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Gigantis, the Fire Monster

Released 1959
Distributor Warner Bros.

Scaly Toho superstar Godzilla plays his most challenging role as his distant cousin Gigantis. Original director Shiro Honda was away making Half Human, so the reins for this second Godzilla film were handed to the less inspired Motoyoshi Oda. Toho intended to provide their original monster suits for extensive US reshoots, which never materialized. This US cut has been supplanted in recent years by the original subtitled Toho version Godzilla Raids Again, and so the mighty Gigantis has been relegated to the dustbin of faded and forgotten monsters.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!