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Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then the trouble starts. Written by
Prof. Alan Templeton:
Were these people you refer to savages?
Dr. John Rayburn:
Not to the point of eating their own dead. They were a strange, ignorant, superstitious, uncivilized tribe. They decorated the camp with the skulls of their ancestors.
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Toho got drunk with stupidity and Inoshiro Honda suffered for it. Toho got a worldwide hit when 20 minutes of inserts featuring Raymond Burr were added to "Gojira" and retitled as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters." Unfortunately, studio execs overlooked the fact that it was Burr's superior acting and stark narration that got the attention. They added inserts of American actor Myron Healey to Honda's "Varan, the Unbelievable" and it tanked. They did the same to "Half Human," giving rights to an American producer who added boring clips of John Carradine and Forrest Tucker ("F-Troop"). The library music-style score for the American insert clashed horribly with the original score and Carradine's narration seems out of place since he appears in absolutely no scenes in Japan.
Sadly, after the utter disaster of this flick, Toho took the negatives of the original and locked them away. Even though "Gojira" and "Varan" have made it to American television, albeit only once, in their original forms, this film is still not available to the public.
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