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Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (original title)
PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1979 (USA)
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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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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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Unique Japanese Sci-Fi/Horror
16 March 2008 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Goke is one of those films that I had only heard about in the 1980's but was never able to see. It had a reputation among the hard core film fans as something out of left field but not very good. Many years later I had forgotten about the film but had chanced across director Sato's deliriously silly kid's film "Golden Bat". I was rather surprised that this film was by the same man.

The film is very artificial from the first shot of a model jet in front of a red sky to the rock quarry most of film takes place in. Most Japanese film fans will recognize this quarry. It's in samurai films, gangster films and every other episode of Power Rangers. The cheapness is off-set by the care of the direction and photography. The special effects are super color saturated and very bizarre at times. While definitely not a children's film, Sato utilizes a number of techniques from Golden Bat including the generic action music and the kabuki inspired movements for the possessed.

The energy that's put into this film makes up for the logic gaps, bad acting and cheapness. The ending is very unexpected, nightmarish and disturbing. Finishing this film is like waking from a very bad night of sleep. As Sato has no further films in his listing here yet lived for quite a while after, I wonder what was his state of mind while making this film.

Recommended.


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