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The Kaiju Transmissions Podcast
69 minutes | 16 hours ago
Into the Asylum with Ape vs. Monster Director Daniel Lusko!
Byrd and Matt are joined by director Daniel Lusko to discuss his new film Ape vs. Monster from the Asylum! We discuss how he got started in the business, the Asylum's production model, working with extremely limited time and money, how he chooses projects, the "mockbuster" formula, Eric Roberts, taking pride in making low budget movies, and more!
88 minutes | 14 days ago
Pacific Rim: The Black- Season One (2021)
Byrd, Matt and Kevin discuss Netflix's recent Pacific Rim anime series, which was released in early March of 2021. This co-production between Legendary and Polygon Pictures takes place after the events of Pacific Rim: Uprising and follows two young siblings who encounter gangsters, kaiju, and more on a quest to find their missing parents. How does the season stack up and why is it so difficult to review? Listen and find out!
96 minutes | a month ago
Monster Hunter (2020)
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guest host Trev (Days of Future Podcast and Failure to Franchise), as well as independent game developer Alex Rushdy (13AM Games) to unpack the recent film, Monster Hunter directed by Paul WS Anderson. This Sony/Toho/Tencent/Constantin Films co-production (yes, there's that many studios involved) based on Capcom's hit video game series landed exclusively in theaters with little fanfare at an unfortunate height for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our review, Alex gives us a history of the Monster Hunter game franchise, we discuss early versions of the script, the controversy over a removed scene, melted chocolate, and more! Listen and enjoy the show!
168 minutes | a month ago
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Spoiler Review
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guests Tom and Trev to unpack the recent cross over film, Godzilla vs. Kong. We give our review, as well as discuss the film's long road to completion, director Adam Wingard, cut subplots, and the future of the MonsterVerse. So how did the rematch nearly 60 years in the making fare? Listen and find out!
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Bonus Episode: Godzilla vs. Kong Snack Review with the KT Family!
Byrd and Matt conduct a taste test experiment with their children and significant others to review recent Godzilla vs. Kong tie in food. Byrd is joined by Kim and Julia, and Matt is joined by Sara and Landon to review FYE's exclusive Ultimate Showdown Titan 1lb Milk Chocolate bar, the Kong Banana Crunch milk chocolate bar, the Godzilla Fiery Chipotle dark chocolate bar, and the Godzilla heat ray hot sauce. How did these snacks fare with our better halves and small children? Did the podcast erupt into complete chaos? Listen and find out!
119 minutes | 2 months ago
Audio Commentary: King Kong vs. Godzilla w/ John LeMay!
In the lead up to Godzilla vs. Kong, Byrd, Matt, and Tom are joined by author John LeMay (The Lost Films, Kong Unmade, Jaws Unmade) to talk about the original classic showdown! On this audio commentary, we talk about the surprisingly tragic way the film came about, the sad life of Willis O'Brien, the battle for Kong's rights, the rise of commercialism in post-war Japan, the aborted sequels to this film, Toho's attempts to use Kong in the Heisei series, differences between the Japanese and American versions, and more! This commentary is loaded, so whether you decide to listen to it along with the movie or by itself, we hope you enjoy the discussion!
154 minutes | 2 months ago
More Kongsploitation! Yeti, Konga TNT, Ice Kong and More!
Byrd, Matt and Maser Patrol's Kevin Derendorf scrape the bottom of the barrel for more King Kong rip offs and come back with tales to tell! This time, we discuss the Italian-Canadian film Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977), the Asylum's King of the Lost World (2005) and Bigfoot (2012), the uber obscure The Abominable (aka Ice Kong, 2006), and the recent micro budget reboot, Konga TNT (2020)! As always, we'll give our reviews and a fair bit of trivia. Relax and enjoy!
161 minutes | 2 months ago
King Kong Gets Animated!
