Ranking the Monsters: The Mysterians (1956) & The X From Outer Space (1967)

On this episode, guest Jack Davenport (the man behind our great theme music) brings Calvin and Stephen to the final frontier. That’s right, it’s space monster time! Our featured films — The Mysterians (1957) and The X from Outer Space (1967) — give a window into when kaiju filmmakers looked to the stars and in doing so altered the central metaphor of the genre. This time, Stephen explains how these films articulate paranoia around the future before being joined by Calvin and Jack for a wide reaching discussion of both films.

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Join kaiju-superfan Stephen and kaiju-curious Calvin as they watch and rank every monster movie ever made. RanKing of Monsters is a brave attempt to finally answer that age old question: what is the best kaiju movie? Each episode focuses on a movie, or two, as the pair take monster cinema far too seriously, and not seriously at all, in equal measure. Come for some sincere film criticism and stay for two pals chatting nonsense about actors in rubber suits.

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