All of which brings us to Monster Zero, which appears on TCM tonight. The original title is Kaijū Daisensō, which translates as Great Monster War. It's also known as Invasion of Astro-Monster and Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. But I'm calling it Monster Zero, because that was the title when I saw it as a kid in 1970 on a double-feature with War of the Gargantuas.
|The Xiliens remind me of the rock group Devo.|
|Gozdilla in "blue bubble."|
Monster Zero also features an unintentionally amusing performance from Nick Adams (fortunately, the rest of the cast plays it straight). Unlike the original Godzilla (Gojira), in which Raymond Burr's scenes were filmed later and inserted into the movie, Nick Adams appears alongside the Japanese performers. While it's true that he has some ridiculous dialogue (spouting "You stinkin' rats!" like Cagney), Adams doesn't even seem to be trying.
|Adams in The Rebel.|
For more on Japanese monster films, better known as Kaijueiga cinema, check out our interview with Miguel Rodriguez.