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FRANKENTSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD/1966/ISHIRO HONDA/TOHO

Posted in Frankenstein, Ishiro Honda, Japanese Films, Mad Doctors and Scientists, Nazis, Science Fiction-Fantasy, Toho Studios on October 6, 2011 by Bill Courtney

FRANKENTSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD

1966/Director: Ishirô Honda/ Writers: Reuben Bercovitch (story),
Takeshi Kimura
Cast: Nick Adams, Tadao Takashim, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Koji Furuhata
Frankenstein Conquers the World is one of the oddest entries into the history  of the Frankenstein library of often already odd films. It crawls out of Toho Studios and is directed by the great Ishiro Honda. It stars American actor Nick Adams (the Johnny Yuma TV show) in one of his three films with Toho. He plays scientist James Bowen who is hot on the trail of the Frankenstein Monster (though it is referred to throughout the film as Frankentstein) with the help of his lovely assistant Sueko Togami (Kumi Mizuni) and fellow scientist Dr. Kenichiro Kawaji (who is determined to obtain one of Frankenstein’s members or organs for future research).
The action originates in Nazi Germany towards the end of WWII when a mad scientist’s laboratory is raided by Nazi guards and the heart of Frankenstein (the monster) is taken then transported to Imperial Japan by submarine. Exactly why the Nazi’s would give away this potential asset to their conquests is never explained, but the heart winds up in the safest of places in Japan to carry out secret research, the city of Hiroshima. Fifteen after Hiroshima is baked to a crisp a strange kid begins to appear around the city and eats some of the local small animals. The boy is captured and for some odd reason is said to possess Caucasian features, no doubt to tie the beast in with the European creator and monster, but actor Koji Furahata does not look in any way Caucasian. Soon the lad has grown to gigantic proportions and escapes his holding cell leaving one of his severed but animated hands behind. In no time he is being blamed for the destruction of local villages and inns, but that is actually the handy work of subterranean monster Baragon (the alternate title is Frankenstein vs Baragon). Needless to say a duel is inevitable between the titans and as usual it is full of giant monster doing judo flips and spewing fire.
The photography and miniatures are excellent -if you are easy going on those matters- as they usually are in Honda’s films, though the super-imposed scenes are lacking in quality. Nick Adams seems a little dim witted to be a geneticist but it makes the movie even more fun. Scenes that the American distributor wanted included with Frankenstein fighting another duel with a giant octopus were deleted from the final version, but reappeared later as an alternate ending. The monster is one of the oddest on film (and there have been plenty of odd Frankenstein based monsters) and in many ways the creature stays in line with the legend: flat head, mistaken crimes, good heart and intentions that are misread and fascination with a beautiful woman. Baragon later reappeared in Destroy All Monsters and Frankenstein reappears in War of the Gargantuas. Maybe not for non-Toho fans, but a must for big monster (Kaiji) and detailed miniature lovers. 

 

THE URANIUM CAFE MATINEE: SANTO vs FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER

Posted in Frankenstein, Mad Doctors and Scientists, Matinee, Mexican Films, Santo, Wrestlers and Boxers on September 13, 2011 by Bill Courtney
A mad female scientist needs Santo’s blood for a youth serum; 
and she has Frankenstein’s reliable old monster to help her get it.

SEE SANTO vs FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER HERE >>

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SANTO vs FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER

THE URANIUM CAFE MATINEE: DRACULA vs FRANKENSTEIN

Posted in Al Adamson, Camp-Cheese, Mad Doctors and Scientists, Matinee on September 12, 2011 by Bill Courtney

It’s a real monster mash when they clash!

Yesterday they were cold and dead.
Today they’re hot and bothered!

Sensational sequel to ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’,
which is smashing records throughout the world.

SEE DRACULA vs FRANKENSTEIN RIGHT HERE >>

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DRACULA vs FRANKENSTEIN

THE URANIUM CAFE AUDIO SAMPLES: ASTRO ZOMIBIES

Posted in Audio Samples, John Carradine, Mad Doctors and Scientists, Ted V. Mikels, Tura Satana on September 8, 2011 by Bill Courtney
Why is Astro Zombies one of my favorite z-movies of all time? The over the top acting by John Carradine, the tough girl performance by Tura  Satana and the out of this world bad dialog are a few of the reasons. Here are a few choice audio clips from the film and I hope they inspire you to rush  out and see this cheezy classic by Ted V. Mikels if you have not already.

