October means its another spooky season here at KT with another month full of horror movie podcasts to give you the chills. This time Byrd and Matt are joined by guest hosts Trev (Failure To Franchise and Days of Future Podcast) and Tom (Final Forum Dragonball Podcast) to talk about two gruesome Japanese shockers, Evil Dead Traps 1 and 2. Evil Dead Trap is a gory slasher about reporters investigating a snuff film who get picked off one by one by a maniacal killer. The movie (directed by exploitation director Toshiharu Ikeda) features a truly wild plot twist, as well as great practical effects by a very young Shinichi Wakasa (monster maker for many of the Godzilla films). Evil Dead Trap 2 was directed by Izo Hashimoto (co-writer of Akira) and co written by Chiaki Konaka (Ultraman Gaia, Marebito, The Big O) and follows a female projectionist who realizes she may be a serial killer who is hunting down young women. So how did these cult classics hold up for us? Listen and find out!
We are joined by guest hosts Kevin Derendorf (Maser Patrol) and Justin Mullis to take a deep dive into the infamous North Korean film Pulgasari and its obscure American remake, Galgameth. Pulgasari has one of the strangest production backgrounds of any monster film, with its director Shin Sang-ok being kidnapped and forced to make movies in North Korea by Kim Jong Il. But before we get into that wild story, we also have some background on the original Korean myth of Bulgasari and the history of North Korean film. We cap it all off with a review of the American remake Galgameth, which was written by Shin Sang-ok after his escape from North Korea. Along the way we also discuss the other various versions of the Bulgasari myth that have been on both the big and small screen! Relax and enjoy the conversation!
Byrd, Matt and Kevin discuss the short lived Fuji TV television series, Agon, the Atomic Dragon. Filmed in 1964 and originally planned to be 26 episodes, this early attempt at a kaiju television series was cut short early and only had four episodes made (which weren't aired until 1968). The show had some familiar faces behind the scenes including staple Toho screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa and special effects artist Fuminori Ohashi. We'll talk about the original plan for the show, why it was cut short so early, and some of the episodes that went unfilmed. But first, we discuss the most recent synopsis and cast/crew announcement for the Godzilla vs. Kong sequel. Relax and enjoy the show!
Join us as we dive into the history of South Korea's premiere giant monster, Yongary! We start by looking at the 1967 film Yongary, Monster from the Deep, which was an attempt at cashing in on the international success of the Godzilla and Gamera films. We talk about the long, complicated history of South Korean cinema and the country's complicated relationship with Japan, and how those factors influenced the film. We then get into the 1999/2001 reboot Yonggary (aka Reptilian), including its notoriously troubled production history, aborted sequels, and its um... interesting director, Shim Hyung-Rae. This is a wild one, folks. Relax and join the conversation!
Byrd, Matt and Kevin are back to discuss this made for TV drama recounting the creation of the original Ultraman series. It follows a young director named Heichan (a standin for real life director Akio Jissogi) who finds himself fighting for his creative freedom while making the hit television series. So how much did they get right in this dramatic retelling? Listen and find out!
We are joined by frequent guest host Kevin Derendorf and special guest Justin Mullis to take a deep dive into Toei's 1966 fantasy/kaiju mash-up The Magic Serpent! Since the film is an adaptation of the folk tale of Jiraiya, we discuss the origins and history of the character as well. Byrd and Kevin also recap the highlights of this year's G-Fest convention including the panels, the guests, the films shown, and more! But first we have some news, including the latest on the Monsterverse and the trailer for the Thai kaiju film The Lake.
Byrd, Matt and guest host Kevin (of Maser Patrol) discuss the 20th entry in the long running Ultraman franchise, 2007's Ultraseven X! Produced by Takeshi Yagi for the 40th anniversary of the original Ultraseven, this series brought a more adult spin on the franchise to a "late night tokusatsu" television time slot. The more character driven show wasn't afraid to venture into more heady science fiction territory. So how did this more mature Ultra series fare? Listen and find out! But first, in keeping with the theme of all things Ultra, we have the latest news and updates on all things Shin Ultraman, including the announcement of prospective sequels. Relax and enjoy the show!
Byrd, Matt and Tom unpack the latest entry in the Jurassic Park series, the brand new Jurassic World Dominion. This time, the three leads of the original Jurassic Park reunite to take on dinosaurs with the cast of the recent Jurassic World films. We talk dino fight clubs, chases through Italy, underground dinosaur selling, and giant locusts (?). Our in depth discussion of the movie leads to a larger discussion on modern blockbuster film making and how movie franchises have changed over the last 10-20 years. So how does this anticipated sequel stack up? Sit back and find out!
Byrd, Matt and Kevin talk about Toho's web puppet show, Godziban! Godziban is a YouTube puppet show created by Toho and puppetry troupe Studio Koganemushi (after they were winners in Toho's Gemstone talent scouting contest). The show follows three young Godzilla brothers, Godzilla-kun, Minilla, and Little as they practice to be great monsters and have adventures running into the likes of King Ghidorah, Baragon, Rodan, Angilas, Ebirah, Mothra and other Toho monsters. We review the first two seasons of the show as well as cover Studio Koganemushi's history in the kaiju genre. We also talk about Toho's Gigan suit crowdfunding campaign failing and the plans for Legendary to open a theme park in France with Godzilla and Kong attractions. Listen and enjoy!
Byrd, Matt, and guest host Kevin review the second and final season of Netflix's anime series Pacific Rim: The Black. We review the show as well as discuss the wait between seasons, and how the Pacific Rim franchise should move forward after this. But first we talk about the new Godzilla and Kong/Call of Duty game crossover and we give our tribute to recently deceased actor Hiroyuki Watanabe. Relax and enjoy the discussion!