Directed by Ishiro Honda • 1965 • Japan
Starring Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno
The legend of Mary Shelley’s mythic monster gets an offbeat update in this wild and weird, East-meets-West kaiju oddity. Fifteen years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, an American scientist (Nick Adams) discovers a strange, feral boy running wild in the city. Immune to radiation and rapidly growing to gargantuan size, the boy is revealed to be nothing less than the mutant spawn of the Frankenstein monster—and he may be the only one who can stop the rampaging prehistoric beast Baragon. The film, released in the U.S. as FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD, is here presented in its international-release version, featuring a final battle between Frankenstein and a giant octopus.