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5.0 out of 5 stars
Rodan - Frighfully scary then frightfully silly, 4 Feb. 2005
I first saw Rodan shortly after it came out, sitting in third row seats in the Biltmore theater in Brooklyn, New York - 50 cents for a double feature.
The scariest part of Rodan was the first half hour when miners enter a mineshaft partially filled with water. As they are wading slowly through the water, you KNOW something is going to happen. One by one they are pulled under water screaming in terror.
A few manage to escape and return with others, the same fate befalling them. Only later are we introduced to the culprits - giant claw-jawed caterpillar-like insects that emit the shrillest of ear piercing sounds - the ugliest insects on both sides of the Pacific. Apparently, these insects live in the mine and become breakfast for the Rodan Brothers when they first hatch out of their eggs, an event witnessed by one of the survivors of the mineshaft carnage.
Once both Rodans appear and wreak havoc upon Tokyo - after Japanese air force F-86 Sabre jets try their luck - does the film turn to schlock - the Rodan Brothers' wings have Saran wrap covering on them, are moved by monofilament fishing string, and the tanks sent out to battle them look like something from a Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box.
Still, the movie is a classic, and provided an interesting early insight for me into the Japanese proclivity to cinematically lay their cities to waste.