Monster of the Day #1092

Unsurprisingly, I considered posting some of the other ghouls from Plan 9, but decided to hold them in reserve for B-Fests to come. Here’s the Fest’s final monster, from Korea’s extremely weird stab at a Toho-style kaiju flick. It remains most notable for having the most obnoxious Kenny ever. Personally, I would have gone with Yog or something, but still, you can’t argue with this sort of picture.

The kids running the Fest this year did a pretty good job, Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary aside. However, like many (and most student organizers only work on one of these or two at best), they didn’t take scheduling enough into account. Not so much the films themselves, but the order they were played. This played at 2:00 AM on Friday/Saturday morning, leaving over 14 hours of Fest to go. It was the last monster film. Whereas 6 out of the first 7 movies features monsters.

Still, again, it must be said it was largely a very successful Fest. I don’t mean to slight them at all.

  • One of the grossest giant monster deaths ever.

  • Flangepart

    Any one with hemorrhoids can sympathise…yeesh!
    Yongarry and Baragon should hook up with the other horn snouts. Form their own gang, The DaiRhinos.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Is this the first Yongary or the sequel? I’ve sen the first (got it on a double feature with KONGA, which is every bit as gloriously insane as Mister Begg said), and yeesh that kid. I was hoping the monster would eat him.

  • Gamera977

    I’ve never seen this but just read El Santo’s review- death from anal bleeding!?! Gee frelling whiz!!!

    Looks like the whole thing is on YouTube, guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

  • bgbear_rnh

    At least it wasn’t because he had something happen upfront for more than 4 hours.

  • Flangepart

    Ya know, many a B fan has wanted to see a Kenny get his / hers.
    Oh, I saw that happen in a monster comic (Fall from chopper) but ya never see it when you really need it.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Oh my god, it killed Kenny. You saint!

  • First. As far as I know, there was no sequel. Just a horrible, horrible remake that makes Deanzilla look like classic Godzilla.

  • The “special effects” are the real draw. It’s a great film.

  • The Rev.

    I wouldn’t go that far; I was occasionally entertained by the remake. I don’t think the ’98 Godzilla entertained me even on accident.
    Not that Yonggary/Reptilian doesn’t still suck, mind you.
    Anyway, you can tell this is the original because it’s a man-in-a-suit instead of crap-ass CGI.
    If there’s an actual sequel to the original, I am not aware of it.

  • Rock Baker

    Pretty solid Oriental monster fare, it’s sad the Koreans didn’t do more films like it. Also interesting to note that Yongary is one of the few such monsters to really take damage from the weapons arrayed against it. Chunks of the beast are actually blown off by missiles (or at least chunks of the suit are blown off by the charges), but he never slows down, in true “kaiju” fashion.

    Word has it the studio wanted some expert advice in exploring what was for them a new genre, and enlisted the aid of several Japanese effects men. The Yongary suit itself was reportedly built by the same crew who built the Gammera monsters at the time. As monster suits go, Yongary was certainly one of the better designed and executed. The level of detailing in the scales is pretty high, for example.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I watched the MST3K version of the original Gamera, and I had forgotten how utterly horrible that Kenny was.

  • I will give the Yonggary remake credit for at least knowing who its audience is. And hell, it might warrant a rewatching. Though with how my opinion of 98 Godzilla seems to be dropping with each viewing, that might not be for the best.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Don’t you just love how the kid keeps defending Gamera as a good guy even while the big turtle is shown killing thousands of people?

  • No. In fact I’ve been known to shout “HE’S A BAD TURTLE, TOSHIO!” in the middle of the night, as well as at complete strangers.

    Greatest disappointment of my life was him surviving to the end of the flick.

  • Gamera977

    After watching it I have to agree it was one of the most detailed suits I’ve seen in a Showa era kaiju. And the flying chunks are kinda funny.

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  • bgbear_rnh

    You’re just jealous cuz Kenny can just walk into any high security are without authorization.

  • Gamera977

    Lying in the river shivering like he has the DTs and bleeding from the tail, probably the least dignified death of any kaiju ever!

  • I can so walk into high security areas without authorization.

    Now walking out of them….

  • The Rev.

    It took me 16 years before I watched it a second time; it actually managed to be quite a bit worse than I remembered, and I hated it the first go-round.
    Luckily the 2nd time was the Rifftrax version, so much fun was had.

  • Sad to say, but I watched 98 Godzilla was one of the few movies I watched more than once in theaters. Since, every time I watch it, it slips. Mainly because I find the reporter lady vastly hateful and most the cast only slightly less so,

  • Gamera977

    After watching Yonggary I checked out that other S. Korean monster movie A*P*E and it might be damning with faint praise but Yonggary is a masterpiece compared to the latter!