Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
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as Cmdr. James Bradley
as Capt. Kishi
as Paul Isoh
as Shidori Isoh
as Doomed Soldier
as Pvt. Seki
as Radio Operator
as Varan (archival footage)
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Audience Reviews for Varan the Unbelievable
A bit boring, and uses some stock footage from the original Godzilla, but it has good monster moments. Varan is an interesting kaiju who doesn't get used too much. The film is alright and the characters are decent, but it's not the best kaiju film.
Toho, looking to ape the 1930's monster series of Universal, tried to create a stable of kaiju monsters following in the wake of Godzilla's success. Varan was one of the also-rans and it's not tough to see why there wasn't much demand to see this beast become a persistent threat to Tokyo. Unlike Mothra or Rodan, the events of the Varan The Unbelievable don't really accomplish anything that the first Godzilla film didn't do better.
This goes for both the Japanese cut and the Myron Healey "All I get is sediment. Nothing but sand!" American re-edit.
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