Byrd and Matt are joined by Kevin Derendorf (Maser Patrol/Kaiju For Hipsters) and Justin Mullis (Man Creates Dinosaurs blog) to talk about King Kong's animated forms, with a spotlight on four "unofficial" animated films that were made without the permission of Kong's rights holders. We discuss animated musical The Mighty Kong (1998), two Animated Series sequels Kong: King of Atlantis and Kong: Return to the Jungle, and the feature length pilot episode of Kong: King of the Apes. But first we discuss the original 60s "King Kong Show", and how the convoluted legal rights to King Kong allowed the original films novelization go into the public domain, and how that lead to these animated productions being made in the first place. We also bust some very commonly repeated myths about the availability of the rights to King Kong. Relax and enjoy the conversation!
100 minutes | 2 months ago
Audio Commentary: Gorgo (1961) (W/ The Movie Graveyard Podcast)
In 2018, Byrd and Tom joined up with the Movie Graveyard Podcast for an audio commentary for 1961's UK classic Gorgo! We talked about the state of the giant monster genre at the time, how it would go on to influence kaiju cinema, its origins as a Japanese/British co-production and more. Listen along and enjoy the discussion!
122 minutes | 3 months ago
Ultraman Z + News Roundup
Byrd and Matt get together with Kevin and Ultra superfan Connor to discuss the most recent Ultraman show, 2020's Ultraman Z! We talk about its troubled production history, our favorite and least favorite moments, and more! But first we have a huge kaiju news roundup, as we give our thoughts on the latest for Godzilla vs. Kong, Shin Ultraman, Cloverfield 2, Pacific Rim: The Black, and the upcoming Monsterverse King Kong Netflix cartoon, and Byrd reveals why he's Team Kong!
98 minutes | 4 months ago
Love and Monsters (2020)
Byrd and Matt are joined again by Trev and Tom to discuss the 2020 film Love and Monsters! The film takes place seven years after a giant monster apocalypse, as our protagonist Joel travels across a monster filled terrain to find his high school sweetheart. The film stars Dylan O'Brien, Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick, and was directed by Michael Matthews and written by Matthew Robbins and Brian Duffield (Underwater, Spontaneous, and the upcoming Monsterverse Kong animated series on Netflix). How does the film stack up? Listen to us argue about it!
107 minutes | 4 months ago
Batman in Japan!
We're back with something a little different this time as we're joined by Trev and Tom to discuss some Japanese flavored takes on everyone's favorite caped crusader. We talk about the heavily anime and kaiju influenced Batman Unlimited animated film, Mechs vs Mutants, and the completely bonkers anime film Batman Ninja! We're gonna talk giant monsters, giant robots, giant monkeys, giant Batmans and giant... castles! But first, we discuss the announced Prince of Space remake, and Batman's popularity in Japan, including an aborted crossover film with Godzilla!
77 minutes | 5 months ago
Jellyfish Eyes (2013)
Byrd, Matt, and Kevin are joined by Jared Foust (Xenofauna on Twitter/Instagram) to discuss modern artist Takashi Murakami's 2013, film debut, Jellyfish Eyes. Mostly known for his artwork and design work (including for artists such as Billie Eilish and Kanye West), Murakami decided to try his hand at making a children's film that would combine his aesthetic with other inspirations from kaiju/tokusatsu and video games to tell a story about kids and their monster pets (called FRIENDS) in a post-Fukushima Japan (complete with a rampaging kaiju). We discuss Murakami's career, why most of the film's practical tokusastsu effects were scrapped, the recently canceled sequels, religious cults in Japan, the film's Criterion release, and more!
72 minutes | 6 months ago
Byrd, Matt and Tom discuss the recent indie kaiju spoof, Notzilla. After circling Hollywood and going through different hands for years, director Mitch Teemley decided to make his affectionate kaiju parody independently with a tiny budget in Cincinnati, OH. What happens when kaiju and 50s American b-movie tropes combine with parody? Join us as we review the film and discuss its origins and the state of the spoof genre.
