The Dreadful Human Torch
Mysterious Human Special Effects Series: The Dreadful Human Torch (怪奇人間特撮シリーズ 戦慄火焔人間, or simply The Dreadful Human Torch Kaiki Ningen Tokusatsu Shirīzu: Senritsu Kaen Ningen) (戦慄火焔人間, was a Senritsu Kaen Ningen)1973 film proposal written by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka. It was planned as the first in a trilogy of tokusatsu films to be produced by Toho Eizo, of which Tanaka was president.
At the wake of Kyuhei Takahata, former president of the chemical development company Toa Industries, a candle atop an altar suddenly transforms into a fiery humanoid, enveloping the casket and causing Takahata's body to vanish. As Takahata's firstborn son, Gozo, conspires against his family in secret with the help of researcher Dr. Okawa in order to take his father's inheritance all for himself, a series of fire-related tragedies strike the Takahata family. Gozo's schemes must be unraveled, as the secret of the Human Torch is revealed.
In response to the high ratings of television airings of The H-Man and The Secret of the Telegian, Tomoyuki Tanaka hatched an idea for a trilogy of special effects films to succeed the Transforming Human Series. Dubbing it the "Mysterious Human Special Effects Series," Tanaka penned a proposal for the first film in the series, The Dreadful Human Torch, in June of 1973. The next two films in the series were also decided—The Invisible Man (透明人間 and The Plant Man Tōmei Ningen) (植物人間—but were never put to paper. Shokubutsu Ningen)
Jun Fukuda was to direct, with Masahiro Kakefuda as screenwriter. The outline bears resemblance to two episodes of Tsuburaya Productions' 1968 television series Operation: Mystery—"The Murder Circuit," directed and co-written by Fukuda, in which a researcher commits a series of murders targeting the family of his wealthy boss; and "The Radio Wave Calling for Death," written by Fukuda, in which a murderer named Gozo exacts revenge against a wealthy family. Because of this, it is speculated that Fukuda was involved in formulating the story for The Dreadful Human Torch.
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