09 September 2015

"ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS" (Chilling 20 Movies Pack, #15)

ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS

Original Title:
Gamera tai daiakuju Giron

Alternate Titles:
Gamera vs. Guiron / Gamera vs. Guillon

German Title:
Gamera gegen Guiron - Frankensteins Monsterkampf im Weltall

Japan, 1969
Director: Noriaki Yuasa

6/10


"Attack of the Monsters" a.k.a "Gamera vs. Guiron" is the 5th entry in the original Gamera-series and the second Gamera film I've ever seen (the first one was "Gammera The Invincible"). From the cover and the title, I expected this to be an average Godzilla-like Kaiju-battles-Kaiju flick - however, "Attack of the Monsters" actually turned out to be radically different from my expectations.

The movie follows two kids who accidentally travel with a wacky spaceship to a planet called "Terra" where they meet the planet's only two habitants, the space girls Barbella (sic!) and Florbella (lol) who own a super-bizarre monster called "Guiron" who has a huge knife on its head, and who desperately wants to eat the boys' brains to get all the knowledge that's inside. Gamera! Help!


Holy shit, this is not a monster movie, it's a kids movie! In terms of tone, style and silliness comparable to rubbish like "Godzilla vs. Megalon", yet obviously much, much better, thanks to shitloads of hilarious ideas, funky sets and rather remarkable scenes, such as the one where another monster ("Spacy Gyaos") attacks and gets its right foot lasered off, the entire sequence where Gamera follows the two kids in the space ship and makes lots of shenanigans,
or the unbelievably hilarious scene where Gamera is doing, erm, gymnastics on uneven bars.

I also love the fact that almost the entire movie takes place in space. The few scenes on Earth are mostly batshit ridiculous, thanks to a supersilly police officer who's constantly grinning and grimacing like crazy. The acting is solid, especially the American boy (Christopher Murphy) and the adorably lovely girl (Miyuki Akiyama) who just can't stand the fact that no-one believes her that she saw
a real spaceship.


The other boy (Nobuhiro Kajima) is great too, but I got quickly annoyed by his oh-so-clever character who has such an unbelievably unnerving wisecracker-attitude. There's also a few pacing problems in the second half and many, many moments that are almost TOO silly for my taste. Yet, overall, this was fun - or as Imdb user Space_Mafune fittingly described it: "Tremendous fun for anyone young at heart."




4 comments:

  1. I didn't get to see much - or any - of the Gamera movies as a kid - they just weren't in the film libraries of any of my local TV channels, apparently. I've been catching up with them in the years since. They are mostly all kids movies after the first one - and for having that different feel they stand out as a refreshing change from instead of just being a series of Godzilla ripoffs.

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    1. Ah, good to know. Yeah, it was so frustrating when I was young. I think, when I was 15, I've already seen every single Godzilla film 2-3 times, but no Gamera film :)

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