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Awkward Vintage Japanese Movie Monsters

The kaiju eiga (literally “monster movie” in Japanese) was born in 1954 with Ishiro Honda’s landmark masterpiece Godzilla. Its immense international success spawned a chain of sequels, numerous imitators, more than a few rip-offs, and a slew of strange, bizarre cinematic creatures arising to threaten the existence of humankind.

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

And though many of these films have become regarded as camp classics — and some of them aimed to do just that — we must not overlook the frightening and downright creepy creatures that have appeared on Japanese theater screens over the last 63 years…

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters

awkward vintage japanese movie monsters