BONUS Famous Monsters Convention Special w/Ed Holland & Jorge Marrero

Behold! The exclusive Yuji Kaida poster for Famous Monsters of Filmland’s upcoming convention!

Did you know that the world’s coolest magazine is putting on their own convention this month?

That’s right, Famous Monsters of Filmland is resurrecting an old friend, the FAMOUS MONSTERS CONVENTION and it’s happening this month in Dallas, Texas. In this episode we speak with FM’s Event Manager / Associate Editor Jorge Marrero and Monster Attack Team Magazine’s Ed Holland (editor, producer, co-founder) about this incredible event.

I wanted to help get the word out as soon as possible because this is definitely a convention you should be eyeing.

We’ll be back with another episode soon, but until then enjoy this con-versation! (See what I did there?)

1. EM20_CH_Alterna_03 by Shiro Sagisu from Shin Godzilla (2016)
2. Monsters Over Tokyo Live by Famous Monsters (1999)

Head over to FAMOUSMONSTERSCONVENTION.COM to get your tickets and all the details on what is sure to be an amazing show!

04.30.2017: Demeking Daikaiju Discussion

Dave, Kyle and Clancy try to figure out what the hell Demeking (2009) was really about.

Oh, wow – what day is it? I should really put my podcast together then!!!  Yes, I know, I just posted episode 200 the other day but things have been crazy busy for me here. No kidding, I produced and edited FOUR different podcasts this week. This particular installment, therefore, is a bit shy of our standard hour plus episode length.

This month we’re looking at a bizarre independent film from 2009 called Demeking. This movie was never part of the original discussion list but was added with the additional titles. I never picked this one up when it was released on DVD here in the States (and I’ll advise you to do the same), and I’m not upset about that decision. When I finally found it and Death Kappa on DVD at our local Japanese bookstore, I chose Death Kappa. And while I may have thought a mistake had been made, I now know that Death Kappa is actually better than another film. That film is Demeking. It just brings up so many questions — and one of those questions: is Demeking really a kaiju movie??

In short, not really, but hopefully you’ll enjoy our discussion of the film!

1. Main theme performed by Honey Nights, Shounen Shoujo Gasshoudan Mizuumi from Ultraman Ace (1972)
2. Demeking Japanese teaser audio (2009)
3. Every Country Has A Monster by Jonah & The Bots from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017)

Seriously, this is all you need to see of Demeking
If you want to see some sample pages of the Demeking manga, this blog has a few scans.

Next month we are tackling an American take on the kaiju genre with Cloverfield (2008). I’m looking forward to seeing how well this film holds up almost ten years after its debut. If you’d like to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews for this film, please do so before May 26th!

04.28.2017: Episode 200 (aka Monsterpalooza Post Mortem)

Clancy, Kyle and Jeff discuss the great time had in Los Angeles for Monsterpalooza.

Oh my glob, you guys…. Can you believe it? This is the  TWO HUNDREDTH freaking episode of the Kaijucast!

I’m super happy to make this momentous occasion coincide with our coverage one of the coolest conventions to happen every year, Monsterpalooza. Earlier this month Jeff, Clancy and I went down to Los Angeles (more specifically, Pasadena) for this incredible Spring show. I’ve been attending Monsterpalooza off and on for several years and it’s a really fun time — and I swear it continues to get more fun as the years continue. If you love monsters and sci-fi and special effects makeup and haven’t checked it out, perhaps our discussion of the what we did and saw at the convention will sway you to attend one day.

This episode primarily focuses on our time at and around Monsterpalooza – we even dive into our post-con Monday adventures in LA. Because #200 is a special episode, however, we have some really cool voices join us for this event, so big thanks to those folks (I won’t spoil it for you). Hope you enjoy the episode – make sure to check out more awesomeness below!

The gears of the Kaijucast machine are in motion and some really fun stuff  is in the works for this summer, make sure you keep tabs on what we’ll be producing in the coming months!

1. King Kong Escapes US Trailer audio (1967)
2. Hats Off To You (Godzilla) by the Groovie Ghoulies from Freaks On Parade (2001)
3. Ultra Q Theme by the Garamones from GARAMONES (2016)
4. Shallow Water Trailer audio (from their Kickstarter campaign – 2015)
5. Attack Mechagodzilla by the Kagaku Toku Sotai band (recorded live in 2014)

Motoko Nagino Sakamoto’s Stunt action Demo Reel
Preorder Ishiro Honda: A Life In Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa via Amazon (due Oct 2017)
Some of the shops we visited on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank:
Bearded Lady Vintage
Blast From The Past

Mega thanks to all of the listeners, both old and new alike, for making these two hundred episode fly by; here’s to another two hundred! You’ll have to imagine my raised beer glass here.

*BTW – the Japanese voice you hear at the end is the voice of Mizuho Yoshida with his congratulations — I didn’t have time to get it interpreted for the episode, so consider it a little treat for anyone who can understand Japanese. 😉


Check out the photo gallery from our adventure!

Kaijucast @ Monsterpalooza