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Interview On Godzilla Locations

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Above, the Wako Department store in Ginza in 2001. by Armand Vaquer I just completed an email interview with Craig Norris of the University of Tasmania (Australia) on the subject of Godzilla locations. As you may recall, Mr. Norris and a colleague ordered copies of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan to assist them on their Godzilla research while in Japan this month. Here is one of the questions, and answer, from the interview: 1. Is there a hierarchy of Godzilla locations? Eg: if you only had two or three locations you could visit what would they be and why? I don't know if there's a "hierarchy" of Godzilla locations, but there are some that could be considered "iconic" locations. The first I would say would be The Wako Department store in Ginza, Tokyo. That's the building with the clock tower that gets demolished when it gonged the hour in Godzilla's presence. The second one I'd consider "iconic" would be the Kac

"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" In Tokyo

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"The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" In Tokyo by Armand Vaquer As I had mentioned earlier this month, two university professors from Australia ordered copies of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan to assist them on their Godzilla research while in Japan. One of them, Craig Norris, sent this photo of himself at the Godzilla statue in Hibiya, Tokyo: This is the message Craig sent along with the photo: Hi Armand, Sorry for the delay - waiting for some nice weather over here. Please find attached a photo of my Godzilla tourism in Tokyo. Please feel free to use it on your website. Regards, Craig Norris

Hot Off The Press! Page 77 Of Todd Tennant's "Godzilla 1994" Online Comic

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Todd Tennant From: Godzilla 2012 Last week I posted some great new artwork from Todd Tennant's "Godzilla 94" online comic , based on Tristar's unused script by Rossio and Elliott, and the fans here, and over at the Facebook group, went gaga. I mean, they really liked it! Both Todd and I were swamped with e-mails and posts filled with appreciation and praise, along with others wanting to know more about the project. Todd was more than a little thankful. Thanks to all the positive response, he has opted to bless us with the newest page from "Godzilla 94", electing to have it premiere here, even before it is added to the " Godzilla 94 " website. If you recall, I mentioned that there was a possibility that Blue Water Comics may be able to publish Todd's "G94" work in graphic novel form. Though I am sworn to secrecy at this point, I will mention that there are 'things' happening on that front,

New Toy Tuesday! A Zentraedi Battlepod And A Kick-Ass Godzilla T-Shirt!

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Source: Entertainment Earth Robotech Zentraedi Heavy Artillery Battlepod Action Figure Classic Robotech! Articulated figure! Limited edition! This Robotech Robot Vinyl Collection Zentraedi Heavy Artillery Battlepod is a limited edition of only 2,000 pieces! The plastic figure is 1:100 scale and is in line with the Transformable Veritech action figures (sold separately). Coming Later This Month! Order Yours Today For Only $29.99! Godzilla King of the Monsters T-Shirt One lizard to rule them all! High-quality t-shirt featuring the one and only Godzilla. Wear your favorite movies! Godzilla King of the Monsters T-Shirt. A black and white Godzilla image on a 100% pre-shrunk cotton, short sleeve men's black t-shirt. Machine washable. Order yours today! Coming In May 2010! Preorder Yours Today For Only $18.99!

Yohei Miyawaki Pays Homage To Astro-Boy, Kimba, And Toho's Classic Sci Fi With "Great Space Monster Darkmatton"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Yohei Miyawaki / Avery Guerra The influences for Japanese film maker Yohei Miyawaki's animated short, "Great Space Monster Darkmatton" should be very obvious to anyone who has even a very limited knowledge of that nations widely varying pop-culture. With "Darkmatton", Miyawki is paying a very honourable homage to the work of pioneer Japanese animaters, Osamu Tezuka and Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who's creations, "Kimba the White Lion", "Astro Boy" (Tezuka) and "Tetsujin 28-gō" (Yokoyama) have enjoyed a huge following, not only in the island nation, but worldwide, for decades. Miyawki's tribute doesn't end there, as the film acts as an homage to the work of master Japanese film makers Ishiro Honda Tomoyuki Tanaka and Eiji Tsuburaya, who's fantasy and monster films, most notably, "Godzilla", "Rodan" and "Mothra", have become synonymous with innovative film craf

Fred Olen Ray Jumps Into The Bigfoot Movie Craze With "Sasquatch vs Chupacabra"

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Fred Olen Ray / Avery Guerra Okay, enough with the Bigfoot movies! Do you know how many Bigfoot related horror movies are in production right now? Six....well seven, including this one, that I can think of. Let's recap. There's "Savage", "The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot", "Trailer Park Geocachers Meet Bigfoot", "The Shrieking", "The Legend of Grassman", and "Boggy Creek". Now the dynamic film making duo of Fred and Kimberly Ray are joining the frey with "Sasquatch vs Chupacabra", which, surprisingly, is a monster-on-monster battle film no one else thought of first. If there are two types of 'trendy' films in the independent horror movie biz these days, they are "Bigfoot" movies, and "versus" movies, and the Ray's have figured out how to combine them both together in one neat little package. Two of cryptozoology's greatest stars, going at it

