Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Bloody Pit #44 - GODZILLA VS GIGAN (1972)

The 1970's were a rough period for the cinematic stars of Toho's stable of giant monsters - budgets were being cut, plots were being recycled, wardrobe was becoming shabby and craft services was even cutting back on the amount of gin in the drinks! What's a crew of oversized reptiles, dragons and other assorted creatures to do? Bear down and just run with that crazy script, that's what! I feel the Big G held out hope for years that Kurasawa would eventually return his calls, but it was not to be.

So, 1972 saw the Japanese release of GODZILLA VS GIGAN but the film didn't appear in the US until five years later under the title of GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND. If this is an indicator of the film's quality or just that the series was no longer seen as a sure money maker it certainly shows that interest in the giant monster stomps was on the wane. Your intrepid hosts dive into this one trying to determine whether the film holds real allure for any but the diehard fans. Since Troy falls into that category you can bet he has some kind words but what about that other guy?

As with most kaiju films many joys can found and this one does have its share. We talk about the movie's genesis as a reaction to the dark tone of the previous film in the series and the multiple scripts that were merged together to build the final story. Much complaining about certain acting choices are chewed over and Troy drops an odd theory or two about the film. The 'phallic food' discussion may be a make or break moment for our podcasting future! The film's recycled 'Aliens Attempting To Take Over the World' plotline lurches and stumbles into view to much eye rolling from both hosts but there is interest in the various stages of the mad scheme to destroy and replace the various monsters. It all has something to do with very difficult math but eventually becomes a case of Bumbling Heroes vs. Ineffectual Villains. And that's before the new monster Gigan shows up with his buddy Ghidorah to kick the crap out of Tokyo, so there are some good things here!

We end the show with a lengthy email from a listener just like you! This email does its level best to goad Troy and myself into a rage fueled fanboy rant but we just don't have it in us. But, when is a rant NOT a rant? That is the question! If you'd like to let us know what you think about this film or anything else in the world write us at thebloodypit@gmail.com and we'll be happy to hear from you.

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