Mike Matei / January 17th, 2013
Mike Matei does a short review of Shochiku films “The X From Outer Space”. There was also a follow up film in 2008 called “The Monster X Strikes Back”, but this review is about the original 1967 movie.
January 17, 2013 at 7:15 am
Great review as always. I wish that these day, there were more of these. That is, reviews, not movies like The X from Outer Space.
January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm
I wish for both, more reviews and more movies like The X from Outer Space!
January 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm
ah , but I disagree. most people assume that “this will never happen” or “that will never happen”. the “Hollywood Machine” is just made up of incompetant people and just because they are making movies we dont like , that doesnt excuse them for not trying harder. there is no excuse fpr allowing things to get worse even if it is a hollywood kind of thing or a business practice.
my advise is that if you want to set the example , you have to be the example. because that’s the only way it ever works. sure , hollywood will never make those kinds of movies again…but only if you allow them to. the people have plenty of chances not to buy their movies tickets and show them this kind of example. we have more control over our lives then we think. but since we keep buy their tickets , your only blindly supporting their cause regardless if you hate the fiolm or not. your money has already gone to them. we need to set stronger examples to hollywood in order to get it through to them , other wise you’r never going to convince them. it’s just that simple.
January 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm
in simple words , the ends dont justify the means. and in my opinion , just because you have power & wealth , it doesnt automatically qualify them to be decent people. and just because Hollywood (or any other major business for that matter) can continue to do the king of things we hate , that doesnt excuse them from doing it. for hollywood , making constant over-budget bad films doesnt justify the sacrifice of quality that films should have more of and the directors who work harder at making decent films with their sweat and blood under a very minimal budget. i’m not saying this to be ranting or raving or trying to burst your bubble in a negative way. it’s not that at all. i’m just trying to proove a point. I hope you can understand that.
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January 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm
yeah , I wish we can go back to simple , low budget , less complicated , less digital kind of films. in a day in age were we are trying to move forward with technology when it comes to films , I think we need to take a small step back or just wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. go back to basics is what I mean. btw , awesome name for your account. I’m guessing you got that name from The Matrix since it’s the name of Morpheus’ hover craft. if not , it’s a fun reference either way.
January 20, 2013 at 12:17 am
The Hollywood “Machine” will never make fun low-budget movies again. It’s up to the indie guys, to make the kind of surreal practical-effect based movies that put a smile on our faces.
January 17, 2013 at 7:23 am
The white cream at the end looks like ‘The Stuff’
Great review Mike
January 17, 2013 at 7:35 am
At least he’s not the Giant Claw.
January 17, 2013 at 9:22 am
Did the guy who saved all with his ass survive?
January 17, 2013 at 9:52 am
Oh, my fuckin’ god! There is a sequel… THERE IS A FUCKING SEQUEL!!! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190867/
January 18, 2013 at 2:29 am
LOL Mike review it!
January 17, 2013 at 11:24 am
Neo Geo MVS cartridge covers!!!!
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January 17, 2013 at 11:30 am
Cool. I actually own this movie but I haven’t watched it yet. It doesn’t look as bad as some of the early Gamera movies, though (don’t get me wrong, I love the Gamera movies).
You should consider reviewing “Wild, Wild Planet”. It’s… um… it’s very, very weird.
Also, “The Blob” is coming to Blu-Ray from Criterion! Yeah! I just hope the special features aren’t filled with a bunch of cheesy, generic documentaries about how cool Steve Mcqueen was.
January 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm
They made this movie to be cheesy on purpose. Same with the sequel which I have, it’s like the “Scary movie” of Kaiju films.
January 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm
This review is actually very enjoyable! Giving Mike free advice: 1. don’t speak so fast, 2. talk clearer, don’t mumble. I’m not critizing! Just some advice.
January 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm
Godzilla was most certainly not created in tokyo.
January 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm
Well yeah, if you want to get technical. The first we see of Godzilla in the 1954 film is in the ocean near Japan I believe. I just mean he’s from that general area of the world, so it’s understandable why Godzilla would find his way to Tokyo. Whereas, Guilala really has no reason at all to end up there.
January 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm
You have a point there. Great review by the way.
January 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm
A few things that should be mentioned:
The set does include a special feature: liner notes on all of the films (the small booklet that you see when Mike opens the case). The Eclipse series only ever includes liner notes -since its meant to be a bargain line with unrestored video/audio – and only liner notes/small booklet. The trailers for all of the films are available at Criterion’s website: http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/928-eclipse-series-37-when-horror-came-to-shochiku
Also the review doesn’t seem to capture just how campy and hilarious this film is. It’s probably best to watch the English dub -since it just adds to the ridiculousness. I don’t think anybody dies in this movie – not even that guy who was picked up by Guilala (he’s seen limping away – only after having fallen several hundred feet). The girl who plugged the leak survives without any problems. In fact, she gets crushed under some heavy lab equipment – to which a tense scene with her screaming and people trying to save her before Guilala arrives. Minutes later, she’s seen running and hiking down hills without any problems. There’s also the hilarious ‘space flight’ theme that plays whenever you see the spaceship flying about.
