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
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In the Americanized version from 1962, even though the film is called "Varan the Unbelievable", the monster is called "Obake" throughout the film for some reason. See more »
At 31:33 the jeep again jumps forward several feet due to an editing error, then again at 31:47. See more »
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 »
In VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE, the title monster is aroused from its lair at the bottom of a lake. It's disturbed by "scientific tests" that turn its watery home into a useless cesspool. Most of the movie's running time is taken up by the human drama between Cmdr. James Bradley (Myron Healey), his wife, the military, and the poor villagers who resist being relocated. Of course, this is the "Americanized" version of the original, 100% Japanese film by Director Ishiro Honda. The "reworked" story has Healey's character spouting most of the dialogue / narration, much like Raymond Burr in the "re-imagined", American release of GODZILLA. Not surprisingly, this makes for quite a slog, since the movie is padded out w/ loads of dull situations, apparently added for American audiences of the era, who might otherwise have been perplexed. While Honda's movie has a reputation for being rather bland, it's difficult to see how this version could possibly be an improvement! Fragments of the original tale are shown as non sequitur scenes -usually of natives jumping around, or military HQ- here and there throughout the film. As for the monster, it's not bad, especially during the big finish. A film for the true, giant monster completist... .
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