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Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 December 1962 (USA)
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A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.

Directors:

Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Sid Harris (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ... Cmdr. James Bradley
Tsuruko Kobayashi Tsuruko Kobayashi ... Anna
Clifford Kawada Clifford Kawada ... Capt,. Kishi
Derick Shimatsu ... Matsu, the boy
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Paul Isoh
Ayumi Sonoda Ayumi Sonoda ... Shidori Isoh
Fumindo Matsuo Fumindo Matsuo ... Paul's Friend
Hiroshi Hisasume Hiroshi Hisasume ... Pvt. Seki
Yoneo Iguchi Yoneo Iguchi ... Radio Operator
Hideo Inamura Hideo Inamura ... Doomed Soldier
Roy K. Ogata Roy K. Ogata ... Extra
George Sasaki George Sasaki ... Soldier
Michael Sung Michael Sung ... Extra
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Soldier
Akio Kusama Akio Kusama ... Soldier
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Storyline

In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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From a World Below, It Came to Terrorize - To Destroy - To Revenge!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

In the U.S., this was distributed by Crown International. It was released at the bottom of a pre-packaged double feature with the East German/Polish co-production "First Spaceship on Venus." It became the most successful double feature for Crown International since, unlike other Crown International releases, it was booked into many theaters as well as drive-ins. See more »

Goofs

At 31:33 the jeep again jumps forward several feet due to an editing error, then again at 31:47. See more »

Alternate Versions

This movie was originally released in Japan in 1958 as Daikaijû Baran ("Giant Monster Varan"). The American version has a heavily altered plot, tons of additional footage featuring American actors, and most of Akira Ifukube's music is replaced. All in all, Varan The Unbelievable features only about fifteen minutes of footage (mostly shots of the monster) from the original Japanese film. See more »

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Enjoyable Film
22 June 2002 | by kevzillaSee all my reviews

Varan The Unbelievable is a very enjoyable Japanese giant monster movie. This movie was practically re-shot for it's American audience so if you enjoy the American version then you diffenently need to check out the original Japanese version. It will be like watching two different films, Varan has the ability to fly in the original version. The U.S. version is good but the original is much better.


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Varan el increíble See more »

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2.35 : 1
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