Last February, Todd Stadtman and Tars Tarkas invited me on the Infernal Brains podcast to discuss space ladies with them. We covered a lot of films, but I didn’t get to one film Todd suggested we watch, Darna Vs. The Planet Women (1975). I finally did recently and he was so right—Darna Vs. The Planet Women was a movie I needed to see. Since then, I’ve watched Darna And The Giants (1973) and Darna At Ding/Darna And Ding (1980). And these movies bring together so many fine things: a costumed comic book superhero, space ladies, supernatural creatures, black magic robots, disco fabulousness and the sassiness of Vilma Santos’ Darna. Continue reading…
Friend of the Gutter, Samit Basu shares “7 Strange ‘Indian’ Creatures” at Huffington Post. “I’ve never written an “about India” book — the closest I’ve come is setting large parts of a superhero novel, Turbulence, in India — but I did notice several British and American reviewers mentioning that reading it made them realize that people […]
Please view these pictures of Giant Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice rising out of the Serpentine in Hyde Park while listening to this orchestral medley from the Godzilla soundtrack.
The Drive-In Mob has created ringtones “perfect for alienating people around you on public transportation” including: Omega Man; Godzilla vs. MechaPetrillo; Super Fuzz; The Wilhelm Scream; and the ants from THEM!
“If I had a hidden microphone inside of my heart/I would turn the power on/It would amplify my love for you and swear to always love you/and you’d never be gone.” I love when old movies–that are not musicals per se–spotlight the performance of a song, because it’s symptomatic of a sincere desire to entertain […]
Special effects master Carlo Rambaldi has died. Rambaldi is probably most famous for his work in ET, The Extraterrestrial; Alien; and Dune, but Rambaldi also worked extensively for Mario Bava. The New York Times has an obituary. Here are a video homage, another by Il Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma and a clip of […]
Singer and actress Emi Ito has died. Ito was a member of the singing duo, The Peanuts, with her twin sister, Yumi. And both were probably most famous as the Shobijin/twin fairies who were mystically connected to Mothra in the Mothra and Godzilla films of the 1960s and 1970s. More about The Peanuts here and […]
Kaiju invade the airwaves as The Cinementals discuss the work of Godzilla director Ishiro Honda, King Ghidorah is the monster of the month at Monster Island Resort and this week’s Drive-In Mob movie tweetalong will coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s screening of 4 Ishiro Honda movies on Friday, June 15! (The Drive-In Mob is co-sponsored […]
Some Kaijutastic Christmas displays–prominently featuring Godzilla!
Manipulated by mad scientists, humiliated for humanity’s pleasure, will robots and apes tire of making our cars, vacuuming our floors, fighting our wars, washing our cats and smoking our cigarettes? Who will break first as humankind continually fails to distinguish androids from robots, apes from monkeys? We return again to the question that 2012 inevitably […]
At TCM’s Movie Morlocks, David Kalat writes a passionate defense of silly Godzilla movies and how Godzilla vs. Megalon conquired the world in “The Importance of Being Godzilla (Part 1).”
The Gutter, Grindhouse Database and Shelf Life Clothing Company have joined forces to sponsor an evening of genre movie live tweets every Thursday night at 8pm ET. Tonight’s the last KaiJuly screening with a double feature of the Shaw Bros. kaiju movie, The Mighty Peking Man at followed by Godzilla 2000. Get made by the […]
A meditation on Ultraman and Ultraman in manga form, drawn by “horror comics auteur” Kazuo Umezu: “The boys who read this would grow up to read even more outlandish and violent mens’ comics; the girls would have a whole sub-genre of girls’ horror comics, jam-packed with beheadings, defenestrations, and entrails, some drawn by Umezu, for […]
Horror movies are celebrating their hundredth year in 2010, with the anniversary of the 1910 Edison Lab’s production of Frankenstein. Bloody Disgusting catalogs “some of the biggest…genre snubs in Oscar history, in Part Four of B-D’s ’100 Years in Horror’ series.”
Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! and TarsTarkas.net join forces to discuss Taiwanese giant monster films and you can listen in!
Movietone News: The United Monster Talent Agency helps bring monsters to a screen near you!
Do you remember Gorgo? The giant monster that raced up from the oceanic depths and devastated London? The DMOA do.
2 animated shorts from Celine & Yann record giant/human relations. “Giant: Army” and “Giant: Sun.”
The most important documentary of our time is Norwegian: The Troll Hunter. Teaser, trailer, a pretty neat clip and a review.
Akira Ifukube conducts the Osaka Symphony in a selection of his Godzilla works.