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"Daikyojū Gappa (大巨獣ガッパ?, "Giant Beast Gappa") is a 1967 tokusatsu kaiju film. The film was produced by Nikkatsu Corporation, and was their only film in the giant monster genre. The international English title for the film was Gappa the Triphibian Monster. The international English print was reedited and retitled Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, for its original release in the United States. Media Blasters, under the Tokyo Shock label, released the Japanese and international English prints on VHS and DVD, while the US print is now in the public domain because of the bankruptcy of a production company and un-succeeding of copyright.
This film was intended as a lighthearted satire of the giant monster japanese kaiju films of the period. This is one of the reasons why the film has come under criticism by many people and kaiju fans. But some of the satire is COMPLETELY lost in translated overseas prints, especially the American version which tries to treat it like a straight monster movie.
In the Japanese version, the opening credits and ending were accompanied by a rock & roll theme song, 'Great Giant Beast Gappa' (the first and second verses, respectively), and the touching reunion scene near the end had a ballad called 'Keep Trying, Baby Gappa!'. In all overseas prints, the opening and ending songs were replaced with standard orchestral music, and 'Keep Trying, Baby Gappa!' was instrumental.
This movie resembles nothing so much as a Japanese take on Gorgo, which was really just an anglicized take on Godzilla: King of the Monsters/Gojira, itself merely a Japanized version of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, which in turn was made to cash in on the box office success of the 1952 re-release of King Kong. And with each new retelling, enough new kinks were added so that, by 1967, the tale had attained an almost baroque level of twistedness.
There's an urban legend that Nikkatsu's international English prints originally had a racist line, 'The monsters are attacking Tokyo. Fortunately they are attacking the Negro section of town.' (and that the line was changed to ' . . . attacking the poor section of town.') This was untrue. Some say this urban legend was allegedly conjured up by Michael Medved and Harry Medved, the authors of the book The Golden Turkey Awards. Actually the line in the U.S. version is 'attacking the Nekko region...' which is a place were some shrines and temples are located — which makes sense since that is exactly where the monsters are pictured in the film!
This film is a total piece of nonsense and a whole bunch of fun. Just about everything in this film is a complete riot. After a somewhat slow first half, the action is almost non-stop and there's plenty of stupendous dialog to keep you entertained. The production values consist mostly of hilariously cheap-looking scale models, the story and the acting are ridiculous and most of the characters are empty-headed idiots, especially for a group of scientists. The monster, Gappa, is a kind of bird-lizard, basically a ridiculous looking over-sized chicken. When it flies, it sounds like an airplane, but that's probably the result of a slip-up in the sound effects, because the creature gets attacked by fighter planes a couple of times. It's good bad fun and a blast to watch!"
... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE!
And TODAY we will have TWO different editions ... the American edition ... and the Mr. Lobo's super funny Cinema Insomnia edition!
But first lets go over a few theater rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed in Galindo Theaters. Any and all talkers will be noogied with extreme prejudice. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING!
And be sure to dim headlights (where applicable).
ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!
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And here are the Church-less Sunday movies that we have seen so far ...
