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1/10
It features the kid who believes in the monster cliché...yecch!
MartinHafer28 March 2016
This Japanese monster movie has been dubbed in English--this is the version I am reviewing.

The title of the movie is odd and really not appropriate at all. There is no move to destroy multiple planets and the only thing the baddies want is to wipe out human life on Earth so they can colonize it. So, they send a variety of silly giant monsters to destroy the only thing that apparently can stop them...Gamera. Gamera is a giant flying turtle that shoots flames out his butt...and this is the great hope for mankind?! Anyway, there is one of the worst clichés of the Japanese man in a monster suit films...the little boy who inexplicably believes in the monster and its ultimate goodness. The same thing's happened too many times before, such as in other Gamera films as well as the god-awful "Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster".

The bottom line is that if you like seeing tiny plastic villages and tanks destroyed and two full-grown men fighting while wearing silly rubber suits, you might just enjoy it. However, even for the genre it's pretty cheesy...and the aliens and the great special effects for them are amazingly dumb. Watch it if you want, but I see no reason why you would want to.
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3/10
Gammera And The Kids
bkoganbing28 November 2010
Like Godzilla before him, the Japanese producers decided to turn the flying turtle Gamera from an enemy to a friendly monster much the same way Vince McMahon does with his wrestlers. In fact Gamera's such a cuddly fellow here that he has a real love for children, a fact that aliens who are on a mission to Destroy All Planets try to use against Gammera and the earth.

When Gamera destroyed their ship in a previous film which we saw a flashback of, the aliens decide they must get control of Gamera before they can occupy earth. They implant a thought control device in the big guy and for good measure capture a couple of kids.

Their big mistake was capturing a pair of Boy Scouts in Japan for the International Scouting Jamboree. One scout from Japan and one from America become prisoners of the aliens on their ship. And as we all know scouts are taught to be resourceful and are always prepared, though I doubt the scouting manual covers capture by space aliens.

Yes this film is as bad as it sounds with the cheesy special effects and lousy dubbing of the Japanese actors. But these Japanese monster films do have a lovable quality about them and they have a devoted group of fans who should be pleased.
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2/10
Just More of the Same
Hitchcoc16 May 2006
More of a Frisbee like turtle with fangs that go up like a wart hog. More battles with people in bird suits that look like people in bird suits. A ping pong ball space ship. Two naughty boys who know how to do everything, including getting on board the space ship. More tiresome music. More "Gamera is the friend of children" stuff. I remember when Godzill and Rodan came out. The movies were a lot of fun because the monsters were actually a threat to people. Now they are just a parade of silly costumes with very little behind them. The adults are all ridiculous and moronic. Like in American sitcoms, the kids are the bosses (when in reality they couldn't think their way out of a paper bag). These monster movies must be the Japanese means of partonizing these little snots. Above all, however, is that after seeing three of these movies (with the same plot over and over; check the stock footage), the ultimate conclusion is that they are boring. If you haven't see this one, don't bother.
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2/10
More adventures of the giant fanged turtle with major gas issues.
mark.waltz11 July 2017
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...Or should I say repeat adventures? The first half of thus film flashes back to the first two Gamera films, taking nearly half an hour of running time to explain to the kiddies who didn't see the first two films who this turtle is, and why he must either be destroyed along with every planet in the universe or be put to use and join the legion of bad, scary minsters everywhere. So after an introduction where two Japanese kids guide Camera through the Pacific ocean in their little yellow submarine (deliciously cheesy), we get a revisit between Gamera and various other monsters, one where a Japanese kid who's eaten way too many cookies hitches a ride on Gamera's back. This is all for the villains out to destroy the world in their spaceship that looks like a bunch of freaky eyeballs connected together to set up their motivation. Truly juvenile and badly dubbed, this is one of those films that makes you wonder about Japanese/American relations, "First Pearl Harbor, now this?" At least the viewer has a choice, which is either fast forward or turn off.
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3/10
"Prepare the brain control device for firing!"
classicsoncall21 June 2006
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"Destroy All Planets" winds up settling for 'destroy all Tokyo' by film's end, as a space monster resembling a giant squid falls to the reptilian furnace known as Gamera. Actually, Gamera is saving Earth right from the get go, knocking out Varian Space Ship #1 even before the first set of film credits roll. The scene switches to a Japanese scout camp where we meet a pair of meddlesome young heroes, Jim and Masao, who take part in Gamera's exploits after being kidnapped by the aliens and beamed aboard their ship in an electrified bubble shield.