Monsterpalooza: Meeting David Hedison

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Above, Armand with David Hedison. Monsterpalooza: Meeting David Hedison by Armand Vaquer A year ago, I did an email interview with actor David Hedison for G-FAN magazine. I worked out the arrangement with author Diane Kachmar. In the interview, I covered different movie genres that Hedison appeared in. Most notably, The Lost World , James Bond epics Live and Let Die and License To Kill , the television series Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea and, most importantly, The Fly . Above, David Hedison as Capt. Lee Crane in "Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea." Yesterday, I attended the second annual Monsterpalooza show. Besides seeing the show, I had one goal I wanted to accomplish: meeting David Hedison. When I got to Hedison's table, he was gone. I found out later that he had gone to a neighboring hotel for what he thought would be a "five-minute interview" that turned out to be over an hour long. He was a little annoyed at the time it took and some of t

New Toy Tuesday! A Sexy Princess, Ash, Bigfoot, The Mummy And The Starship Enterprise

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Source: Entertainment Earth Fantasy Figure Gallery Luis Royo The Touch of Ice Statue A touch of beauty! Hinatunaone, Woman of the Sands. Intricately detailed, limited edition statue based on Luis Royo's artwork. Reach out and touch this ethereal beauty! A touch of beauty! This stunning statue from the Fantasy Figure Gallery is "The Touch of Ice" by Luis Royo. Masterfully sculpted by Shunjii Hagii, Royo's work is brought to life as never before. Every detail, every crease, every fold is rendered with such exquisite precision that one can almost reach out and touch the supple flesh of this ethereal beauty! Approximately 6-inches tall while crouching, Hinatunaone, Woman of the Sands, comes complete with a numbered display base and certificate of authenticity in a collector's style window box. Limited edition of 2,500 pieces worldwide. Hinatunaone, Woman of the Sands. That is what he named her. Drawn by his own hand from the sands of a distant land, she appeared

More Monsterpalooza Photos

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Photos by Armand Vaquer This year's Monsterpalooza in Burbank was loaded up to the Gill Man's gills of things to see. There were hundreds of displays for attendees to enjoy. Here's some examples: Above, Elsa Lanchester as the "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). Above, Al (David) Hedison as "The Fly" (1958). Above, Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey from "The Mummy" (1932) in the Museum. Above, Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The figure appears to be of Lugosi circa 1948 for "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." Above, some heads. More photos to come!

A Monsterous Bikini Girl Photo Bonanza

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Sources: Terence Muncy / Avery Guerra Just about every heterosexual male around the globe has heard of the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue". One hundred plus pages of filled with photographs of some of the worlds most beautiful women, dressed in next to nothing, sometimes in their 'birthday suites', photographed against some of the most exotic locations around the globe. Page after page of sun drenched flesh, each photo an erotic fantasy come to life. Pure feminine beauty and sexuality right there in front of you. This article has nothing to do with any of that. Well, not in a pure sense anyway. Think of this as a swimsuit issue that one might find on the nightstand of Gomez Addams or possibly Uncle Creepy. True, all the curves are in the right place. But, unless you like mutant women. These kissers may be more likely to provoke nightmares instead of tropic day-dream fantasies. Under all this make-up, if you can imagine it, are a fine c

Two New Clips From Jordan Blum's Bigfoot Horror, 'Savage'

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Written By: Ken Hulsey Source: Avery Guerra Oh, what the heck? Let's just make today, "Bigfoot Movie Monday"! It has been several months since I last talked about film maker Jordan Blum's Bigfoot horror movie "Savage". In fact you would have to go all the way back to September of last year since we last got any work on what looks to be a really good Sasquatch-gone-wild movie. Today, I have a couple of clips, one, the second trailer from the film, and two, the opening title sequence. Both, I have to say, are very impressive looking. In fact, I would venture to say, that out of all the Bigfoot movies in production right now, "Savage" looks the most polished. Now that doesn't take anything away from James Baack's "Bloody Rage of Bigfoot" or Tyler Meyer's, "The Legend of Grassman." That film looks really good too, and Baack's film has witches that kiss each other. Also good. "Savage" is just a bigger

A Visit To Monsterpalooza 2010

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Above, Frankenstein's monster greets visitors to Monsterpalooza. A Visit To Monsterpalooza 2010 by Armand Vaquer The second annual Monsterpalooza show in Burbank appears to be as successful as last year's inaugural event. Above, a vintage Godzilla toy on display. No sooner than when I entered the show this morning at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention center I was approached by the show's producer, Eliot Brodsky. We chatted for a little while about me possibly doing a discussion presentation on Japan monster movie locations next year. He said that kaiju historian August Ragone had to cancel his appearance and presentation at this weekend's show. Above, Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man in the Monsterpalooza Museum. Like last year's show, Monsterpalooza had plenty of cool monster displays throughout the convention center. I was told by Godzilla model kit dealer John Tucky that Saturday's show "got pretty wild." Above, William Schalle