Monday, December 21, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Kaiju Films

     No matter what genre or sub genre in film; everybody has their favorites either somebody's Top 10 or  having a mile long list. The following list is following the previous kaiju theme from an earlier post from this year. Instead of unmade kaiju films, this list will share my Top 10 favorites. Though a few of you may totally agree with my choices or disagree; please keep in mind that this list is what truly makes me happy. So please enjoy reading this post and hopefully I'll get a few who'll agree.

#10 – Godzilla (2014)
           For an updated American Gojira film to replace Emmerich's failure, Godzilla 2014 did an outstanding job by staying true to the franchise. Gareth achieved his main goal of giving moviegoers a type of 'high' following the end of the film, and I had it for three days afterwards! My favorite thing about the film were the MUTOs (especially the male), and their design differed from everyday kaiju from films or television shows. Personally I enjoyed the main focus on the coming of the MUTOs which most fans complained about following its release. Next to that, I have to agree with other G-fans that for a Godzilla movie; there wasn't enough of him. You may be wondering why G’14 is at the bottom of my list? My reasoning is that, even though this was a great movie; this updated film isn’t my all-time favorite but, it deserves to be the starting point for this list. 

#9 – Pacific Rim (2013)
         Who doesn’t like giant robots fighting giant monsters? Guillermo Del Toro did an outstanding job directing this film which many people probably dreamt about coming onto the big screen.  The entire film had pretty awesome action packed fighting sequences and an easy to follow storyline (even though it got somewhat boring halfway through the film).  I wasn’t much of a fan for the Jaegers but, I enjoyed the kaiju designs especially Knifehead and Onibaba. I don’t know how Del Toro will pick up where he ended the film but, I’m looking forward for the sequel in the future (or possibly an animated series).  

#8 – Reptilicus (1961)
         You’re probably wondering why Reptilicus is in eighth place before Pacific Rim and G’14? My answer is that this film, while growing up; came on the Syfy channel occasionally and the cheesy effects captured my further attention to kaiju. Funny to say that a puppet brought more fascination than suitmation or CGI but, this film was quite entertaining to watch. Reptilicus doesn’t get enough love but, this Danish-American kaiju film captured my imagination at a young age and I treasure its affect on me since.  Also, who doesn’t love a prehistoric serpentine dragon that spews acid and can regenerate?   

#7 –The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
       Being a sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World, this film featured two humanoid kaiju known as Gaira (green) and Sanda (brown). Described as being “brothers”, Gaira was the aquatic antagonist who was a man-eater while Sanda, whom was raised by humans; is the peaceful yet justifiable protagonist. This film is basically a gigantic sibling rivalry. I was extremely excited for this film to finally be released in the United States since I had never seen it before. Being paired off with the film Rodan, War of the Gargantuas made it to #7 on my favorite kaiju films. Not to mention it begins with the return of the giant octopus, Oodako (who appeared in King Kong vs. Godzilla and in a deleted scene of Frankenstein Conquers the World).

#6 – Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
         Out of all the Gamera films that I've seen over the years, I have to truly say this one is my all-time favorite. I remembered watching Guardian of the Universe on television with my family and it blew my mind away. That one scene when everybody witnesses Gamera flying for the first time still brings tears of joy to my eyes. This film was quite inspirational to me since this was probably the first time I'd truly understood the flying fire-breathing turtle. I can't recall if I already seen previous Gamera films like War of the Monsters (Barugon) or Destroy All Planets (Viras), but out of all of them; this one is truly my all-time favorite.  

#5 – Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
         Even though I had to watch this film with subtitles, Varan the Unbelievable does indeed match his title. First off, I own the Japanese audio only version of the film on DVD which came along with two other classic Toho science fiction films: The Mysterians and Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People. All three are now hard-to-find. Secondly, Varan is one of my favorites plus he's my go-to monster on Godzilla: Unleashed on the Wii. Varan would had been killer in the first draft of Godzilla vs. Gigan, or even Godzilla, Anguirus, and Varan: Giant Monsters All Out Attack but, his popularity isn't that high. Oh well, maybe they couldn't use him because he's unbelievable.     

#4 – Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster (1964)
         Considered the archnemesis of Godzilla, King Ghidorah is probably the most recognizable foe. He appeared in about nine films (including a few variations), two television series, and in all of the Gojira-themed video games; Ghidorah deserves a spot in this list. Being his first debut, I feel that Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster should be everybody's go-to film if they want total kaiju mayhem. Not only does Ghidorah makes his first (but not last) appearance; he does battle against the combine strength of Toho's strongest (Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra) and almost wins. Talk about a real monster especially in Destroy All Monsters!
#3 – Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
         Who doesn't love Frankenstein's Monster? Apparently Japan did enough that they created a kaiju-themed movie about him. Frankenstein Conquers the World (or Frankenstein vs. Baragon) is probably one of Japan's weirdest yet interesting kaiju-themed piece of cinema. Toho took a classic literary monster then transformed him into an enormous, radioactive manster. You're maybe wondering why this film is before its sequel, War of the Gargantuas? First off, its Frankenstein's Monster. Second, not only does he become a kaiju but he fights another kaiju (the original Baragon; including Oodako the Giant Octopus from an alternate ending). Aside from Frankenstein, now we need other classic monsters fighting kaiju like a final cut of Godzilla vs. Wolfman, or a "Mothra vs. Dracula"?   
#2 – Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)
        During my childhood, this was the one Gojira film that I never missed watching on the Syfy channel. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (or Godzilla vs. Hedorah), to me, is truly unique in a way. Other than the antipollution messages throughout the film, Hedorah was probably one of my favorite kaiju antagonist. He's that awesome that I don't even have an action figure of him...yet. You're probably reading this and thinking to yourself that I like a gigantic pile of crap but, Hedorah was one of those truly bizarre kaiju in which you had to admire him at one point throughout the film. Face it, if the humans didn't help Godzilla; most likely he would've been suffocated to death. Also, Godzilla flies in the movie so, that's another reason this is #2.    

Honorable Mentions:

- Reptilian (1999/2001): An updated Yongary, Monster from the Deep which offers hostile extraterrestrials; poor, but decent graphics, and finally a fight between Yongary and Cycor.
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974): Its kaiju versus mech in this truly classic film as Godzilla fights a mechanical doppelganger with the help of Anguirus (poor Anguirus), and the fashionably late King Caesar. 
- King Kong Lives (1986): The 70’s version of King Kong had its ups and downs but, its sequel offered more to the franchise as Kong is set loose onto the United States yet has another reasonable love interest. 
- Gamera the Brave (2006): Gamera the Brave was a pretty good updated film to the Gamera franchise but, what I really enjoyed in this film was the rival monster Zedus. 

