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  1. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    I know John Agar being a crumb as you say in movies like Revenge of the Creature and The Mole People, but in Invisible Invaders, the movie expects us to feel sorry for the guy he shot and does no one on notice that that guy had a gun and was going to kill him and take his jeep?
  2. This is a topic on any strange things that appear in old sci-fi movies. If you notice something in any movies please share it.
  3. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    Why does everyone get mad at John Agar in Invisible Invaders? Yeah he killed that guy but did no one notice that he was threatening to kill them? What a bunch of jerks.
  4. Japanese Horror

    I have never seen a complete Japanese horror movie with exception of the first Godzilla. I know most people consider it sci-fi but I consider it a horror movie, it has many scenes that certainly have horrific events such as the scenes in the hospital, the mother holding her children, Serizawa's death and the prayer, A Prayer for Peace. Not to mention the movie is based of real events which happened in Japan.
  5. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    Go to Google Docs, go to insert and put both of the pictures there.
  6. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    I just mean George Pal seemed to have stuntmen going on fire quite a bit in his movies. Once when the heat ray destroys the base and when George fights the morlocks.
  7. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    Did George Pal just like to set people on fire? it happens in War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.
  8. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    Yesterday I saw Invasion of the Body Snatchers and wondered if the name of the town was intentional or not. Santa Mira which sounds like mirror like they where the mirror image?
  9. I know Paul Frees does the voices but does anyone know who wore the suits?
  10. Has anyone noticed that in It Came from Beneath the Sea they bring the flamethrowers on a fire truck? Kind of an odd paradox.
  11. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    I'll check it out. Thank you.
  12. Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    In Twenty Million Miles to Earth, there is a shot where we see the farmer holding his gun after he stabs the Ymir with a pitchfork, in the next shot he is still holding the pitchfork.
  13. Them! Headrest

    I've decided to make a series about any odd thing I see in a 50s or 60s sci fi in the general discussion form, I think I remember something from 20 Million Miles to Earth.
  14. Them! Headrest

    This is kind of a joke, but has anyone ever noticed General O'Brien's headrest in the helicopter in Them!.
  15. Them! Headrest

    By the way, I took your advice and I found something out about It Came From Beneath the Sea, I put it in genral discussion if you want to see it.
  16. Them! Headrest

    I'm glad we had this conversation and I hope General O'Brien never hits his head.
  17. It Came from Beneath the Sea. Fire trucks vs. flamethrowers

    I know but flamethrowers are usually used to start fires, while fire trucks put out fires.
  18. Them! Headrest

    Thank you, it was just something strange that I noticed and I thought people might find it to be interesting.
  19. Horror Trivia

    HORROR TRIVIA 1.Who filled in for Glenn Strange after he hurt his leg in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein? 2.Who was William Henry Pratt? 3.What was the name of Bela Lugosi's character in The Wolf man? 4.Which monsters fought each other in 1943? 5.Who wrote The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? 6.What monster was found in the amazon in 1954? 7.What where the monsters in Them!? 8.Who was Willis O'Brien? 9.What does "kaiju" mean? 10.What did Bram Stoker write? Answers. 1.Lon Chaney Jr. 2.Boris Karloff. 3.Bela. 4.Frankenstein and the Wolf man. 5.Robert Louis Stevenson. 6.The Creature from the Black Lagoon. 7.Giant Ants. 8.The man who made King Kong. 9.Monster or strange beast. 10.Dracula.
  20. Them! Headrest

    I'm sure it was a set but what I mean by joke is that it looks like a ladder that has two metal bars, if he had to stop quickly then he'd probably knock himself out or a least he would probably bleed.
  21. Rest in Peace - Haruo Nakajima - Godzilla Suit Actor

