Gamera vs. Barugon

Gamera vs. Barugon

Japan Gamera vs Barugon (ガメラ対バルゴン) 1966

AKA “War of the Monsters” — this is the one with the idiots who travel to an island to recover an opal stashed in a cave during WWII. Imagine their surprise when it hatches into Barugon. Surprisingly sluggish and unpleasant film. A not-terribly-personable female native accompanies our hero and they try and figure out how to do away with Barugon. Choppy and lurching. At least there are no pudgy little Japanese kids in this movie. Something the other films in the series cannot say.

We have the expected Japanese military (in white gloves), a huge mirror array meant to reflect a bizarre rainbow beam that Barugon emits, cheap special effects… overall this is a rather boring movie. Unless you’re a crazy old hermit like myself. In which case it’s something of a treasure.

How did movies like this get produced? Find the excellent 2011 release of this film by Shout! Factory — top quality as opposed to the endless repackages of this film. Not a great movie, but it is a Gamera movie, the second in the series.

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