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Toho Dreams

Is it possible, in the grand age of visual and storytelling sophistication in which we live (the sarcasm is coming through, isn’t it?), to experience the exquisite delirium of an old Japanese kaiju movie, say, anything in the Godzilla-and-related-monsters series from roughly 1957 to 1975, without responding to it simply as inept camp, or as something to be immediately discounted or condescended to because of the “fakeyness” of its special effects? (In that time range I’ve deliberately left out the original Gojira, released in 1954, a movie that has always, and particularly since its original Japanese version was re-distributed in the Us in 2004, enjoyed a measure of respect from demanding genre audiences because of its status as a painful and powerful response to the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.) Is it possible to enjoy these usually formulaic rubber-monster orgies of destruction precisely because of their artificiality?
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Hell in the Pacific

Class-act director John Boorman continues to mix genre grit with European-flavored art cinema, and the result is another winner. Toshiro Mifune and Lee Marvin fight a miniature two-man war when they’re marooned together on the same tiny island. Boorman’s strong direction and Conrad Hall’s knockout cinematography insure a maximum visual impact; it’s great filmmaking all around.

Hell in the Pacific


Kl Studio Classics

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date June 27, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune

Cinematography: Conrad Hall

Art Direction: Anthony Pratt, Masao Yamazaki

Film Editor: Thomas Stanford

Original Music: Lalo Schifrin

Written by Alexander Jacobs, Eric Bercovici story by Reuben Bercovitch

Produced by Reuben Bercovitch, Henry G. Saperstein, Selig J. Seligman

Directed by John Boorman

Former TV director and producer John Boorman barely survived a first feature with the Dave Clark Five, imitating Richard Lester’s success with the Beatles.
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Eight Little-Known Facts About King Kong

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The latest movie to bring the super-sized simian Kong to the big screen, Kong: Skull Island, comes out today. Kong is a very well-known movie monster, but there are some things you probably don’t know about the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here are seven bits of trivia about King Kong.

1. Despite popular belief, the name “Skull Island” was never used in the original King Kong. For decades, people have used that name to describe Kong’s island home. The new movie uses “Skull Island” in its title. But the fact is, that name was never used in the classic first version. When the characters in that version reach the island, they know they’ve come to the right place because they see “Skull Mountain”, so-named because it’s shaped like a skull. However, the island itself is never named—only Skull Mountain is.

2. The very first Japanese Kaiju movie was a little-known,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

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By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly
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Marvel's Godzilla Comics Were Monstrously Weird

Marc Buxton May 31, 2019

What happens when Godzilla comes to the Marvel Universe? Wonderful things, that's what.

Talk about a mash-up for the ages! In the glory days of the Bronze Age, Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, the star of a zillion rubber suited monster films, the greatest monster that ever flattened a city, arrived in the Marvel Universe. While this scenario would give filmgoers of today an aneurysm of pure joy, it was par for the course of the anything goes comic scene of the 1970s. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome that Godzilla met, fought, teamed up with, and terrified some of Marvel’s greatest icons.

One of the wackiest parts of this book is that even though Marvel lost the rights to Godzilla after the book was canceled, some of the characters introduced in the Godzilla, King of the Monsters comic (including Godzilla himself-sorta
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Looking Back on the Long Film History of Frankenstein

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The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.

The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity.
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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and
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Super-8 Frankenstein Movie Madness September 2nd at The Way Out Club in St. Louis

The big green guy with the bolts in his neck gets his day in St. Louis when we celebrate Hollywood’s most famous movie monster at The Way out Club. Super-8 Frankenstein Movie Madness will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd beginning at 8pm.

Condensed versions (average length: 15 minutes) of these Frankenstein films will be screened on a big screen on Super-8 sound film: Frankenstein (1931), Bride Of Frankenstein, Son Of Frankenstein, Shost Of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House Of Frankenstein, I Was A Teenage Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Conquers The World!

Frankenstein-free movies we’re showing on September 2nd are: Bugs Bunny in All This And Rabbit Stew, Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett in Saturn 3, a Sean Connery double feature of The Anderson Tapes and Darby O’Gill And The Little People, the ‘Fistful of Yen’ sequence from Kentucky Fried Movie, and Charles Bronson in The White Buffalo.

