Kaiju Listby gavin6942 | created - 20 Jul 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
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1. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »
aka Frankenstein Conquers the World or Frankenstein vs. Baragon
How did a giant Frankenstein end up fighting monsters? Glad you asked, this is a good overview from Den of Geek:
The tale of how Frankenstein’s Monster arrived at Toho films is a long and storied one. In the 1960s, legendary animator Willis O’Brien wrote a script treatment where a giant version of Frankenstein’s Monster would face off against King Kong. Hollywood didn't bite, but Toho did. Toho was more interested in featuring their treasured Godzilla and produced Godzilla vs. King Kong instead. Toho became fascinated with the idea of Frankenstein and planned to produce Godzilla vs. Frankenstein. Toho eventually rejected the idea because Godzilla was still being used as a villain and they did not want him to put in the role of protector against Frankenstein, so they inserted a new monster, Baragon, into the script and produced Frankenstein Conquers the World. So what began in Willis O’Brien’s brain morphed into an amalgamation of madness.
2. Godzilla 1985 (1985)
PG | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.
Votes: 5,689 | Gross: $4.12M
aka The Return of Godzilla
Start of the Heisei era of kaiju films
3. Godzilla (1977)
106 min | Sci-Fi
In 1977, the film was purchased and colorized by Luigi Cozzi in a terrible way of a old negative print. When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off... See full summary »
4. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Unrated | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.
aka Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
5. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Godzilla is threatened by two new forces: Mogera - another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla - a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in space.
aka Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
6. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
G | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.
aka Destroy All Monsters
7. Space Amoeba (1970)
G | 84 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant... See full summary »
8. Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
Unrated | 97 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Mothra's twin nymphs and children from the city find a lost city, as well as a giant monster that is attracted to environmental calamities.
aka Rebirth of Mothra II or Mothra 2: The Undersea Battle
9. Varan the Unbelievable (1958)
87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake ... See full summary »
aka Giant Monster Varan
10. Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
Unrated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity.
aka Rebirth of Mothra
11. Atragon (1963)
TV-Y7 | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
When an ancient underground civilization and their snake-like guardian plots to reclaim the surface world, those of the surface fights back.
Features Manda a giant snake.
12. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)
Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast.
aka Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
13. Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
TV-G | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
To save the world, Mothra goes back in time in an attempt to defeat a younger King Ghidora.
aka Rebirth of Mothra III or Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks
14. Daimajin (1966)
Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.
Another giant monster movie series from Daiei, unusually they are period films featuring samurai.
Available in a nice triple pack DVD set.
15. Return of Daimajin (1966)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy
Giant statue exacts revenge upon those who conquer its worshippers.
aka Return of Daimajin
16. Wrath of Daimajin (1966)
Not Rated | 79 min | Fantasy
In a mountainous region of Japan, Lord Arakawa kidnaps the men of nearby villages to use as slave labor, producing gunpowder from his sulfur pits. A band of young boys decide to rescue their enslaved fathers on their own.
aka Wrath of Daimajin
17. The Magic Serpent (1966)
Not Rated | 86 min | Fantasy
In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of ... See full summary »
aka Battle of the Dragons
18. Big Man Japan (2007)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters.
Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $0.04M
aka Big Man Japan
An excellent tribute to giant monster movies, contrasting modern dour CGI fests with the dayglo funfests of yore (at least that is my interpretation, although it is only one of the levels this works on).
19. King Kong Escapes (1967)
G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
aka King Kong Escapes
20. Ultraman (1968)
79 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A feature-length compilation of episodes of the famous Japanese sci-fi TV series about a futuristic policeman who secretly transforms into a giant extraterrestrial savior.
South Park (1997– )
TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy
Barbra Streisand comes to South Park after she learns that the boys have discovered a mysterious ancient stone. She hopes to unlock the stone's magical powers and transform herself into a deadly robotic giant.
Spoof presumably inspired by the big American remake but drawing on the classic older Japanese films.
23. Gamera the Brave (2006)
96 min | Action, Adventure, Family
In 1973, Gamera sacrifices his life to rid the world of the Gyaos once and for all. Thirty-three years later, a small boy, whose father witnessed the 1973 event, named Toru finds a ... See full summary »
aka Gamera the Brave
24. Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
Unrated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.
The US edit of Giant Monster Varan
25. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In a small Japanese village, a young woman discovers the means for her revenge, while Gyaos birds are sighted around the world and humankind debates Gamera's allegiance.
aka Gamera 3: The Awakening of Iris
End of the Heisei era of kaiju films.
26. Gappa the Triphibian Monsters (1967)
Unrated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is ... See full summary »
27. Gamera vs. Monster X (1970)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Family
When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle.
28. Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
Not Rated | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras.
29. Super Monster (1980)
92 min | Sci-Fi
Using several clips from previous Gamera entries, this film deals with alien forces sending all the monsters Gamera has faced in one final battle to rid the planet of its last hope.
aka Gamera Super Monster
End of the Shōwa era of kaiju films although the boom was long over.
30. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
Unrated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A hibernating species of giant carnivorous birds is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore.
32. Dogora (1964)
83 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
The Earth is attacked by a giant jellyfish monster from outer space that, for some reason, has a sweet tooth for diamonds.
aka Dogora or Dogora, the Space Monster or Giant Space Monster Dogora
33. Gorath (1962)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it... See full summary »
Third in Toho's trilogy of space-operas, the first being The Mysterians and the second is the non-kaiju film Battle in Outer Space.
34. Latitude Zero (1969)
G | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack.
aka Latitude Zero
Features Black Moth, a giant chimera/griffin-type creature.
35. Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972)
85 min | Family, Fantasy
An inventor and his family try to raise funds to feed a giant monster named Daigoro so that he doesn't shrink. Meanwhile, a meteor lands into the sea bringing with it another giant monster ... See full summary »
aka Daigoro vs. Goliath
37. Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu: Henge no maki (1938)
50 min | Adventure
aka King Kong Appears in Edo
An unauthorised King Kong rip-off and possibly the first kaiju films, now thought to be lost. More on it at Wikipedia.
38. Pulgasari (1985)
95 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that he... See full summary »
The North Korean monster film famously made on orders from Kim Jong-il, who had the South Korean director kidnapped.
39. Reptile 2001 (1999)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Horror, Fantasy
It's been asleep for two hundred million years. Now it been awakened by aliens from another galaxy. The aliens are using Yonggary to destroy mankind.
40. Garuda (2004)
115 min | Fantasy
In 2005, Bangkok begins the second phase of building their city subway system. But they accidentally discover something more. They have awoken an ancient animal which hibernates for more ... See full summary »
42. Urutora Q (1965– )
30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The first television series produced by eiji tsyburaya,the special effects man behind Godzilla.In the vein of the outer limits and the twilight zone except with giant rubber suited ... See full summary »
A kind of X-Files with giant monsters that laid the foundations for the Ultraman series.
44. Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman (1974)
80 min | Action, Sci-Fi
The Hindu god Hanuman teams up with Ultraman and his brethren against familiar Ultra-foes in this rare Ultraman movie co-produced in Thailand.
45. Ultraman: Monster Big Battle (1979)
100 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi