Glitternight Productions strikes again with a very entertaining new cable television series! Cult film and television director Eddie Wozniak has put together a show called American Kaiju. The brilliant premise of the show: Wozniak will be pitting “big” creatures from 1950s American schlock films against each other in the style of 1960s and 1970s Japanese Kaiju movies.
Instead of battles like Godzilla vs Mothra or Gamera vs Barugon, American Kaiju will feature 66 minute episodes like tonight’s The Amazing Colossal Man vs the Giant Claw. The premise the show proceeds from is that Glenn Manning, the 60 feet tall Colossal Man in question, neither died nor became the deformed monster from Attack of the Colossal Beast.
Instead Manning was kept alive and well in Area 51 as a specialized operative against the proliferation of gigantic bugs and monsters from outer space that plagued the U.S. in the 1950s. American Kaiju has a lot of fun with how odd the mindset and attitudes of that era seem compared with today without getting overly political.
It’s all good fun as the Colossal Man will battle another brobdignagian beast every week, just like Ultra Man from Japanese television. The special effects are marvelous for the destruction of U.S. cities like Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others.
This premier episode will pit Manning against the giant anti-matter buzzard from The Giant Claw. The Colossal Man is fighting to save the entire planet in this story and the paranoid reaction of the Soviet Union to Glenn Manning’s continued existence is worth tuning in for all by itself!
The Soviets are frightened at the possibility of America having “Giant Human Supremacy” and start exposing unwilling citizens of the U.S.S.R. to the type of radiation that made Glenn Manning grow to a height of 60 feet. I wouldn’t dream of spoiling the comedic payoff to that setup. You’ll just need to watch it for yourself tonight!
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