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!

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ULTRAMAN IN THE OUTBACK! Jay Hackett on Acting in ‘Ultraman: Towards the Future’!

Photo © Jay Hackett. Jay Hackett is an Australian actor whose path crossed with Ultraman in the early 1990s. In Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992), Mr. Hackett appears in three episodes of the series ( "Signs of Life," "The Hibernator," and "Blast from the Past") as astronaut Stanley Haggard, who gets taken over by the … Continue reading A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ULTRAMAN IN THE OUTBACK! Jay Hackett on Acting in ‘Ultraman: Towards the Future’!

ENTERING THE ‘ALIEN ZONE’! David O’Malley Looks Back on His Science Fiction and Horror Screenplays!

Alien Zone screenwriter David O’Malley and director Sharron Miller review an upcoming scene over lunch on the front steps. Photo © David O'Malley. David O'Malley is a screenwriter with one of the most varied careers imaginable. After getting his start with independent science fiction and horror cult classics, such as Alien Zone (a.k.a. The House … Continue reading ENTERING THE ‘ALIEN ZONE’! David O’Malley Looks Back on His Science Fiction and Horror Screenplays!

‘GODZILLAMANIA’ HITS THE ’70S! Richard Campbell on Editing and Publishing the Kaiju Fanzine of His Youth!

The back cover of Godzillamania #7. Image courtesy of Damon Foster. In the 1970s, fanzines were in wide circulation among horror and science fiction fans, and American Godzilla fandom was no exception. While most Godzilla fans tend to think of The Japanese Fantasy Film Journal and Japanese Giants as the most popular fanzines of the … Continue reading ‘GODZILLAMANIA’ HITS THE ’70S! Richard Campbell on Editing and Publishing the Kaiju Fanzine of His Youth!

THE MASTERFUL MAKER OF MONSTER BEAMS! Sadao Iizuka on His Early Life and Career at Toho!

Sadao Iizuka in December 2020. 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 MASTERFUL MAKER OF MONSTER BEAMS! Sadao Iizuka on His Early Life and Career at Toho!