Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Bad Flicks vs The Giant Monsters!

There is an alarmingly massive amount movie reviewers and related retrospectives online with an even smaller number of which dedicated to some semblance of serious film appreciation beyond the more mainstream (translation: popular) weekly film review outlets. Then there's those bizarre yet wonderful movie lovers who balances both extremes but never abandoning the latter (analysis) over the former (funny business).

Among this last rare breed is the always entertaining YouTube channel Good Bad Flicks, overseen by its uniquely named host Cecil Trachenburg.

Recently, Good Bad Flicks posted a sincere video asking for help to keep up their channel's quality so that they won't have to resort to desperate advertising measures as the unfathomable beast dubbed YouTube continues to breath down their undeserving backs (excessive word usage is fun).
Seriously though, this channel could use all the love and support it can, even if it's just through shared awareness among your friends online.


Since this is a blog primarily dedicated to lesser known and generally overlooked giant monsters (something I've strangely gotten a lot of negative flack for from mainstream Godzilla fanatics and related professionals), the following collection of videos feature such 'fantastic gigantics' and in no particular order.















While the following films discussed do feature giant monsters in them, they're tertiary elements compared to the bulk of said stories but I wanted to share these Good Bad Flicks episodes regardless:


















Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cicada Human? More Like Cicada GIANT!

With the recent loss of www.cyberkids1954.com, an old Japanese site dedicated various fantasy film productions that were never made (including some extreme obscurities that would cause your common Godzilla fan's brains to melt and pour out from their ear-holes), I've decided to use Enshohma's Corner as a archival back-up for any and all giant monster obscurities that I may stumble upon... Even if some of my own knowledge on the featured materials are as limited as your typical Godzilla fan, I must sadly admit.

I'm no August Ragone but I freaking doing my best, okay?!?!

*Ahem*

Nothing major for this first attempt, just a little show and tell, showcasing an awesome illustration from the Japanese children's book "Original Reprint Edition: Ultra Q" (rough translation).

This illustration features a 'what if' scenario where the creatures Gorgos, Cicada Human, and M1 in mortal combat with each other.



What makes the artwork even more intriguing is the fact that both Cicada Human and M1 were small human-sized characters in the original "Ultra Q" series and have never achieved giant monster status even in their later return appearances.

So it's honestly cool to find this image and see both of them pumped up to Gorgos' level even if M1 (the ape-like fellow in the lower right corner) is still relatively puny, looking like he's barely 16-feet in height when compared to the fleeing humans on the opposite end.

As for the 'Giant Cicada Human'; I honestly have no idea what's up with that yellow scarf wrapped so stylishly around his neck. At first, I thought it was a direct reference to another insect-theme character from Japanese fiction, the iconic Kamen Rider, but that notion seemed doubtful as that grasshopper-inspired superhero was still five years away from "Ultra Q" original broadcast.




However, the book's title of "Original Reprint Edition: Ultra Q"  may suggest that the yellow-colored sight gag was both timely to Kamen Rider's 1971 debut and, as such, most deliberate.


All these book images were found on this Japanese web-site: https://kodansha-cc.co.jp/comic/ultraq/