Monday, December 11, 2017

The X from Outer Space (1967)

Original title: Uchu Daikaiju Girara

Director: Kazui Nihonmatsu

Writers: Moriyoshi Ishida, Eibi Motomochi, Kazui Nihonmatsu

Composer: Taku Izumi

Starring: Eiji Okada, Shun'ya Wazaki, Itoko Harada, Peggy Neal, Franz Gruber, Mike Daneen, Shin'ichi Yanagisawa, Keisuke Soni

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What Is This Monstrous THING?

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Giant monster movies from Japan with a man in a rubber suit usually sound like fun until you force yourself to watch them from start to finish.  The monster action destroying cities, tanks, planes et al is the best part.  The human crap is just filler, killing time to get to the monster action.  This one's not much different except it benefits from have a lot of outer space stuff at the beginning.  The model work is cool. Most people would find it corny but I've got a soft spot for that stuff.  The music for this picture is uncharacteristically groovy.  It's so different than the usual fare you'd think it wouldn't work but I liked it because of that.  The English dub was good so there's that.  These types of movies were such a part of my childhood growing up in the 70s when they were only shown on TV with an English dub that I prefer seeing these goofy movies with that.  Nostalgia is a helluva thing.

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