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Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guest host Trev (Days of Future Podcast and Failure to Franchise), as well as independent game developer Alex Rushdy (13AM Games) to unpack the recent film, Monster Hunter directed by Paul WS Anderson. This Sony/Toho/Tencent/Constantin Films co-production (yes, there's that many studios involved) based on Capcom…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guests Tom and Trev to unpack the recent cross over film, Godzilla vs. Kong. We give our review, as well as discuss the film's long road to completion, director Adam Wingard, cut subplots, and the future of the MonsterVerse. So how did the rematch nearly 60 years in the making fare? Listen and find out!…
 
Byrd and Matt conduct a taste test experiment with their children and significant others to review recent Godzilla vs. Kong tie in food. Byrd is joined by Kim and Julia, and Matt is joined by Sara and Landon to review FYE's exclusive Ultimate Showdown Titan 1lb Milk Chocolate bar, the Kong Banana Crunch milk chocolate bar, the Godzilla Fiery Chipot…
 
In the lead up to Godzilla vs. Kong, Byrd, Matt, and Tom are joined by author John LeMay (The Lost Films, Kong Unmade, Jaws Unmade) to talk about the original classic showdown! On this audio commentary, we talk about the surprisingly tragic way the film came about, the sad life of Willis O'Brien, the battle for Kong's rights, the rise of commercial…
 
Byrd, Matt and Maser Patrol's Kevin Derendorf scrape the bottom of the barrel for more King Kong rip offs and come back with tales to tell! This time, we discuss the Italian-Canadian film Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977), the Asylum's King of the Lost World (2005) and Bigfoot (2012), the uber obscure The Abominable (aka Ice Kong, 2006), and t…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by Kevin Derendorf (Maser Patrol/Kaiju For Hipsters) and Justin Mullis (Man Creates Dinosaurs blog) to talk about King Kong's animated forms, with a spotlight on four "unofficial" animated films that were made without the permission of Kong's rights holders. We discuss the animated musical The Mighty Kong (1998), two Kong A…
 
In 2018, Byrd and Tom joined up with the Movie Graveyard Podcast for an audio commentary for 1961's UK classic Gorgo! We talked about the state of the giant monster genre at the time, how it would go on to influence kaiju cinema, its origins as a Japanese/British co-production and more. Listen along and enjoy the discussion!…
 
Byrd and Matt get together with Kevin and Ultra superfan Connor to discuss the most recent Ultraman show, 2020's Ultraman Z! We talk about its troubled production history, our favorite and least favorite moments, and more! But first we have a huge kaiju news roundup, as we give our thoughts on the latest for Godzilla vs. Kong, Shin Ultraman, Clover…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined again by Trev and Tom to discuss the 2020 film Love and Monsters! The film takes place seven years after a giant monster apocalypse, as our protagonist Joel travels across a monster filled terrain to find his high school sweetheart. The film stars Dylan O'Brien, Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick, and was directed by Michae…
 
We're back with something a little different this time as we're joined by Trev and Tom to discuss some Japanese flavored takes on everyone's favorite caped crusader. We talk about the heavily anime and kaiju influenced Batman Unlimited animated film, Mechs vs Mutants, and the completely bonkers anime film Batman Ninja! We're gonna talk giant monste…
 
Byrd, Matt, and Kevin are joined by Jared Foust (Xenofauna on Twitter/Instagram) to discuss modern artist Takashi Murakami's 2013, film debut, Jellyfish Eyes. Mostly known for his artwork and design work (including for artists such as Billie Eilish and Kanye West), Murakami decided to try his hand at making a children's film that would combine his …
 
Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss the recent indie kaiju spoof, Notzilla. After circling Hollywood and going through different hands for years, director Mitch Teemley decided to make his affectionate kaiju parody independently with a tiny budget in Cincinnati, OH. What happens when kaiju and 50s American b-movie tropes combine with parody? Join us as we r…
 
