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Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 December 1962 (USA)
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A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.


Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Sid Harris (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ... Cmdr. James Bradley
Tsuruko Kobayashi Tsuruko Kobayashi ... Anna
Clifford Kawada Clifford Kawada ... Capt,. Kishi
Derick Shimatsu ... Matsu, the boy
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Paul Isoh
Ayumi Sonoda Ayumi Sonoda ... Shidori Isoh
Fumindo Matsuo Fumindo Matsuo ... Paul's Friend
Hiroshi Hisasume Hiroshi Hisasume ... Pvt. Seki
Yoneo Iguchi Yoneo Iguchi ... Radio Operator
Hideo Inamura Hideo Inamura ... Doomed Soldier
Roy K. Ogata Roy K. Ogata ... Extra
George Sasaki George Sasaki ... Soldier
Michael Sung Michael Sung ... Extra
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Soldier
Akio Kusama Akio Kusama ... Soldier


In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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From a World Below, It Came to Terrorize - To Destroy - To Revenge!


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


This film was so heavily altered for the American version that the stars of the original Japanese version, Kozo Nomura and Ayumi Sonoda, are only briefly seen as "Paul and Shidori Isoh." Koreya Senda's part has been completely removed. See more »


The same scenes with the Radio Operator (saying the same thing,) and the Army firing bazookas etc... at the monster are reused multiple times. During the attack on the monster while it is in the water, the same tree is struck several times in different uses of the same scene. That "tree" was not harmed in the making of this movie.

At approximately 40:40 through 43:00 the monster is walking around in the dark, yet the aircraft are shown being in the light, and Cdr. Bradley walks out of the cave into the light. See more »

Alternate Versions

This movie was originally released in Japan in 1958 as Daikaijû Baran ("Giant Monster Varan"). The American version has a heavily altered plot, tons of additional footage featuring American actors, and most of Akira Ifukube's music is replaced. All in all, Varan The Unbelievable features only about fifteen minutes of footage (mostly shots of the monster) from the original Japanese film. See more »


Edited from Varan the Unbelievable (1958) See more »

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What Godzilla did to Tokyo... Baerwitz did to this film
5 July 1999 | by barugonSee all my reviews

They took a perfectly good Japanese monster movie -- one that was apparently begun for US television anyway -- and ruined it. They excerpted a few minutes of monster footage and used it to pad out their own, utterly different movie, featuring a cast of non-actors and a script that treats the Japanese people as something less than human. To be avoided at all costs.

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Release Date:

7 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Varan el increíble See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo (perspecta sound systems)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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