KMAC For June 2012: RhedosaurusThe one and only Ray Bradbury, author of many modern classics of science fiction and fantasy, has died today at the age of 91.
In honor of him, we're dedicating this month's art jam to a prehistoric giant he helped create, which in turn, went on to inspire many other such monster films, including the original "Godzilla".
"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" is a 1953 film that was loosely adapted from Bradbury's short story "The Fog Horn", which told the tale of a lone dinosaur who mistakes a light house and it titular horn, for one of its own kind.
Of course, the Rhedosaurus of the finished film, isn't quite the same figure from the original short story (he's quite mean actually), but is a conceptual spawn of "The Fog Horn" regardless - especially since Ray Bradbury was involved with the film's production. It should also be noted, that Ray H
The American GODZILLA that never was - Part 4!A little late on this one, but the final article of Scifi Japan's retrospective was posted! This time, it's the eventual metamorphosis into the....lamentable eventuality of Godzilla (1998). Yours truly was even quoted! Go give it a gander!The American GODZILLA that never was - Part 4!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
And the complete article can be found here:
Obscure Kaiju: World's Strongest MonsterMinor update, but one that will no doubt throw most of you for a loop.Obscure Kaiju: World's Strongest Monster11 months ago in Personal More Like This
This weird looking 'combination creature' and related illustration is entitled World's Number One Strongest Monster, and was painted by Japanese pulp artist Shuji Yanagi apparently in 1966.
And I say apparently, due to the fact that a lot of the elements used in this strange hodgepodge of various Japanese monsters, appear to have been taken from characters that appeared after that year; like Geronimon and Zetton from "Ultraman" latter half in 1967.
I don't know where this illustration first debut. But as mentioned previously, Japanese magazines and books, both back then and even today, loved creating their own scenarios with existing Kaiju properties.
Including totally original monster creations (as shown above), crossovers battles that never occurred in the films or television shows proper, and otherwise human-sized monsters, being pumped up to true city-crushing heights.
Godzilla Goes To Hell!As Jet Jaguar once said to his war buddy Godzilla, during an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000"...'I'll See You In HELL Man!'Godzilla Goes To Hell!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Contrary to popular belief, there never was plans for a movie dubbed "Godzilla vs The Devil" back in 1978.
It is true that UPA of America did want to do a co-production with Toho, during the 1970's. But that project would have been "Godzilla vs Gargantula", while the myth of "The Devil" crossover was probably spawned from the misreporting of countless other abandoned Toho tokusatsu films, from the late seventies.
Most notably "The Reawakening of Godzilla" (Bagan's first non-appearance), and "Prophecies of Nostradamus 2: Fear of the Great Devil" (which was to be a mysterious UFO hovering over a dying world).
That, and Rodan being a public crusader against the suppose 'Satanic Panic' of the era...which t
Kaiju Gaiden (2014)UPDATE: The Kickstarter for "" has been started, along with preview footage from the film's featured. Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/251839127/kaiju-gaidenKaiju Gaiden (2014)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Kaiju Gaiden - New Documentary of Independent Kaiju Films
We here at Kaijuden try to spread awareness of lesser known and obscure Kaiju whenever possible. But filmmakers Mark Jaramillo and David Hall have gone the distance with an upcoming documentary entitled Kaiju Gaiden.
Both elaborate Japanese fan-films, and independently produced movies are the focus of Kaiju Gaiden. And a trailer for the documentary is forthcoming, though both a Tumblr and Facebook page have been made in the meantime.
Kaiju Gaiden’s Facebook
Kaiju Gaiden’s Tumblr
Here’s a quick listing of some of the films to be featur
Obscure Kaiju: MongaMy plans for yet another giant primate didn't pan out. So instead, here’s a Kaiju from the Gamera series, that you probably never knew existed!Obscure Kaiju: Monga11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Because he never did to begin with!
Monga (also known as Mosoga) is the bull horned, blue-skinned beast seen at the top half of those creature designs. And was planned to appear in 1969’s ”Gamera vs Guiron”, but was cut due to budgetary reasons.
Seeing that Monga is a totally different character from Guiron, and considering the circumstances behind his axing from the final film, it’s very likely that Monga is the legendary ’Terra Monster’, mentioned in articles surrounding ”Gamera vs Guiron”.
As you might know, the plan was to have a new species of monster overwhelming the dying planet of Terra. But to save time and money, the filmmakers took the old Gyaos suit, and simply painted it silver; rechristening the results as Space Gyaos.
Godzillaland Anime Specials (1994 and 1996)Let's start off with some older news; the web-site Crunchyroll now has the 1973 film "Godzilla vs Megalon", subbed and dubbed for everyone in the US and Canada. Premium members can watch now, while everyone else can watch for free, starting April 5th.Godzillaland Anime Specials (1994 and 1996)8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now that we've gotten the more famous tidbit out of the way, onward to the REALLY obscure!
To many non-Japanese fans, the "Godzilland" program has been a mystery until now. The only thing fully available was an episode of a live action variety show, with some animated bits of various Toho kaiju in a cute 'chibi' style here and there. The television special was meant to promote new toys, along with the release of "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II" (1993).
But for years there have been clues and rumors of an actual anime series starring the monsters as seen in the show and taking place on Monster Island (here
The American GODZILLA that never was - Part 1Well...one of them, anywayThe American GODZILLA that never was - Part 17 months ago in Personal More Like This
SciFi Japan posted this wonderfully comprehensive article focusing on the production surrounding the unmade GODZILLA film by Tristar, which would later transmogrify into the 1998 "Godzilla" film. Featuring never-before-scene concepts, production photos, and newly uncovered information, it's a pretty exciting thing to see.
I've read the script for the 1994 film multiple times, and it was a damn fun-sounding film. Go give the first in a series of 4 articles a gander!