GAMERA VS. GAOS

Poffy The Cucumber

Pointy Birds. Pointy birds, so pointy pointy. Anoint my head. Anointy ‘nointy. — Steve Martin, THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS. Godzilla had Rodan, a giant marauding bird, so Gamera went one better and hatched Gaos – not just a giant bird, a giant pointy bird – from a volcano! With a head ornament styled after a shuriken star, and laser … Read More

GAMERA VS. BARUGON

Poffy The Cucumber

Finian’s Barugon. As with all movies that kill off their prime properties in the first installment, this sequel to GAMERA (1965) must retro-activate a trashy pulp retrieve of its dead star attraction. So (in the American version at least) there is the sweaty-mouthed, talk-fast-so-no-one-will-notice introduction narration: Gamera, the destructive prehistoric turtle hatched from slumber by an atomic bomb, was cocooned … Read More

GAMERA

Poffy The Cucumber

Stone-Age Mutant Ninja Turtle. GOJIRA was a smash hit for Japan’s Toho Studios in 1954, so competing Daiei Studios pondered on how they could also create a property as towering and nightmarish as the fire-breathing irradiated lizard; a gigantic, destructive, plodding behemoth that would strike terror into the heart of Mankind as fearfully as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! And … Read More