Monday, March 20, 2017

"Gamera vs Viras" released 1968!

Gamera vs Viras, released March 20, 1968, was the fourth film in the Gamera series.  It was released later in the U.S. as Destroy All Planets, trying to cash in on the success of Toho's Godzilla movie Destroy all Monsters.

An alien force bent on conquering Earth must contend with Gamera first.  Gamera destroys the first spaceship, so a second one arrives with another cunning plan.  It manages to gain control of Gamera's mind and command him to destroy Earth, while keeping two young boys hostages.

But a spaceship controlled telepathically, capable of interstellar travel, mind control and teleportation is no match for two mischevious 9-year olds.  They figure out how to reverse the mind control process and escape the ship.  Thus, Gamera is free from the alien's influence and turns his wrath onto the spaceship.  Viras, however, becomes a giant squid and engages in hand-to-hand combat with Gamera.

Much of the movie is childish and silly, but the Gamera series is geared towards children, although I'm not sure if the "multiple beheadings" scene is kid-friendly.

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