Okay, so you all know Garasharp
, correct? The giant cobra-like beast and secret mother from the unproduced 1972 film "Gamera vs Garasharp"
Well, it turns out that she's AN IMPOSTER! And the true monster that Gamera was supposed to battle in that film has been locked up in her basement this entire time!
Alright, needlessly dark humor aside (and explanation forthcoming).
The fantastic blog-site Cool Ass Cinema
has been doing nothing but Japanese movie monster-related reviews and articles for a little under a month now, in preparation for the upcoming "Godzilla"
(2014). And one of their more unique posts, is an expansive article based on two unproduced Daiei monster epics; "Giant Beast Horde Nezura"
(1962-1964) and "Gamera vs Two-Headed Monster W"
Now "Giant Beast Horde Nezura"
is the giant-killer-rats-on-the-loose project that gave way to "Gamera"
(1965), after a disastrously brief, initial production. And you've probably heard of this one, from available material written on the fire-breathing turtle's creative origins.
But as you'll soon see, "Gamera vs Two-Headed Monster W"
was a different title monster and story, from the more well known 'simulation short' "Gamera vs Garasharp"
.W, also known as Wayvern
was a two-headed, silver-skinned serpent from space, deliberately made in the King Ghidorah-mold of Kaiju villains.
I'm guessing that by the time Daiei re-released the original Gamera films on Laserdisc and DVD in the early 1990's, and asked for a simulation of this abandoned concept from the original filmmakers, the latter behind Wayvern
went for a newer (and admittedly more interesting) opponent in Garasharp, instead, .
And while they were at it, also sneaked in an extra new creature, the so-called 'Magic Monster' Marukobukarappa
- quite cleaver of them, I must say!Here's the original article for your reading enjoymet.