#1 – King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
          They've done Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, and Freddy vs. Jason so why not King Kong vs. Godzilla? Aside from the nightmarish Toho Kong suit, this film didn't really have any flaws in my opinion. For those who'll argue about the "scientific aspect" of the film, although the original Kong would've been crushed by Godzilla (literally); please be aware that in kaiju films almost anything can happen. Examples can include but not limited to the following: the walrus kaiju Maguma from Gorath, Frankenstein's monster becoming a kaiju himself, or even Guilala, the gigantic-space-chicken-thing from The X from Outer Space. Just because you believe King Kong could never match-up against Gojira, it doesn't mean it isn't possible in the realm of entertainment. The main two reasons why this kaiju film tops the rest is that: 1) it had Kong as the hero while having Godzilla as the villain; and 2) the 1962 Gojira suit is my all-time favorite incarnation of the King of the Monsters.

     I hope you enjoyed this list for my Top 10 Favorite Kaiju Films. Next list will be of my Top 10 Disliked Kaiju Films and remember: "Let them fight!" 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Frankenstein vs. The Mummy (2015)

       The best type of monster movies are the ones that pits one against the other. Like many monster-vs-monster films before it, who doesn't like a good battle royale? Frankenstein vs. The Mummy is horror's newest addition to these types of horror films. The film pits two classical characters, Frankenstein's Monster and the Mummy; in a whole new twisted way never before seen on screen. Unlike most of the negative criticism aimed toward this film, I for one enjoyed every second of it.  The main reason why I purchased Frankenstein vs. The Mummy was due to the involvement of the Mummy. Mummies in horror films are hard to come by since their popularity isn't as strong like werewolves or vampires. I for one look forward to mummy horror but, after watching this film; my mindset may have changed. Frankenstein vs. The Mummy features an all-new insane Victor Frankenstein (Max Rhyser) trying to find a way to create life. At the same time, an Egyptologist (Ashton Leigh) has just uncovered a cursed mummy. After the grotesque creation and the reawakening, they both go into a brutal brawl to the death.

     I actually enjoyed the casting in the film. Max Rhyser (Dr. Victor Frankenstein) was truly unique in his performance. As Frankenstein, he surely captured the doctor's descent into madness and dedication for bringing his creation to life. There are points in the film that you either felt sorry or you pitied him. Ashton Leigh (Naihla Khalil) on the other hand brings beauty and innocence into the story. She has to face many dangerous foes including her beloved Victor. The relationship between the two is like watching a Romeo and Juliet-type story but, with vicious monsters (both personal and actual) embedded within. Robert MacNaughton portrayed Victor's sleazy paid henchman, Carter, who goes around stealing (or killing for) body parts for Victor's experiments. While at the same time, Professor Walton (Boomer Tibbs) acted as the Mummy's personal servant, who picks out the victims for his cruel undead master. The mummy Userkara was portrayed by Brandon deSpain (Day of the Mummy), and the Monster was played by Constantin Tripes. Both were amazingly outdone in appearance and their acting proved that they're truly monstrous in nature. Secondary characters, limited but shouldn't be overlooked; were Stefanie Merola (first film role; Lenora), Rahul Rai (Detective Brynner), Daniel Rodas (William), Sean Rogers (Trevor), and Martin Pfefferkorn as the unfortunate homeless man murdered by Carter.

     The gore and blood was used superbly while at the same time making you sick to your stomach. There is a sex scene but, unlike other horror films; it wasn't blown out of proportions and was used properly in my opinion. Though the setting is strictly confined (either in a practice nursing room or a filthy laboratory), the atmosphere had an amazing effect on the storyline. Suspense was wisely used alongside gory fear tactics such as ripping a man's bottom jaw off or removing facial features. The acting was great alongside good character development throughout.

     The scenes that consisted the Monster were probably my favorite. The Mummy scared the living crud out of me the first I watched this film (and continues to do so). Most of the scenes with him laying on the table really gave me goosebumps. The reason why I go against the Mummy in the film is that new mummy horror involves them acting more like zombies (i.e. Userkara eats Lenora's heart). Older mummy films had these undead pharaohs/priests basically strangle their victims to death. I'm not saying that mummies eating hearts isn't monster-like but, I feel as though they got rid of the one key component that separates the factions of the undead. For example in Dawn of the Mummy, though clearly all were mummies; you could always tell apart the two types. The main one who came from the tomb was a prime example of a classical mummy from older films while the ones appearing from underneath the sand ate flesh. In Frankenstein vs. The Mummy I enjoyed the Mummy in the film but, my money went to the Monster. First off his voice was truly horrifying gold, and the appearance really went for the literature essence. His personality was greatly feared and admiring. If I had to choose one scene though, I would have to go with the fight scene starting with their aggressive meeting to the Monster's brutal victory.

     My rating for Frankenstein vs. The Mummy is a definite 5 out of 5. The film had a perfect balance between horror and suspense. It had an amazing flow to the storyline as well as great acting. The sex scene wasn't too graphic or out-of-place like today's new horror films. The atmosphere played true to the creepiness of the film while the gore/blood effects were quite believable. Characters, namely the monsters; were quite entertaining in their murderous moments. Even though the fight scene didn't last long, it was cleverly played out and the waiting surely was worth it. Overall a perfect monster-vs-monster horror film to start out 2015. I recommend Frankenstein vs. The Mummy to everybody. If you haven't seen it already, please watch it. You're missing out completely because it offers everything a horror film should have.

"What the f---?"

Interesting Thought:
                               I would like to see Damien Leone make spin-off sequels similar to this film. Why not have The Wolfman face off the Creature from the Black Lagoon, or Dracula fight the Invisible Man? 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

      During the 1950's, monster movies had exploded onto the silver screen. Ranging from massive insects to radioactive beings, this was surely the age of creature features. Either it be in the genre of horror or science fiction, these black-and-white films had created a huge fandom over the years. Nothing beats the classics in the creature features game. Them!; The Killer Shrews, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and It Came from Outer Space are just a handful of these types of films that had influenced American culture and the future for the film industry. Even though monochrome (black-and-white) films tend to have a tendency for making me fall asleep (due to the lack of color); they shouldn't be put aside to make room for "new age horror". I enjoy these types of films because, even though some are really cheesy; they're a lot more entertaining to watch. It Came from Beneath the Sea is one of those films that is just enjoyable to watch. Either it be in color or black-and-white, the film has potential and has already inspired newer films especially with ones that involve giant 'octopi' (i.e. Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus, Tentacles, and Octopus). It Came from Beneath the Sea is solely about the Untied States Navy taking on an enormous, radioactive cephalopod, whom had to change its diet; after being driven out of its abyssal home in the Pacific.

