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Uchû daikaijû Girara (1967)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1968 (USA)
When a crew of scientists returns from Mars with a sample of the space spores that contaminated their ship, the sample escapes and grows into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast.

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Kazui Nihonmatsu
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Credited cast:
Eiji Okada ... Dr. Kato
Shun'ya Wazaki Shun'ya Wazaki ... Capt. Sano
Itoko Harada Itoko Harada ... Michiko
Peggy Neal Peggy Neal ... Lisa
Franz Gruber Franz Gruber ... Dr. Berman
Mike Daneen Mike Daneen ... Dr. Stein
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa Shin'ichi Yanagisawa ... Miyamoto
Keisuke Sonoi Keisuke Sonoi ... Dr. Shioda
Hiroshi Fujioka ... Moon station correspondent A
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... FAFC Technical Officer
Toshiyuki Watanabe Toshiyuki Watanabe
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada ... MR.Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan
Toshinari Kazusaki Toshinari Kazusaki ... Capt. Sano
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The spaceship AAB-Gamma is dispatched from FAFC headquarters in Japan to make a landing on the planet Mars and investigate reports of UFOs in the area. As they near the red planet, they encounter a mysterious UFO that coats the ship's hull with unusual spores. Taking one of the specimens back to earth, it soon develops and grows into a giant chicken-lizard-alien monster that tramples Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

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1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The X from Outer Space See more »

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2.35 : 1
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During Guilala's attack at 49:14, as the model tanks begin shooting, the barrel of one of the tanks explodes. See more »

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The X From Uranus
11 June 2002 | by pv71989See all my reviews

Which is where they seemingly pulled this mess. A space ship on its way to Mars picks up some spores on its hull. Of course, Man being Man, the spores are brought back to earth. Funny how guys returning from, say, Africa have to pass through Customs and then through a medical quarantine, but some space spore is carried right to Earth. Needless to say, contact with Earth's atmosphere causes the spore to become Guilala (where do they come up with these names?!), a cross between a giant chicken and a dinosaur. It is a lively monster, though. You can see the spring in its step when its trashing Tokyo.

The movie has the usual trademarks of Japanese monster films -- bad dialogue (Peggy Neal's "Monsters have rights" speech ranks up there with Peter Graves' "Man has a responsibility" speech from "It Conquered The World"); atrocious dubbing (why do they dub American actors' voices); cheap special effects, and unintentional comedy. For instance, Peggy Neal, an actress who unwisely used Japan as a starting point for a failed movie career, and a Japanese astronaut (Eija Okada, sadly far removed from brilliant films like "Hiroshima, Mon Amour") bounce across the moon. You can almost see the trampolines. Another time, as Guilala moves across the countryside, a soldier on a ladder moves a cardboard cutout of the monster across a map. It reminds me of "Varan, The Unbelievable" when the army comes up with a detailed miniature model of Varan for their strategy board only minutes after the monster first appears.

The miniatures tanks and jets are sub-par even for Japanese films. In one scene, a jet gets taken out and hits the water, looking about as large as an oil tanker.

The funniest part of the movie, aside from the annoying theme song ("Stars are our destiny..."), is the monster. It looks as if the monster suit is a size too large for the actor inside. Guilala shoots fireballs so fake-looking you can almost see the strings guiding them towards the tanks and jets. The monster smashes through the cheap cardboard city buildings a little too quickly (obviously the director didn't know that slowing the film speed a little would have helped). It's roar is, at first, laughable, then, finally, just plain irritating. There's a scene later where Guilala chases after a jeep hauling a trailer full of radioactive material. The jeep's doing about 80 and Guilala's running after it in slow-motion (not the slow-mo like "Six Million Dollar Man," but as if the actor was being told to walk oddly to avoid catching up to the jeep too quickly).

I saw this film on "Creature Double Feature," a hugely popular syndicated sci-fi/horror anthology popular in the 1970's and early 80's (wow, I'm getting old). I watched it just for the laughs when I was only seven, so that shows how bad the film is if it can't get past a child.


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