Kongtoberfest: An encore! (The Fictocast #006/007)

Kongtoberfest has come to an end, and we thank you all for your readership and kind words of encouragement! As Kongtoberfest comes to a close, we at The Fictosphere would like to leave you–our kind readers–with a Kong-sized special multi-media post finale. Comprised of podcast audio clips, videos, text (obviously), and pictures, this post isContinue reading “Kongtoberfest: An encore! (The Fictocast #006/007)”

Japan’s other lost Kong film: King Kong Appears in Edo (1938)

The success of 1933’s King Kong not only resulted in the Japanese production of a silent comedy short spin-off that same year, but also helped the Japanese discover their love of kaiju–or, giant monster–cinema. Unfortunately, their next attempt at a Kong film might have had even less to do with Kong than the last one.Continue reading “Japan’s other lost Kong film: King Kong Appears in Edo (1938)”

Japan’s (first) lost Kong film: Wasei Kingu Kongu (1933)

Immediately upon its release, Merian C. Cooper’s 1933 spectacle King Kong was a Depression-era smash hit–not just in the United States, but all across the globe. King Kong was so popular that even Imperial Japan caught Kong fever when Shochiku Studios distributed the film to Tokyo theaters in Autumn 1933. As history buffs and weeaboosContinue reading “Japan’s (first) lost Kong film: Wasei Kingu Kongu (1933)”

The mystery of the lost spider pit sequence

Merian C. Cooper’s 1933 monster masterpiece King Kong came under the knife of censors when it was re-released in 1938, but all of the scenes that were removed at that time have been since restored and reinserted. Even so, Kong is still missing one very infamous scene–not by act of censorship, but by design. AnytimeContinue reading “The mystery of the lost spider pit sequence”

The Right to Be Happy (1916) – Universal’s First Attempt at “A Christmas Carol”

So, this should technically be a Throwback Thursday post as the original article was posted at Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities on December 25, 2017, but since I’ve updated some information and, well, it’s Christmas Eve, I felt this would be a good time to (re)post this article. Enjoy this little tidbit of Christmas PastContinue reading “The Right to Be Happy (1916) – Universal’s First Attempt at “A Christmas Carol””

Star Wars: Unadulterated Unaltered Fun (Available to No One)

The dark lord of deceit and suppression is returning to menace Star Wars audiences.  No, I’m not talking about Palpatine, but the even bigger villain of Star Wars, its very creator George Lucas.  Boo.  Hiss.  How can I say that?  How can I be such a hater?  How can I be so cruel to theContinue reading “Star Wars: Unadulterated Unaltered Fun (Available to No One)”

A Peek Behind the Mask(s) of The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Since this article was originally posted in four parts at Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities, it technically qualifies as a Throwback Thursday post–but since this is Halloween week, and since Mike has something extra-special planned for the actual day, I figured it would be best to get this up before then. I’ve also incorporated anyContinue reading “A Peek Behind the Mask(s) of The Phantom of the Opera (1925)”