     The three characters in the film weren't uncommon in 1950's monster flicks. Kenneth Tobey (whom also starred in The Thing from Another World) played Commander Pete Matthews, whom had his first run-in with the gigantic octopus while inside an atomic submarine. The attractive Faith Domergue (This Island Earth) portrayed marine biologist Professor Lesley Joyce; the love choice as well as the strong female type in the film. Last but not least, Donald Curtis (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers) played Dr. John Carter, a Harvard marine professor. These three did an amazing job not just in their acting but, keeping the flow of the film in check. Amazing cast alongside their secondary characters (which mainly were Naval personnel). The love triangle between the three was as entertaining as you have her like him but, he likes her. Eventually though, not to ruin the film; the Professor and Commander do fall in love. Though these three were the center pieces in this creature feature, the true star has to be the giant octopus portrayed by the sadly deceased Ray Harryhausen. Before moving on, I would like to say a few words about Harryhausen. His techniques will always be inspiring against today's computer generating software. He truly did amazing things throughout his career, ranging from his works on Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, The Valley of GwangiMighty Joe Young, and more. I was devastated to hear that we lost him in 2013 but, I always wanted to thank him for all his hard work for bringing stop motion monsters to life. Rest in Peace.

    Aside from that heartwarming speech, the octopus that Harryhausen used was quite unique. In the colored version of the film (which I'm basing this review on), it was green and had a total of six tentacles. Though octopuses have a total of eight in reality, the reason for It Came from Beneath the Sea's octopus having six was probably due to two possibilities: radiation probably caused the enormous sea monster to mutate into having six, or the creature ate its own arms to survive. Though these two are just theories on what happened in the film, the real reason why the octopus only had six was due to the prop's size since it didn't have enough room for eight. Aside from that observation, the scenes involving the octopus were, in my opinion, well done. CGI has either ruined or succeeded in films today but, stop motion animation proved to be more successful back then. Films that had used Ray Harryhausen's methods are ten times better than crappy done computer generation. Stop motion brings biological life into its films like how the original King Kong or The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms accomplished in so doing. The film's story has an easy flow to it and includes plenty of times for the audience to be at the edge of their seats.

    My favorite scenes primarily focused on the giant octopus. Even though it was quick-on-its-feet, well written, and had an amazing flow; the main focus in It Came from Beneath the Sea was the true star. Whenever you have a creature feature or a monster movie, the main character has to be the monster since its primarily about them. From its emergence to its explosive death, the octopus had some outstanding scenes that are highly memorable (i.e. when the giant octopus attack the Golden Gate Bridge which inspired both American Godzilla films). If I had to choose out of all the scenes in the film, I would have to go with the sinking of the ship, and when the radioactive octopus attacked Sans Francisco's Ferry Station. These scenes were the highlights in the film (besides the attack on the Golden Gate).

    My rating for It Came from Beneath the Sea (in color) is a 4.5 out of 5. My reasoning isn't because, like everyone; I'm spoiled due to CGI or that the slow parts in the films were boring. No, its mainly focuses around the true essence of 1950 monster movies for being in monochrome. Color was invented in film before this creature feature was ever produced yet, black-and-white was more popular during this time. Personally, I've never watched It Came from Beneath the Sea in monochrome so giving it a higher score is saying that "its better in color than in its original monochrome". To fully experience 1950 films (especially monster movies), watching in black-and-white is more beneficial than in color since you feel as though you're watching it during the time of its release. My score for the original is a true 5 out of 5. As a whole, It Came from Beneath the Sea is an outstanding monster movie and it should be viewed either in color or monochrome. Do not pass down an opportunity to watch this film. You are losing out on a great story and legendary special effects.

"The next time I cruise in these waters I'm going to have torpedoes with warheads on them." 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Van Helsing (2004)

     Universal Pictures has done an amazing job bringing literature horror to life either it be in the form of Frankenstein or Dracula. These two films scared you as kids and amazes you as adults today among other favorites such as The Wolfman, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. Though these are just five of the most classical monsters in film, all can agree that their creation on the silver screen had now taken part of 21st century culture. Monsters have plagued our minds since our evolutionary birth and have evolved alongside us with the help of imagination. Back then, "monsters" were real, predatory animals while today they're just entities of fantasy. Unlike popular superheroes like Batman or Spider-man, my heroes were always the monsters like the Gill-man, or the Mole People. If you haven't already guessed it, I'm a monster fan (even if the monster themselves are cheesy looking). Any monster has potential but, it all depends on what makes them monsters and their main purpose? Usually alongside the monsters, there is always those whom are against them: monster hunters. The most famous hunter of all appeared in Bram Stoker's Dracula, and his name was Abraham Van Helsing. The '04 film Van Helsing was a homage toward Abraham but, with a different twist to the story. Focusing around mystery, Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) must team-up with unlikely allies (including Frankenstein's Monster) to defeat the villainous Count Vladislaus Dracula (Richard Roxburgh), and stop his plans to bring his undead children to life.

   I like the casting in this film. You have "Wolverine" (Hugh Jackman as a Van Helsing) alongside his friar sidekick Carl (David Wenham). They team-up with a sexy Transylvanian vampire hunter, Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), and even Frankenstein's creation (Shuler Hensley). These three hunters and one monster were truly amazing as their roles. Though Wenham made most of the laughs as Carl, Jackman and Beckinsale beautifully played as the true heroes of the film. I personally though enjoyed Hensley's Frankenstein's Monster more than most of the actors who played the Monster's legendary role (Karloff is still the best out of all of them). On the other side though, the "monsters" did an excellent performance as well. I for one really enjoyed Roxburgh's take on Dracula. Evil yet charming, this Dracula had a great personality as being the true Prince of Darkness. Dracula's brides (portrayed by Elena Anaya, Silvia Colloca, and Josie Maran) brought both sexiness and fear back into these three Furies. Alongside these four, Will Kemp (as Anna's brother Velkan) did an outstanding job as his character especially when he transformed into his werewolf form. To add to this list, I have to also congratulate both Kevin J. O'Connor (Igor), Tom Fisher (Top Hat) and Robbie Coltrane/Stephen Fisher (Hyde and Jekyll) in their minor but, amazing performances as secondary characters.

   The monster roster was very big in Van Helsing; ranging from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the Count himself. It was pretty upsetting that neither Imhotep or the Gill-man didn't made an appearance in the film. Probably wouldn't make sense if the Gill-man suddenly appeared in Dracula's frozen castle but, still would have been awesome to see. The acting in the film was alright in some parts while amazing in others but, the action was truly the focus point. Action mixed with horror, mystery, and adventure with a few sprinkles of comedy made this film truly great. From Hyde's arm being sawed off to Dracula's demise, most of the death scenes were truly brutal while others had emotion behind them (i.e. the deaths of the last two Valerious' or even Igor's death). I found the individualism between the three werewolves in the film pretty interesting since you had the first nameless one gray; Velkan being brown, and Van Helsing as black. Alongside that, I did enjoy the design of the Brides' winged forms as well as how they kept Dracula's form a secret till the final showdown. The only thing I have to complain was that Frankenstein's creation isn't named after his creator's last name. He never had a name in the novel, and that small mistake made me somewhat paranoid about accuracy.

