BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE! Director Tom DeSimone on the Trials and Tribulations of Making the Cult-Classic Disasterpiece ‘Terror in the Jungle’!

Photo © Tom DeSimone. Terror in the Jungle (1968) was a Crown International Pictures release that promised adventure and thrills, but it's not so much an action film as a confusing hodgepodge of jumbled scenes with amateur actors. Tom DeSimone was hired as a first-time director to bring Terror in the Jungle to the big … Continue reading BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE! Director Tom DeSimone on the Trials and Tribulations of Making the Cult-Classic Disasterpiece ‘Terror in the Jungle’!

A YOUNG LIFE IN CINEMA! Hiroyuki Kawase on Acting in the Godzilla Series and Working with Akira Kurosawa!

Hiroyuki Kawase in February 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on August 28, 1963, Hiroyuki Kawase got one of the luckiest breaks any actor could receive by getting cast in Akira Kurosawa's Oscar-nominated drama Dodes'ka-den (1970) as a child actor, playing the son of a beggar. Following this auspicious role, Mr. Kawase starred in Godzilla … Continue reading A YOUNG LIFE IN CINEMA! Hiroyuki Kawase on Acting in the Godzilla Series and Working with Akira Kurosawa!

PRELUDE TO A DIRECTING CAREER! Toru Murakawa on His Years as an Assistant Director at Nikkatsu Studios!

Toru Murakawa in November 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on March 22, 1937, in Murayama, Yamagata Prefecture, Toru Murakawa is a prolific film and television director whose collaborations with actor Yusaku Matsuda, such as The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979) and The Beast to Die (1980), are among his best-known works. On the … Continue reading PRELUDE TO A DIRECTING CAREER! Toru Murakawa on His Years as an Assistant Director at Nikkatsu Studios!

A LOOK BEHIND THE ‘MYSTERIES’! Arthur Maturo Remembers Dr. Ruehl and the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion’!

Arthur Maturo, as seen in episode 3 of Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion. Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion was one of the Sci-Fi Channel's first original programs in the early 1990s. While it may not have been a ratings hit, it predated many other paranormal-oriented shows that would become popular in later years. … Continue reading A LOOK BEHIND THE ‘MYSTERIES’! Arthur Maturo Remembers Dr. Ruehl and the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion’!

BAMBI BEATS GODZILLA! John Roope on the Making of the Comedic Short Film ‘Bambi’s Revenge’!

Photo © John Roope. Bambi's Revenge (1976) is an unofficial sequel to Marv Newland's classic short film Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969). The 1976 cartoon was written and directed by Norman Gibson, produced by Frank Wetzel, animated by Ernest Geefay, and photographed by John Roope. Clocking in at about two minutes, the animated short picks up … Continue reading BAMBI BEATS GODZILLA! John Roope on the Making of the Comedic Short Film ‘Bambi’s Revenge’!

IN SEARCH OF DR. RUEHL! Director Jim Carbonetti Discusses the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion’!

Photo © Jim Carbonetti. Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel in 1992 when the cable channel was just getting launched. The TV series covered a bevy of paranormal topics, including UFOs, ghosts, and various cryptids. These topics were presented to the audience by the show's quirky host, Dr. Franklin Ruehl, … Continue reading IN SEARCH OF DR. RUEHL! Director Jim Carbonetti Discusses the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion’!

TAKE IT AWAY, DENNIS! Dennis Michael Miller Remembers His Days as the Nerdy Correspondent on the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion’!

Dennis Michael Miller lays down the law. Photo © Dennis Michael Miller. Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion was one of the Sci-Fi Channel's original programs, and those who watched the show when it aired in the early 1990s remember it fondly to this day. While its eccentric host, Dr. Franklin Ruehl, immediately springs to … Continue reading TAKE IT AWAY, DENNIS! Dennis Michael Miller Remembers His Days as the Nerdy Correspondent on the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion’!

OH, CONTRARE! Alan Oppenheimer on His Legendary Acting Career and ‘Gammera the Invincible’!

Alan Oppenheimer with several of the iconic characters he has voiced: Skeletor, Falkor, Man-At-Arms, and Mer-Man. Photo courtesy of Alan Oppenheimer. Alan Oppenheimer is one of the animation's most celebrated voice actors, having voiced Skeletor, Mer-Man, and Man-At-Arms on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-85), Vanity Smurf on The Smurfs (1981-89), Beachcomber and … Continue reading OH, CONTRARE! Alan Oppenheimer on His Legendary Acting Career and ‘Gammera the Invincible’!

THE GODFATHER OF GODZILLA’S ATOMIC RAY! Sadao Iizuka on His Optical Effects Work at Toho!

Sadao Iizuka in January 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on December 26, 1934, Sadao Iizuka joined Toho Studios in 1954 during the production of the original Godzilla, working as an assistant in the tokusatsu art department. Mr. Iizuka stayed at Toho for many years thereafter, eventually pioneering Toho’s trademark optical effects that would become … Continue reading THE GODFATHER OF GODZILLA’S ATOMIC RAY! Sadao Iizuka on His Optical Effects Work at Toho!

MECHAGODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Masaaki Daimon on His Acting Career in the 1970s!

Masaaki Daimon in April 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on March 10, 1949, Masaaki Daimon launched his acting career in 1971 with a brief appearance in episode 18 of Return of Ultraman (1971-72). Shortly thereafter, Mr. Daimon was cast as a lead in Yasuzo Masumura's tragic drama Games (1971), which led to work in … Continue reading MECHAGODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Masaaki Daimon on His Acting Career in the 1970s!