Monster of the Day #822

When I saw the title of this episode–“Monster Plant”–I was wondering if we’d get a taste of Biollante. More than a taste, as you can see from the still of people being attacked by whipping tentacles, and then particularly the image of a monstrous rose.

More than that, the film also prefigures Legion from the second Heisie Gamera film, as the Monster Plant flowers and threatens to unleash its spores over the city. One can only assume some of the shakers who made those much later films saw this show as a kid and it really lodged in their heads.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I also see some parallels with monsters from Pokemon.

  • Flangepart

    Audry 2.0!

  • Gamera977

    Plants… never trusted them, they’re all silently plotting against us the animal overlords.

    Pollen allergies are just the beginning.

  • Ken_Begg

    Then beware…The Happening!

  • Gamera977

    It’s sad when ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’ is one of the better movies in a genre.

  • zombiewhacker

    Nah. The Thing From Another World featured a walking, blood-sucking carrot. Thing rules.

  • sandra

    My vegetable love shall grow vaster than empire and more slow. When I read that line, I always pictured a cabbage the size of the Superdome looming over the landscape.

  • The Rev.

    That second shot immediately made me think of the Legion-symbiotic flower, because the first one also grew up out of a building like that. The first is definitely Biollante-looking.

    The plant’s name, although not used in the original show, was Juran. I’m guessing its episode was one of the more horror-oriented ones, since it used its roots to trap and exsanguinate human prey, not to mention its toxic pollen. It, too, was brought back for one of the recent “Ultra Galaxy” movies, where it squared off against MotD 819, Litra.

  • Gamera977

    Can’t argue with that!

  • Flangepart

    Juran? First name…Nathan?
    Today’s DEADLY MANTIS!-MST3K ref, thank you very much.