The X from Outer Space (1967)

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Guilala Films
The X from Outer Space
Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
The X from Outer Space
The Japanese poster for The X from Outer Space
Directed by Kazui Nihomatsu
Producer(s) Wataru Nakajima
Written by Moriyoshi Ishida, Eibi Motomochi,
Kazui Nihonmatsu
Music by Taku Izumi
Distributor Shochiku Company Ltd.JP
American International TelevisionUS
Rating Unrated
Running time 88 minutesJP
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
86 minutesUS
(1 hour, 26 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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The X from Outer Space (宇宙大怪獣ギララ,   Uchū Daikaijū Girara, lit. Giant Space Monster Guilala) is a 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.


The spaceship AAB Gamma is dispatched from Japan to land on Mars and investigate reports of UFOs in the area. When the Gamma nears the red planet, it finds a mysterious UFO that begins to coat the Gamma with unusual spores. One of these spores is taken back to Earth, but begins to develop.

The spore grows into a giant lizard/chicken-like alien monster called Guilala that begins a rampage across Tokyo. It spits fireballs, feeds on nuclear fuel, turns into a giant energy ball when it wants to fly, and destroys airplanes and tanks along its rampage. The monster is finally defeated by jets dropping bombs, coating Guilala in a fictional substance known as "Guilalanium" that causes it to shrink back down to spore size. They promptly launch the spore back into space, where it will supposedly circle the sun in an endless orbit.


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
  • Special Effects by   Hiroshi Ikeda


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Shun'ya Wazaki   as   Captain Sano
  • Itoko Harada   as   Michiko
  • Shin'ichi Yanagisawa   as   Miyamoto
  • Keisuke Sonoi   as   Doctor Shioda
  • Hiroshi Fujioka   as   Moon Station Correspondent A
  • Eiji Okada   as   Doctor Kato
  • Peggy Neal   as   Lisa (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)
  • 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   Defence Agency Director

AI-TV dub

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



Weapons, vehicles, and races


Main article: The X from Outer Space/Gallery.


Main article: The X from Outer Space (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • 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; Germany)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - March 25, 1967
  • Czechoslovakia - 1968
  • France - 1969
  • Mexico - 1970

Video releases

Orion Video VHS (1989)

  • Audio: English (AIP-TV dub)

The Criterion Collection DVD (2012)[1]

Shochiku Blu-ray (2014)[2][3]

  • Region: N/A
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono), English



Japanese The X from Outer Space newsflash trailer
Japanese The X from Outer Space trailer
International The X from Outer Space trailer
International The X from Outer Space trailer (textless)
German The X from Outer Space trailer


Opening credits from the export version of The X from Outer Space (audio from AIP version)
End title from the export version of The X from Outer Space (audio from AIP version)
Opening credits from the AIP-TV version of The X from Outer Space


  • Early drafts for the film featured gigantic monstrous plants as the antagonists, before Guilala was created to replace these abandoned creatures.[4]
  • 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 dig at that same year's more obvious kaiju movie 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' premier episode.

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3 months ago
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thanks, but cosmic spores, they're tiny, but merge into a giant destructive monster, Guilala.


3 months ago
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what are cosmic spores. show me a picture of what they look like.


3 months ago
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Check this page first before you comment, please.


38 months ago
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In the former Yugoslavia, this film is called Узбуна из свемира / Uzbuna iz svemira which translates as The Alert from Space

Green Blob Thing

38 months ago
Score 0
So Guilala is just an alert now.
"Hey humans, we're just gonna send this giant city-destroying monster down to your planet so we can simply alert you of our presence. Okay, thanks, bye."


37 months ago
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Tru 😂😂😂

Green Blob Thing

43 months ago
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I'm gonna eventually get the Criterion box set that has this film on it.
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