The X from Outer Space (1967)
Guilala, a giant space monster who consumes energy and becomes a fireball to soar through the air!
MANKIND THREATENED BY A DEADLY NUCLEUS FROM THE VAST VOID OF SPACE
— International tagline
The X from Outer Space (宇宙大怪獣ギララ is a Uchū Daikaijū Girara, lit. Giant Space Monster Guilala)1967 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Shochiku Company Ltd. It was released to Japanese theaters on March 25, 1967, and to American television syndication via American International Television in 1968. Shochiku would revive the Guilala character for the 2008 film Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The Fuji Astro-Flying Center in Japan is determined to land a spaceship on Mars. All previous attempts have failed, with the crews reporting UFO sightings before they disappeared. FAFC selects Captain Kazuo Sano, space biologist Lisa Schneider, Dr. Shioda, and Signal Officer Hideo Miyamoto to investigate in the nuclear-powered AAB-Gamma. After a successful launch, they quickly encounter a UFO which jams their transmissions while monitoring them from a distance. Shioda suddenly falls ill, but Sano refuses to treat him before attempting to pursue the alien craft, which easily outspeeds them. FAFC orders them to make an emergency landing on Moon Base MSC. Shioda is diagnosed with space sickness by Dr. Stein, a routine ailment, and Lisa meets Michiko Tazaki, an air traffic controller enamored with Sano. The cantankerous Stein replaces Shioda as the AAB-Gamma resumes its mission.
Small asteroids pummel the ship, with one punching a hole in the hull. Lisa struggles to put her helmet on and loses consciousness, while Miyamoto is dragged towards the opening and plugs it with his rear. Stein and Sano use the opportunity to close the oxygen valve. No sooner have they sealed the hole properly and revived Lisa with oxygen than the UFO appears again, dragging the AAB-Gamma towards it with a tractor beam. Sano cuts the engines to conserve fuel, but a panicked Stein revolts and seizes the controls. The UFO suddenly departs, leaving a mysterious foamy and flashing substance on the engine, dramatically weakening it. Sano and Lisa venture out to take a sample, a rock-like spore covered in insulating material, and remove the rest. FAFC makes contact with them and sends a rescue rocket from Moon Base MSC with Michiko aboard.
Back on Earth, Drs. Kato and Berman of FAFC take charge of the sample, but quickly depart the laboratory to throw a party in celebration of the astronauts' safe return. In their absence, the spore burns a hole through the floor, leaving the insulating material behind. Sano finds a chicken-like footprint on the floor, which they deduce belongs to the alien hidden inside. After a nearby power plant begins to experience voltage issues, Sano, Lisa, Michiko, and Miyamoto watch a giant monster emerge from behind a hill. A comparison of his footprints with the one left in the lab reveals that he is the missing alien, which they dub Guilala.
Guilala stomps towards Tokyo. FAFC advises the government that the insulating material, Guilalanium, may contain the key to his defeat. Tanks, planes, missiles, and even laser cannons prove useless against him as he demolishes the capital. Lisa determines that FAFC will need to synthesize Guilalanium in a vacuum, requiring a return trip to the Moon in the AAB-Gamma. Sano, Michiko, and Miyamoto join her. They discover that Guilalanium can reflect cosmic rays, leading Berman to conclude it could be used to smother the monster. With Japan’s allies unwilling to use nuclear weapons, it seems to be their only means of defense. Guilala advances north, destroying Tatebayashi, but the JSDF observes his energy diminishing.
As the AAB-Gamma returns to Earth, they realize that the Guilalanium’s properties have left them unable to communicate with FAFC. Michiko suggests negating its effects by placing it inside the ship’s nuclear reactor, which is surrounded by thick walls. Sano deems the plan risky, but they have no other way to safely land. Meanwhile, Guilala destroys a nuclear power plant and absorbs its energy. Transforming into a massive sphere of energy, he continues spreading devastation from the air, then touches down near a dam and returns to his monstrous form. Kato and Berman determine that the XTU nuclear fuel at FAFC headquarters will be his next target.
The UFO menaces the AAB-Gamma once more, but this time the Earth ship outmaneuvers it. The JSDF orders all FAFC personnel to evacuate, but Kato and Berman insist on staying, along with the landing crew. The astronauts touch down successfully and get the Guillalnium safely aboard a helicopter to be sent to the JSDF. Sano proposes that they evacuate with the fuel, lest Guilala grow even more powerful. The monster demolishes the grounded rockets, trapping Lisa under rubble. The others manage to free her. With Guilala closing in, Sano and Miyamoto lure him away by loading the fuel onto a Jeep trailer. He chases after them, finally separating the trailer containing the fuel from the Jeep with a swipe of his claws. Sano falls to the ground, and Miyamoto jumps clear of the car just before it crashes and explodes. Michiko and Lisa find them and tend to their injuries.
Guilala returns to FAFC in search of more energy. Squadrons of fighter jets bombard him with Guilalanium, which quickly covers his body. After he destroys several planes, the substance begins to take effect, turning him back into a spore. Lisa contains it, and FAFC resolves to send it back into space, lest the monster emerge again. In the aftermath, Lisa declines to tell Sano she is in love with him, allowing Michiko to be with him instead. Pondering Guilala's fate, the couple walks off hand in hand.