    Thank you very much. I enjoyed writing this and I felt it was a nice little piece to remember him, Thank you.
  22. My Tribute to Haruo Nakajima by Stephen O'Brien Age 14 Haruo Nakajima was the man who made Godzilla an iconic character. Mr. Nakajima was born on January 1, 1929, in a small town in Yamagata, Japan. From the time he was a young boy he was very athletic by diving for seaweed for an after school job. During World War II he was trained to be a pilot but never saw any action. After the war he became a stuntman in the rising Japanese film industry, usually cast in samurai movies, including a part in the 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Meanwhile Toho studios had planned to make a film in Indonesia but that project was canceled by the Indonesian government. Toho was desperate for a hit but was not sure how to proceed.One day producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was looking out the window of his plane and saw the dark, menacing ocean below and wondered what might lurk down there. All at once he had an image of a giant, terrifying monster. In America, the classic movie King Kong, originally screened in 1933 was re-released in 1952 and a new monster movie, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), featuring stop-motion action caused a sensation. Back in Japan the special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya who saw King Kong as a boy wanted to bring the Toho monster to life through stop-motion. The problem was that stop-motion animation was an expensive, complex and time consuming process and there were no technicians in Japan skilled enough to work on it. Furthermore Tsuburaya estimated that it would take seven years to complete, Tanaka objected to this plan so it was decided to use a man in a suit, but this new concept presented its own problems; he needed someone strong enough to play the part . Haruo Nakajima was working on a film called Eagle of the Pacific and there was a scene where an actor had to jump out of a burning plane, and since he had been trained as a pilot, he volunteered. When Ishiro Honda saw this he asked Haruo to play the role of the kaiju (monster) in the upcoming film and Haruo accepted. No one had any idea of what the creature might act like, so Haruo decided to have lunch at the zoo and observed large animals such as bears and elephants so that he could replicate the way large animals move. When the suit of the creature was finally revealed and Haruo tried it on, it was so heavy and hot that he could barely move. Therefore, another suit was created and while it would still be troublesome, it was somewhat better than the first. In order to create the illusion of a giant monster, the camera would have to be sped up two or three times faster so Haruo had to walk very fast in order to match the footage. He also kept his arms close to his body so that he looked more like a dinosaur. To ease the burden on him, a special half-suit of Godzilla’s legs were constructed and held up by suspenders. This was used for shots in which the viewer can only see Godzilla’s legs. When Gojira (In America, Godzilla 1954) opened, the film was a success so when the next film,Godzilla Raids Again (1955) was being filmed, a better constructed suit was made, but it was still cumbersome and hot. In this movie Godzilla fought Katsumi Tezuka’s Anguirus and during the climax, after being covered in an avalanche of ice, Haruo crashed through the stage floor. In 1956 Toho was planning to make another kaiju movie called Radon (Rodan). This one was about murders taking place in a mine with the killers revealed as giant bugs called Meganulons. An enormous egg is also discovered which turns out to be a huge flying reptile called Rodan. A scene where Rodan attacks a bridge and falls in the water was really an accident; the cables holding Haruo broke, but he fortunately landed in the water tank below saving his life. He played two more giant monsters in the 1950s: Moguera in The Mysterians (1957), and Varan in Varan the Unbelievable (1958). His next role was in 1961’s Mosura (In America, Mothra) in which he played the head of the Mothra larvae (the suit was forty feet long and had to have seven actors in it). In scenes were Mothra is a moth, the kaiju is a puppet rather than an actor. His next film was one that would return him to the Godzilla role, King Kong vs Godzilla (1962). He would also play Maguma in Gorath (1962). His only kaiju role in 1963 was as a mushroom man from Matango. Mothra vs Godzilla (1964) was perhaps Haruo’s most difficult time playing Godzilla. For instance when Godzilla attacks the Nagoya castle, he stumbles into the pagoda but it didn’t collapse as expected because it was so well made. Another time, when the army attacks Godzilla, his head is seen catching fire but he was fortunately not injured because the fire did not reach the neck where his breathing and eyeholes were. Haruo played Godzilla again in Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster (1964) and Godzilla vs Monster Zero (1965); although Ghidorah mostly used puppets and Monster Zero mostly used a giant foot and stock footage. His next role would be in Frankenstein vs Baragon (1965), more commonly known in the U.S as Frankenstein Conquers the World. He played Baragon, a giant dinosaur who fought the Frankenstein monster in the film’s finale; his role in this movie is amazing because he had to be buried under the stage, something no other actor had ever done. He wore the suit four more times; twice in the tv show Ultraman as Gabora and Neronga, once in Ultra Q as Pagos and for what little screen time Baragon has in Destroy all Monsters. Haruo’s next role was his favorite next to the first Godzilla. This was Gaira the green Frankenstein from 1966’s Frankenstein’s Monsters; Sanda vs Gaira, (In America War of the Gargantuas). Gaira is the only character whom he played who had eye slits, and Haruo felt that he was able to give more emotion to the role. The same year he played Godzilla for the seventh time in Ebirah: Horror of the Deep. Around the same time he was helping Eiji Tsuburaya with Ultra Q and Ultraman by choreographing monster battles and by playing monsters in the shows. Next he played Godzilla for only a few scenes in Son of Godzilla because the suit was bigger than usual to contrast with Minya. Another thing that Haruo did that no man ever did and probably never will again is to play both Godzilla and King Kong, as he played the title character in King Kong Escapes. Unfortunately Kong’s eyes were plastic and looked unrealistic and he wasn’t able to give Kong the same emotions as he had with Gaira. Still, he delivered a nice role by doing things an ape might do, such as walking on his hands, pounding his chest and, like Kong, using a tree as a weapon. By 1968 Haruo Nakajima had worn the Godzilla suit in twelve movies; as well as having played different characters in modified Godzilla suits such as Gomess from Ultra Q and Jirass from Ultraman but at this time Toho was planning to make just one more Godzilla film called Destroy all Monsters. However they decided to make another called Godzilla’s Revenge (1969) and it mostly used stock footage except for the final battle. The next film Haruo worked on was Latitude Zero (1969), in which he played a griffin. Space Amoeba (1970) he played Gezora and Gainemes which would be two of the strangest Toho monsters ever and perhaps two of the most interesting roles he would ever play; Gezora being a giant cuttlefish and Ganimes being a crab. Haruo began to lose interest in the role of Godzilla because Eiji Tsuburaya had died in 1970 but in 1971 he returned as Godzilla in Godzilla vs Hedorah. Godzilla vs Gigan (1972), was the last Godzilla film he made and besides some very minor roles in other movies, this was the last time he played the character which he had brought to terrifying life. After many years of retirement, he appeared at G Fest, a Godzilla convention several times and has been mentioned in G Fan magazine many times, as well as having a comic about him telling the story of his life in (G Fan issue 109). There is even a plastic toy (which is very rare) of Nakajima using the Godzilla legs with suspenders. On August 7, 2017, there was sad news for G Fans everywhere. Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla, had died at the age of 88. Although he is dead he is still remembered by G Fans all over the world. In an interview with him called The Man who was Godzilla he said this, “In the end, the Godzilla I played remains on film forever”.

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