Gamera: Super Monster

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Gamera, Super Monster
Gamerasupermonsterposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by
  • Masaya Tokuyama
  • Shigeru Shinohara
  • Hirokazu Ohba[1]
Screenplay by Niisan Takahashi[1]
Starring Mach Fumiake
Yaeko Kojima
Yoko Komatsu
Keiko Kudo
Koichi Maeda
Toshie Takada
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Cinematography
  • Michio Takahashi
  • Akira Uehara[1]
Edited by Zenko Miyazaki
Tatsuji Nakashizu
Shoji Sekiguchi[1]
Production
company
Distributed by New Daiei
Release date
  • March 20, 1980 (1980-03-20) (Japan)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
Country Japan

Gamera, Super Monster (宇宙怪獣ガメラ, Uchū Kaijū Gamera) (lit. Space Monster Gamera) is a 1980 Japanese kaiju film directed by Noriaki Yuasa. It is the eighth film in the Gamera film series.

Plot[edit]

When the evil alien Zanon comes to enslave Earth, all hope seems lost. The Earth's resident superheroes, the Spacewomen, are powerless to stop him. They must enlist the help of a young boy who has a special connection with the giant turtle Gamera. The Friend of All Children then battles Gyaos (a huge vampire bat/pterosaur hybrid), Zigra (an alien shark), Viras (an alien squid), Jiger (a female giant prehistoric dinosaur), Guiron (a knife-headed alien monster) and finally Barugon (an enormous lizard whose tongue sprays a freeze-gas that can freeze things solid and whose back spines emit a powerful rainbow ray that can melt or dissolve any solid object). Gamera sacrifices his life in the end to destroy Zanon once and for all and to protect Earth one last time.

Casts[edit]

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Production[edit]

Gamera, Super Monster contains extensive stock footage of the entire Gamera film series, as well as Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999.[2] Almost all of the footage of Gamera is stock footage. The movie was made as an attempt to help Daiei get out of its turbulent financial situation.[3]

Release[edit]

Gamera, Super Monster was released theatrically in Japan on March 20, 1980 where it was distributed by New Daiei.[1] Despite its hopes it would help the studio, Gamera, Super Monster was a disappointment at the box office, being viewed as one of the worst films of the Gamera series and criticized for its heavy use of stock footage and its poor plot. This, and compelled by the fact that the character had declined in popularity by the 1980s, put the series on hiatus for 15 years before being rebooted in 1995 with Gamera the Guardian of the Universe, taking the series onto a more darker tone than the kid-friendly original Showa era films.

DVD releases[edit]

Elvira's Movie Macabre[edit]

The movie was featured on a 1983 episode of Elvira's Movie Macabre, which Shout! Factory released on a DVD in 2007 together with the 1967 British film They Came from Beyond Space. The two films can each be watched with or without the Elvira host segments.[4][5]

Cinema Insomnia[edit]

In 2007, Gamera, Super Monster was shown on the horror hosted television series Cinema Insomnia.[6] Apprehensive Films later released the Cinema Insomnia episode onto DVD in both regular[7] and special "Slime Line" editions.[8]

2010/2011 release[edit]

Shout! Factory acquired the rights from Kadokawa Pictures for all eight of the Showa era Gamera films and have issued the uncut Japanese versions on DVD for the first time in North America. These "Special Edition" DVDs were released in sequential order, starting with Gamera: The Giant Monster (1965) on May 18, 2010.[9]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Galbraith IV 1994, p. 311.
  2. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 312.
  3. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 258.
  4. ^ Elvira's Movie Macabre: Gamera, Super Monster/They Came from Beyond Space : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video
  5. ^ DVD Verdict Review - Elvira's Movie Macabre: Gamera, Super Monsters / They Came From Beyond Space Archived 2012-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Cinema Insomnia". Cinema Insomnia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Gamera Super Monster DVD". Apprehensive Films. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Gamera Super Monster Slime Line DVD". Apprehensive Films. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  9. ^ The Colossal Chelonian Lives! Shout! Factory Unleashes GAMERA on DVD!

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