A new Gamera movie was recently announced. It’s the first animated film in the long-running franchise to come to Netflix in an unspecified future.Gamera’s franchise spanned from the 1960s to the 2000s. with varying degrees of success.
From his first appearance in 1965 to his latest in 2006, Gamera has appeared in 12 movies. While some of these 12 are stone-cold classics of the monster genre, others are more forgettable. In honor of Kame’s return, we take a look at all the movies Kame has starred in and analyze the series’ worst and best.
12. Gamera Super Monster (1980)
Gamera: Super Monster It’s literally grabbing cash. The film consists heavily of clips from the seven previous Gamera films, as well as footage from two anime series in which Gamera is awkwardly spliced together and has little original content. Gamera: Super Monster Nine years after the last installment of the franchise, it was made to help Daiei Studios make some money while they were struggling financially.
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The story focuses on evil alien invaders who free Gamera’s former enemies after superheroes (who do not appear in other Gamera movies) fail to stop them. and even if you were kind enough to call it a movie, it’s a very bad one.
11. Gamera vs Virus (1968)
not as guilty super monster Reusing footage is not harmless either. gamera vs viral It primarily focuses on a pair of Boy Scouts who are abducted by aliens on the planet Byrus. The original footage of the famous battle with Virus (yes, the monster and the planet have the same name) is disappointingly lackluster.
The monster designs also resemble what desperate parents create on the eve of Halloween, rather than what you’d find in a kaiju movie, making the battle feel incredibly climactic.
10. Gamera vs Zigra (1971)
last movie made before super monster gamera vs zigra, again sees the beloved turtles face off against alien invaders. This time, it’s an aquatic alien who has taken over the Earth’s oceans and is trying to use humans as food.
most ridiculous movie
gamera vs zigra It’s not particularly good, but with Zigra talking and Gamera playing the other monster’s back like a xylophone in the final battle, it might be the dumbest movie in the series. There are also valuable but half-hearted messages about
9. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
The third and final film in the Gamera movie trilogy released in the 1990s. Gamera 3 Iris Strikes Back It is sometimes considered one of the best entries not only in the franchise, but in the kaiju genre as a whole. Based on human stories.
While this is definitely an interesting narrative idea for a kaiju movie, it detracts from spending time with kaiju, leading to films that feel more abstract about kaiju than actually focusing on them. It also doesn’t help that while Malicious Iris’ design is great, it’s mostly seen in CGI rather than actual effects.
8th place Brave Gamera (2006)
The only (so far) Gamera series and the only film without a sequel, Brave Gamera It’s a very different movie than the other 11 movies. It’s a much more grounded film that focuses more on the kid at its core than Gamera does.
The story follows a young boy who discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a small turtle he brought home as a pet. However, the pet can breathe fire and fly. It’s a sweet movie involving kaiju battles, but it goes far beyond exploring the relationship between Gamera and the child in a different way than it just endangers the child as Gamera did decades ago. I’m interested.
7. Gamera vs Gyaos (1967)
Gamera vs Gyaos Using a laser breath called Gyaos to pit an oversized bat against a turtle for the first time. A volcanic eruption awakens Gyaos, and while government scientists rush to combat the new threat, Gamera befriends Kid and takes on Gyaos to protect him. Although it is the first film to highlight the love of children, it is also one of the most brutal films in the series.
We see Gyaos cut off Gamera’s arm with a laser, and Gamera bites off the flying kaiju’s toe, profusely with purple and blue blood. But this is where this list rises.
6. Gamera Guardian of the Universe (1995)
The first in a 1990s reboot trilogy. Gamera Guardian of the Universe, again sees the classic turtles face off against Gyaos, but this time with three. The film introduces a lot of lore, establishes that Gamera was likely created by an ancient civilization, and introduces a mysterious pendant that allows a young girl to communicate telepathically with a giant turtle.
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These aspects are well done, but it’s still the kaiju battles that make the film a success, and the fact that there aren’t many that stay in the middle of this list.
5. Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
In Gamera’s second cinematic outing, the famous turtle faces off against the dinosaur-like Balgon. Barugon can shoot rainbow ray attacks from his back and breathe freezing air.
The creature’s diametrically opposed fire and ice-breathing powers make for a great fight, but what sets Gamera vs. Barugon apart is the surprisingly engaging human story. but also offers a thrilling crime flick with some fun twists.
4. Gamera vs Guiron (1969)
So far, the only film in the franchise that takes place on another planet, Gamera vs Girontransports two boys to the mysterious planet “Terra”. On Terra, the children watch “Space Gyaos” fight the newly introduced Giron, whose face is a long knife.
Although Giron appears to be a protector, it soon becomes apparent that Giron and the planet’s inhabitants are not friendly, leading to a showdown between Gamera and Giron. It provides a novel background, and along the way, Giron makes good use of the Face Knife in both Gamera and Uchu Gyaos.
3. Gamera vs. Jeger (1970)
The scene where Gamera gets pregnant. The famous antagonist here is awakened by the removal of the Wester Island statues, and in one of his fights with Gamera uses the Stinger to lay an egg in his lungs.in the meantime Gamera vs Giron provide viewers with a unique backdrop of another planet, gamera vs jeeger Introducing the inside of Gamera.
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The kids who lead the film must navigate inside a giant turtle to save him from baby Jigger growing in his lungs. Of course, the movie offers a massive final fight, and seeing Gamera using a telephone pole as an earplug at one point is one of the best and funniest in the series.
2. Giant Monster Gamera (1965)
The first Gamera movie ever made is still one of the best. giant monster gamera Clearly just a cash-in on previous success Godzilla, and its sequel, but an incredibly effective one. Unlike Godzilla’s first outing, which spent a good deal of time establishing allegorical intent, Giant Monster Gamera is only concerned with delivering the best kaiju action.
The film’s simple premise of creatures awakened by a nuclear explosion scavengeing the earth for energy allows us to focus less on the narrative and more on the delightfully realized kaiju destruction. It’s not that there aren’t stories here. In fact, we can already see the threads of friendship with all the children as Gamera forms a strange bond with a sympathetic child.
1. Gamera 2 Legion Attack (1996)
The second in the 1990s movie trilogy, gamera 2 legion attackis not only the best Gamera movie, but one of the best kaiju movies ever made, and a great horror movie in its own right. Focusing on another alien invasion of Earth (or rather Japan) to quickly set out on a terraforming city that could arrive at the same time and serve as a launch pad for more invasive meteors to other planets. I’m here.
scary creature design
The movie plays like a closer one before Gamera returns space war than classic monster movies. And the design of truly terrifying creatures only makes the horror in the movie more effective. It’s quite a feat for a 12-movie franchise.
This article originally appeared in Wealth of Geeks.