     The fighting scenes were pretty cool but, after being bitten by werewolf Velken; Jackman's transforming steps to turn into a werewolf made things even better. Why have an action-packed monster movie without having the main character turn into a monster himself? Though most of the ridiculous scenes were computer generated, I have to say that they did an excellent job with the environments especially with Castle Dracula. If I had to choose a favorite scene though, I would have to go with the final showdown between werewolf Van Helsing and Dracula. That was the main memorable scene in the movie, and it showed that werewolves are a lot stronger than vampires (I like werewolves more than vampires; thanks Twilight for ruining vampires). I would like to also add the transformations into werewolves were also pretty admiring to watch since it took a somewhat different route in becoming the howling Wolfman. I may as well add the scene with the animated picture with the original werewolf poem read by Carl (I do not know about the vampire side of the poem, and it isn't in the original Dracula) "Even a man pure of heart and says his prays by night; may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." Best reference to the original Wolfman.

    My rating for Van Helsing is a tough one but, I have to go with a 4 out of 5. I enjoyed the monsters and the new twist to the legacy of Abraham Van Helsing  but, the film didn't have a true homage to the original vampire hunter himself. The film felt somewhat empty without his presence. I enjoyed Hugh Jackman as Gabriel Van Helsing but, he isn't Abraham Van Helsing. I feel that not having at least a homage to Abraham other than the last name was pretty pointless in the film. Other than that, I enjoyed the cast (mainly Roxburgh) and the action in the film. I do have to also mention that I'm glad they haven't tried to reboot or make a sequel for this film since the time it was released (unless you count the animated film which basically told you about Van Helsing chasing Mr. Hyde throughout Europe). If you haven't seen this film (or the animated prequel), watch it because its worth the time. If you already watched it before then view it again with a new understanding for the film.

"Vampires, gargoyles, warlocks, they're all the same - best when cooked well."

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015)

       Who remembers staying up late at night to watch anime especially on Toonami? I bet basically almost all 90's era kids did which includes myself and friends. One of the most popular shows that aired was Dragon Ball. Unlike most anime (or even cartoons in general), DB has become amazingly popular since its release in the United States alone. Now I'm not going to lie, Dragon Ball (including all its seasons) wasn't my favorite show but whenever it was the only thing on; I didn't complain. It was amazing but, the younger version of me didn't like the maturity in it so; I brushed it off. That was probably one of my biggest mistakes but now, since I'm more mature to fully understand; DB is coming back into my life (in small dosages). The first film I've ever seen was DBZ: Battle of Gods in theaters a year ago and it was the reason why I got back into the series. Recently I went to see this year's animated feature, DBZ: Resurrection 'F', after hearing about it on a Japanese Science Fiction blog ( I may not be a hardcore fan but, I do recognize most of the show's famous characters including Frieza; and that was the main reason why I wanted to watch it. Resurrection 'F' basically involved the return of Dragon Ball's most iconic villain after being brought back to "life" thanks to the magical dragon Shenron. Upon regaining his full strength (then some), Frieza and his army heads to Earth to have a vengeful rematch against Goku (whom also reached a new level in power).

    This film was outstanding to witness in theaters as it brought back childhood memories once more. The animation was quite beautifully outdone (even better than Battle of Gods). All old characters returned (either in cameos or joining the fight) which can include but not limited to: Hercule, classic Krillin, Piccolo, Gohan, and many more. I for one was happy to see Krillin again but, Piccolo is still my favorite character. Frieza's goons ranged from human-like beings to strange extraterrestrials (including a frog and a muppet) but, they never stood a chance against Earth's defenders. I enjoyed the comedy and the action in the film. The action was fast paced yet took up more than half of the film while the comedy broke serious tensions thanks to either Frieza's sarcastic blows or Goku's usual antics. They included the newest characters Whis and Beerus from the last animated movie; whom acted more as comedic relief. I was personally hoping for more involvement from Beerus but, beggars can't be choosers. Both Goku and Vegeta held their own throughout the film (either against Whis' training or both going Super Saiyan God) but, nothing really changed with their ally/enemy relationship. If I had to choose a favorite scene, I would like to say the short fight between Super Saiyan God Vegeta against Golden Frieza (literally a golden version of Frieza's final form). Even though that was the scene in which Frieza destroyed the planet, it was probably one of my most memorable mainly because of Vegeta's Super Saiyan God form.

    My rating for this film is a golden 5 out of 5. It was an outstanding animated film since it had a quick pace to it from beginning to end, and great comedy between the fighting sequences. Frieza was a total badass and I enjoyed his character. The beginning of the film though kind of surprised me since the audience was introduced to Frieza's personal hell (i.e. dancing stuffed animals) but, I felt afterwards that it was the best (and creepy) way to start the movie. I enjoyed watching Vegeta and Goku fighting again alongside other great characters. If you're already too late to watch Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' in theaters then you must at least watch it either on DVD/Blu-Ray; Youtube, Netflix, or whatever because you're missing a truly epic animated film. A great fight to end all fights with good laughs, amazing animation, toe-to-toe destructive fights; and memorable characters. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' is worth the time and/or money.

"Let me show you my further transformation!"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Creature (2011)

      The Creature from the Black Lagoon had a wonderful legacy to its name. From the Gill-man himself to the two sequels that spawned from this unforgettable Universal masterpiece; you could say that it was one of the most memorable 1950's monsters of all time. I'm a huge fan of this horror icon next to the classics such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman. I've always been open minded about an updated or remake of the film (even though it probably wouldn't be as inspiring as the original). When I heard about this Creature film coming out, the way it sounded like was a remake of the classic Black Lagoon's Gill-man. I was extremely excited about it, and I even made plans to see it in theaters (only if it arrived in one). The only problem though, as soon as the trailer was released; I was somewhat disappointed that I was tricked. The film had nothing to do with the Gill-man but, had something more terrifying in store. So eager to get my hands on a copy since it wasn't released in theaters nearby me; I bought Creature in hopes that it was good. I was terribly wrong on that subject for the most part. The film centers around a group of six friends heading through Louisiana's backwoods swamps where they stumble upon a legend. This legend centers around a man named Grimley Boutine whom becomes an alligator hybrid known as Lockjaw, a small town's very own Bigfoot-like monster. The only problem is that these six friends must fight for their lives not only with the townspeople or the monster but, with each other.

     The casting for Creature was alright to say the least. Three out six of the main characters were attractive women (Serinda Swan as beautiful Emily Parker; Lauren Schneider as Oscar's crazy sister Karen; and Amanda Fuller as hot but controlling Beth) while the other three were very masculine men (Mehcad Brooks as Emily's boyfriend Niles; Dillon Casey as hyperactive brother Oscar; and Aaron Hill as Randy Parker and Beth's boyfriend). Niles and Randy were portrayed to have military background while Oscar did not.  In addition to this list, the main four locals were played by David Jensen (Jimmy), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Grover), Wayne Pere (Bud), and Sid Haig (Chopper). Grimley/Lockjaw was played by Daniel Bernhardt whom did an excellent job playing as both the man and the monster in the film. 

