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  • Son of Godzilla

    Son of Godzilla

    ★★½

    KAIJU VIRGIN #23

    The last couple kaiju movies I've watched have been leading to this: the moment the subgenre became synonymous with children's films. Like a nuclear Cousin Oliver, Minilla arrives to breathe life into the series but ends up annoying more than he endears. The island setting, so refreshing in Ebirah, is already getting old as there just isn't much for the monsters or humans to do there. It doesn't help that this group of humans are pretty bland,…

  • King Kong Escapes

    King Kong Escapes

    ★★½

    KAIJU VIRGIN #22

    Not a sequel to King Kong vs. Godzilla, but rather a spin-off of a Rankin/Bass Kong cartoon that was popular at the time. Here we have the Japanese iteration of Kong (still looking pretty terrible) chilling on his island when he gets wrapped up in probably the craziest plot yet in a "series" that features aliens and tiny people who worship a giant moth.

    The nefarious Dr. Who is looking for the radioactive Element X deep under…

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  • Godzilla Raids Again

    Godzilla Raids Again

    ★★★

    KAIJU VIRGIN #2

    Apparently this is considered one of the worst in the series, but I had a decent time with it on this initial viewing. Within the first 15 minutes we are treated to highlight clips of Godzilla's attack from the first film. This made me worried we were going to get a budget sequel, but those fears were assuaged during the first big kaiju fight. As soon as Anguirus and Godzilla slammed into each other to kick off…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★½

    KAIJU VIRGIN #1

    Inspired by the release of Criterion's Godzilla box set, I decided that 2020 would be the year I finally dig into kaiju films. I have a watchlist of 66 films that are part of or spun-off from the Godzilla and Gamera franchises that I'll be watching over the next few months. I'm going to collect my thoughts here and on Twitter (@October_John) under the tag #KaijuVirgin. I've only seen a handful of films in this subgenre (all…