Trailer from Toho Studios’ release of “Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster” in Japan.
The iconic Chicago-based horror film host will have his premiere of the 1964 Toho Studios kaiju monster battle film, “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.” The fun starts this Sat., May 6 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“Ghidorah” was directed by Ishiro Honda, who also directed the original “Godzilla” (released in 1954 as “Gojira” in Japan, released in the United States as “Godzilla, King of the Monsters!” in 1956)*.
This 1964 entry in Toho Studios’ kaiju monster film series showcases the destructive creature known as “King Ghidorah.” Other iconic Toho kaiju creatures are also featured, including Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan, as the three latter creatures work together to battle it out against the three-headed monster.
Who was in “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster?”
The actors who appeared in “Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster” were Yôsuke Natsuki (as Detective Shindo), Yuriko Hoshi (as Naoko Shindo), Akiko Wakabayashi (as the Princess of Sergina), Hiroshi Koizumi (as Professor Miura), the popular twin sister pop singing duo “The Peanuts” (Emi and Yumi Ito, reprising their role of Mothra’s twin shobijin guardians), Kenji Sahara (as Kanamaki, the editor-in-chief) and Takashi Shimura (as Dr. Tsukamoto).
The dubbing for the North American release was done by voice-over artists from Joseph Bellucci’s recording firm. Bellucci’s company was also known for dubbing another Japanese sci-fi/horror film for the North American market, “Prince of Space” (1959, which was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in 1997).
“Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster:” Released by Walter Reade-Sterling’s “Continental” unit in the United States
Trailer from the Walter Reade-Sterling/Continental release of “Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster” in the United States.
The New York-based cinema chain group, Walter Reade-Sterling (later known as the Walter Reade Organization) obtained the North American releasing rights to “Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster” from Toho Studios in 1965. The film was released under the cinema circuit’s “Continental Distributing” moniker (according to IMDB).
The cinema chain also obtained the North American distribution rights to another Toho Studios kaiju entry in 1969, “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” (1966, originally released in Japan).
In addition to “Ghidorah” and “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster,” Walter Reade-Sterling/Continental also released several notable cult motion pictures including the two Amicus/Peter Cushing “Doctor Who” feature film adaptations, “Doctor Who and the Daleks” (1965) and “Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.” (1966).
Many sci-fi and horror features that were distributed by Walter Reade-Sterling/Continental (including “Ghidorah” and “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster”) were made available to local television stations in a Reade/Alan Enterprises syndicated TV film package, beginning in 1973.
Watch Svengoolie’s premiere of “Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster” (1964) this Sat. on Me-TV!
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s premiere of the 1964 Toho kaiju battle film, “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” this Sat. on Me-TV. You will not want to miss out on this one, with the wit and wisdom of Sven, Kerwyn and Doug Graves (all the way from Berwyn)!
*Toho kaiju films (or films produced by Toho Studios) that have been showcased by Svengoolie on Me-TV.
Sat., May 6 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG 5.3/Comcast 196
In the Baltimore, Maryland region: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (Sven is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s exclusive 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
Sven and Kerwyn were featured in the Sunday comics! The two legendary Berwyn icons were recently featured as characters in Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’ rendition of Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy” newspaper comic strip on April 30 (Sven appeared in the strip as a judge for a local cosplay contest)!