The X from Outer Space

The X from Outer Space (宇宙大怪獣ギララ, Uchū Daikaijū Girara, lit.'Giant Space Monster Guilala') is a 1967 Japanese science fiction kaiju film that was directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu and stars Eiji Okada and Toshiya Wazaki.[1]

The X from Outer Space
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKazui Nihonmatsu
Screenplay by
Produced byWataru Nakajima[1]
Starring
  • Toshiya Wazaki
  • Itoko Harada
  • Shinichi Yanagisawa
  • Eiji Okada
Cinematography
  • Shizuo Hirase
  • Sentura Okoshi[1]
Edited byYoshi Sugihara[1]
Music byTaku Izumi[1]
Production
company
Release date
  • March 25, 1967 (1967-03-25) (Japan)
Running time
89 minutes[3]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Guilala returned in a 2008 Shochiku sequel of sorts called Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit.

PlotEdit

The spaceship AAB Gamma is dispatched from Japan to the planet Mars to investigate reports of UFOs seen near the Red Planet. When the spaceship arrives, it encounters one of the UFOs, which suddenly sprays the AAB Gamma with spores. A sample of the spores is returned to Earth, where one of them begins to develop.

The spore is accidentally exposed to acid, and grows grows into a giant, lizard-like creature that is named "Guilala". It continues to feed on any kind of energy source, and grows bigger and more powerful. The monster begins a reign of destruction through Tokyo. It spits fireballs, feeds on nuclear fuel, turns into a flaming orb to travel great distances by air in mere minutes, and destroys all aircraft and tanks in its path. Guilala is finally defeated by fighter jets laden with bombs, which coat it in a substance called "Guilalalium", a substance that prevents it from absorbing energy. This causes Guilala to shrink down to its original spore form. Stored in a glass container filled with Guilalalium, it is rendered permanently harmless. The government promptly launches it back into space, where it will orbit the sun in a nigh-inescapable heliocentric orbit for the foreseeable future.

CastEdit

  • Toshiya Wazaki as Captain K. Sano
  • Itoko Harada as Michiko Taki
  • Shinichi Yanagisawa as H. Miyamoto
  • Eiji Okada as Dr. Kato
  • Peggy Neal as Lisa Schneider (Japanese voice actor: Reiko Mutō)[4]
  • Franz Gruber as Dr. Berman (Japanese voice actor: Tamio Ōki)[4]
  • Mike Daneen as Dr. Stein (Japanese voice actor: Teiji Ōmiya)[4]
  • Keisuke Sonoi as Dr. M. Shioda
  • Torahiko Hamada as Mr. Kimura
  • Hiroshi Fujioka as Moon base worker
  • Yuichi Okada as Guilala

ReleaseEdit

The X From Outer Space was released in Japan on 25 March 1967.[5] The film was never released theatrically in the United States, but instead was released directly to television in 1968 by American International Television.[2]

The Criterion Collection released The X from Outer Space on DVD through their Eclipse label in a boxed set entitled When Horror Came to Shochiku (which also includes Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, The Living Skeleton and Genocide[6]). This DVD set offers both an English subtitled and a dubbed version of the film.[7][8] This boxed set was released on November 20, 2012.[9]

ReceptionEdit

Film historian Chuck Stephens described the film as having "a well-deserved reputation as one of the silliest and, as a consequence, most beloved rubber-suit monster movies ever made".[10] Sight & Sound described the film as a "harebrained kaiju epic" that was "Cheesy, rich in comic non sequiturs and scored with an unpredictable mishmash of 1960s pop and bossa nova. X fits comfortably into one's stoned best-bad-movie rental evening".[11] Author and film critic Glenn Erickson characterized the film as "simply... terrible," describing the monster as "a preposterous concoction, [being] a 20-story chicken with a head shaped like a jet plane."[12] Writing for Turner Classic Movies, critic Nathaniel Thompson wrote that the film "offers a substantial amount of entertainment value (and unintentional humor), thanks to its dual menaces of a gloppy space entity and a rampaging chicken monster," and included a "jaw-dropping and vaguely pornographic dispatching of the beast at the end."[13]

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FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The X from Outer Space". Criterion Collection. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Galbraith IV 1994, p. 325.
  3. ^ Galbraith, Stuart (1994). Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. McFarland. p. 325.
  4. ^ a b c JTNEWS. "宇宙大怪獣ギララのシネマレビュー、評価、クチコミ、感想です。". みんなのシネマレビュー (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  5. ^ Galbraith IV 1996, p. 445.
  6. ^ "Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku". Criterion Collection. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Cashill, Robert (2013). "When Horror Came to Shochiku". Cineaste. Vol. 38, no. 2. p. 67. ISSN 0009-7004.
  8. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (18 December 2012). "When Horror Came to Shochiku (The X from Outer Space / Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell / The Living Skeleton / Genocide)". DVDTalk. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  9. ^ "The X From Outer Space (1967)". AllMovie. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Stephens, Chuck. "Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku". Criterion Collection. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Atkinson, Michael (January 2013). "Shochiku's Schlock Wave". Sight & Sound. Vol. 23, no. 1. British Film Institute. p. 118.
  12. ^ Erickson, Glenn. "When Horror Came to Shochiku". DVD Talk. MH Sub I, LLC. Retrieved 2022-03-11.
  13. ^ Thompson, Nathaniel. "The X from Outer Space (1967) - Turner Classic Movies". Turner Classic Movies. urner Classic Movies, Inc. Retrieved 2022-03-11.

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