It's pretty startling to see the boys convince a scientist to let them operate a newly invented submarine that might be defective. Previously boy genius Masao had wired the unit to run in reverse direction of it's controls, but Dr. Dobie didn't think about checking that out as a possibility. At least that prepared the boys for interfering with the alien space ship's controls by playing switcheroo with a bunch of triangular blocks.

When boss alien Viras says 'Activate the Videotron', hang on to your seats for rehashed footage from earlier Gamera movies where he battles Barugon and Gyaos. These take up quite a bit of screen time, but are no match for the fast forward button if you want to get on with it. For the longest time Viras addressed an invisible crew, and when they finally appeared, they were Orientals who could fly - imagine that!

Seeing as how these movies were made for a juvenile audience, it's surprising to see how gruesome some of the scenes are. Gamera drawing blood comes to mind, and how about the pair of space crew members being decapitated. When squid tentacles started emerging from the headless bodies I made a connection to the 'Alien' films; having the individual units merge to form the giant Viras was a neat device.

I guess the appeal for young kids might reside in identifying with the two young heroes who make friends with a giant monster, move around pretty freely on an alien space ship, and get to have whatever they want with the help of alien telepathic technology. Seeing as how the movie was presumably made by adults, it could have been a simple case of wish fulfillment.
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5/10
So-so Gamera flick
Woodyanders3 October 2010
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The Gamera series takes a pretty substantial nosedive in quality with this regrettably cheap and plodding fourth entry. The plot is sound -- the big fire-breathing flying prehistoric turtle falls under the nefarious spell of evil space invaders and it's up to two mischievous boy scouts to free Gamera so he can successfully thwart the extraterrestrial menace -- but alas undermined by a conspicuously low budget (there's copious stock footage from previous Gamera films), a meandering narrative, too much goofy humor (the silly antics of the two boys wears really thin after a while), tacky and none too convincing (not so) special effects, slack direction by Noriaka Yuasa, and an often sluggish pace. That said, the theme song is quite catchy and rousing, the scenes of Gamera stomping on cities and destroying dams hit the thrilling mondo destructo spot something sweet, and Gamera's lively and exciting protracted climactic battle with an enormous one-eyed squid creature is loads of wacky fun to watch. Watchable, but overall nothing special.
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2/10
Turtle Soup
wes-connors7 April 2010
"Gamera, the giant flying turtle returns to save humanity when an alien spacecraft approaches Earth intent on world domination. Gamera destroys the alien ship, but a second craft captures two boy scouts to shield them from Gamera. The aliens then place a control device on Gamera to make him attack Tokyo. The boys foul their plans when they manage to reverse the controls and Gamera confronts the squid-like beings in a climactic battle," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. Re-titled "Destroy All Planets" for American consumption, this is a bad mix of ideas from other films, action sequences from previous "Gamera" movies, and the usual formulaic children.

** Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu (3/20/68) Noriaki Yuasa ~ Toru Takatsuka, Carl Craig, Kojiro Hongo, Junko Yashiro
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5/10
Aliens, turtle and stock footage
BandSAboutMovies30 March 2020
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This film was released in the U.S. as Destroy All Planets, which may have been a ploy to make people think it was Destroy All Monsters, perhaps the greatest of all Toho monster battles.

This time, Gamera is defending our planet from aliens. He starts off by destroying one of their ships, but not before an entire planet declares that he is their enemy.

The aliens come back to Earth and learn Gamera's one weakness: he loves children. They kidnap some kids and force him to do their bidding, but before long, he's broken loose and is battling all of the aliens at once, who have combined their form into the menace known as Viras.

Daiei was in financial trouble, so this movie suffers from a smaller budget than previous films. But this is where the idea of Gamera protecting kids from aliens and monsters began. Yet it's also the first of the series to use flashbacks from past films to pad the running time. This will get much, much worse as Gamera would battle on.

