War of the Gargantuas
Directed by Ishirô Honda
1966 - Paramount Pictures
Cast: Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno. Kenji Sahara. Nobuo Nakamura. Jun Tazaki.
Eclectic Rating: stars
While cover surfing on Netflix the other day I stumbled upon War of the Gargantuas. I sat back for an hour forty-three enjoying a little trip back to my childhood. The film was release a year before I was born but made appearances on Saturday afternoon television during the 70s. Great stuff.
You can't knock it, the miniature sets, buildings and various models are awesome. Sure, the gargantuas ran around with their arms in the air like little girls running away from a spider, but all in all it's a cool movie with some rewarding footage and entertaining moments, despite some bad acting and a song like "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat" which even enjoyed some success performed by the band Devo.
War of the Gargantuas was released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, the sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World. I remember seeing that one too. That would explain their flat-ish heads, but strangely, even though they apparently grew from cells of the original monster, the Gargantuas don't look a thing like their predecessor. Must be they mutated somehow during development. There is a vague family resemblance.
Gaira is the green ocean-dwelling Gargantua with the odd vocalization. Who's "Chet" anyway? Gaira is apparently intent on finding him, and mad because he can't, because he calls throughout the film, "Chet! Chet! Chet! Grrrr". Sanda, his brother, lives in the Japanese Alps.
During the final battle between the Gargantuas helicopters circle dropping bombs and apparently batter the ocean floor so bad a new volcano rises up and erupts, thus ending the war of the Gargantuas and obliterating any viable cells, preventing potential mutant spawn in the future.
It worked because there hasn't been one spotted since 1966. We're safe.
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Last Update: 21 Apr, 2019