From The Land Of Lost Monster Films Comes "The Foghorn"

Written By: Ken Hulsey / Armand Vaquer
Sources: Avery Guerra / Daisuke Sato / Robert Hood

Just about everyone who reads Monster Island News is a fan Japanese monster movies featuring "Godzilla", "Gamera" and their kin. Well today I want to talk about a film from the land of rising sun, that you have probably never heard of, and that you probably will never see, unless you convince it's creator otherwise. I will get to more about that last part in a moment.

The film that I am talking about is the 2007 creation of monster suite maker Daisuke Sato (Godzilla: Final Wars, Gamera The Brave, Ultraman Max and a many more) called "The Foghorn".

You may be sitting there wondering, "The Foghorn...where have I heard that before?" Well you may or may not know that a short story, by that title, written by Ray Bradbury for the Saturday Evening Post, was the inspiration for the 1953 film "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms". A film, which in turn, was one of the inspirations, along with the fate of the Japanese fishing boat Lucky Dragon, that producer Tomoyuki Tanaka used in developing his own monster movie called "Godzilla" (Gojira).

So you can see how a Japanese film maker would be interested in making his own film based on Bradbury's story.

Sato explains, “I decided to film ‘The Fog Horn’ partly because of its connection with Gojira and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, but the main reason is that it has been my favourite of Ray Bradbury’s writings for a long time. Ray Bradbury’s fiction is very poetic. ‘The Fog Horn’ impressed many Japanese people, and of course me, too, because of the enchantment he brings to it, evoking the tragic agonising of the monster and giving it a profound poetic quality.”

Here is a synopsis of the Bradbury story:

Johnny has been working with McDunn at the old lighthouse for the past three months. The lighthouse is situated on a rock 2 miles out to sea, and Johnny is looking forward to “shore leave” the following day. That night, McDunn tells him about a huge sea creature that comes to the lighthouse every year to cry out at the fog horn [mistaking it for the cry of its own kind]… and tonight is that night! The two make their way to the top of the tower and watch as the monster ascends and begins its yearly ritual. Very fascinating indeed, but when McDunn turns off the fog horn the monster shows its true, primitive nature!

Though Sato and his crew at Replica Co. Ltd poured their hearts into making their little film, they never really planned on releasing it to the public.

“We made The Fog Horn as a demonstration of our technical skills,” Sato explains. “It has not been released, not even in Japan. There is actually a problem with the copyright of the original, and so that is why we haven’t yet released it to the public. But if there is enough demand for it and a lot of people want to see it, then we’ll definitely release it. If we do, it will be as a DVD or online.” He added that he would definitely add English subtitles for international viewers."

That's where you come in. If enough fans want to see "The Foghorn", then the film makers will release the film.

You can help make this happen by leaving a response to this post (HERE). The makers of "The Foghorn" will be visiting Monster Island News from time to time to find out if the fans really want to see their film. If there are enough responses, then they will pursue a release.

The future of this film is in your hands, so spread the word!

Here is the trailer, some productions pics, and screen shots from "The Foghorn":








Attached: Prior Posting

You Can Help Get "The Fog Horn" Released!

by Armand Vaquer

There's a new daikaiju movie from Japan that has not been released. The director needs your feedback on whether to release it in Japan and around the world (particularly in the U.S.). A fellow fan sent this to me and requested that it be posted.

The request is as follows (please forgive the all-caps as that is how I received it):

HI, IF YOU CAN HELP IN AY WAY EITHER BY POSTING THIS SCOOP UP ON YOUR SITES OR BY JUST LEAVING A COMMENT ON THE BLOG UNDER THE ARTICLE OR EVEN BY SHARING THIS NEWS WITH OTHERS THAT MAY BE INTERESTED IT WOULD BE SO GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!! IT'S TO SAVE A NEW [DAIKAIJU] GIANT MONSTER FILM I FOUND FROM JAPAN THAT HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED NOT EVEN IN JAPAN!!!

