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

PG  |   |  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 ...
Moon station correspondent A
Ryûji Kita
Takanobu Hozumi ...
FAFC Technical Officer
Toshiyuki Watanabe
Torahiko Hamada ...
MR.Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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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Ridiculously goofy fun
12 October 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Toy rockets can't stop him. Toy tanks won't stop him. Not even toy airplanes can stop him. Brazenly campy and unabashedly silly, this movie offers no disguise for its lunacy, but rather exalts in its cheesiness. It boasts one of the most absurd looking monsters ever, who you can't help but love because of his ludicrous appearance.

The script goes to great lengths to explain the origin of the creature, so the movie drags a little at first. The first part is some horsing around aboard a spacecraft, on a mission to Mars. The ship is buzzed by a UFO, and the crew responds with a perplexing lackadaisical attitude like it happens every day. They divert to an established Moon base after the UFO just wanders off for some reason.

You have to wait a while to see the creature, named Guilala , but it's well worth the wait. He's part chicken, part dinosaur, and has what appears to be a snorkel coming out of his forehead. He has beaming red eyes, and the best of all: two wire antennae that wobble around like those wire things with balls on the end you wear on your head if you're going as a bumblebee or something like that for Halloween. Of course, he goes on a rampage in Tokyo, shrieking like a banshee the whole time, as he smashes buildings and other stuff.

The human characters are developed pretty well, and the actors actually appear to be taking their roles seriously. As ridiculous as the script is, the characters actually have believable personalities and back stories. There's an odd triangle, with two beauties named Michiko and Lisa both after Capt. Sanu, who just grunts when they talk to him.

Fans of insanely cheesy camp will love this one; it's just utter craziness all the way.


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