Screening: Frankenstein Conquers The World (1966) And War Of The Gargantuas (1970).

Directed by Ishirô Honda
Starring Nick Adams, Tadao Takashima, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Directed by Ishirô Honda
Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara, Nobuo Nakamura

Boy, I’d love to make it to this. The New Beverly has Toho’s Frankenstein Conquers The World (1966) paired with its sequel War Of The Gargantuas (1970) this Friday and Saturday.

The alterations to the US versions remove any indication that the two films are related. My best friend and I saw Gargantuas at a Saturday matinee many years ago and loved it. It remains one of my favorite of the Kaiju movies.

Tim Lucas has written a great piece on these films for The New Beverly’s blog.

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Filed under 1966, 1970, AIP, Ishirō Honda, Kaiju Movies, Screenings, Toho

7 responses to “Screening: Frankenstein Conquers The World (1966) And War Of The Gargantuas (1970).

  1. john k

    Never seen WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS always wanted to.
    Saw FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD on the big screen,
    and would love it on Blu Ray.
    Poor Nick Adams and Russ Tamblyn at a career low point at the tine.
    Regarding Russ any actor that worked for Cecil B DeMille,Robert
    Wise,Anthony Mann,Joseph H Lewis,George Pal,William Castle,
    Al Adamson,Ishiro Honda and Quentin Tarantino…in my book that’s
    SOME career!!!

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  2. john k

    Yep!
    Nick rates high in my book as well.
    Such an intense actor-so great in THE REBEL a TV series that
    stands the test of time today.
    The two episodes with John Dehner as Yuma’s scalp hunter/uncle are
    awesome…they are just wonderful together.
    So sad that Nick’s demons finally destroyed him.

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  3. Nick Beal

    David Lynch is mentioned above and one of the many jaw-dropping moments in the revived TWIN PEAKS came with the recognition of 88-year-old Don (FROM HELL TO TEXAS) Murray playing Agent Cooper’s Insurance Agency boss Bushnell Mullins. Don looks in very good shape and blends in well with the weirdness. It’s clear that Lynch has a genuine affection for Old Hollywood and I’ve sometimes pondered the symbolism of the ghastly pale silent-era Cowboy in MULHOLLAND DRIVE.

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    • I’ve tried to find a way to reach out to Lynch for my One-Eyed Jacks book, to see if he named the bar in Twin Peaks after Brando’s movie.

      I’ve been a Lynch fan since I saw Eraserhead and The Elephant Man in high school. Elephant Man, with Freddie Francis’ B&W Scope photography, was an incredible thing in the theater. Lynch’s The Straight Story is a wonderful movie — so overlooked.

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  4. Nick Beal

    The clue is in the title. STRAIGHT STORY really is a ‘straight story’. A sublime piece of Americana presented without any hint of space-time vortexes or any other apparent intrusions from Lynch’s personal universe.
    Great performance from Richard (GREY FOX) Farnsworth. This one needs
    a Blu-ray. Thanks for reminding me of this one Toby. Also hadn’t made the connection with the Brando picture to Twin Peaks. There’s a Roadhouse in ONE EYED JACKS?

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    • There isn’t a bar in One-Eyed Jacks called One-Eyed Jacks, but there is in Twin Peaks. Always wondered if it was a tribute.

      What amazes me about Straight Story is that even though it’s lacking a lot of the usual Lynch-y things, it’s still 100% a David Lynch movie. You’re right, it really needs a Blu-Ray.

      As you can probably tell from my blogs, I’m not much of a fan of the movies from the last 25-30 years. I made a huge exception with Straight Story.

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