February 18, 2020
On July 14, 2019, Akira Ifukube student Reiko Yamada and pianist Patrick Godon performed a piano concert of the composer's music at G-Fest 2019. Following that concert, Ifukube's biographer Erik Homenick hosted a panel discussion with Yamada as well as conductor/composer John DeSentis (Kaiju Crescendo concert), film historian Patrick Galvan, and Japanese film fan Tyler E. Martin. The panel discussed Akira Ifukube‘s life and career as one of Japan‘s foremost composers. Several of the maestro‘s film scores, such as Godzilla (1954) and Rodan (1956) were closely analyzed. Enjoy!
January 25, 2020
Byrd and Matt are joined by Chris Marti to discuss two apocalyptic Toho disaster films. First up, we talk 1961’s harrowing The Last War, a story chronicling the events leading up to World War III and the helpless civilians stuck in the middle. Featuring excellent performances by Akira Takarada, and Frankie Sakai and some of Eiji Tsuburaya’s very best effects work. We follow that up with the banned end of the world epic Prophecies of Nostradamus from 1974. This bizarre film shows us giant slugs, nuclear explosions, food shortages, cannibals, mutants, giant bats, and everything in between! We’ll discuss both films, as well as numerous real life nuclear scares throughout history, Nostradamus, aborted sequels, Toei’s rare apocalypse drama The Final War, and more! Join us as we talk about the more depressing corners of Toho science fiction in this stacked episode!
January 5, 2020
More of Byrd's appearance on blogger/author Keven Derendorf's Maser Patrol Podcast with Justin Mullis sees the trio review Criterion's recent Showa Godzilla box set. Also discussed is the complicated history behind why the set turned out the way it did and what content did/did not make the cut. The two also discuss Mill Creek's massive and ambitious Ultraman release slate, as well as discuss the Ultra Q and Ultraman blu rays. It is a good time for tokusatsu on home video, so enjoy the discussion!
December 29, 2019
Byrd appears on author/blogger Kevin Derendorf's Maser Patrol podcast with blogger Justin Mullis (Man Creates Dinosaurs) to discuss the history of the Godzilla series on home video in North America. We go through the various VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray releases, all leading up to Criterion's long anticipated box set (which will be reviewed in detail in part 2 of this podcast). So relax and get ready to take a trip down memory lane!
November 28, 2019
Byrd and Matt wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with a review of the 2004 Thai film, Garuda! (Look, there aren't a lot of movies about giant birds so this was the best we could do this time). We discuss the film's themes and give our full review, as well as its oddly popular status as a "kaiju" movie. But first, we talk about the news of Godzilla vs. Kong's delay and Marvel's upcoming Ultraman comics.
November 14, 2019
For this very special edition of the podcast, we are joined by director and prolific special effects legend, Steve Wang! Steve directed the Guyver 1 and 2 (among other films) and has created special effects and monsters for Predator, Evil Dead 2, the Monster Squad, Beetlejuice, Gremlins 2, and WAY more. Steve joins us for a candid discussion where he talks about a variety of topics, including his early love for monsters, breaking out with Predator, quitting the first Power Rangers movie, the hardships of the Guyver films, his work on the 1998 Godzilla movie, transitioning into directing, producing Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight and more! We also bust some LONG standing myths about Robocop, Ultraman, and Primus (yes, the band)!
November 5, 2019
Byrd, Matt and Tom have a cure for your Halloween hangover with this look at several Japanese films that took a different approach to two of the most famous monsters of all time- vampires and the Frankenstein monster! First up, we have the 1991 oddity The Last Frankenstein, based on the stage play of the same name. Then we have Takashi Shimizu's surreal 2004 low budget Marebito. And finally, we have the insane crossover, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, directed by exploitation mavericks Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu. Along the way, we discuss monsters watching porn, hollow earth theory, the Shaver mysteries, ganguru culture, and laffy taffy. Join us and get through your post-Halloween blues!
October 29, 2019
For another October horror edition of the podcast, Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss the directorial work of Japanese special effects maverick, Tomoo Haraguchi! Primarily known as a makeup artist and monster maker on films such as the Heisei Gamera trilogy, Ringu 0, Ultraman Mebius, and others, he also directed a handful of horror films. We discuss his straight to video debut Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla, his Yokai spectacle Sakuya: Slayer of Demons, and his Yokai westerns Kibakichi and Kibakichi 2. We also discuss his prolific career, partnership with Shinji Higuchi, and more! But first, Byrd reports back from the Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, we discuss our October horror viewings, and we follow up on some confusion on Beware the Blob!
October 23, 2019
Welcome back to another October horror edition of the show. Byrd, Matt and Tom delve into the snake girls of famed manga writer Kazuo Umezu. We take a look at two adaptations of Umezu's "snake girl" stories. Daiei's 1968 horror film Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch (directed by Gamera creator Noriaki Yuasa!), as well as "Snake Girl," an episode of the 2005 anthology television series, "Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater" directed by exploitation guru Noboru Iguchi. We also discuss Umezu's original manga stories that inspired these obscure kid friendly horrors!
October 15, 2019
First up for our October horror series this year, Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss everyone's favorite hungry glob of goo, the Blob! We discuss the original 1958 indie sensation, its completely bonkers 1972 sequel Beware the Blob, and the gore drenched 1988 remake from Chuck Russel and Frank Darabont. We discuss the history of all three films, the real life inspiration for the Blob, and the canceled Blob films that almost were (including remakes from Rob Zombie, Joe Lynch and Simon West). Enjoy the conversation!