Category Archives: Animation

No Good Giant Monster Deed Goes Unpunished…

Terrific, and very short, animated movie: Excellent!

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Throwing Some Light on the Dark Earth

Scottish-born director, screenwriter and old-school FX monster obsessive Peter A. Montgomery is nothing if not determined. His latest project — his most ambitious yet — is a feature film called Dark Earth that offers up monsters, period-set science fiction/fantasy adventure … Continue reading

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Queen Crab: Rampage Sequences

Brett Piper has shared with the Backbrain some scenes of giant crab rampage from his latest B-film monster epic, Queen Crab. Created in stop-motion glory, this suggests that monster fans and stop-motion animation aficionados are in for a real treat. … Continue reading

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Cinema of the Backbrain Presents: Attack of the Daikaiju Cats

Some time ago, the following image appeared in one of the Worth1000 thematic image-creation competitions — a lovely piece of digital manipulation using the latest Photoshop technology (created by “boofhead”): But the idea of a rampaging giant cat didn’t begin … Continue reading

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Jellyfish Eyes: Early Trailer

Check out this early trailer for Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s proposed live-action fantasy trilogy, Mememe no Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes): embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direct Full of the sort of cuteness displayed by much of Murakami’s work, and looking rather kid-centric … Continue reading

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First Sighting of Jellyfish Eyes’ Monsters

Two of the monster designs for Part 1 of artist Takashi Murakami’s proposed live-action fantasy trilogy, Mememe no Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes) [if you need to catch up, see  The Art of Monsters: Takashi Murakami and Jellyfish Eyes], have surfaced — … Continue reading

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New Trailer for Galactic Raiders: Descendents of Harryhausen

Undead Backbrain has been rather quiet of late, and probably will be for a while, as I wrestle with the galleys of my upcoming horror/fantasy novel Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead as well as other somewhat more uncontrollable … Continue reading

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The Art of Monsters: Takashi Murakami and Jellyfish Eyes

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has made a name for himself by successfully drawing upon popular culture as a major influence — specifically in adapting aspects of manga and anime to his own artistic vision. In the process he revolutionised the … Continue reading

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New: Giant Monster Gomera

A Backbrain Exclusive Well, the truth is finally out! Back in February 2011, the Backbrain brought the following trailer to your attention, faithful daikaijuphiles. And perhaps created a few over-excited expectations in the process. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direct This, … Continue reading

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Old Fairy Tales Re-Told: Jack the Giant Killer

Having just watched the very excellent Norwegian found-footage giant monster film Trolljegeren [aka The Troll Hunter] (Norway-2010; dir. André Ovredal), which postulates the continuing existence of traditional trolls — straight from folktales, with bulbous noses and all — and an … Continue reading

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