Yonggary is every Daikaiju Eiga movie you’ve ever seen. Seriously. Aliens use Giant Monsters to destroy the World [Monster Zero, Destroy All Monsters]. Yup. Got that. Ancient ruins, mystical powers and powerful artifacts [Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth]. Yup. That one, too. Inanimate version of the creature comes to life [Daimajin and its […]Read more "Yonggary [Reptilian] (1999)"
What an absolutely incredible film! I think. Some of you have perhaps heard of Ultra Q, if for no other reason that there was a recent DVD set released. It was Tsuburaya’s first TV series, the precursor of Ultraman (even if there are no giants in neoprene suits anywhere in sight), a light-hearted children’s mystery […]Read more "Urutora Q za mûbi: Hoshi no densetsu [Ultra Q the Movie: Legend of the Stars] (1990)"
Let’s see if we got this right: An Ultraman film debuted in American theaters back in 1987. It starred (among others) Adrienne Barbeau and actually ran on the big screen in Japan two years later as “Ultraman USA.” Oh, and it was made by… Hanna-Barbera. Right. Now, I will point out that Tsuburaya was heavily […]Read more "Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (1987)"
Honorable Mention This one is strange. And rather disturbing. A young man keeps having these weird seizures where he howls and jumps about uncontrollably. It’s as if something is taking him over and it keeps getting worse. Then he starts transforming — at first just an arm or a leg — during these fits into…something. […]Read more "Henge [Metamorphosis] (2011)"
A lost Godzilla film from the peak of the Heisei era? A precursor of the animated Godzilla: Monster Planet? A little known Godzilla short film? Well…not quite. It was in fact filmed for a Godzilla theme park ride, but does feature a wild final battle between Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra, shot old-school by Toho with men […]Read more "Kaijû puranetto: Gojira [Monster Planet of Godzilla] (1994)"
I’ve heard this one described as a children’s film. Now that may actually be true as most of King of Snakes is about a little girl and her pet. But somehow I can’t picture an American children’s film starting with gangsters invading a secret scientific research center and murdering everyone one by one as they […]Read more "Da she wang [King of Snakes] (1984)"
It is one thing to watch a movie and think you’ve seen it before. It is something entirely different to watch a movie for the first time and know that you’ve seen it before. In 1998, with the American Godzilla on the way, Full Moon Features made two Kaiju Eiga of their own (under their […]Read more "Planet Patrol (1999)"
This is a strange and decidedly eccentric film, crammed full of odd bits and pieces which do not necessarily appear to belong in the same movie. I like it. New Year’s Eve, 1999: a family travels deep into the mountains to avoid the chaos the so-called Millennium Bug might cause. Unfortunately, they run afoul of […]Read more "The Millennium Bug (2011)"
The Asylum is one of those names which is instantly familiar to those of us who’ve spent far too much time in video stores. Their specialty is what are known as “Mockbusters,” movies which are more or less similar to current or upcoming hit movies and which usually feature roughly similar artwork to the real […]Read more "Monster (2008)"