THE DIRECTOR IS GIVING US FANS THIS ONE OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE IF WE WANT IT RELEASED OR NOT. IT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT FILM TO BOTH AMERICAN GIANT MONSTER FANS AND JAPANESE DAIKAIJU FANS!!! I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE EXTREMELY BUSY BUT IF YOU COULD JUST TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS ARTICLE AND MAKE A DECISION IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. NOTE: INTERESTED RADERS WILL NEED TO POST ON THE BLOG AS THAT IS WHERE THE DIRECTOR WILL BE FOLLOWING. ANYONE WHO LEAVES A COMMENT ON THE SITE DOES NOT NEED TO REGISTER OR CREATE ANY SORT OF ACCOUNT. IT REQUIRES AN E-MAIL AND ANY NAME AND NO SPAMM WILL IN TURN BE RECIEVED. ALSO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REPOST THIS INFO AS WELL AS THE TRAILER OR PICS ANYWHERE TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD. THANKS FOR ANY SUPPORT YOU CAN GIVE!!!

Here's the details: http://roberthood.net/blog/index.php/2009/10/14/new-daikaiju-appears-through-a-fog-of-obscurity/

Fans are encouraged to leave replies about the film here on Monster Island News as well. Everything posted will be forwarded to the makers of "The Foghorn" - Ken

Comments

  1. This is such a cool idea!I would definitely like to see this movie on DVD.The more kaiju movies the better!

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  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eYiGY5TbLI

    This better get a release. Bad enough it was made two years ago, but to let this become just another "King Kong Appears in Edo" is just unethical. Please let us see this film!

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  3. Pleeease release the movie.
    Looks very romantic...

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  4. Certainly looks like a great throwback to the days of classic sci-fi. 'The Fog Horn' has always been one of my favorite Bradbury stories, so it would be great to see another film interpretation of the story.

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  5. Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! I own a copy of Ray Bradbury's The Foghorn. I own the The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. I own Gojira. I want to own this too. Release it on DVD.

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  6. Now that kaiju fans have been made aware of "The Foghorn" the film should get the release it deserves!

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  7. Please release this movie. I will buy the DVD as soon as it is availble. I am a big fan of both Bradbury and kaiju movies and I have always wanted to see an accurate film version of "The Foghorn."

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  8. I would buy this in a heartbeat! I like the sense of mystery the trailer puts out and the black and white seems to compliment it very well. I would love to see the film in it's entirety.so yes please please release this film.

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  9. YES - release it! Me wanna see!

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  10. I would love to see your film, please share your work with us! The trailer looks great. Nice job.

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  11. It has always puzzled me why no one ever made a film out of the original story. I hope they actualy rel;ease it.

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  12. Yes, PLEASE give this a DVD release! I'm anxious to see it!

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  13. I was impressed by the trailer and the images. I absolutely hope this short film gets a DVD release!

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  14. The trailer is excellent. Please release this soon!

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  15. I'd love to see this film. I document Bradbury adaptations in media on my website www.bradburymedia.co.uk, and would love to be able to review this film!

    - Phil

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  16. I hope you do release this film. the lack of interesting monster movies has made me a bit depressed. Granted Godzilla films are getting updated DVDs and there maybe a few Japanese films to look forward to in the future but when it comes to American monsters something is just missing. Japan's monster have a more in depth character about them. I would love to see what The Fog Horn can do.

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  17. I'd love to see a good film version of The Foghorn. Please release it.

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  18. This looks terrific! With the exception of THE HOST, CG creatures have taken all the fun out of creature features. I LOVE the look of the FOGHORN creature, and I LOVE anything with prehistoric monsters, so I'd buy this the second it was available!

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  19. I would love to see this movie released! Let's all work together to make it happen.

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  20. I would love to see this movie get released! Let's all work together to make it happen.

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  21. i think that this is an excellent idea. go for it,the sooner this is released on dvd the better.

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  22. this is an excellent idea. please release this on dvd as soon as possible.

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  23. Yes, get this released. Its about time we had a new kaiju film, and this one looks tremendous!

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  24. Please please please please please release this film on DVD or directly to the web! I have wanted someone to film this story for a long time. And, we need all the new kaiju films we can get!

