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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. At the studio’s request, the Gigantis card has been replaced on the Classic Media DVD release with the title Godzilla Raids Again.

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, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.