I spent the Christmas holiday with a 25 movie marathon, and this was one of the films that I watched. This classic Japanese sci-fi film was directed by Ishiro Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is also their last black and white film.
A huge monster on a small island is awakened and goes on a destructive spree across the island. It soon makes it's way to Tokyo and it becomes apparent that nothing can stop it. The monster can also fly and scientists come up with a rather interesting way to kill the monster once and for all.
Varan never caught on with the public very much and he was never seen in any other films except for a couple of very brief shots in the 1968 film "DESTROY ALL MONSTERS". This is a good bet for fans of the genre, and I would highly recommend everyone see it at least once.
The DVD from Tokyo Shock is excellent.