Friday, March 11, 2011

ATTACK OF THE SUPER MONSTERS / Tsuburaya Productions - 1982

Welcome to Friday Frights with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Get ready for an early example of the use of 2-D animation and 3-D action, all at the same time. I love this over the top attempt to fuse the two together! It's actually the first 4 of a 20 episode Japanese TV series from 1977!

The story goes like this... In the year 2000 it's discovered that the dinosaurs did not die off, but, instead, are still alive and live near the center of the Earth! Cooool!.. err, I mean.. smokin'... Anyway, the evil Lord Tyrannus uses his mutated dinosaur slaves in his effort to take over the Earth. Gemini Force, a group of four superpowered teens who've pledged to protect the Earth, fight the flood of mayhem the Super Monsters unleash!!

The music is by Toshiaki Tsushima, Robert J. Walsh and Seiji Yokoyama, all impressive composers. For example, Robert Walsh has 40 soundtrack credits that include Q, YOUNG WARRIORS, PET CEMATARY II, MONKEY TROUBLE, EYE FOR AN EYE, SLC PUNK!, AMY'S ORGASM, THE MATTHEW SHEPARD STORY, EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, THE RAVEN and WWE SMACKDOWN vs RAW 2010!

So, let's get down and fuzzy, because, here's that lil' Dungeon devil and buddy, give it up... for, yes, wait for it........ Ralphie The Tarantula!! Hoo-Rah! Okay then, why not get this show on the old road with tonite's Eariffic Earclip, here's!... ATTACK OF THE SUPER MONSTERS!

Lord Tyrannus rules from his sinister looking underground lair! I love his voice, it was done by Mike Reynolds. Get this, the Lord Tyrannus dinosaur suit was also used for the Tyrannosaurs Rex in the film, THE LAST DINOSAUR!

All dogs are turned into fiendish killer beasts, and, humans are their target!

Inside the Gemini Base, the Gemini Force get details of an invasion from underground by... dinosaurs?.. Now, wait a minit... I thot that them critters was extinct!

The Force take their plane out to evaluate the damage. Highly skilled special effects people were used for the production, ones who had already worked for Toho and others.

The plane breaks into pieces, so that they can multitask!

Time for the Gemini Transfer!.. Hey, Yo!!

The plane converts into the Gemini Transfer Fighting Machine. It does a flip to show it's underside, and, don't you dare forget those intimidating, giant saw blades!!

The next wave of terror is led by the Pterodactyl, thousands of manical bats take to the sky to attack all humans!

Damn convincing looking at times!

Capt. Starbuck takes some time off to work on a tune!

There are even these possessed rats that attack young kids on their way home from school!

Awesome shot!!

Beautiful explosion!!

This nosey dino gets a big old face full'a blue funk!

Lord Tyrannus can even spew out killer smog!

Time for the Gemini Transfer, again!

Even after the Gemini Force saws his arm off and freezes his ass solid, a dinosaur comes to Tyrannus's rescue by breathing fire on him, and, it thaws him out!!

Great parting shot of the awesome Gemini Transfer Fighting Machine!

Tune in tomorrow at 5:13 pm PST for who knows what surprise Eegah!! might let loose on us, with... Saturday Shock!

Ghoulnight Everbloody!!..

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