The Big Picture: Schlocktober 2014: The X From Outer Space

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Schlocktober 2014: The X From Outer Space

Schlocktober returns! MovieBob starts off his month-long look at some of the best cheesiest/obscure movies of days gone by with The X From Outer Space, one of the first movies to try and cash in on Godzilla's success.

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Schlocktober, awesome!

Watching Monster X Strikes Back sounds like a pretty good way to burn through a Tuesday night.

I saw Battle Royale and to have the evil teacher play a giant version of an asura fighting a giant chicken while North Korea holds the G8 hostage with a squad of korean idols gave me one reaction

That was one of the most surreal things i've seen

also, geez, Takeshi Kitano is a bloody polymath. Most people can't even be one of those things much less all of them.

HELL YEAH Guilala! Giant spcae chickens with an x for a head and who later stared in another super strange parody movie.

I was thinking that Gamera versus Gilala would be something neat, but Beat Takeshi takes the cake.

gg, Japan.

"I'll stay, to get it on...with the monster."

What. The. FUUUUUUCK.

Good movie, but not in the watchable sense. Also, hooray for Schlocktober!

Is it weird that the sequel, with 40 years of theoretical improvement, has worse special effects than the original?The original also wins in the "actor deadpans and points out something that would be blatantly obvious to everyone else" category with that scientist alerting his companions to the fantastic series of explosions and screaming he calls "lights".

If Super Chicken were Raven from Teen Titans, Gilala would be his Trigon. The sequel sounds like a plot for Team America, World Police 2: The ReFreedoming.

Oh hey, that's the guy from MXC! Now I know why the original is called Takeshi's Castle... it's the main host's name. Go figure.

Fappy:
Oh hey, that's the guy from MXC! Now I know why the original is called Takeshi's Castle... it's the main host's name. Go figure.

I mainly remember from his film, Sonatine. He was kinda big (in anime/japan live action terms) in the 90's when a number of his films (mainly heroic bloodshed types) were translated for home video.

I, for one, fear Mecha Owlbear greatly.

Well I've had enough my daily dose of Japan for today

I rarely say this but... I might have to watch Monster X Strikes Back

The breadth of what Takeshi Kitano suggests he has a really good time with his life. Good on him.

Also yay for the return of Schlocktober. Always a great time of year.

Wow! That is the first time I've ever seen a giant space chicken with deely-boppers on its head.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deely_bobber

Not sure if The X From Outer Space's sequel compares to the batshit bananas reality that is Attack of the Super Monsters but it certainly comes close. Nice find, Bob.

Well I'm glad that the lack of oddness in this film (at least by comparison) was noted at the end, this film doesn't seem as odd as some of the other Schlocktober 20XX videos have been.

Hey Bob, why not do an ep on Takeshi Kitano, I thought he sounded fun when JonTron did a vid on his game.

Good gravy, that dubbing from the first one. The voice actors sounded like they were on laudanum or something.

Barbas:
"I'll stay, to get it on...with the monster."

What. The. FUUUUUUCK.

Good movie, but not in the watchable sense. Also, hooray for Schlocktober!

So that's how Japan does political satire: "Everyone else in the world is insane except for us!" Yeah, Japan? You heard that saying about throwing stones in glass houses? I've seen your animation, game shows, and porn.

Takeshi Kitano made a Kaiju movie. Because of course he did.

Indeed... Kenny.

Wow. That's wild. I'm honestly interested in seeing these movies now. That doesn't happen to me often, but watching Takeshi in the Kaiju-fighting business is something I can't ignore.

Barbas:
"I'll stay, to get it on...with the monster."

What. The. FUUUUUUCK.

The one movie where France is presented not as a coward but.. Courageous.

"45 minutes into a 90 minutes movie" ... still quicker than the recent Godzilla turns up! Hey-o!

Wow, the original sounds really boring. How do you make a movie with a giant space chicken boring?!?!

And as for the sequel, all I can say is... damn.

Nikolaz72:

Barbas:
"I'll stay, to get it on...with the monster."

What. The. FUUUUUUCK.

The one movie where France is presented not as a coward but.. Courageous.

I read that as an innuendo, given the pause between get it on, and mentioning the monster, coupled with Bob's earlier statement establishing that the French guy wants to boink his translator.
OT: So, reiterating that Godzilla 2014 suffered from an overabundance of white people, and informing us that (at least) two movies with a giant space chicken exist. 10/10, would watch again.

Izanagi009:
I saw Battle Royale and to have the evil teacher play a giant version of an asura fighting a giant chicken while North Korea holds the G8 hostage with a squad of korean idols gave me one reaction

That was one of the most surreal things i've seen

also, geez, Takeshi Kitano is a bloody polymath. Most people can't even be one of those things much less all of them.

He started out as a stand-up comedian, which is just so weird considering all the stone-cold killers he's portrayed since....

"Beat" Takeshi was his Manzai-name:

I was really hoping for a film where a major city is terrorised by a giant carnivorous letter "X".

Hey, it's a less dumb idea than "Sharknado". You could even try to make it into some allegory for suffering with dyslexia.

So, wait... Takeshi Kitano is in a movie where he turns into a giant monster and battles a reptilian space chicken? And then cuts it's head off?

God bless you, Takeshi. I totally forgive you for Takeshi's Challenge.

Uh, I'd managed to forget schlocktober was coming around. Time to find something else to watch of a Tuesday evening for the next month I guess.

If anyone wants more Takeshi Kitano, I'd highly recommend his version of Zatoichi. It's just awesome.

Takeshi Kitano as the saviour of the world, and the fight starts with him being pretty much "Yo monster! What's up with you?" I just... I need to watch this thing, also the French president... is pretty accurate I gotta say.

While you're all going on about Takeshi Kitano, I'm just realising that Kamen Rider Drake is in that weird(er) sequel. So it's not the first time for him dealing with aliens trying to destroy the planet anyway.

And then I realised that way too many Kamen Riders have been in Prince of Tennis musicals for it to be a coincidence...

Man that was awesome, is there anyway to actually find these films?

Huzzah, Christm...I mean, Halloween came early this year!

Okay, the first one didn't look all that good, mostly because it was playing it too damn straight. I mean, seriously, you try to build a chicken-head kaiju as a legitimate sci-fi menace? Look, I understand why people get their jollies from bad movies that play dumb premises straight, but I come from the generation that can only bear watching crap like that if it's getting verbally torn to shreds by MST3K, The Nostalgia Critic, or some other internet celebrity writing all the jokes the original team SHOULD have when working with a premise that stupid.

But the sequel, on the other hand; oh-ho-ho BOY, does it look like a treat!! Having Gilala crash the G8 Summit (and one that really did take place, just for extra fun-facts to brag to my buddies about), with all the politicians giving spot-on national stereotype humor, before the conference gets highjacked by what has to be the hammiest Kim Jong-Il since Team America: World Police, and then watching a epic duel between Gilala and a summoned Japanese mountain god - fucking GENIUS!!! This is a film that doesn't just recognize it's own stupidity, but fully embraces it, and goes all guns-a-blazing with how over-the-top and ludicrous it is! Assuming I ever get to a movie night where the theme is 'Japanese bootlegs', I'd totally put the "Gilala Attacks the G8 summit" at the top of my list!

Thank you, Bob. I love Guilala. He's one of my favorite Kaiju. I know neither of these movies are known for being particularly good, but I still find them a lot of fun as far as Kaiju films go. I have a very nice figurine of him. It's actually one of the bigger jewels in the crown of my collection.

This is a great way to start off the month. This is gonna be a good year for Schlocktober, I can feel it.

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