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CONFERENCE ROOM DIALOG

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DEATH BY ASTRO ZOMBIE

http://ia700600.us.archive.org/8/items/swf-player/player.swf
SATANA TAKES CARE OF CIA GUY

http://ia700600.us.archive.org/8/items/swf-player/player.swf
DR. DEMARCO 01

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DR. DEMARCO 02

THE URANIUM CAFE MATINEE: NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES

Posted in Gorillas-Yetis-Bigfoot, Mad Doctors and Scientists, Matinee, Mexican Films, Rene Cardona, Wrestlers and Boxers on August 19, 2011 by Bill Courtney
Half Man, Half Beast, ALL HORROR!

An Orgy of Terror!

They rip, they claw, they tear you to pieces!
SEE NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES HERE >>
http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=640630930151052324&hl=en&fs=true
NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES

THE URANIUM CAFE MATINEE: MESA OF LOST WOMEN

Posted in Mad Doctors and Scientists, Matinee, Ron Ormond, Tandra Quinn on July 15, 2011 by Bill Courtney

They Were All a Man Could Desire, 
But Deadlier Than a Black Widow! 

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MESA OF LOST WOMEN 

THE FLESH EATERS/1964

Posted in American Horror, Mad Doctors and Scientists, Nazis on July 8, 2011 by Bill Courtney
THE FLESH EATERS

1964/Director: Jack Curtis/ Writer: Arnold Drake
Cast: Martin Kosleck, Byron Sanders, Barbara Wilkin, Rita Morley, Ray Tudor

All the action in The Flesh Eaters takes place on a small island off the Atlantic coast where five people must face a ravenous, microscopic organism that consumes human flesh in a matter of moments. The budget for the film by director Jack Curtis is obviously very low and according to one story was subsidized by winnings his wife made on a TV game show. The characters are all comic bookishly two dimensional (and not surprisingly since the screen writer was also a comic book writer named  Arnold Drake): a mad Nazi Scientist, a drunken former screen queen, a down on his luck pilot, a zany beatnik and a good hearted gal with huge hooters she is not adverse to showing now and then.

The evil Nazi Peter Bartell, played by Martin Kosleck who made a career of playing evil Nazis, is the man experimenting with refining the flesh eater experiment that was begun during the war. His experiments are interrupted when the plane being flown by studly looking Grant Murdoch (Byron Sanders) has to land off the coast because of a bad storm. With him are his passengers jaded former movie idol Laura Winters (Rita Morely) and her assistant Jane Letterman (Barbara Wilken). A rule in low budget sci fi flicks is “lots of dialog” and this movie follows the rule form beginning to end, but the chat is actually not too bad. The acting is campy and hammy often enough but I get the sense the actors and crew knew this and had a little fun with what they were working with, and so The Flesh eaters becomes a more watchable and enjoyable ride than The Brain Eaters. The group is joined later by one of the most obnoxious characters in the film, a beatnik named Omar who rants and raves about love as the weapon so often that we feel relieved when he has his entrails eaten from the inside out later with a microbe laced martini made by Professor Bartell. In one memorable scenes hero Grant Murdoch must rescue lush Laura Winters who has walked out onto a jetty looking for her booze. He gets some of the flesh eaters (usually holes poked in the film) on his leg ad they are removed by Bartells pocket knife. They need something to stop the bleeding and in no time sexy Jane Letterman removes her blouse and spends the rest of the scene in her white bra.
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There are some actually gory death scenes in this film which were ahead of its time in 1964. I have mentioned the demise of Omar the beatnik, and later characters have similar explicit death scenes. One thing that threw me for a loop was that at the end the surviving castaways must deal with a huge rubber monster after an attempt to electrify the microbes only cause them to grow and unify. In a very odd twist the thing that kills the beast (remember in old sci-fi flicks there is usually one special things that does the beast in, never bullets, and it must be found and developed in the last twenty minutes of the film) is human blood delivered directly into the eye. Strange that a thing that consumes human flesh is killed by human blood.

The photography (by Curtis under the pseudonym Carson Davidson) is actually pretty good, and while the effects are pretty low budget they were pretty effective for the time. The two women are pretty sexy and the tension between super jock stud Grant Murdoch and evil genius Peter Bartell is stereotypical and amusing. How else would you want it? This is a good  bad movie and of the two reviewed here I recommend this one more highly. Not to missed by enthusiasts of midnight cinema.