There was also an agreement with AIP that an American kid had to be in the movie. They couldn't find any kids that could speak Japanese, so the studio cast Carl Craig, whose father was an army soldier stationed in Japan, despite Carl having no acting experience.
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6/10
"I'm so hungry I could eat a cow." The type of film that defies logical convention.
poolandrews21 January 2008
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Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu, or Destroy All Planets as the American telly version is known, is set in Japan & starts as an evil race of aliens decide to take over the Earth & colonise it since it is the one planet in the entire universe that most resembles their own. However giant flying fire breathing turtle monster Gamera has other ideas & protects the Earth from these aliens, after destroying one of their spacecraft the aliens need to come up with a way to either destroy or control Gamera which will leave the way to total Earth domination free! Knowing that Gamera has a particular fondness for little boys the aliens kidnap two boy scouts Jim (Carl Craig) & Masao (Toru Takatsuka) & then fit Gamera with a brain control device to enable the aliens to make Gamera assist them in the destruction of Earth & mankind!

This Japanese production was directed Noriaki Yuasa & was the fourth film to feature the giant fire breathing turtle Gamera that can fly by using blue jets of fire that shoot out of where he legs normally protrude after pulling them into his shell, I suppose you could say that Gamera is a sort of Godzilla type monster who actually protects the Earth from other monsters. Anyway, the script by Nisan (named after the car?) Takahashi moves along like a rocket & at least isn't boring, it is just one of those indefinable madcap oddball Japanese monster flicks where anything goes & quite often does. Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu is just one of those films which defies conventional logic, you can't watch Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu & judge it next to normal film-making, you just can't. The script is just a strange incoherent mess of bizarre ideas from (very Japanese looking) alien invaders who wear silly little beret's on their heads, having detachable homing limbs, wear what looks like Vicar's dog collars around their necks, have glow in the dark eyes & can fly to their master Viras which is a sort of mutant space squid with beady shifty little eyes, a beak for a mouth, can use the tip of it's body as a spear & is kept in a cage until it is let out at which point it then chops the heads off the other aliens in order to let the inner squid out of them & absorb their power thus making Viras grow to huge proportions in order to fight & destroy Gamera! If that sounds weird it's just the beginning since the evil aliens who mange to build sophisticated spacecraft are defeated by a couple of teenage boy scouts, the spacecraft is controlled telepathically, there's a big bird monster who shoots lasers from it's mouth, the spacecraft looks like five ping pong balls stuck together & despite saving the whole planet Jim & Masao don't get any supper! As I have already said Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu is an incredibly silly film yet it's so action packed & fun that I found it impossible not to like it, I think Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu is a kids film & by that I mean kids of all ages...

Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu was the fourth Gamera film & the first forty minutes features about twenty minutes of footage taken from the previous two Gamera films, War of the Monsters (1966) & Return of the Giant Monsters (1967) which at least keeps the monster mayhem coming thick & fast. The special effects are of the men in rubber suits destroying scale models of Japan, Viras the space squid has to be seen to be believed with it's beady little eyes which dart left & right! The spaceship shots look really silly as well with a stupid looking design. But when all said & done I don't think anyone who knows anything about Japanese monster films is going to go into Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu expecting realistic effects. Well, at least I hope they're not. The fights are fun, Gamera destroying Tokyo is fun as is the whole film really, it's the sort of cheesy Saturday afternoon monster flick that kids used to love watching on telly.

Technically the film is alright considering, OK the special effects are cheap but allowances need to be made. The whole thing was obviously dubbed for American audiences, originally running 75 minutes the American version was reedited & increased to 90 minutes. I actually saw the 90 minute version & there are separate credits for the 'American Re-Recording' under 'Titan Productions' including Bret Morrison as director! It's impossible to know how good or bad the original acting was since the entire thing is obviously & often hilariously dubbed into English but I doubt it was any good in the first place.

Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu is a fun Godzilla style Japanese monster fest, there's plenty of bizarre things going on to take your mind of the ridiculous plot & the aliens silly costumes. I liked it but then I have a high tolerance for this type of cult trash, if you like men in rubber monster suits fighting each other type films then you will probably enjoy Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu & if you don't you won't.
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2/10
Gamera Under Siege
AaronCapenBanner3 May 2014
Fourth Gamera film started the marked decline of quality in the series in this ridiculous entry that brings in the old plot device that plagued the later Godzilla sequels, that is alien invaders who plan on conquering the Earth by capturing Gamera and controlling it with an implant that forces it to attack Japan. Two Boy scouts on an outing befriend Gamera and somehow free him from the aliens' control, but then they unleash a giant squid-like monster called Viras to take over the attack. Can Gamera thwart their plans and save the Earth? Being partially set underwater can't save it, as this is far too childish to be believed.
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Big Turtle Meets Squidly Diddly...
azathothpwiggins6 July 2021
In GAMERA VS. VIRAS, those eeevil aliens are trying to invade Japan once more! It's up to Gamera and his two young helpers to stop these baddies from beyond the stars.

