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  • A fond and nostalgic personal memory, "War of the Gargantuas" was a welcometreat in my family’s living room (they had more console television sets backthen; am I getting old or what?), and is one of my favorite Japanese monstermovies. When they aired it, which was often, I’d get a chance to watch itfive times during that week, at 8:00pm on a KTLA (Los Angeles area Channel5) Movie of the (whole) Week (I was just a kid then, and before anybody wasable to rent videos at Blockbuster).

    A sequel to “Frankenstein Conquers The World” (1965), “War of the Gargantuas” (1966) features a double dose of mayhem. Apparently, Frankenstein had survived his fall into the fiery earth and continued to grow in size while hiding in the mountains. At some point some of his live cells broke away and traveled down the river to the sea where they, naturally, grew into a watery clone in the completely and utterly plausible way in which anyone would expect.

  • A sequel to “Frankenstein Conquers The World” (1965), “War of the Gargantuas” (1966) features a double dose of mayhem. Apparently, Frankenstein had survived his fall into the fiery earth and continued to grow in size while hiding in the mountains. At some point some of his live cells broke away and traveled down the river to the sea where they, naturally, grew into a watery clone in the completely and utterly plausible way in which anyone would expect.

    "War Of The Gargantuas" comes from my favorite era of Toho’s kaiju flicks,the 1960s, when the emphasis was relatively straightforward action and fun,and thankfully no annoying little kids making friends with the monsters. And this time, we have a monster in the Green Gargantua (Gaira) who isreally frightening and who eats people to boot (not even Godzilla ever wentthat far). It left me unnerved the first time I saw it as a kid.

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  • I saw this movie when it was in theaters in Queens, New York around1968 and the promotional ad stated that the first 100 movie goers willreceive a free pet monster. Well, my monster loving friends & myselfwere all over that. Turned out that the pet monster was a silly littlerubbery goofy animal. Everyone loved them nonetheless! We all enjoyedthe movie & it was billed as a second feature along with D.A.M. DestroyAll Monsters! What a blast! War of the Gargantuas was definitely thebetter of the two flicks and every time I went to the beach after thatkept hearing that eerie music and waited for the green gargantuan torear his big ugly head out of the ocean. The ultimate battle betweengood (brown gargantuan) and evil (green gargantuan) as can best be donein Japanese monster fashion. Russ Tamblyn was popular at the time afterappearing in West Side Story and Tom Thumb. I would say this was hisbest movie. I recommend it to any monster movie buff. MikeW

“The War of the Gargantuas”, 1966


These two behemoths could reuse a lot of the same sculpt. All you’d need was a new head and some alterations to the chest. That’s easy money! Yet we just haven’t seen it in toy form. I suppose it could be because getting really detailed and poseable versions of classic kaiju is a relatively new thing. But man, War of the Gargantuas, I mean come on!