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Rated PG
Copyright 1967 Shochiku Films
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Captain Sano - Dashing, confident, and entirely confused by women, that's our mission commander.
  • Lisa - Female biologist who is gunning hard for Sano's attention. Tends to display demure smiles with little provocation.
  • Dr. Kato - Supposedly the mission's medical expert even though he succumbs to something very similar to food poisoning early on. Does not die, but it's hard to be an effective character when the part involves sweating and nausea.
  • Miyamoto - Here is the cheerful oaf we all knew would be part of the crew. On a more interesting note, three male friends wave good bye upon his departure from the moon base.
  • Michiko - Sano's girlfriend, she spends about half the film in a jealous (and foul tempered) stew.
  • Dr. Stein - Forced to take Dr. Kato's place and we are constantly reminded that he would rather be home with his wife. Considering his looks I do not imagine his wife being the "lights on" kind.
  • Dr. Berman - German scientist who is in charge of something or another important.
  • The UFP - Which stands for "Unidentified Flying Pie." This extraterrestrial spacecraft looks just like a snack pie, except very few of those fly around Mars and menace exploring spacecraft.
  • Guilala - Space poultry! Though the monster might be only vaguely fowl in shape (it also shares some attributes with a gravy server) I cannot help making the comparison. Which came first, the chicken or the weird green spore?

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The Plot: 

We start with the planning session of the FAFC's (don't ask me what it stands for, I've watched the film multiple times and haven't a clue) when a couple of startling facts surface. The one which really slaps me in the face is that this is not the first mission to Mars and all previous attempts met with failure when a mysterious UFP appeared. So, the briefing is pretty much, "Everyone else we sent has died and we do not know why, but third time is a charm right?" Sounds fantastic guys, where is the door? Think I left the iron on... home... Canada.

Things fall into place and the rocket does launch, revealing itself to be shaped like something usually covered with slogans for beer and speeding across lakes. All those aerodynamics are of little use when a meteor storm crosses their path and one stray piece of rock punches a hole in the side.

Miyamoto comes to the rescue as he heroically seals the hole with his backside. Imagine something like the little Dutch boy and his leaky dike, except slightly embarrassing. He does not have a girlfriend, which is fortunate since explaining a dinner plate sized hickey on your ass might be dicey at best.

Eventually the astronauts do approach Mars and encounter the UFP. After menacing the tourists, as all unsaturated fats are liable to do, it sprays their ship with glowing spores then departs. The overworked cast keeps one such spore for examination on Earth and heads home.

Back in the lab things soon go wrong as the outer covering splits and something escapes. By something I mean Guilala of course, the strange creature (it's shaped sort of like Oprah Winfrey during a bad month) feeds on any sort of energy it encounters during a march across the countryside.

Of course the military attempts to stop the creature, of course we see fighter planes strafing with rockets during this melee, and (of course) they are ineffective until a goofy super-weapon is developed later on. On at least three separate occasions one of the jet jockeys has his craft low enough for Guilala to make physical contact with it, including one fool who runs smack dab into Guilala's forehead! You absolutely have to be kidding me, presumably the pilot had a driver's license as well, no wonder the roads are not safe. About that super weapon I mentioned: it does the trick in stopping the monster while suspiciously reminding me of shaving cream.

The poor vision afforded to the wearer of this particular rubber suit is painfully apparent in a couple of scenes. Notice how Guilala's head is tilted back while stumbling across the set. I imagine the actor was desperately peering around in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Good luck buddy, I have the benefits of perfect vision plus third person perspective and haven't a clue, but it is still plenty of fun.

A big thanks to Chris Brown, he pointed out that at one point you can see a sign. It plainly says "Fuji Astro-Flying Center." FAFC!


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Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Nuclear fuel is transported in old station wagons.
  • Cotton candy machines can be filled with glitter and used to detect radiation.
  • The United Space Authority had a contract with Lawrence Welk to provide radio entertainment.
  • Artificial water is inferior to "real" water. It's those cheap Hydrogen atoms they use...
  • If the hull of your rocket is punctured by a meteor then it can be sealed by sitting on the hole.
  • Tanks are not equipped with a reverse gear.
  • Astronauts wear business attire under their spacesuits.
  • Japanese military crisis centers have little boxes full of monster silhouettes to use on the status board.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - If there is such a thing as Japanese polka music then this is it.
  • 11 mins - Pretty foggy outside, is this outer space or Maine?
  • 22 mins - Airtight gloves that you can just pull off! Hehehe!
  • 26 mins - Two women, in the shower, on the moon... ...okay, if they would only start jumping. I promise to be good for the next five years if they just start jumping - please. Please? PLEASE?
  • 31 mins - Of all the idiotic decompression scenes. Stuff is blowing in the hole for crying out loud!
  • 47 mins - Satan's prize rooster is loose!
  • 56 mins - Deja' Vu.
  • 70 mins - The UFP was flying circles around their ship, how did they escape?
  • 78 mins - Obviously Steven Spielberg watched this movie at some point before making "Jurassic Park."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note xouterspace1.wav Miyamoto: "Nothing beats a good hot bath! How did they know where to drill for water on the moon captain?"
Sano: "This isn't water, it's man made."
Miyamoto: "What's the difference?"
Sano: "Quite a bit."
Green Music Note xouterspace2.wav Official: "Doctor, whatever made those tracks is clearly bound for Tokyo."
Official 2: "Tokyo has to be saved!"
Green Music Note xouterspace3.wav Scientist: "AAB-Gamma, the monster Guilala is still loose. Your cargo is our last hope. Get that Guilalanium back to us at all costs!"
Sano: "Roger."
Green Music Note xouterspace4.wav Scientist: "Guilala wants that nuclear fuel."
Miyamoto: "It will be the most powerful meal he's had yet."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #17. Posted on December 06, 2007, 03:58:40 AM by Abraham
I am 32 years old now and I have been searchin for this movie for allmost whole life. I have seen it when I was 4 years old and I had a nightmares for over a week ! I couldn't recall the name of the beast because I thought it's name was "Gamma" - because the whole movie they repeated "AAB GAMA". Two things were  burned into my memory - the chase scene and the muzzles of tanks firing at Guilala.

