Varan the Unbelievable

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VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE —–ah, the mighty (and mighty bad) Varan: rarely has a title waxed so accurate.  From monster-swamped Japan in 1958 came a scaly 87-minute black & white creature feature, Daikaiju Baran, title-changed and re-worked to 70 minutes, adding reliable American character veteran Myron Healey for a US release in 1962. Whichever version you see, they’re both unbelievable.

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My God, those poor villagers…

Directed by Ishiro Honda (Godzilla, Rodan, The Mysterians, Mothra, King Kong Vs. Godzilla, Atragon, Ghidrah the 3-Headed Monster–to name a few) this giant awakened from his slumber resists all manner of projectile, knocks things down, the usual Toho trample, just not as much fun as the others.

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With Kozo Namura, Ayumi Sonoda, Fumida Matsuo. Hisaya Ito, Tsuroko Kobayashi. I always liked Myron Healey (1923-2005), recognizable back in olden days from 140 film parts, plus three serials and scads of TV shows. He has 316 credits listed from 1943 to 1994.  No doubt he got a few wry laughs out of this job.

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Flies, too. Why not?

 

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