Oh no!

The aliens have taken over Gamera's brain! Can the great Shelled One break free of their power in time to take on Viras? Thankfully, yes! This gigantic, bird-beaked cephalopod needs a serious beat down!

In the meantime, can we somehow survive the aliens' relentless assault, using endless "flashback" sequences from earlier Gamera movies?

As with most of these films, if one can bear the dullness in between the monster battles, much fun can be had...
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1/10
Yippy Another Crappy Gamera Film
Rainey-Dawn18 January 2017
Destroy All Planets or Gamera vs. Outer Space Monster Viras.

Oh boy the last film of the Mill Creek Sci-Fi Classic 50-Pack and it had to be another Gamera film - yippy, yippy! And this one is either truly awful or I'm just in a terrible mood - maybe a bit of both. A couple of the other Gamera films were kinda okay to watch but I did not like what I saw with this particular film - It just didn't have what the other films had to keep me interested.

All of the Gamera films are crappy but this one is the worst of the batch I think. Oh well, not all of them can be good. That is what happens to franchises - they all tend to go down hill.

1/10
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4/10
Beginning of the end.
OllieSuave-0073 June 2014
With this Gamera flick, it is the end of the more conventional and serious movies and the beginning of pure camp, cheese and childish films in the series. Here, we have two Boy Scouts who are captured by invading evil space aliens, who control Gamera to have him destroy Tokyo. The boys then attempt to reverse the controls on Gamera and find a way to defeat the aliens and their monster leader, giant squid Viras.

There is really nothing spectacular or unique about the story and plot, which are very basic and simple - aliens invade earth, aliens kidnap children, aliens control Gamera to destroy cities, kids try to escape and foil aliens' scheme. The two lead kid characters consume a majority of the movie while the other adult actors are just window dressing; none of the characters stand out. And, the acting is mostly atrocious, especially in the part where one of the girl scoutmasters nonchalantly point to the sky after she spots a monster/spaceship.

The special effects were below average; the suit for Gamera looks like a cardboard cut-out with moving eyes and the suit for Viras looks like Styrofoam. The aliens' spaceship looks like a bumblebee and the zombies inside the ship look like clay models.

It appears the filmmakers didn't put too much effort in making this a riveting monster movie, rather, they just winged it and treated like it was a fun monster episode of a children's variety show.

Watch at your own risk and if you want to watch the sequels that follow, be warned that the series only gets campier and cheesier.

Grade D
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2/10
Pretty lame Japanese monster mayhem
Red-Barracuda13 March 2014
Destroy All Planets is another in the 50's/60's cycle of Japanese sci-fi movies that featured an array of their very own giant monsters. This one has a few but mainly focuses on Gamera, the fire-breathing, flying giant turtle who inexplicably loves children. With this in mind, it's hardly surprising that this one is really a children's movie. Its two human heroes after all are a couple of young mischievous boy scouts who inadvertently become captives on an extra-terrestrial spaceship. These evil aliens and their giant squid creature are intent on attacking the earth for its nitrogen supply or something. The good natured Gamera comes to the aid of the puny earthlings and fends off these nefarious villains.

As much as I wanted to like this, I just couldn't. In theory, it sounds great and I do appreciate the concept behind these Japanese monster movies and to be fair there are some other entries that I have found okay. But this one was somewhat interminable. It seems to spend a lot of time showing a series of best-of Gamera fight moments from earlier films. This should give you some indication that there weren't too many ideas at this one's disposal in the first place. The monsters themselves are the stars and are quite good but it all does get a little tiresome after a while with a barrage of quite samey action scenes becoming increasingly less interesting as it goes on. In fairness, this is meant for children so maybe I'm in no position to complain to be perfectly honest!
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3/10
Too much stock footage
ericstevenson15 December 2016
It was interesting to watch the only early Gamera film that wasn't featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". Watching it, it really is easy to see why. This movie relies on almost twenty minutes of footage from the previous films! They would just have to make the same jokes over and over. I feel bad for not remembering the other movies that well. Apparently, they're a lot worse than this! I still hated this, seeing as how it was done in such a cheap manner. You could have just called it a clip show. I guess some of the alien designs are interesting, but that's about it.

