Gamera vs. Monster X (1970)

aka Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga
Article 2718 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-14-2008
Posting Date: 1-21-2009
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Featuring Tsutomu Takakuwa, Kelly Varis, Katherine Murphy
Country: Japan

When a stone idol on Wester Island is removed so that it can be brought to
Expo 70 for display, a monster that it was keeping prisoner is resurrected. It’s up to Gamera to defeat the monster and save Expo 70.

The movies that bookend this entry of the Gamera series (GAMERA VS GUIRON and GAMERA VS ZIGRA) both go off the goofy meter a lot more than this one. Nevertheless, this is one of the more solid entries of the Gamera series; Jiger is one of the better (and better-looking) monsters Gamera faced, and he’s got an interesting array of attacks that take Gamera out of the action not just once (as is usual in a Gamera movie), but twice. It’s the second one of these that gives the movie its most memorable sequence; Jiger injects Gamera with its eggs, causing a miniature version of the monster to grow inside of him, and two children take a miniature submarine and enter Gamera’s body (a la FANTASTIC VOYAGE) to root out the problem. Yes, it’s typical Gamera silliness, but it keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace, it mostly avoids boring sequences common in other movies of the series, and not once does it fall back on lengthy clips from previous movies in the series to fill out its running time. In fact, it may be the most consistently entertaining of the sixties/seventies Gamera movies.


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