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‘X’ploder: A Place Beyond Shame (1980)

‘X’ploder: A Place Beyond Shame (1980)

Adult cinema sensation Seka (The Seduction of Cindy) stars in this x-rated feature, co-produced and co-directed by New York smut icon Fred J. Lincoln (Serena: An Adult Fairytale) and prolific actress Sharon Mitchell (The Devil in Miss Jones Part II) for Cybercraft in one of […]

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

For the best part of two decades, from the first Godzilla in 1954 through Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972, actor Haruo NAKAJIMA served as the literal backbone of Toho Company’s tokusatsu production. A pioneer of the process of special effects suit acting, Nakajima performed the difficult and often […]

John Agar against the INVISIBLE INVADERS: The Most Fantastic Battle Ever Fought!

John Agar against the INVISIBLE INVADERS: The Most Fantastic Battle Ever Fought!

“You would see nothing! We are invisible. We are invisible, Adam Penner! Long ago we learned to change the molecular structure of our bodies. You cannot see us.” It’s difficult to say for certain whether 1959’s Invisible Invaders has an awful lot on its mind, or […]

The Depression-era spectacle of Felix E. Feist’s DELUGE

The Depression-era spectacle of Felix E. Feist’s DELUGE

It’s been nearly 90 years since RKO’s Deluge first raged across the silver screen, leveling the concrete modernity of 1933 to rubble and inviting audiences to ponder the consequences, but its history, beyond those first furtive months of general release, has been a troubled one. Indeed, one could […]

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

Tokusatsu Tuesdays is a regular feature relating to Japanese special effects entertainments and their associated whatsits, and a bridge, so to speak, between ExploderButton.com and its sister site, Eiga · Bouei.  Just a short write-up for all of you this Tuesday. The artwork shared below […]

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Tokusatsu Tuesdays is a regular feature relating to Japanese special effects entertainments and their associated whatsits, and a bridge, so to speak, between ExploderButton and its sister site, Eiga · Bouei.  Out of the string of grim and out-there sci-fi horrors Shochiku Company produced at […]

「シン・ゴジラ」 Shin Godzilla

It’s been three days now since I caught up to Toho Co.’s big-deal series reboot Shin Godzilla. While my thoughts on the film are still running ramshackle through my brain I felt it pertinent to put them to paper none the less, particularly since I’ll be attending […]

Ici, c’est Pepsi

An animated moment from Daiei Company’s 1970 children’s drama The Little Hero (Boku wa Go-sai / I am Five), a feel-good yarn about a young boy who embarks on a four-hundred kilometer pilgrimage to find his widowed working-class father in Ōsaka. The Pepsi signage is one of the clues the boy […]

「成熟」 The Awakening

Yūko KANŌ (Keiko SEKINE) is the daughter of a comfortably middle class farming family, an ace student, and a prominent member of her agricultural high school’s photo club to boot, but finds herself at odds with her small community’s rigid traditionalism after a minor transgression at a […]

「丑三つの村」Village of Doom

Young Tsugio INUMARU (Masato FURUOYA) is a perennial invalid, and something of a pariah in his rural village. It’s the late 1930s, and at a time when the rest of the village’s young men have been enlisted into the Imperial Army the sickly Tsugio is […]

「暴風圏」 A Storm Zone

After the unexpected death of her father in an automobile accident care-free Misako (Junko KANŌ) is appointed the unlikely president of the family’s prominent shipping company. Despite her inexperience Misako puts forth great effort to learn the business and gradually gains the trust of both […]

‘X’ploder: Mister Hipp Goes to Town – The UNDERCOVERS Notes

‘X’ploder: Mister Hipp Goes to Town – The UNDERCOVERS Notes

Where golden-age pornography is concerned, 1982’s Undercovers is no lost classic. I had certainly never heard of the film before it found its way into a package of big-box VHS tapes I ordered, and having watched it, I can say that’s no surprise. An unambitious […]

Banned  Japan: From Tsuburaya Productions with Love

Banned Japan: From Tsuburaya Productions with Love

Given the very nature of the sort of cinema I gravitate towards its an unavoidable fact that every now and again I stumble onto something that’s banned somewhere, but this may be the first time I’ve ever crossed paths with a banned episode of a […]

Saturday Monster Matinee:「ゴジラ・ミニラ・ガバラ オール怪獣大進撃」All Monsters Attack

Saturday Monster Matinee:「ゴジラ・ミニラ・ガバラ オール怪獣大進撃」All Monsters Attack

My memories of Godzilla’s tenth screen adventure are fonder than usual. It aired on television constantly as I was growing up, being one of the U.P.A. Productions of America properties that TNT broadcast on a regular basis, and thanks to a grandmother sympathetic to my […]

Disc Love: Luigi Cozzi’s ‘Contamination’ (2015 Arrow Video Blu-ray)

Disc Love: Luigi Cozzi’s ‘Contamination’ (2015 Arrow Video Blu-ray)

A love note to the classic science fiction cinema of the past by way of an Alien-derived horror fantasy about Martian eggs that make people explode, Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination isn’t quite like anything else that emerged from the Italian genre film scene of the latter ’70s / early ’80s. The […]

Earth Attack Order: Godzilla vs. Gigan「地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン」

Earth Attack Order: Godzilla vs. Gigan「地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン」

Aliens in orange leisure suits plot world conquest from a theme park, and it’s up to a comic artist and his friends (with an assist from Japan’s preeminent monster star) to stop them in Godzilla vs. Gigan, the twelfth entry in Toho Co.’s iconic monster franchise. […]

Creeping! Crawling! Crushing! Bill Rebane’s ‘The Giant Spider Invasion’ to Blu-ray and DVD next week from VCI

Creeping! Crawling! Crushing! Bill Rebane’s ‘The Giant Spider Invasion’ to Blu-ray and DVD next week from VCI

Update (6/13/2015): The original post continues below – received the Blu-ray on Wednesday and wanted to share some quick thoughts. Firstly, I really wanted to love this release. The film is a bona fide household favorite, and there was the potential, at least, to really knock the socks off […]

Saturday Monster Matinee: Virgil Vogel’s ‘The Land Unknown’

Saturday Monster Matinee: Virgil Vogel’s ‘The Land Unknown’

A trio of naval researchers and an intrepid journalist find themselves lost in a prehistoric oasis after their expedition crash lands while investigating a mysterious warm water region in Antarctica. There they must contend with voracious dinosaurs, killer plants, and one crazed survivalist, all while trying to […]