Doing things and saying stuff...mostly saying stuff.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of baseball player/actor Chikara "Riki" Hasimoto, who passed away on October 11th from lung cancer. Hashimoto played for the Mainichi Orions in the 1950s. He was forced to retire in 1958 following an injury and joined up with Daiei Studios. Under Daiei, Hashimoto portrayed Daimajin, a vengeful spirit who takes the form of a giant statue and is summoned to help those in need. We believe that the three Daimajin films are among some of the coolest giant monster movies ever made and that is in no small part do to Hashimoto's intimating presence. Even the best monster suit needs the human to truly bring it to life and Hashimoto made Damajin terrifyingly real. Daimajin's piercing eyes were those of Hashimoto, giving the stone beast the soul of a man.
After Daimajin, Hashimoto acted in Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, Gamera vs. Viras, and The Chinese Connection. In the later, Hasimoto appeared in the flesh and went toe-to-toe with the legendary Bruce Lee. Any man brave enough to face Bruce Lee and Gamera is clearly a man worthy of our admiration, especially if that man is the mighty Daimajin. Rest well, Hashimoto-san.
Ho-wdy, Kartoon Kreeps!
It’s time for a Splatterday Mourning Cartoon and this week’s terror ‘toon is a heart-stoppin’, soul-freezin’ creeper from Disney entitled The Mad Doctor! Brace yourselves, kiddies… this one’s scarier than most ho-rror films! It’s about the mad Dr. XXX (HA!) trying to surgically combine Pluto the dog and a chicken in a truly ghastly eXXXperiment for a Mickey Mouse cartoon. It also depicts Mickey Mouse being pursued by an unholy army of living skeletons and enough nightmare fuel to psychologically scar young and old alike! Seriously, this one’s about as creepy as a cartoon can get! Back when it was released, some theaters refused to show it because it was too freaky! Heck, it was even banned in the United Kingdom and Germany!
it would be a little unkind to present this cartoon without just a word of friendly warning. It’s one of the strangest cartoons ever animated. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even… Ho-rrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now is your chance to, uh… Well, we’ve warned you. ;)
Enjoy the cartoon, Ho-rror Ho-mies! :)
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