If you're still not over the end of October, Byrd, Tom and Kevin are here to help with your Halloween hangover by talking about the horror-action mashups of director Ryuhei Kitamura. Before directing Godzilla: Final Wars, Kitamura had humble beginnings making low budget genre films. We discuss his early efforts, including the zombie/yakuza film Ver…
 
For this October horror episode, we get into some werewolf shenanigans by talking about screen adaptations of manga legend Kazumasa Hirai's strange Wolf Guy franchise. First up, we have Toho's 1973 film, Horror of the Wolf, directed by Masashi Matsumoto and co-written by Godzilla veteran Jun Fukuda. Next up, we discuss Toei's 1975 Wolf Guy, starrin…
 
For our first October horror episode of 2020, Byrd, Matt, and Tom are joined by Trev (Failure To Franchise, Days of Future Podcast) to discuss two shockers from exploitation maestro, Teruo Ishii. First, we discuss Toei's controversial mad scientist tale, Horrors of Malformed Men, which was pulled from theaters and languished for decades under a stu…
 
Byrd, Matt, Tom and resident Ultra superfan Connor discuss 2013's series Neo Ultra Q. This 12 episode update of the series brings a diverse and more heady science fiction spin on Ultra Q, with some of the best genre talents behind the camera. Listen as we discuss each of the 12 episodes and our favorite moments from the series! But first, we delive…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guest Kevin Derendorf (Kaiju For Hipsters), as well as first time guests Jared Foust (Xenofauna) and translator Amanda Whalen to discuss 1990's Ultra Q the Movie: Legend of the Stars! This film update of the classic 60s television series has languished in obscurity for decades. Frustrated with the lack of a tran…
 
In April of 2020, author Steve Ryfle approached us about being involved in organizing an online tokusatsu convention he wanted to hold in the wake of the pandemic. Of course we said yes, and joined the rest of the team, which also includes Patrick Galvan, John DeSentis, Erik Homenick, and Kyle Gilmore. Here we have the whole team (minus Kyle Gilmor…
 
Byrd, Matt and Tom review Norman England's 2006 science fiction film, the iDol! This film features a lot of tokusatsu veterans both in front of and behind the camera. The film follows Ken, a toy collector who quite literally ends up being controlled by his hobby. We'll get into the film's commentary on collector culture in fandom, the new blu-ray r…
 
Byrd and Matt welcome writer/director Mitch Teemley to the show to discuss his new kaiju comedy, Notzilla! This loving send up of classic kaiju films had a rocky path to being made. We discuss the original script, how it had interest from Hollywood studios and stars, and the decision to rework the film and complete it as an independent feature year…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guest host Kevin, as well as Justin Mullis (the Man Creates Dinosaurs blog) to talk about the recent Netflix anime series, Japan Sinks 2020. This new adaptation of the Sakyo Komatsu disaster novel (which got two tokusatsu adaptations from Toho) takes a new approach to the material with a new storyline, new chara…
 
Live streamed as part of Kaiju Con-Line, Byrd and Kevin held a panel on Takashi Miike's 2005 Yokai epic. Before Kadokawa rebooted Gamera to be more Brave or gave Daimajin a brand new Kanon, they revived their third most-popular monster franchise: Yokai Monsters. The resulting picture, The Great Yokai War, has an interesting history tying together J…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by Trev (Days of Future Podcast/Failure to Franchise) to take a deep dive into Starship Troopers, a Western series with many ties to Japanese sci-fi. We discuss the original novel, the 1980s anime mini-series, the three live action films, and the two recent Japanese-American animated sequels. We will examine the novel's inf…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by author John LeMay (Jaws Unmade/The Lost Films) and Connor Anderson (Easter's Kaiju Kompendium blog) to discuss and review the fourth show in the Ultra series, the Return of Ultraman! We discuss the show's early concepts, Ishiro Honda's involvement, our favorite and least favorite episodes, why the MAT are terrible at the…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by artists Nick Shev and John Bellotti to take a detour into an American monster franchise and discuss all six (!) Tremors films (to date). We start with the origins of the classic original film and go through the entire series, including some brief talk about the canceled television series, the actual television series, th…
 