Staff[edit | edit source]
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu
- Written by Eibi Motomochi, Moriyoshi Ishida, Kazui Nihonmatsu
- Executive producer Wataru Nakajima
- Music by Taku Izumi
- Cinematography by Shizuo Hirase
- Edited by Yoshi Sugihara
- 1st assistant director Keiji Shiraki
- Director of special effects Hiroshi Ikeda
- Special effects supervisor Keiji Kawakami
Cast[edit | edit source]
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Eiji Okada as Doctor Kato
- Shunya Wazaki as Captain Kazuo Sano
- Itoko Harada as Michiko Tazaki
- Peggy Neal as Lisa Schneider, space biologist (Japanese voice actor: Reiko Muto)
- Franz Gruber as Doctor Berman (Japanese voice actor: Tamio Oki)
- Mike Daneen as Doctor Stein (Japanese voice actor: Teiji Omiya)
- Shinichi Yanagisawa as Signal Officer Hideo Miyamoto
- Keisuke Sonoi as Doctor Shioda
- Hiroshi Fujioka as Moon Station Correspondent A
- Ryuji Kita
- Takanobu Hozumi as FAFC technical officer
- Toshiyuki Watanabe as FAFC operator
- Torahiko Hamada as Kimura
- Oya Mitsuru
- Daisuke Nakako
- Teruo Sudo
- Sonosuke Oda as Moon Station Correspondent B
- Jun Kashima
- Koji Nakada as Director General of the Metropolitan Police Agency
- Kamon Kawamura as Substation staff
- Hideaki Komori
- Jun Yamanaki
- Akimitsu Kawashima
- Shuichi Oki
- Kenji Sonoda
- Hideki Kato
- Teruko Higa
- Etsuko Miyama
- Tadaharu Sato
- Wataru Nakajima as Defense Agency Director
- Kathy Horan as Earth base control assistant (uncredited)
- Yukio Odagiri as Guilala
AITV dub[edit | edit source]
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Robert Sommer as Captain Sano
- Susan Spafford as Lisa
- Mel Welles as Doctor Berman
- Edward Mannix as Doctor Stein
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Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: The X from Outer Space/Gallery.
Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
- Main article: The X from Outer Space (Soundtrack).
Alternate titles[edit | edit source]
- Giant Space Monster Guilala (literal Japanese title)
- Guilala, The Space Monster (Guilala, O Monstro do Espaço; Brazil)
- Alert in Space (Uzbuna u Svemiru; Yugoslavia)
- Guila - Frankenstein's Devil Egg (Guila - Frankensteins Teufelsei; West Germany)
- The Chicken-Lizard from Mars (A Galinha-Lagarto de Marte; Portugal)
- Itoka, The Monster of the Galaxies (Itoka, le monstre des galaxies; France)
- A Monster in Space (Un monstruo en el espacio; Mexico)
- Monster from Space (Hirviö avaruudesta; Finland)
- Monster from Other Space (Finnish English video title)
- The Monster from the Universe (Uhyret fra Universet; Denmark)
- The X Monster from Space (X monstret från rymden; Sweden)
- The Monster from Space (Monstret från rymden; Swedish video title)
- "X" - A Monster from Space ("X" - Nestvůra z vesmíru; Czechoslovakia)
Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]
- Japan - March 25, 1967
- Czechoslovakia - 1968
- France - April 12, 1969
- Mexico - 1970
- West Germany - July 13, 1972
- Sweden - June 24, 1981
U.S. release[edit | edit source]
American International Television brought The X from Outer Space to American television in 1968. Instead of using the export dub provided by Shochiku, AITV commissioned a new dub from a group in Rome they frequently contracted for kaiju films at the time. AITV trimmed the film from 88 minutes to 86, mostly by shortening the opening credits and deleting a sequence of newscasters from around the world reporting on Guilala's rampage.
Orion Video released the AITV dub of The X from Outer Space to VHS and LaserDisc in 1989. The Criterion Collection brought the original Japanese version and the export dubbed version to DVD as part of the Eclipse Series set When Horror Came to Shochiku in 2012. It is currently available to stream on The Criterion Channel and HBO Max.
Video releases[edit | edit source]
Orion Video VHS (1989)
- Tapes: 1
- Audio: English (AITV dub)
Shochiku DVD (2012)
- Region: 2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (Mono)
- Subtitles: Unknown
- Special features: Unknown
- Region: 1
- Discs: 4
- Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono), English (2.0 Mono, export dub)
- Special features: Essays on the films by Chuck Stephens
- Notes: Packaged with Goké, Body Snatcher from Hell, The Living Skeleton, and Genocide.
Shochiku Blu-ray (2014)
- Region: N/A
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese, English (export dub)
- Subtitles: Japanese
- Special features: Lobby card-style postcard, The X from Outer Space trailers
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Early drafts for the film featured gigantic monstrous plants as the antagonists, before Guilala was created to replace these abandoned creatures.
- Special effects footage from this film was later re-used for the 1984 Japanese comedy Tora-san's Forbidden Love, the thirty-fourth entry in the popular long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, and was likely done as a satirical stab at that same year's more obvious kaiju film release, The Return of Godzilla.
- In the 2017 Hulu-produced documentary Too Funny to Fail, which discusses the hopeful rise and disastrous fall of The Dana Carvey Show, footage of Guilala rampaging through the city while chasing after the fleeing human masses was briefly used to visually represent the public's negative reaction to the series' premiere episode.
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