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Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)


Frankenstein vs. the Giant Octopus
Battling with the monstrous reptile Baragon, Frankenstein found himself in a death struggle. The gargantuan human drove the creature to the ground, wrapping his thick tree trunk-like arms about Baragon's scaly neck. Frankenstein choked and twisted as the quadruped beast flailed wildly. Time crawled by until finally, with one twist, it was over. Bones snapped and the body grew limp. Roaring into the sky, Frankenstein lifted the dead corpse and cast it into a ravine. Heaving his arms upward, he proclaimed his victory to the world. The celebration was short lived, though, as the creature spotted a huge octopus advancing toward him. Moving over the rocky terrain, the Giant Octopus challenged the now weakened Frankenstein. Not one to back down, the giant flung himself into his many limbed foe. A mistake that would cost him his life. Wrapping its suctioned tentacles about arms and legs, the undersea animal pulled the humanoid down. The gargantuan human fought back, managing to free himself and flip the oozing mass of the Giant Octopus over. Yet the battle was already won before it started. Grabbing Frankenstein once again, the octopus began to drag its enemy to the nearby water. Perched ontop of a cliff, the Giant Octopus fell, taking its entangled prey with it. Onlookers watched from above as Frankenstein rose above the waves several times, but the advantage was no longer his. Dragged underwater, the giant's screams were unheard, only slight trickles of surfacing bubbles marked its passing.
Background
Henry G. Saperstein, an executive producer on the film, was so impressed by Toho's Giant Octopus in the 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla that he wanted the creature to return in his 1965 film. The scene was written and filmed so that the Giant Octopus would appear on land and finish Frankenstein off after his battle with Baragon. However, the scene was rejected, in both the Japanese and US cuts, in favor of a less anti-climatic approach where the film closes with the defeat of Baragon. The Giant Octopus would return to the big screen, though, in the film's sequel, The War of the Gargantuas (1966).