Monster Day 13: “The Monster Japanese Style”
During the 1950s and 1960s Toho studios was in full force with its initial run of giant Kaiju films with Gojira (Godzilla), Radon (Rodan), Mothra and even a Japanese King Kong. So it was only natural that Frankenstein’s Monster join the roster.
In 1965 “Frankenstein vs Barugon” was released. It even contained an epilogue where the heart of Frankenstein’s Monster is taken away from Dr. Frankenstein by the Nazis in hopes of creating a clone army that could never die. This was not show in the US edited release called “Frankenstein Conquers The World”. And that was not the only “secret” kept from American Kaiju fans. The Monster does not die in the volcano fire but fights a giant octopus and ends up falling into the deep ocean. His cells would spawn two creatures and the sequel film “War of the Gargantuas”. (1966) The edited US release removed all references of the original film. Even the American actor Nick Adams was replaced with West Side Story alum Russ Tamblyn. Interestingly though the female character was played by the Queen of Kaiju films Kumi Mizuno, which should have been a sure sign that both films were related.