Monster of the Day #1279

It was a shock to realize that I’d already run out of B-Fest monsters. There was such a generally pleasing spread of films (albeit including a potentially troubling increase in mainstream non-genre movies, which does threaten to redefine what the Fest is) that monsters were surprisingly sparse on the ground. After Adventures of Hercules, which offers but a few bits of monster action, there was but Caltiki (the second movie) and Super Inframan (the last movie), both of them already subjects here on MotD.

Adventures of Hercules wasn’t the only movie where he blatantly ‘borrowed’ really famous monsters, though. Here he offered a really, really cheap looking distaff version of Talos. Cozzi, you magnificent bastard.


  • Beckoning Chasm

    I vaguely recall that this statue was really, really drunk…either that, or the animator was.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    By the way, there was a neat little “making of” thing on the blue-ray of Starcrash in which Cozzi said he was in no way influenced by Star Wars. I think he may have said he’d never even seen it.

  • Gamera977

    Yeah, Cozzi said Star Wars hadn’t even played in Italy when he was making SC. He claimed all he knew about it was it was from a novelization he picked up in an airport.
    He also claimed that he was a huge fan of Harryhausen’s films and had always wanted to make something similar so SC was a homage and more a generic space adventure film than a SW rip-off. Or so he claims anyhow.
    They also reveal that if the special effects look like something one guy threw together in his garage… well they were made by one talented maniac working day and night in his garage. And the whole Floating City was tacked on at the end of production and the same guy built and filmed it in about a day or so.

  • bgbear_rnh

    That would look really good in front of a muffler shop.

  • CaptNemo

    Not many people know that Roger Corman made a Fantastic 4 Silver Surfer picture too.

  • Flangepart

    Not many robots need bras. I’m just sayin’…

  • bgbear_rnh

    and Howard Hughes is just the man to design it.

  • The Rev.

    Oh goddammit you saw Super Inframan on the big screen?!? AAAAAAARRGGHHH!!!!

    *several minutes of shrieking and swearing later*

    That’s quite a still there. I don’t recall that statue looking anywhere near that clear in the movie.

  • Rock Baker

    I remember quite a few monsters in the Hercules movie. Aside from the rotoscoped Kong, dinosaurs, and Id Monster, there was the stop motion Medusa, the glowing phantoms, and I thought a couple of rubber beasties Herc wrestled with.

  • Ken_Begg

    You may be right, it was the first movie and I was only paying limited attention. Frankly, I thought the whole thunderbolts quest was a tad lame. I think the first movie is better by dint of starring Sybil Danning’s Cleavage, the hilarious bear scene, the robot versions of the monsters, and some of the sloppiest myth research ever (“It’s the [robot] Hydra, the three-headed guardian of Hades!”).

  • Flangepart

    Robo-Hydra…King Gidorah workin’ over time for some extra cash.

  • And I disagree totally. The biggest monsters of the Fest were Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall, who definitely haven’t been featured yet. Anyone who would do that to the people around them, particularly their kids, qualifies!

    Why yes, I *am* still just a teeny bit angry about “Roar”.