I have seen it 3 days ago - after 28 years - and this is the clearly BEST B movie ever made. If you want to scare you childs, let them watch this gem of cinematography ;-)

Best regards to all fans

Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #18. Posted on March 18, 2008, 03:36:26 PM by George
Hello Andrew and everyone else out on the Badmovies review commentary board,I belive I have the best news concerning The X-From Outer Space,Showa Video has the Orion version,complete with dubbed reporters!.Finally and at last a great version along with the original Japanese version,the one TCM keeps showing,why that can't show the Orion version is beyond me.It's unfortunate though that the sceens where Dr.Lisa was experimenting with the gulanium on moonbase and Galiela going through the oil field seems to be lost,on someones cutting room floor,also a shame no one has come out with a real color version of War of the Monsters,I have one but not in the best condition wouldn't you know.I few points of fact,one like Chris.K I'm certainly glad this great classic was not on MST3K,even though they were of  Sandy Frank versions of the Gamera movies,I still to this have mixed feelings about them being on MST3K,like wise I'm glad they didn't show Atragon either. I suppose the reason this film was titled X-From Outer Space is due to the fact that X in the dictionary is referred to as an unknown element ,as in the case of this spore released by that UFO,we never did find who these aliens were,but now come word the Japanese are planning a new Galiea film oh one can only hope and pray they do like the way monster movies used to made in the good old days.
Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #19. Posted on March 20, 2008, 03:33:25 PM by George
I believe it was two years ago when ordered The X & Attack of the Monsters from Keith at Showa Video.The X was an old AIP print,and AOTMs wasn't very good,in fact scenes were missing,when I told Mr.Picozzi about this he looked at it sent me an email saying I was right,so I asked him if there was anything I could do. He said if I had a really good video of either X-From Outer Space and he could easily fix AOTMs but he needed a new 2mins. of Gurion & Gaos,well I had both,the rest as they say,is a fantastic job by Keith Picozzi,dubbed reporters & the 2mins of SF on the AIP classic AOTMs!. As for this new Galiela or Girara which ever way you want to spell it,"Please Fellas Please!,"Don't make the same mistakes the people responsable for those new Gamera did!!". You know changing his looks,and have a decent storyline,you know just like the good old days when Creature Feature was Creature Feature. Of the new Gamera films,that Irs movie still bugs me the most,now when will we get an English dialogue version of Gamera The Brave??.
Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #20. Posted on September 21, 2008, 11:19:44 AM by M.W.
Did i just find out where porn industry got their inspiration for b*****e?
Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #21. Posted on January 07, 2009, 05:16:09 PM by Saucerman
Guilala has made a return...he's appearing in a commercial for job search agency "The Ladders", first in dozens of tiny (12" tall) version, being ridiculously cute in their attempt to be menacing (the worst they do is take a hubcap off a car), representing other job search agencies, and a full-sized version shows up, breathing fire (representing "The Ladders").

I was amused.
Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #22. Posted on April 05, 2009, 01:07:35 PM by George
Oh Oh!!,I just read the review about the current X movie over at Sci-Fi Japan.

Not good,I was afraid that might be the case,only proving once again,old school was better,everyone just seemed to know how things had to be made,back then.

Fortunately you can get a great copy of the AIP original from Showa Video,I gave it to Keith.

Maybe one day,people who make these movies will get the hang of it again,hopefully.
I did see that Ladders commercial on You Tube,sweet,at least one good thing I can say,he's still the same old Girara,which considering the awful incarnations of Gamera these days is quite a complement in itself.

If a monster's right the first time,don't try to change it the second time.
Thanks guys for keeping Girara the way he was!,now if only makers of Gamera movies would get the hint.
Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #23. Posted on August 10, 2010, 06:53:16 PM by George
Unfortunately now that Showa Video is no longer what it used to be,I don't know what happened to the only really great DVD AIP version of X-From Outer Space that I gave to Keith.
I only hope people who really liked X-From Outer Space got this DVD version from Showa Video when they had the chance.

And no matter what the critics over at the imdb say,this is a classic 10 of a Creature Feature,just like Return of the Giant Monsters and Godzilla vs. The Thing!.
Re: The X from Outer Space
Reply #24. Posted on August 10, 2010, 08:19:49 PM by judge death
Anyone else notice the elaborate but almost never seen and never used claw on the end of the monster's tail?
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