Wow, THE H-MAN was on TCM last night!

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Wow, THE H-MAN was on TCM last night!

Postby Giganfan » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:42 am

The version was dubbed, and pan-and-scanned, but I was pleasantly shocked to see a Toho film on prime-time, no less, being introduced by Robert Osbourne. His comments were neither pro or con. He wasn't condescending, yet he only offered a couple tid-bits about the history of the movie. Which, in my opinion, is all one can ask for if someone just isn't interested in the film they're watching. I've always taken Osbourne for a very classy gent, so if he's not a fan, I can live with that.

Anyway, did anyone catch it? Oh, and by the way, after seeing The H-Man for the first time in years, I have to say that this is one of Honda's best movies. Very moody and unnerving. The scenes in the nightclub were expertly photographed. However, that had to be one of the slowest car chases I had ever seen!
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:08 am

I liked it okay but the ending just wasn't there for me. I need to rewatch it again one of these days, though. The rest of it was definitely fantastic, it's true.
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Postby Tyler E. Martin » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:48 am

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Postby Giganfan » Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:55 pm

Sorry, I didn't know there was already a thread for this in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy forum. Still, I'd like to keep this one open, because The H-Man does fall under the heading of Asian kaiju films. Perhaps we can get a little discussion going about the movie. What did everyone think of Masaru Sato's score, for example.
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Postby Tyler E. Martin » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:01 pm

As regards to Sato's score, I think it's terrific, except for that ludicrous march that plays during the opening credits and toward the end when the fuel trucks come in to set fire to the sewers. It has absolutely no place in the film, in my opinion. Other than that, though, the music is very intense and effective. I especially like the spooky theme that plays in the sewer scenes near the end with the strong tenor sax line. I never thought a saxophone could sound so creepy.

The effects are also quite interesting. The initial appearance of the liquid people on the ship is quite impressive--the shots of the bodies collapsing as they liquefy are genuinely gruesome. As a whole, the film works quite well as a blend of horror and science fiction, thanks in large part to the eerie visuals that are brilliantly conceived and pulled off so well by Tsuburaya and his crew.

And do my eyes deceive me, or is the deck of the ship the same one from the Eiko-Maru (the first ship to be destroyed) in "Godzilla?" I noticed a couple of shots in particular where it looked pretty much identical, as they were filmed from the same angle.
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Postby lhb412 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:25 pm

I really loved this flick. Can't wait to see the original version later this year.


Funny story, I grabbed a VHS tape to record this on - a tape full of stuff I'd programed my VCR to record because I was out or asleep or what have you, and I looked at the label and realized all of these movie were from TCM!
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Postby TXKaiju » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:02 am

Yeah I was watching H-Man on TCM the night it was airing my friend Kevin Boldt called me up and I told him it was on tv. He turned his tv on and we both watched the movie while we wre on the phone commenting about the movie etc. It was a darn good movie imo plus it had Kenji Sahara who were were going to meet at G-Fest in a few months!
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