Thursday, November 10, 2016

YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (aka Taekoesu Yonggary)

Yongary, Monster From The Deep Movie Review

Previously believed to be mythical, Yongary emerges from below the ground to feed on gasoline and oil, of course destroying everything in his path. This 1967 South Korean monster movie is clearly a Godzilla ripoff, but lets look beyond that.

If we can

Yongary does have a horn on his nose, so...that makes him different. Though we don't see a whole lot we haven't seen before, this is still a very enjoyable film. The cast is likable and, other than the obligatory child, don't do anything too terribly stupid. Yongary spends a great deal of time in this film just destroying stuff.

Like this bridge

In fact, Yongary probably gets more screen time in this film than Godzilla does in any of his films, so your attention won't stray too far from the screen. The miniatures we see throughout the film are pretty awesome, Yongary destroys tons of buildings, and he also breathes fire.

Not unlike you know who

A closer look at the fire breathing dragon reveals something that really makes you wonder how it got past the editing process...

See it?

The best part of this is that we don't see this just once, but twice! Unfortunately, in an even bigger "What the hell?" moment, near the end of the film we get a scene that shows this machine of destruction turn into...a happy, dancing dinosaur?! This was either done to appeal to children so he could end up with his own line of toys and pillow cases, or to force at least some sympathy on the poor guy when he meets his fate at the end of the movie--probably the latter. Speaking of his demise, his slow, torturous death is one of the more unique you will see in a monster movie. If you're a fan of giant monster films, Yongary, Monster of the Deep is certainly a film worth checking out.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

Yongary, Monster From The Deep Movie Trailer

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