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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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What Is This Monstrous THING? See more »

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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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Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Peggy Neal may well be the first blonde actress to appear in a Japanese monster film. See more »

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

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Fun nonsense
16 September 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

Though a bit slow at the beginning, THE X FROM OUTER SPACE is one of those over-the-top silly Japanese monster movies that they just don't make anymore and is totally fun to watch because you can't believe how silly everything is. The film is very juvenile and was most likely made for 5 year old kids more than anyone else.

If you listen to the dialogue at the beginning of the film, when the astronauts are introduced, there are a lot of double entendres to be heard, like when the man tells a grinning Lisa (Peggy Neal) "However, you are to touch nothing unless specifically authorised by the Captain Sano." ARF!!! I wonder if the folks who dubbed the film deliberately made it sound so funny.

The scene on the moon or in space are pretty much pointless but they're funny nonetheless. The best thing in the movie is the monster itself, Guilala (what a sad name for a monster!). When Guilala attacks, it walks about like a drunken fool, as if it got no clue of what it was doing. Maybe the guy in the suit couldn't keep his balance because the models were so cheap and fragile. The monster's roar was really funny to hear. Like someone clearing his throat. When Guilala shoots its fireballs, it looks like he's burping them out. The whole moment when the monster destroys a building and Lisa gets trapped beneath some rubble, they make a big deal about the fact that her leg is trapped and she's in pain is priceless because soon afterwards, she walks about like nothing had happened. Another great scene is when Guilala runs after a truck. It's laugh out loud funny. But the really goofy thing about this film is how fast the characters go from the earth to the moon, and vice versa. It's like the moon was only a couple of miles away and as easy to access as the nearest shopping mall.

But the film is not all goofiness. When the monster turns into a fireball and flies about Japan, destroying everything in its path, well, the film sorta becomes cool for a fraction of a second. And the ending, when the monster is attacked for the last time, well, I felt bad for the poor old space chicken! But the producers set it up so a sequel was possible. Where's the sequel? I want to see Guilala battle Baragon. BTW, the container which holds tiny Guilala at the end looks like a camping lamp.

The worst thing about THE X FROM OUTER SPACE is the music. Aside from the fun song, the actual music used when the monster attacks is basically the same thing played repeatedly over and over. It gets really tiresome.


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