Gamera: Super Monster

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Gamera, Super Monster
Theatrical poster
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Produced by
  • Masaya Tokuyama
  • Shigeru Shinohara
  • Hirokazu Ohba[1]
Screenplay by Niisan[1]
Starring Mach Fumiake
Yaeko Kojima
Yoko Komatsu
Keiko Kudo
Koichi Maeda
Toshie Takada
Music by Tadashi
  • Michio Takahashi
  • Akira Uehara[1]
Edited by Zenko Miyazaki
Tatsuji Nakashizu
Shoji Sekiguchi[1]
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?) is a 1980 Japanese kaiju film directed by Noriaki Yuasa. It is the eighth film in the Gamera film series.


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 (a alien squid), Jiger (a female giant prehistoric dinosaur), Guiron (a knife-headed alien monster) and finally Barugon (an enormous lizard whose tongue sprays a freezing gas that can freeze things solid and back spines which 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 protect Earth.




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 the footage of Gamera is stock footage.[3]


Gamera: Super Monster was released theatrically in Japan on March 20, 1980 where it was distributed by New Daiei.[1]

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 featuring together with the 1967 British film They Came from Beyond Space. The films can 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 has 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]




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