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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: SPACE AMOEBA (1970)

Here's the next entry from our big list of movies to watch before the new Godzilla movie (see it HERE), Space Amoeba (aka Yog: Monster from Space; 1970).

I'll go first:
Toho hits again with a multi-monster affair, this time caused by blue glowy things from space.  The titular aliens cause sea creatures to mutate ... giving us three new kaiju for the canon. 
First and most prominently, we see Gezora, a giant cuttlefish (not octopus, as said in our dubbed version).  The betentacled beast shuffles across the island, looking very much like a reject from the '70s Sid and Marty Krofft show, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
The next mutant beast we see is called Ganimes, a kind of crab.  Honestly, the only thing worth remembering Ganimes for is that his eyes get shot out, rather gruesomely. 
Finally, we get Kamoebas, a rock turtle.  Easily the best looking of the three, Kamoebas looks like a battle version of Gamera.  Ganimes and Kamoebas fight, but if you're hoping for a three-way brawl with Gezora, too, you'll be disappointed. 
Human-wise, there's nothing to see here.  Well, Godzilla veteran Akira Kubo's photographer character is pretty cool, but everyone else is straight out of the late '60s monster movie character molds.  Kenji Sahara reappears, though ... Sahara, moreso even than Dr. Serizawa, is the actor who has appeared in the most Godzilla movies.  He gets taken over by the Space Amoeba, too. 
Space Amoeba ... it's OK, I guess.  2.5 out of five atomic breath blasts.
Here's my son, James:
Well, it was pretty bad, there was a squid that took up half the movie, a cool turtle, a crab that got shot in the eyes, and it all was from a big lump of blue space glitter 
so, rating wise, i'll say 1.998 Atomic Breaths of Awesomeness 
Here's the trailer:

Up next, Gamera vs. Jiger.

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