Episode Two of the hottest new cable show in the land airs tonight. That program is American Kaiju from cult film and television director Eddie Wozniak. The brilliant premise of the show: Wozniak pits “big” creatures from 1950s American schlock films against each other in the style of 1960s and 1970s Japanese Kaiju movies.
Last week’s premier episode saw Glenn Manning, the 60 ft tall Colossal Man, battling the giant buzzard from outer space featured in the film The Giant Claw. Tonight Manning clashes with the gigantic spider from Earth vs the Spider.
The spider was mutated by radiation (naturally) and is rampaging through Phoenix, AZ when the government summons its special operative the Colossal Man to leave his Area 51 home and save thousands of lives from the atomic arachnid.
Last week’s story featured New York City suffering the type of large-scale destruction that Tokyo grew accustomed to long ago. This time around it’s Phoenix’ turn as Manning and the enormous spider tangle all through town, culminating in a final showdown up on Camelback Mountain.
The show has a lot of fun with the changes between 1950’s America and today but without getting tiresomely political. It’s more like a Back to the Future-eye view of Eisenhower’s America with plenty of hindsight humor regarding figures we know go on to greater prominence. (People like Ronald Reagan, John F Kennedy, etc)
One of tonight’s cutesy jokes involves Adlai Stevenson pompously predicting that the British Monarchy will be dissolved and banned by the year 2000 … but the Soviet Union will still be going strong!
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