    This film was a hard thing to watch because it took me a total of two times to watch it. I couldn't stomach it, not because of any gore or blood; but the story line was very terrible. By the end of the film, I was somewhat disappointed on the way things turned out. Don't get me wrong, the movie was okay for a one time deal but it was terrible (and I've seen way worst). Think of Creature as The Hills Have Eyes, Albino Farm, or The Wrong Turn series. First off, the film had lots of nudity and sexual situations in it. It had basically everything: full body, topless, incest, rape, interracial, and lesbian/bisexual. Also not to mention it consisted during the first half hour of the film for most of this stuff. That's a horrible way for grabbing your audience's attention in my opinion. The film does have a feeling of creepiness and gruesomeness in it but, you get use to it real quick. The blood and gore effects are really good (i.e. Grimley becomes cannibalistic after devouring an entire abnormally large albino alligator) but, some of the acting that goes alongside with it was terrible. There's a point in the film that Niles gets shot in the knee but, he moves around without any limping. Another thing about the acting, most of the things that happened to Niles could have cause serious damage or even killed a normal human being (i.e. being shot, being smashed by a swamp monster, or going into a water filled sinkhole in the mud). I don't know if the director wanted to show the willingness or his military training but, most of the stuff seemed impossible to accomplish in real life.

    The few things I did liked about this film was the atmosphere, filming location, and Lockjaw's design. With a feeling of mystery and creepiness; Creature did succeed on the horror aspect. Not to mention filming in the Louisiana swamps had some beautiful landscape shots. Even alligators and snakes were apart of the film (most likely stock footage and the snake seemed computer generated). The funniest part though was that the spiders, before the group finds Grimley's old shack; were in fact Pinktoe Tarantulas which aren't native to the United States. Now onto Lockjaw, a beautiful monster if you're into cannibalistic hybrids. With a mixture of the Gill-man with some alligator-like traits, Lockjaw looked pretty badass. My only complaint though was the face but, it gave off a human type emotion to it which was alright to say the least. Creature had a total weirdness to it as you go from one scene to the next. Lockjaw seemed like he was everywhere: with one moment he's killing Grover to the next that he's spying on the group. I don't know if there were more of his kind, or that it represented the feeling of being watched; but it gave off a huge misunderstanding to me personally. My only guess is that he had used the cave system underneath the swamp to move around quicker (which was explained earlier in the film by Chopper). Most of the major and minor characters, if you haven't already guessed; do die in this film but, the ending will shock you. If I had to choose a scene or two, I would go with the shocking ending and the first half of the final fight before Niles rescues Emily.

     My rating for Creature is a 2.5 out of 5. It was a horrible horror movie but, it had a few good points. First off, it broke the stereotype that the 'black guy always dies first'. Niles survived the entire experience with his girlfriend. The only other horror film I can think of that breaks the stereotype is Return of the Living Dead (not counting the nuke but, the zombies). Not to mention, he withstood a lot of pain and ended up walking away with Lockjaw's jaw. Second, Lockjaw was an unique monster even though he wasn't what I expected the film to be about. Finally, the shock at the end was pretty clever and filled in one of the many questions left behind. Creature is a monster movie that you should see once if you're up for a bad movie night or to cure boredom but don't expected a three or five star movie. Watch it if you want but, don't be surprised if you can't finish.

"If y'all going out there, you better watch your step. There's worst things than gators you know."

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zombeavers (2014)

       The zombie. The horror genre's most popular monster next to vampires and ghosts. These animated corpses have gorged themselves in both revenue and flesh over the past years that now it is common to find new films coming out each year. Either it be in comedy like Fido and Zombieland; or gory horror like Fulci's Zombie films. Zombies have truly taken over the world not by an apocalypse but, by entertainment media. Zombeavers may be different from any "ordinary" zombie flick but, it isn't the first of its kind. There have been multiple films that featured zombie animals (i.e. the Resident Evil series or Return of the Living Dead). The most famous of the zoological undead films must be credited to Black Sheep, a New Zealand zombie comedy about flesh-eating sheep. Zombeavers isn't different from New Zealand's film since they use the same concepts (will be explained later in my review). Zombeavers centers around six co-eds taking a vacation in the country for a weekend but, are unaware of a contamination problem at a local beaver dam. Over the past couple weeks (or so), all the resident beavers have became unstoppable undead critters bent on devouring everything in their path. Will they all survive this outbreak, or are they zombeaver chow?

      The film has brand new faces but, their characters are quite stereotypical in the realm of horror movies. Three sexy sorority college students (Rachel Melvin as the nerdy Mary; Cortney Palm as the slutty Zoe; and Lexi Atkins as the just-got-dumped Jenn) are the main focused characters. The other three (Hutch Dano as Jenn's ex-boyfriend Sam; Jake Weary as Mary's boyfriend Tommy; and Peter Gilroy as Zoe's boyfriend Butch) had the basic three friend types: the loser, the winner, and the clown. The last character to be mentioned is Smyth (portrayed by Rex Linn), the local hunter whom had been noticing the strange beaver behavior. As a whole, these seven were amazingly good as their characters and were entertaining to watch.

    Like all zombie films before it, you are at least guaranteed that somebody (or something) is going to get eaten or killed. There is a lot of deaths in this film. Ranging from funny to completely brutal (i.e. Sam gets bitten in the worst area and Zoe's dog gets destroyed while swimming); Zombeavers delivers gore and blood to its audiences. Unlike most zombie films though, Zombeavers followed in the footsteps of Black Sheep. Both are great zoological undead films because they offer a new twist to the zombie film mythos: werewolves. Imagine being bitten by a zombie beaver or sheep then after you die, you become this grotesque creature that resembles the infected animal that bit you. Zombeavers continued this legacy by turning most of the characters (both primary and secondary) into half-human/half-zombeaver hybrids. Now here's something that most people would love about this film: nudity. That's right, most of the film offers topless nudity or even sexual situations. Though most of the audiences who see this movie may view this as a treat but, in my opinion; I feel as though the nudity aspect in horror films has gotten old over the years. Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Return of the Living Dead are just a small handful of examples that nudity and sex played a huge role in film but, when it comes down to Zombeavers; it feels as though its used too often than normal.

    The scenes in Zombeavers is basically what you expect from any zombie film. You have a team that stays put while another team tries to find help. The zombeaver puppets used in this film are so lifelike in which you feel as though they're real. Barely no CGI with actual props is an old trick in horror films because its a truly effective way of bringing out fear. There were a few times that I actually got scared because you don't know if the beaver will be popping out, or my friend is about to turn. Zombeavers emits fear in the most fun but, scary ways. For example, most of the beavers pop up out of nowhere which can give anybody a jolt (I for one do not enjoy pop-up horror because I like to see it coming first before a random attack). There is a really good mixture of comedy and horror in this film that made me either smirk or laugh half way through. Though most of the dialogue had very good crude humor, there is a lot of seriousness as well. From the reasoning behind Jenn's hatred against Sam to fighting for your life against the most unlikeness of monsters, Zombeavers brings horror to a personal level. If I had to chose a favorite scene; I have to say when Mary and Zoe are trying to escape with Smyth's truck but, are forced to smash into a tree. My reasoning behind it you may ask. There's a freaking zombeaver-grizzly bear that aids in the surrounding of the truck with most of the hybrids. That part was extremely strange to witness even though it was foreshadowed earlier on.

