1965 / Director. Noriaki Yuasa.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
People criticise The Asylum for cashing in on bigger Hollywood blockbuster films with cheap, tacky knock-off movies. Yawn... ah whatever. Cash-in flicks have been around for eons and GAMERA is a prime example. Obviously riding the success of GODZILLA, this cheesy no-frills exploit blazes the same trail and recreates a similar atmosphere with a giant turtle (ah huh) terrorising the people of Japan. It's god-awful stuff and I cannot get enough of it. Not only does Gamera walk on hind legs, breath fire and CONSUME fire... it also sprouts jet-rockets from it's shell and zooms across the planet like a flying saucer. The tackiness is glorious and were it not for too many boring stretches of human's theorising it would be a blatantly brilliant B-grade knock-off that deserves it's place on the mantel beside GODZILLA. There's not much else to say really. You see the poster... that's what you get. Chew. Chomp. Stamp. Smash.