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Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (original title)
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.

Director:

Hajime Satô

Writers:

Kyûzô Kobayashi, Susumu Takaku (as Susumu Tanaka)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Teruo Yoshida Teruo Yoshida ... Sugisaka, the co-pilot
Tomomi Satô Tomomi Satô ... Kazumi Asakura, the stewardess
Eizô Kitamura Eizô Kitamura ... Gôzô Mano, the senator
Hideo Kô Hideo Kô ... Hirofumi Teraoka , The Hijacker
Kathy Horan Kathy Horan ... Mrs. Neal
Yûko Kusunoki Yûko Kusunoki ... Noriko Tokuyasu
Kazuo Katô Kazuo Katô ... Dr. Momotake, the psychiatrist
Hiroyuki Nishimoto Hiroyuki Nishimoto ... The Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Conway Harold Conway ... Assassinated Ambassador
Nobuo Kaneko ... Tokuyasu
Kei'ichi Noda Kei'ichi Noda ... Gokemidoro (voice)
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi ... Toshiyuki Saga , the scientist
Toshihiko Yamamoto Toshihiko Yamamoto ... Matsumiya (as Norihiko Yamamoto)
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Storyline

While a plane is being hijacked, a report of a bomb on board, another report of a UFO in the area is cut short as the hijacker shoots the radio and the controls. This while they encounter a UFO, causing them to crash on an uncharted island in the middle of nowhere. They soon find out there is an assassin on board. Panic ensues when it is discovered that there is a UFO on the island, taking them one by one , changing them. Written by stephen scialli

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All New! Never Before Has Such A Bone-Chilling Film Been Made ... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 August 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Body Snatcher from Hell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reputed to be one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies. A scene in Kill Bill vol.1 showed An airplane window with a red sky outside. See more »

Goofs

In the first shot of the red sky from the cockpit, before the UFO appears for the first time, the bottom border of the red-hued transparent plastic covering causing the effect is visible resulting in a long sliver of normal blue sky below it. See more »

Alternate Versions

While the original 1968 Japanese release of KYUKETSUKI GOKEMIDORO has the full cast and crew credits, the American release only has one title card reading "TFC and Pacemaker Films present BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL" and it's 1977 U.S. release copyright date. The American version does not give any information of who made the film or starred in it. See more »

Connections

Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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One of the best sci-fi/horror films
12 June 2004 | by LJ27See all my reviews

I saw a cheap pan & scan VHS of an English dub of this film years ago but I found a Japanese DVD of it recently and even though it is not dubbed or subtitled, and I don't speak Japanese, it is still quite unsettling. The Japanese don't play when it comes to stories like this and they don't pull punches either. At least the disc is widescreen, preserving the Shockiku Grandscope compositions. If you have seen KILL BILL Vol. 1, you will find out that even Quentin Tarantino was inspired by this film once you see the opening scenes. The special effects are usually not realistic but are quite imaginative. The whole film could be seen as something of a morality fable.

There is definitely a message to the film, although most people write this one off because of it's exploitative sounding title. There are several very creepy and effective scenes in the film and this film left a lasting impression on me. I think someday this film will be recognized for the horror classic that it is. Even if you have to watch a pan & scan dubbed copy, it is well worth catching.

By the way, the English-language version is called GOKE, BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL. It certainly got my attention. Pacemaker was the American distributor. I first saw it on a lousy VHS rental copy. Rumors about a letterboxed American NTSC release to DVD have yet to be fulfilled but I remain optimistic.


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