Byrd and Matt welcome Norman England back to the podcast, this time to reflect on his directorial debut film, 2006's the iDol! The iDol is an independent Japanese science fiction film that features plenty of prolific tokusatsu veterans both in front of and behind the camera and is just now finding a release in the United States. It tells the story …
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by director/editor Brandon Smith to discuss his upcoming crowdfunded film The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster! Described as "The Goonies + Jaws," the film is based on the cryptid that allegedly resides in the titular lake in Utah. We talk about a variety of topics such as the appeal of cryptozoology in a post-smart phone wo…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by indie creature creator Rashaad Santiago to talk about his upcoming crowd funded monster film, Terror From Beyond Beyond! In addition to discussing the genesis of Rashaad's new project, we also talk about his work on the Godzilla fan film, Godzilla: Heritage, his directorial debut Beast of the Water, winning season six of…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by Kyle Yount of the Kaijucast/Collect All Monsters to take a plunge into the world of Japanese mythology! Here, we discuss the Shinto legends of Yamato Takeru, Prince Susanoo, and the slaying of the eight headed dragon, Yamata no Orochi. We will talk about the original stories, as well as three feature film adaptations: Th…
 
Byrd, Matt, Tom and Kevin take a deep dive (no pun intended) into Shinpei Hayashiya's indie Deep Sea Monster trilogy! These low budget kaiju films include Reigo: The Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato (2008), Deep Sea Monster Raiga (2009), and the new God Raiga vs King Ohga (2020) and were from the director of the famed elusive Gamera 4 fan…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by Ron Bonk of home video label SRS Cinema to talk about their history and recent kaiju film releases. SRS has been an established video label for obscure independent genre films for years and just recently they have dipped their toes in the world of tokusatsu/kaiju with the Reigo/Raiga Trilogy, Attack of the Giant Teacher,…
 
Byrd, Matt and Tom join up with the Movie Graveyard podcast to take on one of the most controversial Godzilla movies ever made! Of course, we're discussing the 1998 Tristar reboot! We give a full audio commentary and dive into a variety of topics including the film's long development process, the massive marketing campaign, the fallout after its re…
 
Byrd, Matt, Tom and Kevin review the recent short film Howl From Beyond the Fog. Directed by Daisuke Sato and with a creature built by legendary monster maker Keizo Murase, this period piece is about a blind girl and the monster who protects her, as greedy developers threaten to take over her family's land. Using an all puppet human cast and a fant…
 
Join Byrd, Tom, Matt, and Kevin (of Maser Patrol/author of Kaiju for Hipsters) for an audio commentary on 1964's Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster! Join us as we discuss some trivia, history, and even do some myth busting on Ishiro Honda's Showa classic. There's not much to do in quarantine, so why not watch a movie with us? Listen in and enjoy!…
 
Byrd and Matt emerge from COVID-19 quarantine to discuss Kinji Fukusaku's pandemic panic film Virus, arguably the most ambitious Japanese film ever made. Along for the ride are authors John LeMay (The Lost Films) and Kevin Derendorf (Kaiju for Hipsters, Maser Patrol blog). The film shows how a fast acting virus spreads across the globe and wipes ou…
 
On July 12, 2019 at G-Fest, Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski held a retrospective panel on Bringing Godzilla Down to Size, the documentary feature film that they wrote and produced for Classic Media. Directed by Norman England, this eye opening documentary went to great lengths to highlight the history and enduring legacy of Japanese special effects…
 
On July 14, 2019, Akira Ifukube student Reiko Yamada and pianist Patrick Godon performed a piano concert of the composer's music at G-Fest 2019. Following that concert, Ifukube's biographer Erik Homenick hosted a panel discussion with Yamada as well as conductor/composer John DeSentis (Kaiju Crescendo concert), film historian Patrick Galvan, and Ja…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by Chris Marti to discuss two apocalyptic Toho disaster films. First up, we talk 1961’s harrowing The Last War, a story chronicling the events leading up to World War III and the helpless civilians stuck in the middle. Featuring excellent performances by Akira Takarada, and Frankie Sakai and some of Eiji Tsuburaya’s very be…
 