The entire film is silly beyond words. It is certainly worth a watch – just for the hilarity. I’ll end this with the English dub’s great explanation for the monster’s name (thanks CSM126):
“Guilala is destroying the city!”
“What do we do about Guilala?”
Man helpfully turns to camera and says “Guilala is the name we have given the monster!”
January 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm
Nobody died? Tell that to the pilot that flew directly into Guilala’s head! Not to mention the poor guys in the tanks.. BOOM!
January 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm
I’d like to think that they probably just walked away from it afterwards thinking “the hell just happened?”
January 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm
<3 Mike , fun review ,,,…
January 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm
Mike, I could listen to your reviews all day long. I’m going to have to buy this film now, or maybe that box set if I can find it on Amazon. Thanks Cinemassacre!
January 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm
it’s one of those movies thats so bad, its hilarious
January 18, 2013 at 12:08 am
he’s still better than the 1998 american Godzilla
January 18, 2013 at 1:55 am
Where did you get that XBOX controller!?
January 18, 2013 at 1:59 am
It’s not the greatest, but honestly, I am kind of bummed that studios didn’t produce more kaiju films back in that prime 50s/60s/70s era than they did. The only other prolific one was Daiei, and all they really did was the Gamera films and the Daimajin trilogy, which are more samurai era fantasy films with a giant statue monster.
There was also Yongary, Monster from the Deep or whatever it’s called, which I believe was a Korean film, as well as a couple of obscure Asian King Kong films. Too bad there weren’t more, but I guess the bottom line was that Toho and Daiei were the only ones who had any real success.
What can I say, I’m a sucker for classic giant monster movies. Especially of the “guys in rubber suits” kind.
January 18, 2013 at 6:06 am
Guilalanium… Gotta love that word.
January 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm
awesome review. I’ve never heard of X From Out Space , but I would love to check it out in the future.
it’s funny how you and james have talke about monst films ad espeically godzilla films. I’m kind of wondering if you and/or james ever plan to talk about the original Rodan film or any of the Mothra films like the original Mothra 1961 or the Rebirth Of Mothra Trilogy. what I find irritating about the Rebirth Of Mothra Trilogy when it comes to translation is that in the original trilogy , Mothra is male where most of the species it is considered to be female. hence the official name Mothra Leo. Leo is considered to be the most strngest of the entire Mothra species and it is clearly evident since he is one of the few Toho monsters to never die in an entire series since the end of the 3rd film he transformed into his Eternal form and flew off into theclouds retiring from battle. in the english dub , Mothra Leo is mistaken as female. I blame this due to translation mistakes. it’s a shame that the 3rd film isnt even leased to dvd even though it has been dubed already and shown on both Sci-Fi channel & recently the Ecnore Channels. I tend to be a huge Mothra fan , so I would love to see you guys review the Mothra series in the distant future.
January 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm
Goke is pronounced like ok, but with a G. Not Gok.
January 19, 2013 at 12:48 am
January 19, 2013 at 11:48 am
Hey Mike, have you changed your microphone recently? You sound like on the radio in this review
January 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm
No. I used an audio filter to make sure nothing peaks. Meaning, so it doesn’t get so loud it hurts your ears. Before this, I did that manually which takes a lot of time. Do you think it sounds okay? Because I’m not sure if I’ll use it again.
January 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm
It sounds great, actually.
January 21, 2013 at 3:03 am
Yeah, it’s great
January 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm
“And really, it just looks like they’re driving around with a porta potty…”
January 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm
sorry but umm, it’s BLOWN OUT into space not SUCKED out…
January 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm
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January 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm
Great review as always! Awesome job Mike!
January 22, 2013 at 1:55 am
Nice review Mike. Also thanks for the info on that dvd collection…I so wanna see that hell one!
January 23, 2013 at 3:07 am
hey mike.. I just wondered if you or James have some love for the Troma company..
I know they are quiet known.. but they have some fun movies who I think people would appreciate a short review on..
For nostalgia sake..
Hope my English wasn’t to horrible to understand
January 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm
January 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm
Mike, this video provided multiple lols. Thank you. Galalalanium.. lol
February 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm
Hey I liked Varan
February 20, 2013 at 6:37 am
Nice review, Mike. Add that one to the so bad it’s good list of cheesy giant monster movies, haha.
February 20, 2013 at 6:42 am
By the way, I think it’s the eyes on the monster that look the worst. They’re like glowing red light bulbs.
September 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm
lol nice review, vaguely remember this one from way back
April 6, 2014 at 4:22 am
There is also a sequel, The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008)
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