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"Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell" is full of those cheesy moments we've come to expect (and love) from these low budget Japanese sci-fi films. The surprising thing is, in addition to the camp value, the film manages to create some moments of actual unease. The film transcends its production limits to create something thats creepy in a dreamlike, surreal atmosphere that recalls "Carnival of Souls" and "Night Tide". Don't get me wrong, its not nearly as good as either of those, but it'll appeal to fans of them.
As I said earlier, the film itself is rather poorly made. The direction by Hajime Sato has a few good moments of tension, but is really poorly paced. The film could've used a bit trimming. The acting is pretty lousy all around, especially Kathy Horan as the token American (easily one of the most annoying performances I've ever seen in one of these films. I just couldn't wait for her character to die).
Still, there are moments that work. The shots of the actual body snatchers are unnerving in an almost surreal manner. The whole film has a very dreamlike atmosphere that makes it somewhat unique. I know Tarantino is a fan (he references this in "Kill Bill"), so lets get a DVD release of this in the states. Its not a Japanese schlock classic, but its an agreeable time killer. (6/10)
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