More of Byrd's appearance on blogger/author Keven Derendorf's Maser Patrol Podcast with Justin Mullis sees the trio review Criterion's recent Showa Godzilla box set. Also discussed is the complicated history behind why the set turned out the way it did and what content did/did not make the cut. The two also discuss Mill Creek's massive and ambitiou…
 
Byrd appears on author/blogger Kevin Derendorf's Maser Patrol podcast with blogger Justin Mullis (Man Creates Dinosaurs) to discuss the history of the Godzilla series on home video in North America. We go through the various VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray releases, all leading up to Criterion's long anticipated box set (which will be reviewed in detail in p…
 
Byrd and Matt wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with a review of the 2004 Thai film, Garuda! (Look, there aren't a lot of movies about giant birds so this was the best we could do this time). We discuss the film's themes and give our full review, as well as its oddly popular status as a "kaiju" movie. But first, we talk about the news of Godzilla …
 
For this very special edition of the podcast, we are joined by director and prolific special effects legend, Steve Wang! Steve directed the Guyver 1 and 2 (among other films) and has created special effects and monsters for Predator, Evil Dead 2, the Monster Squad, Beetlejuice, Gremlins 2, and WAY more. Steve joins us for a candid discussion where …
 
Byrd, Matt and Tom have a cure for your Halloween hangover with this look at several Japanese films that took a different approach to two of the most famous monsters of all time- vampires and the Frankenstein monster! First up, we have the 1991 oddity The Last Frankenstein, based on the stage play of the same name. Then we have Takashi Shimizu's su…
 
For another October horror edition of the podcast, Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss the directorial work of Japanese special effects maverick, Tomoo Haraguchi! Primarily known as a makeup artist and monster maker on films such as the Heisei Gamera trilogy, Ringu 0, Ultraman Mebius, and others, he also directed a handful of horror films. We discuss his st…
 
Welcome back to another October horror edition of the show. Byrd, Matt and Tom delve into the snake girls of famed manga writer Kazuo Umezu. We take a look at two adaptations of Umezu's "snake girl" stories. Daiei's 1968 horror film Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch (directed by Gamera creator Noriaki Yuasa!), as well as "Snake Girl," an episo…
 
First up for our October horror series this year, Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss everyone's favorite hungry glob of goo, the Blob! We discuss the original 1958 indie sensation, its completely bonkers 1972 sequel Beware the Blob, and the gore drenched 1988 remake from Chuck Russel and Frank Darabont. We discuss the history of all three films, the real l…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by author John LeMay (The Lost Films, Kong Unmade) for a special audio commentary for Toei's 1977 oddity, Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds. Inspired by the success of Jaws and a recent upswing in sea monster sightings around the globe, the film was touted as one of the most expensive Japanese productions ever made, only …
 
Byrd and Matt are joined again by author John LeMay to discuss his new book, Kong Unmade. The book covers the proposed/canceled King Kong films, including Universal's Legend of King Kong, Willis O'Brien's King Kong vs. Frankenstein, the original screenplays for the original 1933 film and Peter Jackson's remake, and less discussed projects suc has A…
 
At this panel from G-Fest 2019, Ishiro Honda biographers Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski (authors of Ishiro Honda: A Life In Film) took a look at the making of Godzilla's Revenge. The authors offer a critical examination of Ishiro Honda's most misunderstood entry in the Godzilla franchise. Topics discussed include the origin of the film, Ishiro Hon…
 
Byrd and Matt are joined by special guests, game creator Alex Rushdy (of 13 AM Games and Seismic toys) and Chris Oglio (of Seismic toys) to discuss the upcoming independent kaiju video game, Dawn of the Monsters, and its accompanying vinyl figure. We talk about what goes into creating an independent video game that can get wide distribution, the mo…
 
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