What's so irritating is that another giant monster literally doesn't appear until the last ten minutes of the movie! I guess the monster is called Viras, but he's never actually specifically called that in the movie. I hear that the later movies are a million times better. I'd love to check those out, if I could find them. We get some pretty annoying characters, but I suppose the special effects are no worse than they were in the other movies. If nothing, it was interesting to see those old clips without them being riffed on by the MST3K crew. *1/2
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8/10
The 4th one is better then the first 3.
jacobjohntaylor16 May 2017
This is the fourth Gamera movie. The first three Gamera movies are good movies. This is better. A better movie then this is the fifth Gamera movie Gamera vs Guiron. The sixth Gamera movie Gamrea vs Monster X is also better. The Seventh Gamera movie Gamera vs Zigra is also better. The eighth Gamera movie Super Gamera is also better. The reboot Gamera guardian of the universe is also better. The few up to Gamera guardian of the universe Gamera 2 the attack of Legion is also better. The third part to the reboot Gamera series Gamera 3 revenge of Iris is also better. This movie has a great story line. It is very scary. It also has great acting. 4.7 is a good ratting. But this is such a great movie that 4.7 is underrating it. I give it 8 out of 10. See this movie.
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3/10
More silliness from the tremendous tusked turtle
jamesrupert201414 April 2018
In this, his fourth outing, Gamara finally hits stride as a children's hero, complete with his cheesily heroic (albeit memorable) theme music. The film follows a pair of irritating boy scouts (Maseo and Jim) who are kidnapped by aliens to act as human shields against Gamera, now established as Earth's guardian turtle. The UN does some careful 'cost: benefit' analysis and decides to surrender the entire planet in exchange for the boys' safety, but fortunately the Maseo's prankish ingenuity gets the better of the somewhat credulous aliens and the resourceful pair manage to turn the tables on our would-be overloads. A budget offering, the middle third of the film consists of lengthy clips taken from the first three films as the aliens examine Gamera's memories for a weakness. The movie is saved from absolute bottom-of-the-barrel status by Maseo's cute girl-guide sister, some inventive spaceship effects, the imaginative hexopod kaiju, and a somewhat Freudian impalement scene. For kaiju aficionados or the most undiscerning viewers only. I watched an English-dubbed, poor quality DVD version, which may have contributed to my low opinion of the opus.
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4/10
Gamera vs. Viras (1968) *1/2
JoeKarlosi30 September 2010
The fourth Gamera movie is a definite step down from the first three. The budget is noticeably reduced as we witness familiar stock scenes from past films, to pad time and save money. On top of that, the effects are really more chintzy-looking than ever, as Gamera joins a couple of young boy scouts in defeating Viras, a monster sent from outer space to help aliens take over the Earth. There's a lot of superfluous childishness to sit through before things start to happen, and this new monster is extremely pathetic in appearance, resembling something like a giant squid with an owl's mouth. The film is also known as DESTROY ALL PLANETS, the title it first went under for its TV airings. *1/2 out of ****
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Poverty Row Kaiju Eiga
Sargebri12 April 2003
This is an okay kaiju eiga, but it just shows that Gamera is no Godzilla. This Gamera film was okay, but it wasn't as serious as any of the films in the Godzilla series and it was done on even more of a shoe string budget (notice all the stock footage). Gamera is a wonderful way for children to be introduced to Japanese science fiction, but give me Godzilla anytime.
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5/10
The stock footage is so abundant that if there had been more, it could have been a "Best of Gamera" show instead of a continuation to the series
TheUnknown837-123 July 2011
The veering of the Gamera series towards the younger generation began with the fourth film, "Gamera vs. Viras" released a speedy three years after the original hit Japanese theaters in 1965. Even though the previous movie, the gleefully entertaining "Gamera vs. Gyaos" was also geared mostly toward children, it still had an element of terror and dread in it. That is gone here and "Gamera vs. Viras" is an unsuccessfully endeavor. However, that it is hardly due to the fact that it is being directed at little children and those who are still able to find the child deep within themselves (a la moi). The problem with this picture is, despite its wonderful beginning and wonderful ending, most of the middle is just shameless, lazy jigsaw-construction of its predecessors. In other words, it's mostly just stock footage reels.

