Frankenstein Conquers The World (1966)

Following the successes of Toho's other giant monster movies, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD capitalizes on more World War II fears materialized in the form of a gigantic Frankenstein monster that brings with him mass destruction but also the hope of regenerating lost tissue to those afflicted by nuclear war. Japanese scientists recover the heart of the Frankenstein monster before the fall of Germany during the Second World War, with the intent of learning its secrets in order to benefit mankind. The heart and its observers are then buried in the Hiroshima blast, but 15 years later, it births a radioactive monster that begins growing at an accelerated rate. The monster takes to the hills with Japan's army hot on its tale, but when terror strikes in the form of the dinosaur Baragon, Japan's only hope lies in its would-be destroyer! Like his reptile counterpart, the monster is a condemnation of war and nuclear weaponry as told through this fantastic tale. Ishiro Honda delivers more incredible filming, superior miniatures, and high production values that stand up against many of Toho's greats. Composite shots pairing the miniature set designs, the monster, and the comparatively tiny cast are handled with flawless precision early on in the film. It is the final third that forgets all of the strength and originality of the plot and becomes just another average monster brawl. FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD is a winning effort from the Golden Age of Toho, and is sure to appeal to any Kaiju Eiga fan.

Rating: 8/10.



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5 comments:

  1. This movie may very well have the greatest title of all-time....

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  2. I'm always torn on which title to use, personally.

    On one hand, 'Frankenstein Conquers the World' is great, but doesn't give you the whole picture.

    On the other hand, 'Frankenstein vs. Baragon' tells you that you are watching some weird cross between James Whale and Ishiro Honda.

    Which is best? You decide!

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  3. Both titles are awesomely misleading, since the first sounds like Frankenstein has become a powerful crime boss and is running an underground syndicate for world domination with Bond hot on his heels, but the other wouldnt make sense as a Kaiju film since there is no implication that Frankenstein is huge. I would have gone with "HUGE GIANT FRANKENSTEIN FIGHTS THE BARAGON FOR ULTIMATE WORLD CONQUERATION!!1"

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  4. I thought it was a bit odd that they referred to the creature as 'Frankenstein' and not Frankenstein's monster. At least in the sequel's original Japanese title they did (FRANKENSTEIN MONSTERS: SANDA VS. GAIRA). This and the sequel are great little movies. I think some of Tsuburaya's best work is found in these two movies.

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    Many thanks and enjoy!

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