December 7th, 2008: Godzilla VS Mecha-Godzilla
December 14th: Godzilla VS Mothra (free to watch)
December 21st: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (free to watch)
December 28th: Lord of the Rings (Rifftrack edition)
January 4th, 2009: Godzilla VS The Sea Monster
January 11th: Series 7 (free to watch)
January 18th: House of Wax
January 25th: Police Story 3
February 1st: Left Behind the Movie (free to watch)
February 15th: Godzilla VS Megalon
February 22nd: Jesus Christ Superstar (free to watch)
March 1st (part 1): Duck Soup
March 1st (part 2): Godzilla Final Wars
March 8th (part 1): Godzilla VS The Smog Monster
March 8th (part 2): The Three Caballeros
March 15th: Sonny Chiba's "The Street Fighter" (free to watch)
March 29th (part 1): I Bury The Living (free to watch)
March 29th (part 2): Drive-In Massacre (free to watch)
April 15th: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (free to watch)
April 25th (part 1): Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
April 25th (part 2): Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S. (free to watch)
May 3rd (part 1): Sex Madness (free to watch)
May 3rd (part 2): Frankenstein Conquers the World
May 10th (part 1): Muppet Treasure Island
May 10th (part 2): La Bamba (free to watch)
May 17th: Mothra (free to watch)
May 31st: Mega-Shark VS Giant Octopus (free to watch)
June 7th: Tommy (free to watch)
June 14th (part 1): Roger Corman's Fantastic Four (free to watch)
June 14th (part 2): Rodan (free to watch)
June 24th: MST3K's Godzilla VS Megalon (free to watch)
June 28th: Last Man On Earth (free to watch)
July 5th (part 1): Over The Top
July 5th (part 2): Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (free to watch)
July 12th (part 1): Air Guitar Nation
July 12th (part 2): Cockfight/We Are The Children (free to watch)
July 19th (part 1): Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves the World) (free to watch)
July 19th (part 2): Turist Ömer (free to watch)
August 2nd: The Marx Bros' At the Circus (free to watch)
August 9th (part 1): MST3K's Marooned (free to watch)
August 9th (part 2): First Spaceship On Venus (free to watch)
August 16th (part 1): The Atomic Cafe (free to watch)
August 16th (part 2): MST3K's Night of the Blood Beast (free to watch)
August 30th: God Told Me To Kill (free to watch)
September 3rd: Rebirth Of Mothra (free to watch)
September 6th: Cinema Insomnia's The Wasp Woman (free to watch)
September 13th (part 1): A Bucket Of Blood (free to watch)
September 13th (part 2): Cinema Insomnia's Prince Of Space (free to watch)
september 21st: Theater of Blood (free to watch)
September 27th (part 1): The Brain That Wouldn't Die (free to watch)
September 27th (part 2):MST3K's Amazing Colossal Man (free to watch)
October 11th: Horror of Spider Island (free to watch)
October 18th (part 1): I Woke Up Early The Day I Died
October 18th (part 2): Earth VS The Flying Saucers (free to watch)
October 25th (part 1): Frogs (free to watch)
October 25th (part 2): King Kong Escapes
November 1st: The Thing With Two Heads (free to watch)
November 8th: Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth (free to watch)
November 15th (Franken-Week, Day 7): Frankenstein Conquers the World (free to watch)
November 22nd: The Giant Gila Monster (free to watch)
November 29th: MST3K Gamera Triple Feature (free to watch)
December 6th (part 1): She Demons (free to watch)
December 6th (part 2): MST3K's The Incredible Melting Man (free to watch)
December 13th: A Triple Threat of Riffs
December 20th: Manos (free to watch)
December 24th: Christmas Eve Bonus - Manster (free to watch)
December 27th (part 1): The Screaming Skull (free to watch)
December 27th (part 2): The Sadist/Eegah (free to watch)
January 3rd, 2010: Wrestling With Shadows (free to watch)
January 17th (part 1): Teenage Zombies (free to watch)
January 17th (part 2): Horror of the Zombies (free to watch)
January 24th: The Crawling Hand/The Monster That Challenged The World (free to watch)
January 30th: Atom Age Vampire, the Steve-a-fied Edition (free to watch)
February 14th: House On Haunted Hill-Original and Remake (free to watch)
February 21st: Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (free to watch)
February 28th: The Atomic Brain LIVE in Steve's Living Room
March 7th: Lady Frankenstein (free to watch)
March 14th (part 1): Castle of Evil (free to watch)
March 14th (part 2): Tormented (free to watch)
March 21st: A.P.E (WARNING: movie contains a line about RAPE which may apparently offend your more easily offended, closed minded female co-workers)
March 23rd (make up): Tarantula (free to watch)
April 11th (part 1): Warning From Space (free to watch)
April 11th (part 2): They Came From Beyond Space (free to watch)