It’s a strange world. After all, there is our long history of encounters with Kaiju, those pesky giant monsters who have emerged from the Earth after disasters and nuclear war, or whom we’ve found while exploring other worlds. …And in case we had any trouble deciding just which strange world we’re supposed to be in, […]Read more "ZillaFoot (2019)"
(aka Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters) This one came as a surprise. Mostly because I did not expect much from it. Not long ago, I reviewed Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea [Shinkaijû Raiga] which was this film’s…perhaps “follow up” is closer to the mark than “sequel.” Frankly Raiga isn’t that great. Particularly […]Read more "Shinkaijû Reigô [Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato] (2005)"
(aka Raiga: God of the Monsters) This is one of those films that is a decidedly mixed experience. On the one hand we have a lot of reasonably well done giantsuitmation scenes of Kaiju Eiga destruction — far more than one expects from most giant monster movies, with three main battles (and a flashback battle) […]Read more "Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea [Shinkaijû Raiga] (2009)"
James Cameron once described Gunhed as one of his favorite B-Movies. I have to agree with that assessment. Yeah, I know a lot of people out there have called this one terrible, or claim that they can’t understand the plot. Frankly, that puzzles me, as it seems to be a mostly straightforward sort of affair: […]Read more "Ganheddo [Gunhed] (1989)"
(aka Da zai nan, Hong Kong Calamity, The Big Calamity, Guan Gong da zhan wai xing ren, Kuan Yu Battles with the Aliens, and probably a lot more I’ve missed) There are some films so insane that you can’t NOT watch them. War God is just about the Platonic ideal of unmissable insane films. After […]Read more "Zhan shen [War God] (1976)"
It’s like this: There’s this alien overlord, with the massively original name “Lord Doom.” Things haven’t gone so well for him lately, so he’s trapped deep beneath some dark world. But that’s okay, he’ll just take over the Earth. He sends the mercenary Kraa to destroy our opposition and pave the way for his invasion. […]Read more "Kraa! The Sea Monster (1998)"
(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)"