Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard of #31: The War of the Gargantuas (1966)

war-of-the-gargantuas-poster-2Depending on whether you watch the Japanese or US subtitled version this is or isn’t a sequel to 1965’s Frankenstein Conquers the World (is if it’s the Japanese version, isn’t if it’s the US one). The one thing you can guarantee in any language is that this is as wacky as a frozen turd Sunday and more fun than a frozen turd Tuesday. Gargantuas by the way are giant humanoids – a departure from Toho’s usual giant creature output – which bare little-to-no resemblance to Frankenstein’s Monster, save for the flat-top. In true Toho style there is naturally one good beast and one bad beast; how else would there be a good old-fashioned Tokyo Throw Down? The kindly brown Gargantua is from the mountains, the nasty green motherfucker’s from the sea. Thumbs up to the filmmakers for making it a little more complex than that, with one touching scene featuring good Gargantua rescuing evil Gargantua from the military before their differences become insurmountable. This is great stuff, with green Gargantua getting some especially epic moments such as an opening ocean attack on a fishing boat and an unbelievable crazy camp sequence at an airport. The end fight is spectacular with the rubber suited stuntmen permitted way more freedom of movement as a humanoid when compared to their lizard clad colleagues. It’s whimsical giant monster wonderment.

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