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The X from Outer Space (1967)
"Uchû daikaijû Girara" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1968 (USA)
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The spaceship AAB-Gamma is dispatched from FAFC headquarters in Japan to make a landing on the planet Mars and investigate reports of UFOs in the area. As they near the red planet, they ... See full summary »

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Dr. Kato
Shun'ya Wazaki ...
Capt. Sano
Itoko Harada ...
Michiko
Peggy Neal ...
Lisa
Franz Gruber ...
Dr. Berman
Mike Daneen ...
Dr. Stein
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa ...
Miyamoto
Keisuke Sonoi ...
Dr. Shioda
Hiroshi Fujioka ...
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Ryûji Kita
Takanobu Hozumi ...
FAFC Technical Officer
Toshiyuki Watanabe
Torahiko Hamada ...
MR.Kimura
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Toshinari Kazusaki ...
Capt. Sano
Sônosuke Oda ...
Moon station Correspondent B
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The spaceship AAB-Gamma is dispatched from FAFC headquarters in Japan to make a landing on the planet Mars and investigate reports of UFOs in the area. As they near the red planet, they encounter a mysterious UFO that coats the ship's hull with unusual spores. Taking one of the specimens back to earth, it soon develops and grows into a giant chicken-lizard-alien monster that tramples Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Trivia

In the 1990s after Nikkatsu Co. folded (the studio responsible for Gappa, the Triphibian Monster), Shochiku announced "Gappa vs. Guilala" which never came to be. Guilala has since appeared in an American TV commercial and a sequel film. See more »

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During Guilala's attack at 49:14, as the model tanks begin shooting, the barrel of one of the tanks explodes. See more »

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Followed by The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008) See more »

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Guilala, Mon Amour
30 May 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

As a grown-up, I look back on this movie and cringe. EIJI OKADA is in this, for crying out loud! What a comedown from "Hiroshima, Mon Amour". We have to wait half the movie for the monster to even show up. And a long, long wait it seems to be, as mankind's advance into space turns out to be a succession of cocktail parties and lame jokes.

Just when terminal boredom is about to set in, out pops Guilala: a huge bug-eyed rubber chicken with wings growing out of his cheeks, and the kitchen sink on the top of his head! He can turn himself into a ball of fire and do cannonballs into lakes! Suddenly I'm eight years old again and this movie is Really Cool!

Thankfully, the rest of the movie is just a pretext for scenes of that wonderfully cockeyed beast, destroying some of the worst models in monster movie history (example: there's a jet fighter Guilala smashes that looks to be larger than the oil tanker he's just sunk).

Do yourself a favor: watch the opening credits for the bouncy theme song ("The stars are our destiny...") which you will NEVER get out of your head. Then fast forward to Guilala's first appearance, turn off your brain, and prepare to laugh your head off. Just brace yourself for Peggy Neal's inane "What I learned from the monster" speech at the end.


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