The opening is very promising. A spaceship venturing for a conquest of Earth is interrupted by Gamera, now fully evolved into the friend of all children. Before the vessel is destroyed, it sends a signal back to its home world and a second one is dispatched. Upon the new one's arrival, the aliens use their technology to determine Gamera's weaknesses and take two boy scouts (Toru Takatsuka & Carl Craig) hostage. Now implicating a mind-control device, they use Gamera to destroy civilization. The thin plot becomes thinner before it ultimately leads up to the titular conflict between the giant terrapin and a slimy extra-terrestrial cephalopod.

The movie is so wonderful at first. Both Gamera and the two boys are very entertaining. The latter are portrayed as witty, audacious, and thoughtful individuals...despite the occasional prank or two. And a scene involving them inside of a submersible racing Gamera underwater brought a smile to my face. But the movie starts crippling itself at the moment where the aliens start searching Gamera's past. It's stock footage from the previous movies, each reel lasting roughly five minutes. The aliens quote that their process takes fifteen minutes and it literally does. There's hardly any narration or trimming of the stock footage; it's just reused. (Frighteningly enough, for the U.S. version, the stock footage reel was increased to a mind-numbing twenty-five minutes!) When this ends, there is some relief, but then it becomes just more reused footage from the previous movies. Sequence upon sequence. And most jarring of all is when they decide to once again show Gamera attacking Tokyo as he did in the original film "Gamera the Giant Monster." Now if you will recall, that movie was black-and-white. This one is in color. Eyes squinting yet? Colorization was not around at the time this picture was made and yes, they still integrate colorless footage into a color movie! Just a slight bluish tint, that's all. And sadly, this drags on and on seemingly without end and wore me out. All of a sudden, even the whim and charm of Mr. Takatsuka and Mr. Craig, both of whom are very good in the film, seems unimportant.

Now the movie does pick up a little when the final battle does arrive. And it's satiatingly lengthy, but even with that, by the time it was all over, "Gamera vs. Viras" had exhausted me and left me feeling a thirst for a lot more. The stock footage it so abundant that if there had been more, it could have been a "Best of Gamera" show instead of a continuation to the series. And as far as I am concerned, a low budget should not be an excuse for ham-handed filmmaking. There are some good things here, including a leading performance by that wonderful actor Kojiro Hongo (who was in the previous two Gamera movies and would later play a small part in Shusuke Kaneko's marvelous "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe" almost thirty years later) but there are also a lot of bad things here too.
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4/10
60s Gamera was not 60s Gojira
gigan-9225 January 2011
I picked up this movie not too long ago with decent expectations. All I can say is that 60s Gamera was not 60s Godzilla. This movie came out the same year as "Destroy All monsters", and anybody who knows kaiju knows that's not even a debate. To say this film lacks the character, charm, art, graceful music and over all atmosphere of Honda's work is an understatement. Now, this film had many a problem that even for a giant monster fan were just hard to sit through.

The camp is pretty horrendous, and the human characters are completely dismal. Same old annoying kids, in a world where youngsters are held hostage by aliens who then let them wander their ship which has a machine that can produce ANYTHING they desire. As far as idiotic plots, they could almost take the cake with this one. All along accompanied by a score I just do not care for.

oh and did I mention that if you haven't seen "Gamera vs. Barugon" or "Gamera vs. Gyaos" you get to see like almost ten minute-each flashbacks of each of those films? These flashbacks go on for quite a bit of time, I suppose to give the appearance that this is a feature run-time flick. When I first saw it, I was surprised. About more than half of this movie's action sequences are stock-footage. For Godzilla's sake, don't use stock footage from a black-and-white movie in the full-on color one; someone's bound to notice you know? However, after 90% of the film being completely pointless and redundant, there is pretty entertaining fight at the end. Too bad it was too little too late. Viras is a squid-like alien kaiju, who I suppose to some extent would provide inspiration for Irys in the 1999 film "Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys", but it's a much simpler concept design. I tracked this film down pretty much for the adventure of watching all the Gamera movies, but by no means is this one of the best, not by far. "Gamera vs. Barugon" and "Gamera vs. Gyaos" are far better made, hell even "Gamera vs. Guiron" improves on this one. Watch if you dare!
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5/10
Good Fun but Bogged Down by Stock Footage.
Space_Mafune13 September 2006
Gamera steps in repeatedly to stop evil aliens from taking over the Earth. Frustrated but still determined, the aliens search for a weakness in Gamera's armor finally deciding to use Gamera's fondness for children against him. Capturing two boy scouts Gamera had recently befriended and threatening to kill them unless Gamera follows their commands, the aliens succeed in implanting a mind control device into Gamera. Now they threaten to have Gamera wreck havoc and destruction upon the world unless humanity bows to their demands. And if their plot involving Gamera doesn't work out, the aliens have yet another monstrous surprise all their own named Viras at their disposal.

