realinvaderdesign wrote: LSD Jellyfish wrote:
Varan is easily one of the worst monster films Toho ever made.
Ive heard that the us cut is pretty rough, hows the Japanese cut in comparison?
It's mildly better.
The main issue with the film is that other then some early mysticism, Varan, and the film, is just a lesser version of both Godzilla 1954 and Rodan 1956. It's also one of the least visually impressive films produced by Toho during that era. I'm sure there's some redeemable factors, and I do remember liking some of it, I'm just saying it's one of the worst Showa era films.
Writing this out, I realized how good a job Toho did at making Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and Dogora all original movies with their own tones. Varan is the only one that feels super bleh.