   My rating for Zombeavers is a hard one but, I have to go with a 4 out of 5. The film was interesting to watch since it somewhat follows in the footsteps of Black Sheep but, I felt as though it had a lot of predictable stereotypes that most horror films share already. I enjoyed Zombeavers since it brought you laughter, fear, and "action" but, it felt like I was just watching another American horror film. Nothing new expect for the fact of zombie beavers. The characters were amazing and their backstories made it interesting but, it wasn't really surprising. If you get the chance to see this film, please watch it. Its something new yet familiar and it has all what you're looking for in zombie horror. Zombeavers was uniquely well done and is following in the shambling footsteps of new zombie films. Not to mention the film has its own catchy theme song.

"Filthy, hairy beavers..."

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pixels (2015)

      Adam Sandler's Pixels was a good, fun movie. Probably not a summer blockbuster but, a great film to watch while hanging out with your friends, or to waste time. Though there is a huge negative reaction from moviegoers, Pixels does offer a lot from different film genres. Since its a Happy Madison Production, comedy is used throughout the film alongside science fiction and action. Sandler plays Sam Brenner, a use-to-be arcade gamer, whom used mathematics skills to win classic games such as Pac-Man or Centipede. Unfortunately, he lost a chance to be world champion to his nemesis-turned-ally Eddie Plant (Dinklage). As a bonus for the children playing in the championship, recordings of their performances were sent to NASA to be included for an intergalactic time capsule to be sent into space to find extraterrestrials. Now years later, him and his friends must help him win a real life threat against their favorite, classical arcade game characters.  

    The casting in an Sandler film is usually predictable. You have Kevin James playing the chubby friend of Brenner whom later becomes the President of the United States. Then you have the lead female role, Michelle Monaghan, as the predictable love choice. Finally, you have the crazy friend (Josh Gad) whom is just plain weird, awkward, and had been idolizing a fictional female character throughout most of his life to the point that it just gets creepy. Now the film does offer a lot of good cameos such as Dan Aykroyd, Martha Stewart, Serena Williams, and Nick Swardson.

   Most of the comedy in the film was basically Sandler's comeback attitude with a few good jokes here and there. I personally did find myself laughing throughout and I must say that the comedic tone in the film was actually pretty good: quick'n'witty. The thing I didn't enjoy most was Q-Bert's involvement in the film. He took a mascot-like role in Pixels similar to that of Slimer in Ghostbusters. The thing I didn't like about him after his introduction was that they gave him a stupid comedic sense of humor, an annoying voice (barely trying to stay true to the original classic arcade character), and an unnecessary PG-13-type personality. Though he is a lovable mascot in the film, I feel that they should have stayed true to him including the hard-to-understand language he spoke similar to that in Wreck-It Ralph

   My favorite scene throughout the film was probably when the team had to play a real-life Pac-Man game in New York City. Most films are most memorable for different scenes such as Sharknado's chainsaw bit, or  Channing Tatum's reaction in 22 Jump Street but, I personally feel as though Pac-Man's appearance and defeat was truly memorable. From the heart-warming speech about Pac-Man's creation to the ghost-like Mini Coopers; this scene will be known throughout movie history as something truly epic and unforgettable. The worst scene in my opinion was Q-Bert's transformation and the aftermath. This was probably the most stupidest part of the film, and it was a lame way for ending a film like this. 

My rating for Pixels is a solid 3.5 out of 5. The reason mainly centers around the Pac-Man scene and the soul of the story. What if video game characters were real, or what if life was like a video game? The reason its not any higher is because, like most Sandler films; they get either stupid half way through, or the comedy overcomes the true essence it has on the viewer. The music included in the film was alright and the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World-like sense shown in the beginning got kinda old later on during the centipede attack scene. The whole Q-Bert's use as a mascot is truly saddening. I'm not hating on Q-Bert but, I wished they took him seriously instead of them turning him into a joke like Yogi Bear or the Chipmunks. For Pixels, critical thinking shouldn't be introduced into the film but, having fun should be instead. Watch this film as a fun film, not a summer blockbuster.       

"Don't tell anyone I killed a smurf" 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Marvel's Ant-Man (2015)

      Marvel Studios has done an amazing job connecting films and television series into its very own cinematic universe lately. From Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. to The Avengers, Marvel has truly outdone themselves over the past years. Now Marvel's newest summer blockbuster, Ant-Man, has surely showed moviegoers that every superhero; no matter how small or dumb, has a chance to be apart of this universe. Guardians of the Galaxy showed us that Marvel can do even the most impossible by bringing unlikely characters into the mix for this expanding cinematic franchise. Ant-Man, a man whom can shrink to the size of an ant and can communicate to them; isn't farfetched then a talking raccoon or a humanoid tree in the superhero realm of film. Ant-Man centers around criminal-turned-hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a man who just wants the best for his daughter, who turns into a shrinking superhero after pulling off a burglary heist at Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas; originally Ant-Man) home. From there, Pym and Lang have to team-up with unlikely allies to defeat a madman (Stoll) whose trying to replicate the Pym Particle for his own gain.

     Whomever did the casting for Ant-Man, I'm incredibly thankful that they gave Michael Douglas the role as Hank Pym. Douglas is an amazing actor, and his trademark voice is truly gripping for his character. Paul Rudd did an amazing job as Scott Lang as well but, my eye was mainly focused on Douglas' performance. Back to Rudd, his performance did an amazing balance between his humor and remarkable heroics. He was a perfect choice plus the connection you feel with Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) was truly admiring and heartwarming. Pym's daughter (portrayed by Evangeline Lilly) was also a perfect match for Rudd's character. A strong female type whom has a sense of duty and redemption (not to mention her Wasp trademark bobbed hair which made it even better). The supporting characters ranging from The Falcon (Mackie) to Luis (Pena) and friends were also great. Correy Stoll's performance as the main villain, Darren Cross, was also truly remarkable as well with his mad scientist like attitude.

    The special effects in Ant-Man were truly remarkable and breathtaking. Though most of it was likely a green screen, the film had a type of flow to it that made the effects seemed gradually lifelike. The ants for one had a sense of life added to their characters even though they were obviously computer generated. Not to mention that the environments that Lang soon discovered were detailed to even the smallest dust mite. The first time Scott shrunk in the bathtub was amazingly well done that you could even see dust particles flying around on screen. The Ant-Man suit for one was truly unique. I enjoy this real life version over the comics any day including the weirdness vibe the suit gave off. As well as the Ant-Man suit, the Yellowjacket was also pretty cool (even though it was mostly computer generated in). I for one enjoyed this film mainly because it was different than your everyday superhero movie.