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We, Frankensteins - Five of Our Favorite Portrayals of Frank

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We, Frankensteins - Five of Our Favorite Portrayals of Frank
Ever since Mary Shelley first cooked up the idea for the Frankenstein Monster we, as a horror-loving public, have been hooked. The apocryphal story of the moaning-one's creation may be as tall of a tale as 'Frankenstein' itself, but it lends to the drama of the story. A dark and stormy night, Mary Shelley hanging out with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, sipping some drinks, challenging each other to create the perfect horror story. And then, late at night, Mary Shelley dreams of a groaning man made of dead flesh! A long chain from novel to play to films and other media have brought us, today, to the release of I, Frankenstein, a post-apocolyptic thriller starring the hulking monstrosity. No ensuing portrayal of the monster will match the terror of Shelley's first nightmare. But many have followed, and today we're taking a look at a few of our favorite depictions of Frankenstein's Monster.
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #9: Destroy All Monsters (1968)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 21 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Ishiro Honda

Starring: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kyoko Ai, Andrew Hughes, Chotaro Togin, Susumu Kurobe, Haruo Nakajima

Plot: The world’s monsters have all been placed on Monster Land, an island that keeps them contained. But after a strange gas attack, the monsters are used to cause mayhem and destruction.

Take a few seconds to bathe in the glory of that phenomenal title. Destroy All Monsters has such a definite agenda that it’s hard not to be completely sucked in. This really was a big deal in terms of Godzilla films, as it was intended to be the final film of the franchise, but due to its success it breathed new
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Stuck in Development Hell: 12 Godzilla Films That Never Happened

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With the first trailer for the Godzilla reboot having been released earlier this week, we thought it was a good time to take a look back at all the Godzilla films that lost the pre-production battle and remained cursed to development hell. Here's a tribute to the King of All Monsters and the films that never were.

Frankenstein vs. Godzilla

In 1963, Toho was working with SFX pioneer Willis O’Brien, who created the effects for the 1933 King Kong film. O’Brien had the idea of making a stop-motion film where the King Kong scuffles with an enlarged Frankenstein monster. The idea was scrapped in favor of King Kong vs. Godzilla, although the concept of the giant Frankenstein Monster was later utilized for Frankenstein Conquers the World. For a while, however, Toho toyed with the idea of giant Frankenstein being Godzilla's opponent.

The plot: The heart of the original Frankenstein Monster
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Super-8 Airplane Movie Madness January 8th at The Way Out Club in St. Louis

“Flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes”

Do you like movies about gladiators? Well, you’re out of luck but you won’t have to speak jive to enjoy Super-8 Airplane Movie Madness January 8th at The Way Out Club. For this month’s monthly festival of Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length), we’re showing all four movies from the beloved Airport series from the 1970′s. Those are Airport (1970), Airport ’75, Airport ’77, and Airport ’79 The Concorde. Then we’ll be topping off those airborne disasters with the 1980 spoof Airplane!……. and don’t call me Shirley!

“There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane”

The earthbound films
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Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club January 3rd

Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday January 3rd from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is only Three Bucks!!!!

The films on January 3rd are: The Warriors, Christopher Lee in Dracula Prince Of Darkness, Richard Burton in The Medusatouch, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, George C Scott in Patton, It Conquered The World, Disney On Parade, David Carradine in Cannonball, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease, Frankenstein Conquers The World, Invaders From Mars, The Incredible Hulk (the ‘60s cartoon), and a Marilyn Monroe double feature of There’S No Business Like Show Business and The Seven Year Itch.

There will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St.
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Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club November 2nd

Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday November 2 from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is only Three Bucks!!!!

The movies shown at the November 2nd Super-8 Movie Madness are: Abbott And Costello Go To Mars, Midnight Express, Paul Newman in Slap Shot, The Little Rascals in Wild Poses, Christopher Reeve in Superman, House Of Frankenstein, Vampyres, 20,000,000 Miles To Earth, Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, Jerry Lewis in 3 On A Couch, Cat Ballou, Twins Of Evil, The Jaws Of Death, and Frankenstein Conquers The World

There will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Sydney). There are yummy Way-Out pizzas available
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Aip: American-International Pictures is Back!

Frankenstein Conquers the World, Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, Yonggary: Monster from the Deep, House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death. All classics, baby, and just like Hammer, another great motion picture studio from yesteryear, Aip: American-International Pictures, is now back and ready to churn out the horror for a new generation!

From the Press Release

Legendary low-budget film production company American-International Pictures, founded in 1953, and Visionary Cinema have joined forces to produce three original feature films.

As with the original Aip, the films will have modest budgets and be geared to the independent theatrical and worldwide DVD market.

Best know for the Roger Corman exploitation pictures, Aip is now the proprietorship of Craig Scott Lamb. Writer-director Scott Essman founded Visionary Cinema in New York City in 1988. The goal of both firms – leading to the natural collaboration - is to produce
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