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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The X from Outer Space See more »

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Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This was Shochiku's first monster movie. See more »

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Featured in Tora-san's Forbidden Love (1984) See more »

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Giant Chickens rule!
5 February 2000 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

Oh this one was pretty bad, flat and low budget the first 45 minutes, with the highlight being a sinister Pumpkin Pie in outers space(!!) harrassing our sturdy tinfoil ship and its crew. Then you get to the chase, with the giant Aquatic chicken/lizard/guinea hen letting loose on poor old back-lot Japan.

Bad miniatures, bad sound, the three Caucasians are guys we might be intended to identify with ala Raymond Burr in the first Godzilla, but don't you believe it-Franz Gruber looks like a 6 foot Gary Owens from Laugh-in with a Chermann accent, the other two are crosses between Buddy Hackett and Dick York. Peggy Neal has the Angie Dickinson bit down too.

Your Japanese cast are all kinda interchangable, none of them any threat to Tishiro Mifune's reputation. The F/X are lousy, the dialogue and dubbing grade Z.

My fave parts? Besides the attack of the giant Pie? Where do I begin? There's the demo of the Moon's low gravity, showcased by two actors on trampolines in space suits, the trampolines hidden behind a 'crater edge'. The flaming bubbles the monster spits out at the world's worst Tank and plane miniatures. The great chase where two guys in a yellow-green jeep, pulling a trailer carrying a 'cargo of radiation'-filing cabinet with a radiation insignia on its side-race '80'mph down the road, while the 200 foot(100 foot? seems to chage size...)monster kinda shuffles after them, one big rubber paw waving ineffectively at the guy holding the 'Cargo box' and the driver putting the pedal to the metal. You don't for a second believe that the shufflin' X from Outer Space can catch up and grab'em, but he/it/she does. Riot! You also have a funny scene where at Army Headquarters, they show a guy on a step ladder, moving a little X from Outer Space Magnet from one town to another along a wall-map...Oh Lord. That one had me rolling in the aisles.....Then there is the obligatory stomp through the city, where these rubber suited guys always seem to concentrate on poorly made power line miniatures-after which you get the grand finale. They spray some white foam on the X from Outer Space, from a series of straffing runs-the X nailing a few last jets for good measure before being encased in the goo and making like the melting Stay Puff Marshmallow man of Ghostbusters. They then fling the little white sporestone essence of the X into orbit around the Sun, while Peggy Neal and Co. wax philosophic about how Monsters have rights too...Very, Very hard to keep a straight face while watching this one. If MST3K never did it, you have to say what a shame. The movie was a target and then some for Cro and the boys.

What more is there to be said? Sheer incompetance, bad acting, poor F/X....this gets a star for chutzpah and another half for the Villainous Pie.

*1/2 outta ****-if you like bad rubber suited monster movies, this is for you. Just don't say you haven't been warned.


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