Gojira vs. Biorante [Godzilla vs. Biollante] (1989)

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 […]

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Nainteîn [19] (1987)

(aka, XIX) I should know by now that you just can’t rely on the advertising. Consider the movie 19: if you read the plot summaries of the film that are out there (and yes, the plot descriptions you find on a movie site are almost always written by the studio, particularly when every review uses […]

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Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsumei [The Killing Bottle] (1967)

(aka International Secret Police: Driven to the Wall) Honorable Mention James Bond started it. You know, of course, what I mean: the spy movie featuring lots of goofy science fictional gimmicks. Admittedly Bond was a little more grounded and for years stuck to things like secret nuclear powered anti-missile systems or death ray lasers.  But […]

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Fukkatsu no hi [Virus] (1980)

(aka Day of Resurrection, The End, Virus: The End) I suppose it was inevitable. You can blame Irwin Allen who popularized the genre in the U.S., but it really wasn’t much of a surprise that the Japanese turned out a handful of disaster movies in the Seventies. Nor was it much of a surprise that […]

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“Cozzilla” (1977)

(aka, “Italian Godzilla”, Godzilla: The Euro-Trash Version) A psychedelic Italian Godzilla film? Well…yes and no. In 1977, Luigi Cozzi, best remembered for his goofy Star Wars rip off, Starcrash (and the terrible Alien rip off, Contamination/Alien Cargo) got the job of preparing a version of the original Gojira for the Italian market. The only problem was that the distributor […]

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