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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

KONCHU DAISENSO / GENOCIDE (aka WAR OF THE INSECTS) (1968)

Another tale of Nature’s Revenge against mankind, this time it’s insects who take up arms . . . er, stingers & suckers to get back at us. There are a couple of neat model shots & some yucky swarming bug effects, but what makes this stand out are the odd Japanese trimmings that haven’t a chance at crossing International Pop Culture borders. Not so much the U.S. Military types who’d rather detonate an H-Bomb then let it fall into Communist hands, but what about that buxom blonde Holocaust survivor? Vamping a just married entomologist and creating a lethal strain of super-bugs while she oversees a gang of local cut-throats and plots to destroy the world. It’s all retribution for losing her family in a Concentration Camp. And she’s got the number identification tattoo to prove it, look for the big block letters just above her left breast. Unlikely as it seems, the filmmakers may well be taking this stuff seriously, wrapping things up with a nihilistic bang. Too bad they’ve already reported monster insects showing up all around the world.

WATCH THIS, NOT THAT: Ishirô Honda was the talented helmer who started all these monster pics with his classic GODZILLA (GOJIRA)/’54. Be sure to get the superior original Japanese cut. But first, try to find his sharpest, creepiest pic, THE H-MAN (BIJO TO EKITAINGEN)/’58.

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