We're joined by frequent guest hosts Tom and Kevin to talk about Macoto Tezuka's Yokai-centric Monster Heaven films. Monster Heaven (1986) is an anthology film of several different Yokai stories. Monster Heaven: Ghost Hero (1990) is a single story about a resurrected samurai demon slashing his way through a metropolitan workplace. They feature recognizable faces such as Misatoh Eve, Osamu Tezuka, Kazuo Umezu, and Hideyo Amamoto, and creature effects by the great Tomoo Haraguchi. So are these lost gems that deserve to be rediscovered? Listen and find out!
We're back with more spooky thrills as we look at two horror outings starring the late, great Sonny Chiba. First we have Toei's campy Japanese/American co-production Terror from Beneath the Sea (1966) about fish people trying to take over the world. We follow that up with Kinji Fukasaku's 1981's jidaigeki fantasy/horror mashup, Samurai Reincarnation where Chiba plays famous samurai Yagyu Jubei going up against Japanese historical figures resurrected as demons. Kick back and join the conversation!
Our October horror-thon continues as Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss Toei and MGM's cult classic The Green Slime, directed by the legendary Kinji Fukasaku. Starring an all English cast, this Japanese/American co-production tells the story of a space station overrun with tentacled slime monsters. We'll discuss its origin as an Italian co-production, its rockin theme song, its star studded cast, its alleged Vietnam allegory, the longevity of cult films, and the positivity of film camp and cheese. Relax and enjoy the show!
For the first horror episode of October, we are joined by our three most frequent guest hosts (for the first time together), Trev, Kevin, and Tom to discuss movies so crazy we needed five people to make sense of them. We look at a pair of Hong Kong horror films from director Lam Ngai Kai (of Riki-Oh fame) based on books from the Chinese "Wisely" series. Not only do these films have future Hong Kong stars like Chow Yun Fat, Maggie Cheung and Gloria Yip, but they also feature special effects from Japanese monster veterans such as Keizo Murase, Shinichi Wakasa, Shinji Higuchi and more! We'll discuss the history of these brain melters (including the obscure origin of the Cat) and see if we can talk about them without sounding insane. Relax and enjoy the conversation!
We are joined for a look behind the scenes of Hanna Barbera's Godzilla animated series with the show's writer/developer/story editor Duane Poole! For over 40 years, Duane has written for TV, film and theater and has worked with iconic properties including Scooby Doo, the Smurfs, Super-Friends, Love Boat, and our favorite King of the Monsters. We chat with him about his prolific career, Hanna Barbera in the 70s, adapting Godzilla for TV, the changes made to Godzilla for the show, Scooby Doo, his transitions from animation to live action TV to film, his love of the theater, and more! We even manage to dispel some common rumors along the way. Relax and join the conversation!
Byrd, Matt and Trev celebrate the legacy of Japanese action star Sonny Chiba, who recently passed away at the age of 82. We talk about Chiba's humble beginnings as a star of low budget tokusatsu productions, becoming a global martial arts icon, and his impact on the Japanese film industry. We also review four classic Chiba-starring tokusatsu films- the early superhero films Invasion of the Neptune Men and The Golden Bat, the 1975 disaster thriller The Bullet Train, and the samurai vs. soldiers showdown G.I. Samurai. Sit back, relax and join us in celebrating the legacy of one of the most bad ass stars of all time!
Byrd and Matt are joined by Chris Marti (Cosmic Monster) and Jared Foust (Xenofauna) to discuss the rich history of kaiju fan films! We discuss their recent short Ultraman Sorta vs. Godzilla (which Jared directed and Chris did sound design for) and then we get into the history of kaiju fan films, going way back to the 50s and forward all the way into the present. Future trail blazers such as Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, John Carpenter, Steve Wang, Nobuhiko Obayashi, Tom Woodruff, and others got their start making fan films, often featuring our favorite iconic giant monsters, including Godzilla, Gorgo, King Kong, Ultraman and more. We discuss the fan films of Don Glut, Gainax, Steve Wang and others including well known titles such as Wolfman vs. Godzilla, Coming Out, Bambi Meets Godzilla, Godzilla: Battle Royale, and Toho's Gemstone contest entries, as well as obscurities like Godzilla vs. Mito Komon, and Godzilla vs. the Netherlands. Relax and enjoy the show!
Byrd and Matt are joined by Maser Patrol's Kevin Derendorf and Josh Greilich to discuss the four-film retelling of Neon Genesis Evangelion. With the long awaited fourth film, Thrice Upon a Time now out on Amazon Prime, we finally get a chance to unpack this reintroduction into the world of Evangelion that was 14 years in the making. Along the way, we debunk some common myths around topics like Anno being a troll and Mari being a stand in for his wife. We discuss the long, complicated production history of each film, as well as our reviews. So how does this new take on Hideaki Anno's classic story hold up? Listen and find out!
Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss Jun Fukuda's obscure sci-fi comedy, Konto 55: Grand Outer Space Adventure. The film stars the comedy duo Konto 55, as they and their mutual love interest are abducted by aliens in order to study earthlings' knack for violence. An alien Bluebeard, Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Yang Gufei, and Ono no Komachi also appear. It is as insane as it sounds. So how does this daffy obscurity fare? Listen and find out!