Frankenstein Lives! And he’s wrestling monsters in the Japanese countryside while defending the sanctity of rock & roll for the youth!
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Frankenstein Conquers the World is a hard movie to get through, but not because it’s boring. Some might find the heroic trio of scientists to be, but that’s an unfair characterization. They’re not boring — they’re just cold!
Frankenstein Conquers the World is a hard movie to get through, but not because it’s nonsensical. Which it certainly is, but in a good way… Nazis want Frankenstein’s heart. The Japanese take possession of the heart just in time for Fat Man to be dropped on it. It grows up to be a lil’ war orphan, cuz you know how radiation do. He rages against the machine. Baragon! Nick Adams explains the intricate nuances between American and Japanese stand-comedy. Boar! Frankenstein and Baragon wrestle. Attack of the dreaded forest-Octopus. Hot damn, let’s see Boris Karloff top that!
No, Frankenstein Conquers the World is a hard movie to get through because Frankenstein is so @#$%& ugly!
He’s suppose to be the hero and all, but funk that. Assemble the townsfolk and break out the torches and pitchforks! Unfortunately any hopes that Baragon will do mankind a service and dispatch of this unsightly blight is foolhardy and all for naught, for Baragon does what Baragon always does, and that’s to promptly get beat.
Toho should have have developed a spin-of starring Baragon, King Cesar, and Jet Jaguar as three bachelors living in Fukuoka, with guest appearances by Anguirus in time for ratings sweeps. It’s a mystery as to why Baragon doesn’t enjoy a higher profile among the ranks of kaiju. His roar is just as distinct and audibly pleasing as Anguirus’s, and he gets his ass whooped with the same spunky aplomb too. Spikes just must resonate better with audiences than glowing nose-horns. This is all off-topic, but anything to ward the conversation away from Frankenstein’s ugly mug is welcome. It’s a face only a mother could love, but he doesn’t have one, so to hell with him!
Baragon bores! Baragon bounces! Baragon breathes fire! Baragon does many amazing things, none of which explain how he does it, where he’s from, or what his deal is. The same can be said for the plucky boar and octopus, but their names aren’t in the title (original Japanese version) so they don’t need to be held to as high a standard.
Frankenstein Conquers the World? Ha! He barely ruffles the countryside. Still, it’s a fun if unremarkable romp that introduces Baragon to the fold and provides the set-up for The War of the Gargantuas.
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
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