The X from Outer Space

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

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. The film was directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu and starred Eiji Okada and Toshiya Wazaki.[1]


The spaceship AAB Gamma is dispatched from Japan to travel to Mars to investigate reports of UFOs in the area. When the Gamma nears the red planet, it comes across a mysterious alien vessel that sprays the ship with spores. Samples are taken back to Earth where one of them begins to develop.

The cosmic spore grows into a giant, lizard-like creature dubbed "Guilala." The monster begins a reign of destruction through Tokyo. It spits fireballs, feeds on nuclear fuel, turns into a flying, burning sphere and destroys any airplanes and tanks in its path. Guilala is finally defeated by jets laden with bombs, which coat it in a substance called "Guilalalium." It causes Guilala to shrink down to its original spore form. The government promptly launches the spore back into space, where it will circle the sun in an endless orbit.


  • Eiji Okada as Dr. Kato
  • Shun'ya Wazaki as Captain Sano
  • Itoko Harada as Michiko
  • Peggy Neal as Lisa
  • Franz Gruber as Dr. Berman
  • Mike Daneen as Dr. Stein
  • Shin'ichi Yanagisawa as Miyamoto
  • Keisuke Sonoi as Dr. Shioda
  • Torahiko Hamada as Mr. Kimura
  • Hiroshi Fujioka as Moon base worker


The X From Outer Space was released in Japan on 25 March 1967.[4] The X From Outer Space was never released theatrically in the United States, and was released directly to television by American International Television in 1968.[2]

The Criterion Collection released The X from Outer Space on DVD in a compilation titled When Horror Came to Shochiku through their Eclipse label.[5] The DVD offers both a dubbed and subtitled version of the film.[6][7] The box set was released on November 20, 2012.[8]


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."[9] 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."[10]

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  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. ^ Galbraith IV 1996, p. 445.
  5. ^ "Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku". Criterion Collection. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Cashill, Robert (2013). "When Horror Came to Shochiku". Cineaste. Vol. 38 no. 2. p. 67. ISSN 0009-7004.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "The X From Outer Space (1967)". AllMovie. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Stephens, Chuck. "Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku". Criterion Collection. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Atkinson, Michael (January 2013). "Shochiku's Schlock Wave". Sight & Sound. Vol. 23 no. 1. British Film Institute. p. 118.


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