      I really had no one favorite scene for Ant-Man since the entire film had you literally on the edge of your seat. As a whole, I felt that the film was equally balanced enough that it really didn't matter which scene was your favorite. The comedy was extremely funny (mainly because of Luis) while the action was quite entertaining. Fighting sequences between either good guys or bad guys had pretty astonishing moments added to them as well (i.e. the fight between Lang and Cross inside a falling briefcase). Though the death scene of Antony, the flying ant, was probably the saddest part of the movie; I did cried once during the film. Believe it or not, it wasn't the death of Antony. It was when Scott went sub-atomic and all you could hear was his daughter's voice. That right there gave me the feels since you realize that he may never see her again.

    My rating for Ant-Man is a bold 5 out of 5. I love this film because it took a hero that nobody liked, and made him even more popular then what he was. Paul Rudd did an amazing job as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly (the new confirmed Wasp) did a terrific job for replacing Janet Pym. If you haven't already seen this movie, go see it now. Either see it in theaters, buy the DVD or Blu-Ray; or watch it on Netflix. You need to see this film. Ant-Man was astonishing and was truly 2015's summer blockbuster film.        

"It's not a key chain."    

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jurassic World (2015)


      The Jurassic Park series has inspired an amazing fan base and it spawned two sequels since its 1993 release. It captured the elements of horror, science fiction, disaster movies, and the sense of adventure. The first film was truly legendary while its two sequels had a few problems with its fans (i.e. the "unfair" fight between Tyrannosaurus Rex and the new top predator, Spinosaurus in the third entry). Personally I believe that as a whole trilogy, it captured the true essence of feeling like a child again as you watched dinosaurs once more walk the Earth in a (disastrous) theme park setting. Jurassic World's presence recaptured that feeling in a whole new twist added to the franchise. The new theme park, Jurassic World; is bigger, badder, and louder in this direct sequel from the original. Its a wonderful place to visit: you can see a feeding show for almost all your favorite top predators (best in opinion was the Mosasaur); or even ride a baby triceratops at the petting zoo. You can take a safari with Gallimimus or take your own adventure inside a gyrosphere. The only problem is that the researchers of Jurassic World wanted something new and they had to "play God" in order to do it.

        The casting, in my opinion, was pretty good. You have Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, the park's resident raptor trainer turned hero. The stunning Bryce Dallas Howard as the park's director, and the aunt of her two nephews, Gray (Simpkins) and Zach (Robinson) Mitchell. You have great supporting characters including the original actor BD Wong reprising his role as head geneticist Henry Wu. Then you have the egotistical military man, Vincent D'Onofrio, playing a guy whom just wants to use the animals for biological weapons (and deserved his fate). Finally, you have the true stars: the Raptor Squad (Blue, Echo, Delta, and Charlie), Rexie the original park's T-Rex, and the genetically modified, killing machine Indominus Rex.

       There were mixed feelings for Jurassic World after its release. Some really enjoyed it while others disliked it due to reasons such as bad CGI, feminist responses against Grady's attitude toward Claire (B.D.Howard); and the last second Tyrannosaur Rex involvement at the end. Though these were valid points to be made, I for one was part of the people whom liked (or loved) it. I honestly cried at the end of the film from the fight scene to the victorious roar before the credits. I saw this film twice with my first experience being more magical than my second but, I still teared up at the end. The Indominus' design and behavior was truly unique since it was a totally new breed of monster. Like the films Carnosaur or Raptor, it re-established the horror aspect of the Jurassic franchise. Another cool factor this film had was the references it made toward the original film (i.e. the original door, or when the kids discovered the old theme park in the jungle). Though there were a few things I agreed with the people that disliked the film, I personally thought that it was pretty amazing to witness in theaters (and most likely for home entertainment).

     My all-time favorite scene in Jurassic World was the ending. After Grady's Raptor Squad decided to join with him against the Indominus to the last Tyrannosaurus roar, that was truly amazing to see with my very own eyes. The first time I saw the film, I was wearing an exclusive Jurassic World T-Rex shirt and I was extremely proud I wore it. The entire fight with two (no, three) unlikely allies against the Indominus made me realize that the true monsters are those whom act like monsters. The Indominus was a type of predator that shouldn't have existed in the first place but, the originals have shown that they themselves are at the top of the food chain. Though the Rex's late involvement in the film was either good or bad; I believe that the wait itself to finally see the true King of the Dinosaurs in action was greatly used to get everybody pumped up to see the final showdown. It was truly an unforgettable moment to witness.

    My rating for Jurassic World is a 4.5 out of 5. It was a truly amazing sequel to Jurassic Park but, I wished they allowed the other two sequels to be included in this version. Either it be Spinosaurus or a reference to the San Diego Incident, keeping something out of a great sequel was pretty insulting to the original trilogy (thankfully, the Spinosaurus did have cameo in Jurassic World but, he didn't move much). Though this idea may have overdone it but, having Blue teaming up with Rexie and the Spinosaurus against the Indominus would have been entertaining to watch. Probably would have most moviegoers walk out at the ending though. I also want to bring up that there were a lot of loop holes in the film that could have been solved from the sequels. For example, Grady training the raptors could have been easier if he used a whistle similar to that of their communication like in Jurassic Park 3 instead of training them like dolphins or dogs (credit goes to one of my friends whom brought this up). It probably would have made sense. Also, the film did gave us important questions about having a dinosaur theme park such as saying that these are animals, not profit; the dangers of creating advanced genetically engineered animals; and should we clone dinosaurs since we didn't learn from our past mistakes? Jurassic World is amazing, and it deserves to be viewed at least once. Hopefully its sequel would learn from their past mistakes but, apparently that's not the true essence of the Jurassic Park franchise.

"Lowery, you still there? I need you to open paddock nine."  

Interesting Thought:
                       There should be an Unleashed-styled video game for Jurassic World similar to that of Jaws Unleashed. Imagine having a sandbox game in which the player is the Indominus Rex, and they have the power to kill other dinosaurs and humans; buy upgrades like for example the Indominus' cloaking ability; and fight unique bosses like a helicopter or Rexie similar to that in the film. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Unmade Kaiju Films

        I'm a huge nerd for kaiju-films and the multiple television series that keep the genre alive. Just having the thought of gigantic monsters destroying cities, or fighting each other has greatly impacted my imagination since my mother bought me my first Godzilla VHS set. Though there are totally different fans (i.e. hardcore Godzilla fans that will verbally attack you if you even mention the year 1998, or fans like my father whom grew up with the original Ultraman), all of us can agree that ALL kaiju films are greatly inspirational throughout generations.

       The list below is ten of my most favorite unmade kaiju films which would have been awesome if they were made, or replaced the current standing films. Though most are from the Godzilla series, there are a few other great kaiju films and of course honorable mentions. Either you agree or disagree with my choices in this list, hopefully you'll learn something that may alter your thinking into guessing what should have been than what it is right now.

