Ben talks about Monster Zero, a Godzilla movie his mother created a bootleg copy of from a VHS tape borrowed from a grocery store video rental chain. He watched it over and over again as a child, and from this humble beginning came a lifelong affection for Godzilla and other kaiju.
Monster Zero features most of the staples of a typical Godzilla movie: terrible dubbing, rubber-suit monsters, great set design, overly long and ponderous dialogue scenes, and so on. But it stands out in Ben’s memory for how profoundly odd it is. The plot begins with a race of aliens from Planet X that want to borrow Godzilla and Rodan from the people of Earth. Much of the movie takes place in outer space, and it just gets weirder from there.
Outro Music: Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
“Men in Rubber Suits” – Monster Zero