138 minutes | 6 months ago
If you're still not over the end of October, Byrd, Tom and Kevin are here to help with your Halloween hangover by talking about the horror-action mashups of director Ryuhei Kitamura. Before directing Godzilla: Final Wars, Kitamura had humble beginnings making low budget genre films. We discuss his early efforts, including the zombie/yakuza film Versus, the sci-fi/horror manga adaptation Alive, and the samurai/yokai battle Aragami. We also discuss some of his short films as well. But first, we talk about Kitamura's transition from the world of low budget horror films to Godzilla to mainstream Hollywood films, as well as whether or not he deserves his maligned reputation among Godzilla fans.
132 minutes | 7 months ago
Horror of the Wolf (Guy) (Toho, Toei, and Anime OVA)
For this October horror episode, we get into some werewolf shenanigans by talking about screen adaptations of manga legend Kazumasa Hirai's strange Wolf Guy franchise. First up, we have Toho's 1973 film, Horror of the Wolf, directed by Masashi Matsumoto and co-written by Godzilla veteran Jun Fukuda. Next up, we discuss Toei's 1975 Wolf Guy, starring Sonny Chiba as an older version of the character. Then we follow it up with JC Staff's six part anime series. The world of Wolf Guy a bonkers one full of murder, rape, gore, martial arts, questionable romances, and overall sleazy exploitation. But first we discuss the first trailer for Godzilla: Singular Point and our first look at Pacific Rim: The Black. Tune in and join the conversation!
115 minutes | 7 months ago
Horrors of Malformed Men (1969) and Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
For our first October horror episode of 2020, Byrd, Matt, and Tom are joined by Trev (Failure To Franchise, Days of Future Podcast) to discuss two shockers from exploitation maestro, Teruo Ishii. First, we discuss Toei's controversial mad scientist tale, Horrors of Malformed Men, which was pulled from theaters and languished for decades under a studio imposed ban. Then we discuss the Nikkatsu yakuza/horror/action mashup, Blind Woman's Curse, starring the iconic Meiko Kaji. In addition to our movie reviews, we also discuss Teruo Ishii's tokusatsu beginnings, atomic age anxiety, Butoh dance, Japanese societal taboos, Edogawa Rampo, pink cinema, the badassness of Meiko Kaji, ghost cats, and more! But first, we have news about SRS' upcoming blu-ray release of the Korean oddity, the Flying Monster, Takashi Miike's Yokai sequel, and our reactions to the Monster Hunter trailer.
132 minutes | 7 months ago
Neo Ultra Q (2013)
Byrd, Matt, Tom and resident Ultra superfan Connor discuss 2013's series Neo Ultra Q. This 12 episode update of the series brings a diverse and more heady science fiction spin on Ultra Q, with some of the best genre talents behind the camera. Listen as we discuss each of the 12 episodes and our favorite moments from the series! But first, we deliver some news on the next Godzilla project and a thank you to everyone who tuned in for the Kaiju Masterclass online convention!
97 minutes | 8 months ago
Ultra Q The Movie: Legend of the Stars (1990)
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guest Kevin Derendorf (Kaiju For Hipsters), as well as first time guests Jared Foust (Xenofauna) and translator Amanda Whalen to discuss 1990's Ultra Q the Movie: Legend of the Stars! This film update of the classic 60s television series has languished in obscurity for decades. Frustrated with the lack of a translation, this group of friends threw in money to have the film translated so this lesser discussed piece of Ultra history could finally be seen in the West. We discuss our efforts to get the film subtitled, and our overall impressions of the film itself. We'll also give our usual history, trivia and more! Relax and enjoy the discussion!
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Kaiju Masterclass: Online Convention Announcement!
In April of 2020, author Steve Ryfle approached us about being involved in organizing an online tokusatsu convention he wanted to hold in the wake of the pandemic. Of course we said yes, and joined the rest of the team, which also includes Patrick Galvan, John DeSentis, Erik Homenick, and Kyle Gilmore. Here we have the whole team (minus Kyle Gilmore) discussing who we are, what this convention is, our amazing guest lineup, and what to expect! Kaiju Masterclass will be a free online convention that will be held on October 2-4th, 2020.
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