Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
A fiendish vampire from a strange world in outer space drains his victims' blood and turns them into weird corpses!
The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.
En un avión que se estrella, viajan un asesino a sueldo, una modelo americana, un político, un psicólogo, un pseudo-terrorista y por supuesto un heroico piloto. Suficiente para una película ahí. Súmenle una invasión extraterrestre, por unos moluscos plateados que tienenden a colocar una vagina en la frente de la gente que 'poseen' y el resultado son 80 efectivos minutos/una genial fábrica de GIFs.
Y ni qué decir del final... :O
Aliens make a hitman into a vampire as part of an inverse Plan 9 from Shochiku. The moralizing is leaden, and the effects terrible, but the story of the crash survivors is engaging for the most part.
I did not think that I would be so disappointed by a movie colloquially referred to as: "Vagina-Face Apocalypse." Unfortunately, this is precisely the case...
In the Eclipse box set release, writer Chuck Stephens states that Hajime Sato's GOKE is "unfettered" and "unpredictable." However, with all due respect, he must never have seen an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. An airplane experiences various natural and supernatural phenomena that lead to a sudden crash-landing on an unknown island. The crew and passengers are then forced to fight for survival with no food, water, and with the threat of a blood-sucking alien on the loose. Its pop-psychedelic imagery (ex. a blood-red skyline, neon orange UFOs, and mercurial interstellar sludge) is cumulatively memorable,…
Vagina headed vampires go!!!
This When Horror Came to Shochiku Eclipse series is pretty intense. I was looking forward to seeing Goke for years now. It was not a disappointment. It felt a lot like a Tezuka comic. It has a lot to say and is really entertaining to watch. I'm loving the aesthetics of these Shochiku films.
Just a few days before watching this, I watched Lifeboat, and I was saying to myself how I need to watch more movies like it, because I really enjoy films about paranoia, and how people go crazy within certain situations.
Then I watched Goke, and I loved it.
From the very beginning, you know something isn't quite right, with both the people, and the airplane itself. The special effects are pretty good and the suspense is alright, but it's the intense dialogue and the characters that say them that makes this movie a pleasure to watch.
Way better than you'd think, a "B" movie that actually has some pretty neat special effects that hold up and is interesting on a level other than pure camp. Good stuff.
2nd viewing, I saw this about 10 years ago (!) at the Grand Illusion in Seattle, and honestly, as amazing as it looks outside of a group setting it kinda drags in the last half. No real gripes, but I would probably wait to watch this with a crowd. However, I never thought a nice quality dvd of this would be made widely available. Other than some print damage (which looks great and give the film some texture/character), the dvd looks Fan-fucking-tastic.
Weird, psychedelic, highly entertaining proto-slasher from Shochiku. An airliner carrying a small group of Japanese and one gratuitious American war widow flies through the path of a flying saucer before crashing into a deserted area of Japan. After the crash, they are stalked by an evil alien blob who takes over its victims via a vagina-like slit on their foreheads and who is part of an invasion group who is planning to conquer the earth.
This is a pretty great little horror flick that moves at a nice rapid pace, using a general sense that something is not right on the flight before the alien shows up, including suicidal birds. Then as it moves through its paces, it ends up including a bit of an anti-war message in with the horror before heading rapidly to its apocalyptic conclusion. Highly recommended and definitely worth seeking out (there's a nice Criterion out there.)
Ethereal space allegory, made up of exasperated melodrama, political criticism and gooey space vaginas. It operates on a non-reality, with characters who are removed of humanity, reduced to devices and ideas, preyed upon by an enemy exposing the cracks in our ever so flawed system and diameters. Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is a silly fun on the surface, but it covers an existential, nihilistic apocalyptic view underneath the creative effects and shock tactics.
Gooey horror courtesy of Shochiku, available now from Criterion's Eclipse sub-label. A fallen jetliner erupts into microcosmic squabbling between politicians and scientists, husbands and wives, delinquents and assassins, and even a vampiric alien creature that influences another great B-film, The Hidden. Hokeyness and hysteria abound, but the in-your-face antiwar sentiment, psychedelic visuals, and startlingly depressing and apocalyptic finale leave enduring impressions.