Mothra

Mothra (1961)

Mothra first published by Little White Lies, as the 116th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In 1954, director Ishiro Honda released his black-and-white Godzilla, which was to be Japan’s first kaiju, or ‘monster’, film. Unleashed from the ocean floor by nuclear testing in the Pacific, this gigantic radiation-breathing lizard would become an embodiment of…

Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters first published by Little White Lies Michael Dougherty is perhaps best known for directing and writing Trick ‘r Treat (2007) and Krampus (2015) – both horror features coming with a good deal of festive black humour – but he also helped write the big-budget blockbusters Superman Returns (2006) and X-Men…

Clay

Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2017)

Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) first published by SciFiNow “I don’t want to lose my individuality to convention.” These words, uttered by one of five students in a new rural prep school for Tokyo’s hyper-competitive fine arts courses, cuts to the heart of Soichi Umezawa’s feature debut Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo). For…

Shin

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Godzilla first published by Little White Lies Godzilla first struck Tokyo in Ishiro Honda’s eponymous tokusatsu kaiju eiga (live-action monster movie) from 1954, in which the saurian monster from the ocean’s depths embodied the destruction and aftermath of hydrogen bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Americans at the end of the Second World…

Godzilla

Godzilla (Gojira) (1954)

Godzilla (Gojira) first published by EyeForFilm Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla (or Gojira) is Japan’s first science-fiction film – as well as Japan’s first kaiju eiga (monster movie) – and introduced one of the most iconic cinematic creatures of the last century, spawning several remakes and well over 20 sequels. It is, in short, a pioneering behemoth in the…

Pacific Rim (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks. When the Japanese monster and mecha subgenres are brought together on the big screen with all the money that Hollywood can throw at them, what, you might wonder, could possibly go wrong? The answer can be found in Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla (1998) and Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise: stories whose…