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Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (original title)
The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.


Hajime Satô


Kyûzô Kobayashi, Susumu Takaku (as Susumu Tanaka)




Credited cast:
Teruo Yoshida Teruo Yoshida ... Sugisaka, the co-pilot
Tomomi Satô Tomomi Satô ... Kazumi Asakura, the stewardess
Eizô Kitamura Eizô Kitamura ... Gôzô Mano, the senator
Hideo Kô Hideo Kô ... Hirofumi Teraoka , The Hijacker
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan ... Mrs. Neal
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Noriko Tokuyasu
Kazuo Katô Kazuo Katô ... Dr. Momotake, the psychiatrist
Hiroyuki Nishimoto Hiroyuki Nishimoto ... The Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Conway Harold Conway ... Assassinated Ambassador
Nobuo Kaneko ... Tokuyasu
Kei'ichi Noda Kei'ichi Noda ... Gokemidoro (voice)
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi ... Toshiyuki Saga , the scientist
Toshihiko Yamamoto Toshihiko Yamamoto ... Matsumiya (as Norihiko Yamamoto)


While a plane is being hijacked, a report of a bomb on board, another report of a UFO in the area is cut short as the hijacker shoots the radio and the controls. This while they encounter a UFO, causing them to crash on an uncharted island in the middle of nowhere. They soon find out there is an assassin on board. Panic ensues when it is discovered that there is a UFO on the island, taking them one by one , changing them. Written by stephen scialli

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A fiendish vampire from a strange world in outer space drains his victims' blood and turns them into weird corpses! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Reputed to be one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies. A scene in Kill Bill: Volume1 showed an airplane window with a red sky outside. See more »


In the first shot of the red sky from the cockpit, before the UFO appears for the first time, the bottom border of the red-hued transparent plastic covering causing the effect is visible resulting in a long sliver of normal blue sky below it. See more »


Tokuyasu: Mr. Mano, Japan's becoming like America, isn't it?
Gôzô Mano, the senator: What do you mean by that?
Tokuyasu: Using a rifle to kill people. It's a pity to have lost such a fine man. The ambassador was trying his best to find a way to settle the trouble in Southeast Asia.
Gôzô Mano, the senator: Tokuyasu, do you really mean what you're saying?
Tokuyasu: What?
Gôzô Mano, the senator: Your company exports weapons. Won't you be in trouble if peace comes to Southeast Asia? Isn't that so, Mrs. Tokuyasu?
Noriko Tokuyasu: Yes.
Tokuyasu: What are you talking about, Noriko? I'm no match for you, Mr. Mano.
Gôzô Mano, the senator: The world's in ...
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Alternate Versions

While the original 1968 Japanese release of KYUKETSUKI GOKEMIDORO has the full cast and crew credits, the American release only has one title card reading "TFC and Pacemaker Films present BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL" and it's 1977 U.S. release copyright date. The American version does not give any information of who made the film or starred in it. See more »


Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

User Reviews

'Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell' is the perfect example of a low budget horror movie transcending its limitations, coming up with something surprisingly creepy and surreal.
14 March 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Thanks to Quentin Tarantino homaging 'Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell's blood red sky in 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' I can finally get to see this obscurity on DVD in Japanese with English subtitles, instead of a badly dubbed fading old VHS tape. Yay! Okay, this is a b-grade movie and the effects are pretty lousy (especially the plane crash sequence), but to say it's a bad movie is far from the truth. For me it's the perfect example of a low budget horror movie transcending its limitations, coming up with something surprisingly creepy and surreal (See also William Castle's 'The Tingler', Herk Harvey's 'Carnival Of Souls', Coffin Joe's 'At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul',etc.) The opening is terrific - a plane flies through an eerie red sky and birds throw themselves at the windows in sheer terror. There's a suspected bomb on board and the plane crashes after sighting a UFO. On the ground the survivors are initially worried about the basics, like water and rescue, plus the presence of a suspected assassin, but pretty soon they also have to contend with a bizarre alien invasion! Like I said, many of the special effects are cheesy, but they're still effective. The acting is generally quite good, the alien will freak you out, and there's several interesting references to the Vietnam war, which was unexpected and gave the movie quite a unique background (can you remember any American SF movies of the 1960s even MENTIONING Vietnam?). I highly recommend 'Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell' to all horror fans who treasure the offbeat and the unusual. Hopefully this overlooked movie will now reach a larger audience. QT, I salute you!

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 August 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Body Snatcher from Hell See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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