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31 (Japanese) Monsters #2: Frankenstein

October 2nd, 2010

You might be thinking, “But Dave, you said that these were Japanese monsters.” Clearly, you have never been exposed to the madness that is Frankenstein Conquers the World, aka Frankenstein vs. Baragon. Now, if you’re wondering why Frankenstein’s monster is fighting a firebreathing dinosaur, keep in mind that at one point Toho Studios planned to make Godzilla vs. Frankenstein. See, it all makes sense.

We will return to this film later in the month, but for now, here comes…


Monster Island Nickname Flattop
Hails From Germany
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
Hobbies Greco-Roman Wrestling, Decoupage
Quote “Frankenstein was the doctor, thank you very much!”

Our story begins during the waning days of World War II, when Nazi soldiers steal the still-beating heart of Frankenstein’s Monster from a mad scientist’s castle and ship it via submarine to their Japanese allies.* Unfortunately, their destination of choice is Hiroshima. Oops.

Years later, a rapidly-growing, flatheaded kid is running around the recovering city. Some descriptions of the plot suggest that he was a starving orphan who discovered the heart and ate it. (Ick.) That’s unsubstantiated by the film, though. It’s pretty clear that this is what you get when you take Frankenstein’s heart–which, as we all know, is immortal and has regenerative powers–and nuke it.

Oh, and then there’s a dinosaur. Because, you know, Japan.

*There’s still so much we don’t know about the Second World War.

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