Rodan and the other Rodan
Thanks to TiVo and a keyword search on "Japan", I found a late night showing of the original Rodan, which I recorded and watched in pieces for a few nights. I love these old movies, and this was definitely no exception, but there were a few surprises, since I didn't remember much about it all! First, here's a huge build up before we finally get to see Rodan hatch from the egg, where a bunch of mine workers have to fight giant caterpillar creatures (which baby Rodan eats right after hatching). The next big shock is that there are two Rodan monsters! Everyone is confused because airplanes keep getting attacked, and no one knows how since both creatures fly at super-sonic speeds. Eventually they figure out they are nesting in a volcano, and they simply just bomb the heck out of them. We get to see both of them flopping around on fire (while the narrator wonders if he could ever "die so well"). It was fun to watch - I really need to rent more kaiju films and build up my monster knowledge!