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...
Hello, kaiju lovers! The unintentional “epic films month” continues with 1959’s The Three Treasures (aka The Birth of Japan), but thankfully this episode doesn’t cross…Continue ReadingEpisode 13: ‘The Three Treasures’ (Mini-Analysis)
Hello, kaiju lovers! It’s an epic episode for an epic movie! No, not that stupid parody film. Nathan is joined by Daniel DiManna, the creator…Continue ReadingEpisode 12: Daniel DiManna vs. ‘King Kong’ (2005)
Hello, kaiju lovers! In Nathan’s continuing series of mini-sodes on films covered by Bran Scherschel on Kaijuvision Radio after Nathan left the show, he examines…Continue ReadingEpisode 11: ‘Varan the Unbelievable’ (Mini-Analysis)
Hello, kaiju lovers! Despite a slight delay thanks to MIFV mascots Goji-kun and Bro Kong hiding Nathan’s laptop, the unavoidable has happened: King Kong Lives.…Continue ReadingEpisode 10: John LeMay vs. ‘King Kong Lives’
Hello, kaiju lovers! Nathan covers yet another film discussed on his former podcast, Kaijuvision Radio, by Brian Scherschell: Ishiro Honda’s 1957 tokusatsu classic, The Mysterians.…Continue ReadingEpisode 9: ‘The Mysterians’ (Mini-Analysis)
Hello, kaiju lovers! We’re kicking off 2020 with the Eighth Wonder’s return to Hollywood in a film brought about by Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis.…Continue ReadingEpisode 8: Ben Avery vs. ‘King Kong’ (1976)
Merry Christmas, kaiju lovers! As part of Nathan’s continuing series on films covered in his absence on Kaijuvision Radio, this mini-sode examines Ishiro Honda’s 1955…Continue ReadingEpisode 7: ‘Half Human’ (Mini-Analysis)
Hello, kaiju lovers! In the latest episode of the “Kong Quest” (which is finally mentioned by name on the air!), Nathan is joined once again…Continue ReadingEpisode 6: Nick Hayden vs. ‘King Kong Escapes’
(FYI: This was recorded before the news that 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong would be delayed). Hello, kaiju lovers! In this special “side Kong Quest” (…Continue ReadingEpisode 5: John LeMay Presents ‘King Kong vs.
Hello, kaiju lovers! After Jimmy From NASA flies him back to Indiana to get his microphone, Timothy Deal of the Derailed Trains of Thought podcast…Continue ReadingEpisode 4: Timothy Deal vs. ‘Son of Kong’