Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima.

Haruo Nakajima was, in more ways than one, the King of the Monsters. From 1954 to 1972, Nakajima was the man behind Godzilla, donning the legendary suit for some of the greatest monster movies of all time. As if one timeless sci-fi icon wasn’t enough, the great Nakajima also portrayed Rodan  Varan, Baragon, Gaira, the larva form of Mothra, and several kaijus in both Ultra Q and Ultraman. Nakajima was a true giant in genre cinema and his creatures will continue to inspire both fright and delight in fright fans for many years to come. Haruo Nakajima was an incredible, unstoppable titan of terror.


Rest in Peace, King of the Monsters. xoxo

#TBT: The “King of the Monsters vs. King of Beverages” Edition

Ho-wdy, Kaiju Krazies!

As you Kinky Kreeps probably know, there is nothing in this world that we love more than a cl-Ass-Sick monster hawking their wares to us humans. Whether it’s The Phantom of the Opera promoting condoms (to be covered later) or Dracula pimping tomato sauce (ditto), we just can’t get enough of SpokesMonsters! While there have been many great monsters of advertising, we think Godzilla may be the King of the SpokesMonsters!
Yessir, Big G has been A LOT of commercials, but we’re particularly fond of the campaign he did for Dr. Pepper in the ’80s! For some monstrous background, here’s a 1985 write-up from The Los Angeles Times:

Dr Pepper Bubbles Up To Godzilla

Here’s an introduction that could only be made in Hollywood, even though the subjects are from Tokyo and Dallas:

Godzilla, meet Dr Pepper.

Starting next week, the monster and the soft drink (now there’s a title) will be paired in the launching of a $10-million advertising campaign leading up to the Aug. 23 release of “Godzilla 1985,” a Japanese-made, American-modified horror film in which Dr Pepper will make a cameo appearance.

“This is the perfect marriage of product placement and promotion,” says Rusty Citron, director of national promotion and merchandising for New World Pictures. “We think everyone’s going to have a lot of fun with it.”

“Godzilla 1985” marks the comeback of Godzilla, the prehistoric monster who rose from the fallout of nuclear blasts to crush cities in a series of clumsy Japanese movies made in the ’50s and ’60s. It also brings back bulky Steven Martin (Raymond Burr), the American reporter whose scenes were shot in Hollywood and inserted in the 1956 “Godzilla, King of the Monsters.”

New World, which picked up “Godzilla 1985” from Toho Film, repeated the post-production gimmick, getting Burr to reprise his role in a two-day shooting at Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios, on the same set where (is nothing sacred?) “Citizen Kane” was filmed.

Those scenes, set in the Pentagon, will also include a Dr Pepper vending machine and cans of the product being consumed by the cast.

“It is done in the same good taste that Diet Pepsi did in ‘Back to the Future,’ ” Citron says, with an almost straight face.

Actually, Dr Pepper had already negotiated the use of Godzilla for a fall campaign when New World decided to pick the film up for U.S. theatrical distribution and video sales. TV commercials have already appeared linking Godzilla with Dr Pepper.

When Citron learned of the soft drink tie-in from Toho, he rushed to Dallas and offered to put the product in the movie for a piggyback ride on its ad campaign.

Citron says Dr Pepper approved the deal in three hours and starting next week copy promoting the movie will be included in all Dr Pepper/Godzilla spots on TV and radio.

Godzilla, the unfriendly Pepper, is going to be hard to ignore. Besides Dr Pepper’s $10-million campaign, New World will be spending $3 million to $4 million of its own money.

There’s even an MTV video on its way, featuring the love theme from “Godzilla 1985”: “I Was Afraid to Love You.”

Who would have believed fallout would be this much fun?

We don’t care for author’s haughty attitude towards Godzilla, but the information solid. As stated in the article, a Dr. Pepper machine appeared in the background of Godzilla 1985…

…Big G appeared in a few Dr. Pepper commercials…

…and both appeared in a music video for I Was Afraid to Love You.

Now, that’s some delicious product placement!

I don’t know about you Kreepsters, but I could really go for a Dr. Pepper right about now… 😉


Beach Party a Go-Go, Part 2

(Submitted by Smutmaster Eric…Thanks, Kinky Ho-mie! :))

Featuring: Ursula Andress, Nahanni Johnstone, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Radioactive Waste, Robert Pine, Pamela Susan Shoop, Ants, Pierce Brosnan & Halle Berry.

Dr. No (1963)

Infested (2002)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Empire of the Ants (1977)

Die Another Day (2002)

Ho-stess’s PS- This week’s #MonsterMaskMonday fits right in here, though it was less about the beach and more of a…Poo Party!! 😉 xoxo

 

 

#TerrorTrailerTime: Attack of the Giant Insects (and Arachnids)!

Ho-wdy,Human Ho-mies!
Wel-cum to another #TerrorTrailerTime! We’re really going to bug you this week…

For ya Kreepy Krawlers out there, we harvested some trailers for some of the most insidious insect invasions of the ’50s and ’60s! These freaky features represent some of the very best in monster movie madness! So, roll up a newspaper and be prepared… this day belongs to the insects!
Here they are… the horror-horde of crawl-and-crush giants you’ve been hearing about…THE TRAILERS!!!

As a bonus, here’s a special song about our insect conquerors…

#MonsterMovieMonday: Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (1967)

Ho-wdy, Kinky Kreeps! Just another Mad Monster Monday here at Kinky Ho-rror, so we’re using a rubber…suit, that is. 😉

Today’s featured creature feature is 1967’s Monster from a Prehistoric Planet… among a thousand other names! The film has also gone under the tit-les Daikyojû GappaGappa: The Giant Beast, Gappa, The Triphibian Monster, Gappa: The Triphibian Monster, and Gappa – Frankensteins fliegende Monster (Gappa – Frankenstein’s Flying Monster) in Germany. That last one is especially awesome because this movie has zero to do with Frankenstein!