While I quite enjoy that portion of the film that actually features new footage of Gamera and Viras in action, a third of this movie seems to be made up of stock footage from previous Gamera films and the way the footage is used is disappointing, one action sequence after another after yet another to the point it really grinds the movie to an halt. It's really too bad as the alien footage features some neat albeit shocking images much more gruesome than is usual for this type of kids' movies and the final battle with Viras just has to be seen to be believed. All in all, this is good fun that should appeal to those young and young at heart but still, that third featuring stock footage is tough slugging.
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3/10
Lazy Lazy Lazy Film.
jerekra20 February 2009
Gamera vs Viras was made lazily and much of it suffers as a result.

Space Aliens try to take over Earth and are stopped by Gamera. So they send another ship that manages to kidnap two young boys. The aliens then take control of Gamera and get him to attack mankind.

First of all I must say that I really enjoyed the monster fight at the end between Gamera and Viras. Viras looks like a big squid with a beak. He has no energy weopons and does not shoot any rays out but he can close the apendages on top of his head to make a sharp pointy weopon. SO overall this is not a bad monster for Gamera to fight and is decent. Viras really injures Gamera badly by stabbing his underside of his shell with his pointy head and I am surprised Gamera was able to survive this.

Unfortunately Gamera vs Viras decided to use footage from previous Gamera films to fill time for this film. They re show the battles between Gamera and Barugon and Gamera and Gaos when the aliens look at Gameras past battles. However when they show Gamera's battles with Gaos they show the battle between Gamera and Gaos in the city first, then they show the final battle between the two. After they show re used footage of the final battle between Gamera and Gaos they show the FIRST battle between Gamera and Gaos!!! Talk about showing the battles in non chronological order. THey did not even need to show the first battle they should have just stopped after they showed the final battle between the two.

Another issue is that they decide to re show footage of Gamera attacking cities when the aliens order him to attack Tokyo. So they show the scene from "Gamera vs Barugon" where he destroys the Dam. After the show scenes from "Gamera The Invincible" which is a huge issue for me. Mainly due to the fact that "Gamera The Invincible" was in BLACK AND WHITE!!!! Using stock footage from a black and white film in a COLOR film is really lazy and that is not a good thing.

Also the dubbing is bad once again. The two little kids are not that annoying but it would be nice to see a Gamera film that did not involve little kids.

So the over use of footage from other Gamera Films is a deterrant to this film. The final fight is awesome so basically I recommend skipping to the final ten minutes and watching this film. The rest is something that has already been seen before.
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8/10
good 60ish children's monster movie
r-c-s4 December 2005
Warning: Spoilers
I remember seeing this movie ages ago, and it still has its appeal. Of course Gamera, besides being an "answer" (thus a spoof) of Godzilla, wanted to offer an alternative, EG a positive hero (later spoofed by the "good" Godzilla movies ). It is clearly 60ish, thus we can't expect much from its effects. It is a children's movie as well, thus an adult audience can easily be disappointed, mainly in the 2 child actors hogging so much screen time Gamera barely plays second fiddle. The 2 child actors are somewhat annoying, but better than -say- the child in "Godzilla versus the smog monster" or the one with Gigan & Jet Jaguar. This movie being what it is, it's not bad at all in its genre. Friendly Gamera defeats alien invaders, only for them to be back mesmerizing it under their control via radio waves (another subplot seen dozens of times ). The two children save the day inverting colored cubes in the control panel. In the end the alien commander (some giant octopus ) must show its colors & fight Gamera itself. Lots of stock footage & a very low budget.
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