The Monster Island Film Vault

A podcast seeking entertainment and enlightenment through tokusatsu. Origin Story: After vacationing on the Monsterland Resort, professional writer/raging nerd Nathan Marchand got a job as the curator of the Vault containing the films about Monster Island’s many kaiju residents. Now he and his intrepid producer, Jimmy From NASA (who miraculous survived the infamous War in Space), record a bi-weekly podcast critically and academically examining each of the films in the prestigious Vault with one to four guest hosts chosen from Monster Island’s many tourists. Philosophy: Kaiju and/or tokusatsu fans will tell you these genres are undeniably fun. What’s often missed, though, are the deeper meanings below the sensational surface. Meanings entrenched in the story’s original historical and cultural context. That’s why this podcast believes in film appreciation. What’s that? It’s studying a movie’s script, direction, cinematography, and other aspects of filmmaking. It’s learning how and why it was created since movies aren’t made in a vacuum. This is especially true with foreign films. Non-native audiences are separated by both time and culture with them...

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 48m. Bisher sind 44 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 21 hours 19 minutes


Episode 32: The MSTies vs. ‘Gamera the Giant Monster’ (feat. Nick Hayden and Timothy Deal)

Hello, kaiju lovers! And welcome to MIFV season two! Much to Nate’s chagrin, the Board-mandated “Year of Gamera” begins with the “freakishly mediocre” 1965 movie…



Episode 31.5: MIFV Season 2 Promo –‘The Year of Gamera!’

Next week–much to Nate’s chagrin–MIFV begins the Board-mandated “Year of Gamera”! Twelve months, twelve movies–but only four of them are good! Hear all about what…



Bonus Episode 6: Power Rangers In Space – Countdown to Destruction, Part 2′ (feat. Chris Cooke)

Hello, kaiju (and toku) lovers! Nathan has been mandated by the Board to archive episodes of Power Rangers in the film vault. Their executive assistant,…



Episode 31: ‘Space Amoeba’ (feat. Giant Monster BS)

Hello. kaiju lovers! The end has come…for MIFV’s first season, that is. It was supposed to be an epic episode on Godzilla vs. Kong…but instead…Continue ReadingEpisode 31: ‘Space Amoeba’ (feat. Giant Monster BS)



Episode 30: ‘Latitude Zero’ (Mini-Analysis)

Hello, kaiju lovers! This week’s episode is a “traditional” mini-analysis of Latitude Zero, an almost obscure 1969 Toho science fiction film directed by Ishiro Honda,…Continue ReadingEpisode 30: ‘Latitude Zero’ (Mini-Analysis)


 2020-12-09  37m

Episode 29: ‘War of the Gargantuas’ (feat. Ben Chaffins)

Hello, kaiju lovers! In this episode, Nathan is joined by Sci-Fi Japan writer Ben Chaffins to discuss what is, honestly, an overrated classic: War of…Continue ReadingEpisode 29: ‘War of the Gargantuas’ (feat. Ben Chaffins)


 2020-11-25  47m

Episode 28: Nick Hayden vs. ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’

Hello, kaiju lovers! The Beast! The Beast! THE BEAST! From 20,000 Fathoms! Nathan is joined by his friend and regular Monster Island Tourist Nick Hayden…Continue ReadingEpisode 28: Nick Hayden vs. ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’


 2020-11-11  1h52m

Episode 27: ‘Frankenstein Conquers the World’ (feat. Travis Alexander)

Hello, kaiju lovers! “FRONKENSTEEN! FRONKENSTEEN!” In what has to be a providential “accident,” our Halloween episode is the perfect kaiju film for the spookiest time…Continue ReadingEpisode 27: ‘Frankenstein Conquers the World’ (feat. Travis Alexander)


 2020-10-28  1h7m

Episode 26: The Metters vs. ‘Daimajin Strikes Again’

Hello, kaiju lovers! The “Daimajin Days” come to a close with Joe and Joy Metter returning to discuss Daimajin Strikes Again. The final film of…Continue ReadingEpisode 26: The Metters vs. ‘Daimajin Strikes Again’


 2020-10-14  1h35m


Adrift in the Giant Monster Fandom, Travis sends a message to his friends as his passion starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Podcasters, Kaiju Groupie,…Continue ReadingKAIJU QUARANTINE 3 Promo Trailer


 2020-10-09  2m