The only thing it has in common with Frankenstein is that it seems to be made up parts of other films, namely Gojira (1954) and Gorgo (1961).  It’s been suggested that the film is a satire of kaiju films, but it resembles the real thing closely. And, if you’re a kreature kreep like us, that’s far from a bad thing! This film is loaded with kind of low-budget destruction we here at KH adore!

You know what they say… big feet… big monster!

Check out the giant-sized terror below:

Have a Monstrously Marvelous week, Kinky Ho-mies! 🙂 xoxo

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

(King-sized hugs to Mr. Anton Phibes for sharing his thoughts with us. I will most definitely be checking this one out myself this weekend, and I’ll let you know if he’s right or not. 😉 xoxo)

King Kong (1933) has no equal and never shall. That’s just my opinion, but I rather doubt too many people would disagree with me. Everything about that particular film is simply perfect.  When Peter Jackson made his version of the romantic monster epic, he stuck very close to the source material. Perhaps too close, because it’s the sort of retelling that constantly reminds you of just how beautiful its progenitor is. Mr. Jackson is clearly enamoured with the 1933 film, as his film is just as much a gushy love letter to the first as it is a remake. Unfortunately, that manages to be both its yellow sun and Kryptonite at once. 2005’s King Kong is an admirable film, but it’s a 100 min. story stretched to a ludicrous 187 min. runtime. By no means do I dislike Mr. Jackson’s take on the classic monster story, but it just kept reminding me of how perfect the original is…

…Unlike Kong: Skull Island, a film that has no interest in the poetry of the original, but is completely dedicated to giving us the most bonkers monster madness we’ve seen in a mainstream film for years! The Jackson film has a lot of heart, but Skull Island is just nutso fun. There is no pretense of profundity and the love story is pretty much absent, but that’s why it works. Skull Island seems to be based more on Toho’s monster mashes than the Cooper/Schoedsack original, which would make an incredible amount of sense for the true start of what is now being called the Monsterverse. Is it even close to being as great as the original? No, but it’s not trying to be. This is a B-movie done on an A-movie budget, and that’s precisely why I urge all Monster Lovers to see this film immediately!

Kong: Skull Island concerns, as many of these films do, a diverse team of scientists, explorers, and soldiers venturing out to uncharted island inhabited by creatures of a most peculiar nature. As you probably guessed, most of these creatures have quite a voracious appetite and just can’t get enough soldier in their diet. However, what is not usual about all this is that it is a hybrid of a gritty Vietnam War picture and a creature feature! This film owes far more to Apocalypse Now than the 1933 film, right down to its use of ’70s rock favorites. The most disappointing aspect of this mash-up is that the film is not called Viet Kong.

One of the major complaints about Legendary’s Godzilla is that it didn’t have enough Godzilla. Well, it seems that they listened to the public, because Kong is present early and often in this flick!  This Kong is perhaps the most fearsome yet and seems like the kind of beast who could handle a few measly airplanes. Dwarfing previous versions in stature, our new King seems like he’ll be a rather formidable opponent for Godzilla in his upcoming showdown. While not quite as loveable as previous versions, there are hints of a kind heart in that gorilla chest of his. While Kong is the star, he isn’t the only beastei around.  I don’t wish to spoil anything of importance, but this film is a gift to lovers of giant monsters. There are enough monsters in this film  to make any creature fan drool mindlessly in sweet delight. It’s quite extraordinary, really.

Having great monsters is all well and good, but does the film actually utilize them? The answer is a resounding yes. We’ve had a few good giant monster films in the last few years, but none of the have had horror sequences as masterfully gruesome. Before viewing this picture, I never thought I would see a mainstream monster movie with a moment that brought to mind Cannibal Holocaust, but that definitely happened. Considering the intensity and grotesque nature of some the monster sequences (not to mention some casual swearing), I’m actually shocked this film isn’t rated R! If you like your creature features with a generous helping of “ew”,  this is the one for you! Of course, not all the visuals in this film are that nasty. In fact, there are shots in this film that are honestly gorgeous. Within the first half of the film, there is a shot of Kong silhouetted against an orange sky that I believe is destined to become an indelible mage among monster lovers.

While the monsters steal the show, their human costars are excellent. Most of the cast imbues their part with enough quirk and charm to make us care for them… even if we know that they’re not long for the world. John Goodman is as good as ever, giving some depth to a character who easily could have been a cartoonish heavy. Samuel L. Jackson also gives a fantastic turn as the Ahab to Kong’s Moby Dick, as does John C. Reilly as a an eccentric WWII pilot.  While she isn’t given as much to do as previous Kong leading ladies, I quite liked Brie Larson as the “beauty” in this film and look forward to seeing her in feature installments, if she returns. Tom Hiddleston is always pleasant addition, even if he’s a bit underused here.

Kong: Skull Island is not a timeless masterpiece like the original, but it’s a heck of a good time. If you’re like me and you like a stylish horror-adventure with a lot of great monster action, you’ll probably dig it. Unlike the Jackson film, this film makes no real effort to evoke the 1933 film and is all the stronger for it. Kong: Skull Island is a fabulously over-the-top monster mash and completely embraces it. If you can’t get enough monsters, I recommend you stick around after the credits. Hail to the King, baby!

Bonus: I tend to prefer food endorsed by fictional monsters. so I simply had to a Kong shake from Johnny Rockets. They have two different banana-based milkshakes in honor of the Eighth Wonder of the World. I had the Chocolate Banana Shake and it’s monstrously good. The world needs more Kong-approved products!