There are few things a true lover of the bizarre monster flicks finds more enjoyable than running across a new monster. Add to the fact it is a Japanese monster - oh, be still my beating heart.
The movie We have lost several spaceships on Mars due to what is termed UFO's', so of course we are sending another ship to find out why the previous missions failed. There are three Japanese spacemen, one American (speaks in Japanese, dubbed in English) and one Frenchman (speaks Japanese, dubbed English with a French accent - very confusing).
While in transit to Mars, the ship is pelted by meteors and gets damaged, and must stop on the moon for repairs. There is a delightful crew on the moon, apparently permanent residents, that have not had visitors for some time. A beautiful Japanese woman (communications), on the moon, is desperately in love with the pilot (captain?), of the spaceship so feels a little threatened when the crew lands with her darling pilot and a new beautiful American woman. There is a tad bit of space jealously in a delightful shower scene where they continually soap up, using no soap and creating no suds.
Later that evening the Commander of Moon Central invites the new arrivals over for a little soiree and these space ladies arrive in rhinestone splattered dresses, 5" heels AND A PURSE! Why the devil would you need a purse on the moon? The men however are in their normal mylar spacesuits. We are treated to a fine two-step between crew members to the background of some horrendous Japanese/Mexican music.
Finally, the crew and their repaired ship leave for Mars and get a welcoming from the UFO - a flying saucer that looks like an orange poptart. They are unable to pull away from the poptart and eventually land on Mars. Mars, from the window of the spaceship looks a lot like a radial tire with white goosebumps. After patrolling the planet for a while, they take a small sample of some strange substance which of course turns into the monster at a later date, when the ship lands back on Earth.
Just some info of no particular interest Guess what they use to try to kill the monster? This is Japan remember.........electric lines! Yep, they are bound and determined to make those electric lines work on some monster some day. Of course, this monster - now called Golaha (or something like that) - lives off of energy, very self-defeating for the poor Japanese once again.
The Japanese army tracks the monster on a huge wall map, similar to a war map, using red fireballs to mark the cities that have been destroyed and a huge red monster cut out of construction paper that they move around the map to show where the monster currently is pounding away. Of course, they don't have a ladder available, so it is one poor guys job to jump up on a desk and continually move the monster around.
They discover that a substance derived from the liquid taken from Mars can be developed into a killing machine against the monster, freezing it and then melting it, which is how they eventually win this battle. This substance is called Golianium', apparently named after the monster. As they freeze the monster and we watch it die, the American biologists sits at the side, crying and saying Oh, my poor, poor monster'.
Oh, dear, I almost forgot Golaha' the great - he is very clumsy. His powers including walking and roaring. A lot of roaring. Eventually his eyes light up and pulsate. His mouth shoots fireballs which do the most destruction, but he is also able to turn into a huge fireball and fly across the city. One of the most ridiculous monsters I have seen for some time, he is approximately 60 feet tall, has an egg shaped head, bee-like antenna that wobble around on his head, some horn shaped growth coming from the center of his forehead, and finally - how else to describe it? - a scalloped dinner plate looking thing that encircles his entire head, around the mouth area. Frankly, I am very ashamed of this monster.
The production itself wasn't bad with the exception of the horrid monster. The spaceships and dialogue were decent enough, even if strained. The sound and music was enough to ruin the entire movie. The final line of the movie says it all - "Love demands courage. That's the lesson the monster taught me. Sayonara "
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The Japanese launch a seventh Mars mission after the previous six are attacked by a U.F.O. When this mission is attacked, they escape and bring back a sample of the UFO which hatches into a giant monster feeding on any energy source. What now?