Sunday, June 3, 2007

Go East, Young Monster

A new DVD release of the 1965 Japanese monster flick Frankenstein vs. Baragon (or whatever we want to call it—it goes by several names) gives blog critic Matt Paprocki the occasion to tell more about the film than many know.

I agree, Matt: the most interesting part of this low-budget extravaganza (if that's not an oxymoron) is the reference to Hiroshima and the bomb. Start with the excised heart of the monster, let it live through a nuclear conflagration, and it becomes an oversized, undercultured Caucasian monster.

The boy-monster, wearing a faux-fur tunic, grapples with a prehistoric reptilian. Both go down, only to rise again.

There are political innuendos here, vintage 1965.

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