Saturday, February 16, 2013

GOKE: BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL (1968) movie review

Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell (1968) d. Sato, Hajime (Japan)

In the 1960s, Japan turned out some of the wildest, weirdest genre offerings fans could encounter. Case in point: This futuristic Flight of the Phoenix, where, after passing through blood red cloudbanks and encountering a glowing UFO, a commercial airliner crashes in the desert, stranding its disparate band of survivors.

An evil space amoeba subsequently takes possession of a would-be hijacker (a showstopping, head-splitting, glob-oozing sequence) who begins drinking the other passengers’ blood. Before long, the “Gokemidoro” alien has drained or killed everyone except the captain and stewardess who make a break for civilization, only to confront more sinister surprises in a downbeat, politically-charged twist ending.

Released last year as part of Criterion's "When Horror Came to Shochiku" box-set, this is a long-hidden horror worth discovering.


  1. An incredibly bizarre film, the likes of which I never thought would get added to the Criterion Collection. But then again, it does include Hausu, does it not? And that "Monsters and Madmen" set is also pretty boss.

    1. Criterion has certainly made a few oddball choices, but I'm rarely sorry when they do, especially when they are something along the lines of GOKE. (Although the fact that THE ROCK is in there makes my head swim.)