’ve run a lot of unusual foreign genre films lately (and by all means keep it up!). More than […]
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(aka, Gappa; Monster from a Prehistoric Planet) It’s amazing. I know I watched this movie. It couldn’t have been that long ago. And yet I can barely recognize any of it. I’ve been trying to go back and revisit many of the classic Kaiju Eiga films in their original, uncut Japanese form, so I knew […]
Read more "Daikyojû Gappa [Gappa the Triphibian Monster] (1967)"
I know, I know, we’ve all said it: Why can’t we have nice things anymore? But I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t reminded what we are missing every once in a while. Take Godzilla, for example. It has been six years since Toho released Shin Godzilla, and we haven’t seen a live […]
Read more "Gojira buiesu Gaigan Rekusu [Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex] (2022)"
There have been a lot of Kaiju parodies coming out of Japan lately. I suppose it is inevitable as it has been six years since Godzilla stomped through Tokyo in Shin Godzilla and Godzilla: Final Wars premiered over a decade before that, while the last Gamera entry fizzled badly at the box office in 2005. Clearly, […]
Read more "Daikaijû no atoshimatsu [What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?] (2022)"
Honorable Mention (Hey, it’s a giant monster movie. We cover giant monster movies) There is a useful rule of thumb about giant monster movies: Most of the time you are better off ignoring the bits between the giant monster battles. Now I’ll admit this is somewhat unfair: after all, Kong is a great adventure film, […]
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