With Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice coming out this Friday, I thought I would share an abridged History of Versus movies and why I’m worried about the new DC movie. As I watched a couple, I realized that there was a huge problem, there was a lot of set-up and usually the fights turn out to be lackluster, and disappointing. The prime examples are the Alien Vs. Predators movies. On paper it sounds great, pitting against two iconic creature, The Predator, and The Xenomorph, but in reality, you would have a better time watching Cat Boxing (1894) Here is a list of VS. films I’ve watched to prep me for Batman V Superman:
Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Starting things right from the Beginning with the Universal Monsters. With their lavish productions of Dracula and Frankenstein in the early 30’s to their dismal productions in the early 40’s. It seemed that everyone was getting tired of the same old monsters and Universal decided to pit Frankenstein’s Monster, played by Bela Lugosi, and The Wolfman, played by Lon Chaney Jr. The plot is pretty simple, After being awakened, Larry Talbot (Chaney) chips Frankenstein’s Monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures battle each other. Of course what makes this movie really “shine” is the the musical number of “Faro La Faro Li” which enrages Talbot. Finally within almost an hour into the movie, we see the monsters fight. You wanna know who wins don’t you…. neither because they are swept away in a flood as a result of the dam being exploded.
What a great disappointment this is, for loving old monsters I was extremely excited for it. The best part is Chaney’s Performance, as even this is a B-Movie, he still puts effort into the role. Everyone else were there for a paycheck. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 25%, and my rating is 3 out of 10 Stitches. It’s disappointing, but if you wanted to see these monsters fight, it’s your only chance. The film is available to purchase on DVD and Youtube.
King Kong Vs Godzilla (1962)
Toho wanted to make a new King Kong movie, but realized that it was too expensive to to use Stop Motion Animation, so they figured since we did Godzilla in a rubber suit, why not King Kong. Originally it was going to be King Kong Vs Frankenstein, which was set in San Francisco where Frankenstein is as a giant, but thinking Universal still had the rights for Frankenstein they wanted to change it. Universal only has the rights to the likeness of the monster not the name. Eiji Tsuburaya wanted to take Godzilla in a lighter tone and said he had an interesting idea on how they meet up and fight.
Just like the original King Kong he is captured, but this time buy a pharmaceutical company brings him to Japan to boost rating on his Television channel. where he escapes from captivity and starts to destroy Tokyo. He becomes stronger when he falls into Powerlines, which I think was originally going to be Frankenstein in Kong’s position. Anyway, Kong drinks a special red berry juice which puts him asleep and they tie him to balloons as they float away. This is where he meets Godzilla and they fight, right on Mt. Fuji.
Watching two men in rubber suits is hysterical watching, as the actors were given free rein on how they can fight.That’s why there are scenes like King Kong shoving a tree down Godzilla’s throat, or this really cool kick. Wanna guess who wins, like Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, it’s undetermined. Toho wanted to have two endings, in Japan Godzilla wins, and In the US, King Kong wins, but that idea was scrapped.
King Kong Vs Godzilla is fun to watch, it’s so bad it’s surprising good. If you get rid of all the logic and watch these two legends fight, you will laughing so hard that your sides would hurt. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes it holds a 33% rating, but I give it a 6 out of 10 Godzilla Screeches, because the horrible blue screen effects, the horrible suits, and the obviously fake just give this movie a charm to it. It’s a fun movie to watch with a group of friends at a bad movie night. The film is out on Blu-ray and if you don’t want to buy it here is the whole fight on Youtube.
Dracula VS. Frankenstein (1971)
Two Iconic Monsters fighting for the first time ever. What could go wrong! ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! A mad scientist who is a descended from the original Dr. Frankenstein takes to murdering young women for experimentation in hopes of reviving his ancestor’s creation, with help from his mute assistant Groton , the last film role for Lon Chaney Jr. Dracula comes to the scientist promising to revive the monster in order to have a serum which will; grant him immortality.
The film was made cheaply, and you can tell from the sets. The acting is as wooden as Dracula’s stake. Dracula’s makeup is so fake, in some scenes his mustache is about to fall off. While enduring the horrible story, we wait impatiently for the fight. Finally at about 15 minutes left in the movie, Frankenstein meets Dracula in the dark forest. The fight was so amazing, as you can barely see what’s going on. Three minutes later the sun comes out and kills Dracula.
Currently, on Rotten Tomatoes it had a 0% and I give it a rating of 1 out of 10 fake mustaches. The film is free on Youtube… have fun watching it.
Freddy Vs Jason (2003)
This film was in development hell for years since 1987, so it took 15 years to finally make. Two Iconic Slashers are up against each other, Camp Crystal Lake Jason Voorhees, and Elm Street’s Freddy Kruger.
It’s been nearly ten years since Freddy Kruger terrorized people in the dreams, and the towns folk want to keep him erased from their memory. Freddy still has one more plan on getting back to Elm Street. He resurrects Jason Voorhees and sends him off to kill. The more bodies which fall to the ground, the stronger in which Freddy becomes. This is until, Freddy realizes that Jason isn’t going to step aside easily, and must be taken down himself. Like every other fighting film, no one really cares about the plot and want the fights, and in my opinion this one doesn’t disappoint, both killers have to think creatively to kill one another, and in one point Freddy goes into Jason’s Dreams. The
fight lasts for a while, making up for the boring set-up. The fight is really worth waiting for and I don’t want to spoiler who the winner is.
Freddy vs Jason was a dream come true for a horror fan, the film does drag on for a bit, but if you go through that the fight is well worth it. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes it folds a 41% and I give it 7 out of 10 Hockey Masks. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
AVP – Alien Versus Predator:
Two Monsters we never thought would ever get a chance to fight, finally have their chance. The Xenimproh vs The Predator. I’m hyped! And then you watch the movie and become disappointed. Just like every other movie, we don’t care about the protagonists we just want to fight.
When a private satellite encounters an unidentified source of heat in Antarctica and it is found to be a pyramid buried deep underground , a search team comprising of top-of-the-line archaeologists and engineers is sent to Antarctica to find out more . They come across an unknown alien species ad before long, the aliens begin to hunt the team members . At the same time , a trio of Predators have arrived to collect the skulls of the aliens as trophies , and the humans are caught between a deadly battle between the two warring species .
The worst part is the fight, just like Dracula Vs Frankenstein, you can barely see what’s going on, and more or less, the film is a rehashing of the Alien and Predator 2. I highly recommend you watch those movies than this. As a fan of both series, it’s definitely a spit in the face. It currently holds a 21% on rotten tomatoes, and I give it 1 out of 10 chestbursters.
It made enough money to have a sequel, which is even worse than this movie. I’m not even going to review it because it’s that bad. It has an 11% on rotten tomatoes. They are both available on Blu-ray.
You can tell I’m very worried about Batman V Superman, as all of us expect a huge fight and are impatiently waiting there with the story. What I can say about that movie is that Batman and Superman are the main characters, not just side characters that happen to fight. I’m hoping this film is going to be great, as I’ve already have my ticket reserved for opening night!