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Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (original title)
The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Teruo Yoshida ...
Sugisaka, the co-pilot
Tomomi Satô ...
Kazumi Asakura, the stewardess
Eizô Kitamura ...
Gôzô Mano, the senator
Hideo Kô ...
Hirofumi Teraoka , The Hijacker
Kathy Horan ...
Mrs. Neal
Yûko Kusunoki ...
Noriko Tokuyasu
Kazuo Katô ...
Dr. Momotake, the psychiatrist
Hiroyuki Nishimoto ...
The Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Conway ...
Assassinated Ambassador
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Tokuyasu
Kei'ichi Noda ...
Gokemidoro (voice)
Masaya Takahashi ...
Toshiyuki Saga , the scientist
Toshihiko Yamamoto ...
Matsumiya (as Norihiko Yamamoto)
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Storyline

While a plane is being hijacked, a report of a bomb on board, another report of a UFO in the area is cut short as the hijacker shoots the radio and the controls. This while they encounter a UFO, causing them to crash on an uncharted island in the middle of nowhere. They soon find out there is an assassin on board. Panic ensues when it is discovered that there is a UFO on the island, taking them one by one , changing them. Written by stephen scialli

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A fiendish vampire from a strange world in outer space drains his victims' blood and turns them into weird corpses! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 August 1968 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Body Snatcher from Hell  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reputed to be one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies. A scene in Kill Bill vol.1 showed An airplane window with a red sky outside. See more »

Goofs

In the first shot of the red sky from the cockpit, before the UFO appears for the first time, the bottom border of the red-hued transparent plastic covering causing the effect is visible resulting in a long sliver of normal blue sky below it. See more »

Connections

References Matango (1963) See more »

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Interesting premise with heavy handed treatment
30 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, if you want to see this flick, you'll have to look for one of the out of print tape copies made by Sinister Cinema. They used to have them and in widescreen (more or less) but apparently cannot make any more. Mine was one I found for sale that was already viewed but was lucky to find.

The widescreen is not the complete picture, but it's close, there's not too much cropped off at the sides and it's about 1.66 to 1 ratio. Pretty good image and color too. The story concerns an airplane crash landing on some sort of island or rural area, where a spaceship has landed. The alien is a life form which takes control of a person by entering the body, and then turns that person into a vampire, who drains its victims of all blood. It seems this alien is the vanguard of an advancing conquest. The whole thing is pretty eerie but has plenty of goofy moments that will make for laughs. There's the whole idea of mankind racing to destroy itself along with pretty vapid references to Vietnam, and how terrible the world is. The idea is that the earth will get what it deserves since we can't live in peace. Good old 1970s peacenik hand-wringing at the terrible state of humanity, with a good dash of cardboard character clichés thrown in. You'll want to see it for the really weird execution of a pretty spooky premise, and fast paced too. One of those type of films that cries out for a remake by someone who knows how to handle sci-fi horror.


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