31 (Japanese) Monsters #12: The Giant Devilfish
If a movie in which the irradiated heart of Frankenstein’s Monster regenerates into a 70-foot teenager with a flat head and fights a burrowing dinosaur isn’t odd enough, it could’ve been even weirder. And this time the Japanese weren’t at fault.
Frankenstein Conquers the World (which I first mentioned a couple of weeks ago) was a co-production between Toho and Henry Saperstein’s United Productions of America. Saperstein had been impressed by the octopus puppet that appeared in King Kong vs. Godzilla and insisted on reusing it, despite an octopus being neither necessary nor germane.
So it was that one of the most curious deleted scenes in all of Godzilla-dom came to include…
The Giant Devilfish!
|Monster Island Nickname||Wait…what? Why is there a giant devilfish?|
|Hails From||The Fevered Mind of Henry Saperstein|
|Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
|2 (neither of which is this one)|
|Hobbies||Appearing Without Cause, Mountaineering|
|Quote||“I’m not sure, I just got here myself!”|
So, the script for Frankenstein Conquers the World ends with the title creature battling Baragon the dinosaur amidst a raging forest fire. As Baragon falls dead, the ground beneath Frankenstein’s Monster parts without reasonable cause and the titanic teen is swallowed by the earth.
However, in the Saperstein-mandated alternate ending, Frankenstein throws down the lifeless body of Baragon. Then he spots something! It’s a giant octopus! Climbing up the mountainside! As octopi do!
Forgetting about the flaming forest, Frankenstein begins hurling rocks at the inexplicable intruder. And, as this is a rubber octopus, there is really nothing it can do until Frank gamely wraps its tentacles around him. The two tussle until the cephalopod pulls its opponent over a cliff into a convenient lake. They sink to the bottom, and are never seen again. The end.
Even though the scene was filmed–and featured prominently in promotional stills–it never made the final cut of either the Japanese or American versions. It’s on the DVD though, and you can see it for yourself on YouTube. There’s also an excellent article about it on Godzilla scholar August Ragone’s website.
And the giant devilfish eventually did fight a Frankenstein Monster (of sorts), but that’s another story…