Posted in Collectibles with tags on April 22, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS


RIP Doug Buffone

Posted in RIP with tags on April 21, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

Man, it’s going to be rough not hearing Doug on the 760 post-game show. RIP, you were one of a kind.



Posted in Sci-Fi with tags on April 16, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

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Invisible Man Appears, 1949

Posted in Kaiju, Scarce Films, Sci-Fi with tags on April 12, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

Jap Invisible Man_1949 BLACK CROPI scored a copy of this film on a Japanese | Pioneer laserdisc found at the Cinema Wasteland convention, near Cleveland, Ohio. I had never heard of the film, but I was aware of the sequel The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, 1957 (Tômei ningen to hae otoko), through the B-Movie podcast. Except for the lost films Wasei Kingu Kongu (1933) (which may have never existed) and King Kong Appears in Edo (1938), Daiei Studio’s Invisible Man Appears (Tômei ningen arawaru) (1949) is probably the earliest Japanese science fiction film ever made.  It’s well made too, with special effects supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya.

The film is a very loose adaptation of H.G. Wells classic novel (1897), but adds a bit of intrigue with a jewelry heist and shadowy figures, and scientific mumbo jumbo.  I noticed that some of the score appears to have been heisted from Max Steiner’s King Kong (1933).

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The story of Invisible Man Appears more closely resembles Universal’s The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944), with crime elements and diamond theft.  The main character looks more akin to Jon Hall’s villain (image below) than Claude Raines in the original classic.


The laserdisc print is fairly faded, grainy and weathered. No restoration or sub-titles here!  Invisible Man Appears is a minor gem and worth seeking out.  They don’t make ’em like they used to.

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RIP James Best

Posted in RIP with tags on April 7, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

He fought giant killer shrews with the best of ’em!


Jurassic World’s New Villain

Posted in Collectibles with tags on April 2, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS

Indominis rex looks pretty bad as evidenced by Hasbro’s forthcoming collectible.


Toho’s 2016 Godzilla has Vestigial Claw (and a Trilobite)

Posted in Kaiju with tags , on March 31, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS



Godzilla versus Yeti

Posted in Kaiju with tags , on March 25, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS


An interesting photographic image has surfaced on a Yahoo Japan Auction site.  The seller notes this is a photographic still from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), but it’s not —the provenance, or at least the suits, are earlier from the mid-1950’s. That’s the “Abominable Snowman” suit from Toho’s Jû jin yuki otoko (1955). The Godzilla appears to be from Godzilla Raids Again (1955), or the Gyakushu-Godzilla suit (note notch in first dorsal fin, image from Becoming Godzilla website, below) from the same year.  I’m wondering if both films were shot simultaneously.  In any event, this is a back-stage shot either composed for promotional reasons, or possibly just a fun shot taken by a stage hand or fan.  Very cool.

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Rock and Sven!

Posted in Miscellania on March 20, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS



Posted in Collectibles with tags on March 19, 2015 by MONSTERMINIONS