FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE GIANT DEVIL FISH; FRANKENSTEIN VS BARAGON
(Furankenshutain Tai Chitei Kaiju Baragon)
Frankenstein Conquers the World has an outrageous premise the heart of the Frankenstein monster is taken to Japan by Nazis during World War II but is caught in the Hiroshima explosion where the radiation causes it to grow into a giant monster. It is a premise that looms with a rich swim of potential metaphors. Frankenstein Conquers the World could have been like the original Godzilla, which used a monster movie as a startling expiation of the pain and suffering from Hiroshima. Alas it isnt, even though it is directed by Godzilla director Ishiro Honda the cartoony child-like pulp of the Japanese monster movie has become so established that the film quickly falls into these lines without doing anything the slightest bit remarkable with the idea. The effects are cheap, although the climactic wrestling match between Frankenstein and Baragon, which looks like a reptilian puppy dog, is entertaining. By now, Frankenstein and his creation have become inseparably confused and the monster is simply referred to as Frankenstein rather than it being the name of the scientist as was originally the case.
Frankenstein Conquers the World was an American co-production and imports Nick Adams who also appeared in Tohos Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965) at the same time. Nick Adams, who looks like an older version of Disney star Tommy Kirk, is awful and makes a thoroughly unconvincing doctor.
War of the Gargantuas (1966) was a sequel. The creature Baragon also later turned up in Tohos grand monster movie bash Destroy All Monsters (1968) and made reappearances in subsequent films such as Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
Ishiro Hondas other genre films include:- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), Rodan the Flying Monster (1956), The Mysterians (1957), The H-Man (1958) about a radioactive blob that can dissolve people, the Yeti film Half-Human (1958), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), the space opera Battle in Outer Space (1961), Gorath (1962) about a rogue planet, King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra (1962), Atragon (1963) about a super-submarine, Attack of the Mushroom People/Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963), Godzilla vs the Thing/Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), Dagora the Space Monster (1964), The Human Vapor (1964) about a gaseous villain, Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), King Kong Escapes (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), the submarine adventure Latitude Zero (1969), Yog The Monster from Outer Space (1970) and Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976).