#10 - A Space Godzilla (1978-9):
       What if, Godzilla wasn't just an Earthly monster but, there were many of them somewhere in Outer Space? That statement basically summed up this unmade movie. A female Godzilla washes ashore in Japan and has an unborn Gojira inside her. The humans of Earth studies her body then sends both individuals back into space only to have the unborn embryo to hatch. After returning to earth, somehow, the infant would have met up with his father then, somehow, travels into space to fight a gigantic alien known as Gamora (essentially a giant, female space turtle) on an asteroid belt. Incredibly weird and probably would replace Godzilla's Revenge as the worst but, would of been entertaining to watch.

#9 - GODZILLA 2 (????):
      After the unholy failure of Emmerich's betrayal film, its sequel would of probably re-establish what it means to have a daikaiju movie: a fight. The baby Zilla at the end of the first film has hatched and made friends with Tatopoulos BUT, after making a full 360; it turns out "Junior" already had its young and were moved to Australia. Later on, the brood and the new adult Zilla would have been transported to Monster Island where they meet an opponent: the Queen Bitch, a termite-like kaiju. After pulling a Godzilla vs. Mothra, the QB travels to Sydney where it fights Zilla. Though this film would have probably solved most (not all) G-fans, it would have replaced the series which saved most of its fandom in the first place.  

#8 - Godzilla (1994):
     This film was the most reliable American adaption toward the King of the Monsters. Why didn't this film got produced and Emmerich's God(Zilla) did instead is a total mystery to me. Anyways, this film would have had Godzilla facing off against a chimera-like creature known as The Gryphon. The film was a combination of few Godzilla films such as '54, 2014, and '98. The film would have been focused in North America (namely Alaska, California, Kentucky, and New York) but, also the islands surrounding Japan hence the original homage. This version would have been a better substitute for the dreadful 1998 but, did not work out entirely as plan and it’s a shame that it didn't literally get off the ground.

#7 - Gamera vs. Garasharp (1972):
     Aside from unmade Godzilla films, Gamera had a few good and bad films in his series. This unmade film pitted everybody's lovable flying, fire-breathing turtle against Garasharp, a sea serpent-like cobra/rattlesnake monster. The fight between the monsters would have been amazingly epic since serpentine kaiju aren't that popular. The preferred ending was heart-warming too. After destroying the gigantic serpent, it was discovered to be pregnant with two offspring. Feeling guilty and fearing the incoming military forces, Gamera saves the two, and transports them to a secluded island. Talk about a warm, child friendly ending. Too bad Daiei filed for bankruptcy.

#6 - Giant Monster Momonra (1966):
    The Sixties was crowded with kaiju films and everybody in Japan wanted a piece of the stomping cake. The Nikkatsu Corporation wanted a piece as well, and was still debating on which monster they should introduce to the world. Enter Momonra, the gigantic, mutant flying...squirrel? Yes, a kaiju-sized flying squirrel was one of their choices. I'm sorry but, this would have been awesome to watch especially for a bad-movie night. Did you know that the word 'momonga' in Japanese means flying squirrel? Looks like Mothra would have some competition if they didn't go along with Gappa instead.

#5 - The Return of King Ghidorah (1972):
     This movie was one of the pre-production ideas before Godzilla vs. Gigan was made, and it introduced a new monster: Mogu, the space dragon. Plus, to add in the fun: Gigan would of had a wrecking ball-like right hand instead of his trademark scythes; Godzilla would have paired off with both Rodan and Varan instead of just Anguirus; and it would have been the first three-on-three fight in history. Though most of this idea became part of what we have today, I do believe this would have been a great idea since both Rodan and Varan (one of my favorites) were rarely used during this era after Destroy All Monsters

#4 - Godzilla vs. Berserk (1993):
      You can judge me if you want but, I dislike Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. If it wasn't for Fire Rodan, I would have never watched it. Now this first idea of Godzilla fighting against a mecha-turned-monster would have been perfect. Imagine building a Mechagodzilla that becomes infected with a nasty computer virus then it begins to become horribly deformed. This was the idea of 'Berserk', and I believe it would have sold. Just the idea itself seems legit, plus it would had probably scared everyone during the Y2K mass hysteria.     

#3 - King Kong vs. Prometheus (????)
      Before there was Godzilla vs.King Kong, there was Prometheus. This hulking, golem-like monster created by Dr. Frankenstein's grandson would have made a great sequel to the original 1933 Kong. Just imagine that old Ray Harryhausen magic at work as Kong and Prometheus combated each other in San Francisco. Too bad it was stolen and switched out Prometheus with the true King of the Monsters. Oh well, great giant monster movie pitting two of the world's most famous kaiju against each other (unless you count the Toho Kong suit). 

#2 - Godzilla 3-D to the MAX (2008)
      I was incredibly excited for this film. The director from one of my favorite G-films, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, was going to oversee it, and it would of been a tie-in with the original. Though this film would have been short (40 minutes) but, it pitted Godzilla against Deathla, a Hedorah-like being that was red, slimy, and had a skull-like face (imagine if the Red Masque merged with the Smog Monster). The fight would have started in South America and ends in Las Vegas.The only problem with this film, if it was made; was that I'm not a huge fan in 3-D formatted films but, I was too excited to even care. Too bad though, would had been cool. 

Honorable Mentions:

-Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah  -  Ever wondered why Godzilla acted like Kong when he first faced the Sea Monster? Wish this happened though, just the idea of Kong fighting a giant lobster (plus terrorists) and meeting Mothra for the first time gives me the jitters to want to watch it.
-Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster 2  -   Being a direct sequel, Hedorah returns in Africa where Godzilla fights him once more. Personally, I'd rather have 3-D to the MAX but still a good idea.
-Gamera vs. Wyvern  -   Before settling on Garasharp, Gamera was originally going to combat against a two-headed dragon but, it never happened. Would of been cool though with Gamera facing a Ghidorah-like monster for once.
-Mothra vs. Bagan  -   Not a huge fan of Bagan but, this would of been cool to witness since it was going to take place worldwide. This film was later reworked into Rebirth of Mothra, and Desghidorah replaced Bagan. 
-Godzilla (2014) w/ Rokmutul & Pterodactyl  -   The concept art of these two looks badass plus are  homages on two other famous Toho kaiju (Anguirus and Rodan) but, this idea never happened since these two later were reworked into the MUTO.

#1- Nessie (1979):
     The Loch Ness Monster becomes a kaiju in this unmade Toho/Hammer production film. Nessie is accidentally awakened from her slumber and she rampages throughout the United Kingdom similar to that as Gorgo or the Giant Behemoth. Also not to mention that the Nessie prop was created by legendary special effects artist Teruyoshi Nakano, the man who brought all our favorite Toho monsters to life. This film would have made Hammer part of the popular kaiju films that were cherished throughout generations but, it never went as planned. Sadly, money and time played a huge part of this movie to become unmade but, do not fear; you can see the actual Nessie prop in the Princess from the Moon.

    I hope you enjoyed this list for my Top 10 Favorite Unmade Kaiju Films. I got all of this information from Wikizilla ( so all the credit goes to them (including the original sources) on providing me with valuable information/photos. Thank you for reading my list, and remember: "Let them fight".