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  25. There are NEVER enough monster movies, please let this one out of the box.

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  26. Yes, please! Sounds great...I HAVE to see it!

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  27. I'm good for a copy of the DVD, or a VOD rental should you go that route. Thanks~!

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  28. I would purchase this dvd in a heartbeat. Please release, please!!

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  29. This better get a freakin release. This idea is so great i'm making a drawing for my deviantart page, and i'm also going to spread the word. The foghorn is going to be an awesome movie!

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  30. I am speechless (and that don't happen often)! Not only to see that someone has finally made THE FOGHORN into a film but that it be made by my brother suit maker from the East. 33 years ago, while still in High School, I tried to make an 8mm version of this with stop motion. I only got as far as a script, a model lighthouse and plesiosaur
    sculpt, and some brief footage of it attacking the lighthouse from the depths of my bath tub. I must admit, with complete humility, that this one looks a little better. There is a lot of love out there for this story and only fair that it be shared with those of us who feel that.

    Cleve Hall

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  31. I am speechless (and that don't happen often)! Not only to see that someone has finally made THE FOGHORN into a film but that it be made by my brother suit maker from the East. 33 years ago, while still in High School, I tried to make an 8mm version of this with stop motion. I only got as far as a script, a model lighthouse and plesiosaur
    sculpt, and some brief footage of it attacking the lighthouse from the depths of my bath tub. I must admit, with complete humility, that this one looks a little better. There is a lot of love out there for this story and only fair that it be shared with those of us who feel that.

    Cleve Hall

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  32. I have been a giant monster fan for many many years and i have respect for the new movies as well as the old movies,especially the ones based off of some history or myth or story that we heard or read when we were little. So if this doesnt get released to the public ,it just will be so frustrating to everybody ,but more so to the monster movie fans everywhere!!! Please release the film!

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  33. GET IT OUT THERE!!!

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  34. We're all big fans here of Monster Movies, of the great Ray Harryhausen, and of course, kaiju eiga. It'd be great to have something like this in our collection! Thanks!

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  35. I would love to see The Foghorn on DVD! Not enough serious kaiju movies these days!

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  36. I've been a huge fan of the Bradbury story since my youth... and it's one of the reasons I've always had such a soft spot in my heart for Gojira and his kaiju brethren!

    Please make this film a DVD reality!

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  37. Please release this movie, either by itself or as an "extra" on another kaiju-related DVD release. It sounds like a nice, simple, monster story.

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  38. please release.....I need more monsters :)

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  39. Please release this film. Tell all the "monster-related" web sites and magazines that his film exists and needs to be shown. YouTube marked the trailer as "private" so I could not view it.

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  40. As as fan of Daikaiju films, I would be highly interested in purchasing Th Foghorn on DVD

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  41. I always loved the original Gojira ever since I saw it as a kid in the 60's. I never looked into the origin story to realize it was a Bradbury story. I would love to see this released and I haven't even watched the trailer. I think filmakers who try to follow original stories in their own way need our support. Without it the huge blockbusters would neveer come alive.

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  42. I, for one, would love to see it.

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  43. I would simply love to see it. Definitely my kind of movie.

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  44. Always one of my favorite stories. Would love to see it on screen.

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  45. release it , looks like a cool movie!

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  46. Can't wait to see this one!!!!!!!!! I've studied the unknown for 20 years, and find this to be very interresting!

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  47. I need my kaiju fix , release! release!!

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  48. would love to see this.Strike that My life will not be complete if I do not see this.It's better than anything that has been released in years(from the look of it).
    please please please release this so this Kaiju fan will be able to sleep again.

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  49. I remember reading the Bradbury story and loving it. It would be great to see this movie.

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  50. I want to see this film.

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  51. For the love of god, release this movie!

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  52. WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  53. Please release this movie. I want to see it so much! I want to show it to my kids after we read the short story. Then we will be inspired to read more Ray Bradbury and see wonderful Japanese films, the strange and wonderful. Domo Origato.

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