On this 51st anniversary of Earth, we have Hedorah, the Smog Monster, who appeared 50 years ago! The movie was released in Japan on July 24, 1971. It was dubbed by AIP and released the following year. I distinctly remember seeing that exploitative AIP poster in the theater- it scared me! I have written quite a bit about this movie over the years, but it was the second Godzilla movie I ever saw. I did not get to see it in the theater. It went to TV pretty quickly, which is where I saw it one Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Here is a screen grab from the 2017 Blu Ray presentation of The Lost World. The whole movie is re-tinted based on re-discovered reels of the movie. It looks so good now. The story flows so much better now, and it's much easier to watch. This version runs about 104 minutes, so it's about as complete as it will ever be. But how much longer does any movie need to be? Overall I would highly recommend this disc, though I am obviously late to this party.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
The mighty Professor Challenger was introduced to the world in 1912. This was in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's groundbreaking The Lost World. He is the exact opposite of Doyle's most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes. A team up between these two characters would have been fun. Too bad Doyle didn't do that, though that sort of thing rarely happened back then. The only crossover I can think of is when Tarzan went to Pellucider. And that was still mostly a Tarzan story.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Sam and Bucky have a fight with Johnny Walker (not Mr Wrestling II) and defeat him. Sam takes the shield and Walker is taken into custody. Bucky finds Zemo, and lets the Dora Milaje take him to Wakanda. He also asks Ayo for one more favor. This is a gift for Sam, which Bucky leaves in a box. Walker is discharged "other than honorably" and begins his own quest to remain a superhero. Sam goes home, Sharon calls in a favor from Batroc Ze Leaper (I wish he was as fun as his comic book counterpart, though) and we head toward the inevitable conclusion. Oh, and the Contessa shows up!
Thursday, April 15, 2021
This is a combination ray from five of the Ultra Brothers. I'm not sure which series it is from, but since Taro is not there, it's probably from Ultraman Ace. I have this Blu Ray series, but haven't been able to watch it yet. I have tried to watch Ultraman Taro, but it's so silly I can't get into it. I doubt I will buy many of the other sets, expect maybe for Ultraman Mebius, as I did quite enjoy that series.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Swimming in any body of open water is always an interesting proposition. You just never know what is under the water waiting for you. In the oceans of the world, there are things that will eat you. Most of these are much larger than a person. However, in 1964's proto gore movie The Flesh Eaters the critters that will eat you in the water are microscopic. At least that's how they start out. Naturally, things go further awry and by the end of the movie, there is one gigantic Flesh Eater to deal with. Good thing our remaining heroes have figured out how to kill the thing!