Our archival research experts at Axis International Pictures once again disinter a whopping shipload of incredible movie moments that captivated a worldwide public for very nearly a lunchtime.
RICHARD III vs GAMERA (1975)
One of Shakespeare’s scariest villains is exposed to radiation, grows to 100 ft tall and is attacked by a giant spinning nuclear sea turtle. Additional footage for English language version features Raymond Burr, Sir John Gielgud, Don Rickles and Marie Osmond as Macbeth’s granddaughter.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN, DUE TO MOTHRA (1973)
The classic Arthur Miller play expanded to epic proportions, as a middle-aged man examining why his business and family life have failed, is blasted by cosmic rays and grows to 200 ft in height before being mysteriously attacked by a gigantic mutant radioactive moth. English version features the voices of Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Casey Kasem, and Bob Denver, with special on-screen appearance by George Hamilton, Ted Hamilton and the Harlem Globetrotters.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT AND GHIDORA THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1972)
Dostoevsky’s brooding study of a murderer’s search for self-justification is creatively revitalised when St Petersburg is beset by Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, a 100ft tall Richard III, and armed intelligent talking apes on horseback, forcing the murderer, Raskolnikov, to expose himself to the cosmic ray machine of the insane nephew of Frankenstein, Herman, and grow to 400 ft in height resulting in clothing problems. Cast includes Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Roddy McDowall, Bill Bixby and the Harlem Globetrotters.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DRACULA (1976)
Shakespeare’s charming tale of thwarted love, magic and the fairy kingdom is altered subtly when a mysterious Transylvanian count enters the enchanted woods and extracts a bloody toll from humans and supernatural beings alike, accompanied by bats, wolves and sundry enormous-knockered women from Hammer horror films. Finally he is challenged to a climactic basketball game by the Harlem Globetrotters and a 200 ft tall Barbara Windsor from the Carry On movies. With Christopher Lee, Michael York, Sid James, Meadowlark Lemon, Yutte Stensgaard, John Hurt, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields junior basketball squadron.
THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE-TWO-GODZILLA (1975)
Nerve-jangling subway suspense as criminals attempt to hold passengers for ransom and then Godzilla takes the train, quite literally, and eats it. With Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas, John Ritter, and Bea Arthur as the voice of Godzilla. Captivating musical sequence sees Godzilla tapdancing with Ben Vereen and Mickey Mouse, before he eats them.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR MEETS THE GROOVIE GOOLIES (1976)
Ill-fated animated sequel to the famous musical sees Jesus and his pals updated to the present day, where they roam around in the Disciple Machine in search of mystery and adventure, encountering Drac, Frankie, Wolfie, Batso and Ratso, and the other residents of Horrible Hall, ending in a giant jam session. Score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Flip Wilson and Larry Storch includes, “Judas – Don’t be a Ratso”, “Never be Cross with a Vampire”, and the plaintive ballad, “This Star, This Night, Distemper”. Controversial excised dance sequence “Love, Leviticus and Lugosi” is restored on the DVD version.