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Rodan (1956) – Episode 101 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Signs of a pending eruption? hmm. Forbid access around the crater? Understood. In effect until further notice? I’ll send out a bulletin right away.”  Sounds like something serious is going down. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr – as they go old school a trip to Toho’s’s Rodan (1956).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 101 – Rodan (1956)

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A large mining accident sets loose prehistoric insects and giant pterosaurs on Japan.


Rodan is Joseph’s pick and is one of his favorites among the classic kaiju movies. As opposed to later kaiju fare, Joseph likes the more serious nature of this film and appreciates the titular creature’s origin story. Daphne enjoys her first viewing of the Japanese version of Rodan and plentiful miniature work in the film. Whitney likes the color palette used in Rodan and enjoys all the military action. Rodan’s vapor trail tripped Jeff’s trigger and he was all about the boom-boom. He also fails miserably in his efforts to pronounce Rodan correctly. The Classic Era Grue-Crew also delves into the differences between the Japanese and the U.S. versions of Rodan, the voice actors used for dubbing, and the rigors of suit acting.

If you haven’t seen this kaiju gem in a while, now is a great time to check it out again. At the time of this writing, Rodan is available to stream on The Criterion Channel and HBOmax.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. For their next episode, Whitney has chosen The Hitch-Hiker (1953), a classic film noir about a psychotic, escaped convict on a killing spree while, you guessed it, hitch-hiking. Sound a lot like horror, doesn’t it?

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.