Kaiju (怪獣 ) is a Japanese word that means "strange beast," but often translated in English as "monster" or "giant monster."
Thunder of Gigantic Serpent
Vicious thugs shoot up a lab in hopes of getting their hands on a formula (apparently a formula is a transparent box) that can make plants and animals thousands of times larger than normal. One scientist escapes and tosses the box into the trees. A young girl, Ting Ting, finds the box and puts her pet snake, Mozlah (Mozler?), inside. He grows large, and electricity only makes him larger. The gang closes in on Ting Ting’s family and only the huge snake, and maybe a guy named Ted Fast, can save them.
For the uninitiated, Godfrey Ho is a notorious Hong Kong director/producer/screenwriter. He is most well known for innumerable ninja movies that were random action films spliced with some totally unrelated ninja footage. If you ever haunted a video store, you certainly ran across some of his films, Ninja Terminator (1985), Ninja Destroyer (1986), The Ultimate Ninja (1986), you get the idea. Godfrey Ho didn’t just do martial arts films, he also tried his hand (and editing scissors) at animation, and on one occasion, giant monsters.
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Thunder of Gigantic Serpent is filled with weird little quirks. Mozlah is already quite sapient even when he’s just a regular sized snake, he nods and responds to Ting Ting’s questions. Later. when he’s only semi-huge, he knocks a ball back and forth, and helps Ting Ting cheat at a (grass!) skiing race. I’m no airplane expert, but a Cessna doesn’t normally have a machine gun mount, and seems to make a poor choice of vehicle to fight a giant snake monster with. The score is pilfered from various sources, if you ever wanted to hear Tangerine Dream’s Rubycon used to underline a car chase, or the Re-Animator score tossed in at random moments, then this is your film.
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Solomon, the lead villain, easily steals the show with overacting (even the dubbing rises to occasion) and cliched dialogue that is just wonderful to behold. Ting Ting is annoying with her constant screaming of “Mozlah,” and I found myself hoping she’d accidentally get a giant snake tail upside the head and be quiet. The rest of the cast exist only to run round around and get shot.
Thunder of Gigantic Serpent is a glorious thrill ride of nonsense. It’s cheap, kind of stupid, and needlessly violent. I love it. Highly recommended.