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Re: Matango the original Gilligan's Island?

Postby nobodobodon » Thu May 03, 2012 8:16 am

Several have pointed out that the timing is wrong for the TV show to be inspired by the movie. The similarities between the two works is hard to ignore, and the timing of their releases so close together suggests they might have been submitted around the same time.

So there's only one conclusion I can draw: They are both based on a true story.

We may never know what REALLY happened, whether the crew and guests were American, Japanese, or from somewhere else entirely, or whether the tycoon was married or sleeping with the celebrity or perhaps both. But I think we can be pretty certain that the Professor was the sole survivor and that he died shortly after rescue. As for mind-controlling fungus versus coconut-powered bamboo cars, we can only hope they had both.

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Re: Matango the original Gilligan's Island?

Postby menschenjaeger » Thu May 03, 2012 9:06 am

^^ That's definitely it.

And there was that Gilligan's Island episode with the giant radioactive vegetables...

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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby GIGAN05 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:53 am

( This thread ( and film ) needs more love, period )

This film was the core reason why I wanted to get that triple pack, and I really do not regret doing so.

And now, Matango is not only my favourite Honda film ... But my absolute favourite out of Toho's Sci-fi entries.

I love it so much :D. It is soo well crafted. And it got quite disturbing at times ... Love it!
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby Arbok » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:23 pm

GIGAN05 wrote:( This thread ( and film ) needs more love, period )



Concur, was shocked at the lack of conversation on it. Still one of my favorite movies, and one of the few Toho science fiction films that my gf enjoyed, so that must count for something. Try to make sure to watch this film every couple of years, which is saying something considering how exhaustive my film collection is now.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:18 pm

Very high on my list of Honda's best, just below the original Godzilla, and alongside Mothra and Mothra vs. Godzilla.

I wish Honda had been assigned more atmospheric horror stories, as he did a fantastic job on both Matango and H-Man.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby 20th Century Boy » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:21 pm

Agreed. This is one of the best survival films of all time. It's truly something watching the characters' trusts break down and their attempted alliances fail despite the fact that they came to the island as friends. It reminds me of Night of the Living Dead, except with mushrooms, of course. ;)

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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:24 pm

20th Century Boy wrote:Agreed. This is one of the best survival films of all time. It's truly something watching the characters' trusts break down and their attempted alliances fail despite the fact that they came to the island as friends. It reminds me of Night of the Living Dead, except with mushrooms, of course. ;)


(Night of the Living Dead + Gilligan's Island + Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) / 3 = Matango
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Mystery of Matango

Postby Ookondru99 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:07 pm

I just got done watching 1963's Matango and I couldn't help but wonder what the purpose of the original shipwrecked crew (Those who wrecked prior to the main character's arrival on the island) was. It is somewhat said they might have been studying the effects of radiation, and if so, does that mean the Matango fungus was caused by some sort of mutation due to radioactivity? Just a thought, I'm probably over analyzing this....
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Re: Mystery of Matango

Postby Arbok » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:51 am

Ookondru99 wrote:I just got done watching 1963's Matango and I couldn't help but wonder what the purpose of the original shipwrecked crew (Those who wrecked prior to the main character's arrival on the island) was. It is somewhat said they might have been studying the effects of radiation, and if so, does that mean the Matango fungus was caused by some sort of mutation due to radioactivity? Just a thought, I'm probably over analyzing this....


It's possible that Matango was created by radiation... or the radiation angle could just be used to explain why no one went searching for such a large ship when it went missing if they were involved in such things.

What is clear is that they had a Matango species on the ship in storage, which is where the name came from, and while not conclusive, the species originating from the ship is likely.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby Beef Bigshot » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:44 am

Haven't seen it and I don't want to sound like a dick er anything but I have no desire to see it. Although I could be convinced I don't actually no what it about and my only exposure to matango is the matango spawn and mini boss in G:MOM
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:25 am

Beef Bigshot wrote:Haven't seen it and I don't want to sound like a dick er anything but I have no desire to see it. Although I could be convinced I don't actually no what it about and my only exposure to matango is the matango spawn and mini boss in G:MOM


Well, if you like stylish, atmospheric horror, I'd say it's a borderline must-see.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby Legionmaster » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:40 am

eabaker wrote:
Beef Bigshot wrote:Haven't seen it and I don't want to sound like a dick er anything but I have no desire to see it. Although I could be convinced I don't actually no what it about and my only exposure to matango is the matango spawn and mini boss in G:MOM


Well, if you like stylish, atmospheric horror, I'd say it's a borderline must-see.

Or if you like hot chicks dancing on boats.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:43 am

Legionmaster wrote:
eabaker wrote:
Beef Bigshot wrote:Haven't seen it and I don't want to sound like a dick er anything but I have no desire to see it. Although I could be convinced I don't actually no what it about and my only exposure to matango is the matango spawn and mini boss in G:MOM


Well, if you like stylish, atmospheric horror, I'd say it's a borderline must-see.

Or if you like hot chicks dancing on boats.


Or if you're fascinated by Gilligan's Island parallels whenever and wherever they occur.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby Ookondru99 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:18 pm

I really enjoyed this movie. I was expecting a crap movie when i heard the american title "Attack of the Mushroom People" , but after some research and my first viewing I was genuinely impressed with it.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby Arbok » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:20 pm

Beef Bigshot wrote:Haven't seen it and I don't want to sound like a dick er anything but I have no desire to see it.


Well since you posted, I'm curious: what turns you off from the premise that makes you uninterested in seeing it?
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:21 pm

Ookondru99 wrote:I really enjoyed this movie. I was expecting a crap movie when i heard the american title "Attack of the Mushroom People" , but after some research and my first viewing I was genuinely impressed with it.


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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby MaxRebo320 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:22 pm

Arbok wrote:Well since you posted, I'm curious: what turns you off from the premise that makes you uninterested in seeing it?

cuz thers no godzila god
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:36 am

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MaxRebo320 wrote:
Arbok wrote:Well since you posted, I'm curious: what turns you off from the premise that makes you uninterested in seeing it?

cuz thers no godzila god


That's why I refused to watch "The 400 Blows" for years.


I always assumed that Godzilla was about to rise out of the ocean immediately following the final shot.
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby Ookondru99 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:57 pm

Something else I've noticed/wondered about this film, why does the main cast all have identical necklaces? I didn't notice this until recently
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Re: Matango (1963)

Postby MaxRebo320 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:22 am

Cimmerian Dragon wrote:
eabaker wrote:I always assumed that Godzilla was about to rise out of the ocean immediately following the final shot.


I fully endorse this for the inevitable remake.

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