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Wolfman vs Godzilla

Original poster for the film.

Densetsu-no Kyoju Ookami Otoko tai Gojira (Wolfman, the Legendary Colossal Beast vs. Godzilla) or colloquially known as Wolfman vs. Godzilla is a fan produced tokusatsu kaiju film from October 1, 1981. It was shot on Super 8mm.

The project began in December 31,1979 when director Shizuo Nakajima and his crew produced a 15 minute effects reel featuring Godzilla, a giant Wolfman, and Baragon from Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965). The Godzilla costume was based on the one from Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964).

Inspired by the werewolf effects in The Howling (1981) and An American Werewolf in London (1981), Nakajima and Fuyuki Shinada made a newer, impressive looking Wolfman costume and a re-creation of the “King-Goji” suit from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962). It has been said that a majority of the people who worked on the film were employed at Toho Studios and would go on to do effects work for numerous features.

Due to a variety of circumstances, the project was never completed. Director Nakajima compiled most of his footage in the form of a 3 and-a-half minute trailer[1] that ended up being occasionally screened at a variety of film festivals, including a screening at G-Fest XIX in 2012.

References

  1. A bootleg recording of the compilation trailer (courtesy of CinematicKaiju1786). Retrieved 19 May '13.

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