Thursday, April 7, 2011

GAMERA VS MONSTER X

Gamera vs Monster X Movie Review

After an ancient statue is moved for the World Fair in Japan, a curse is unleashed and Monster X arrives to wreak havoc on the city. It’s up to Gamera to save the day. This is a Japanese monster movie from 1970 that falls nicely into that genre. Gamera is a giant turtle looking monster that protects the citizens, particularly the children, of Japan. He flies by tucking his head and legs into his shell, producing jet pack looking flames that spin him in circles and send him on his way.

Gamera

 Monster X is a red triceratops-looking creature that can shoot projectiles from his horns.

X

As is typical with these sorts of movies, the creatures fight a couple times throughout the movie. The end of one fight finds Gamera stuck on his back while Monster X goes on to destroy the city. You know what to expect from these movies: bad special effects, awful dialogue and dubbing, and a lot of fun along the way. Gamera is a comically cute looking creature that is instantly likable. The sets are obvious small model buildings with people in rubber suits crawling and walking over them to crush them. This does not matter at all--in fact, it adds to the enjoyment. I grew up a huge Godzilla fan so I love such things. Oddly, the music throughout sounds more like some American Patriotic tunes. As I said, this is a pretty fun movie that fans of this genre should enjoy. Though strangely, on this set this was the first movie on the first disk, and there are several more Gamera films to come in the set, even though this was the final movie of the series.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6

The Gamera vs Monster X original Japanese trailer

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