Monday, December 11, 2017


Here we go with another week of fun, here at The Dungeon!.. Today, we take a look at the original GAMERA flicks and the giant monsters what asses he kicked! The posters are original Japanese releases...

We start with GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER from 1965. In this one, Gamera, like Godzilla, is not a nice person, and doesn't like kids yet! Dungeon great Brian (THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, QUATERMASS II) Donlevy has a small part as an American General.

In GAMERA vs. BARUGON from 1966, our big pal takes on a giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back! Keeping up with the Godzilla movies in the sixties, Gamera is now the friend of children!! Damn, Barugon looks like a freakin' goof ball...

In 1967 we get GAMERA vs. GAOS, a gigantic bat emerges from a volcano to terrorize Japan, and, only one thing can stop it!.. Yeah, you know what.

A year later in 1968, Gamera falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to Earth to fight the aliens' deadly tentacled monster in GAMERA vs. VIRAS!

In GAMERA vs. GUIRON from 1969, aliens kidnap two children and take them to another planet for the purpose of getting knowledge from their brains, but Gamera follows and tries to rescue them! This is one of the weirdest flicks ever conceived, wow, totally freakin' bonkers!!

When an ancient statue is moved for display from its original location, a giant Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling our big old hero in GAMERA vs. JIGER from 1970.

Space aliens arrive on Earth with their giant shark and intend to take over the planet in GAMERA vs. ZIGRA from 1971, My favorite part in this kwazy flick is the space chick that runs around in her tiny little bikini... Check out that rock stuck on Zigra'a nose!

Last on the list is GAMERA: SUPER MONSTER from 1980, which uses clips from his previous movies. This time, Gamera deals with alien forces sending all the monsters Gamera has faced in one final battle to rid the planet of its last hope!

Hey everbloody, we just added our Dungeon movie trailers there on the side bar, go ahead and check it out, you'll like 'em!!


TC said...

I remember watching Gamera movies on TV, either coming home from school and watching the afternoon Million Dollar Movie-type shows, or staying up on weekends and watching the Late Show.

I remember one called War of the Monsters, which, IIUC, was the American version of Gamera vs. Barugon. And Gamera vs. Gaos was shown on American TV as Return of the Giant Monsters.

And I remember Destroy All Planets having two kids in it, so that was probably either Gamera vs. Guiron or Gamera vs. Viras.

In Gamera Super Monster, there is a scene where the three heroines see him flying overhead, and one asks, "Is that Gamera?" And another smiles and says, "Yes." And I thought, "No, it is some other 200-foot flying turtle."

Was Brian Donlevy in the original Japanese version of the first Gamera movie, or were his scenes added in for the US release, like Raymond Burr in Godzilla?

TABONGA! said...

TC - I'm sure Donlevy was added for the American version, and, he seems a little tipsy, if you know what I mean...

KD said...

Being "tipsy" was pretty common back in the day when hiring older, "over the hill" actors...or so I've been told...

Grant said...

It also does the same thing with some very entertaining character actors, like Dick O'Neill and Allan Oppenheimer, so on and off it's like seeing an American TV show.

Randall Landers said...

I have to admit that I love Gamera, and I really dig Gaos as the evil monster.

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