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"If we stay here, it'll be too late for the
general election!"
- anxious Senator, after the plane crash.
 
 
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Goke - Bodysnatcher From Hell
cast: Teruo Yoshida, Tomomi Sato, Eizo Kitamura, Hideo Ko, and Kathy Horan

director: Hajime Sato

84 minutes (12) 1968
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Shadow Warrior DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 6/10
reviewed by Ian Shutter
On a Japanese airliner, the flight crew receive news of a bomb threat against their plane. Then a close encounter with a UFO and the actions of an assassin (Hideo Ko) turned hijacker cause the jet to crash, stranding nine survivors and the lone gunman in unknown territory. The resourceful co-pilot Sugisaka (Teruo Yoshida) asks kindly but curious bespectacled psychiatrist Dr Momotake (Kazuo Kato) to help calm the shattered nerves of pretty stewardess Kuzumi (Tomomi Sato) after her kidnap ordeal at the hands of the bad guy, who's been taken over by the scout of an alien invasion fleet. Our heroes get endless aggro from the arrogant senator Mano (Eizo Kitamura), and there's also a rifle-toting Vietnam War widow (played by American blonde Kathy Horan) to contend with.
   The following dramas involve a glowing flying saucer, deadly rock slides on the quarry location, victims with forehead wounds used as an improbable entry and exit points for animated blue slime, vampire attacks by possessed humans, and a bleak dénouement in the manner of the climactic scenes of Don Siegel's Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956). The film's sincere but unsubtle antiwar message is hammered home too much and too often to be effective. Other obvious influences on Goke (aka: Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro) are Jack Arnold's cult treasure, It Came From Outer Space (1953) and campy charmer The Blob (1958). Despite annoying performances from the whole cast, some unfortunately dodgy special effects, and a hokey plot that confuses sci-fi and supernatural clichés, this is quite irresistible pulp entertainment, with colourful photography that any Roger Corman devotee will appreciate and plenty of unintentionally hilarious one-liners.
   DVD extras: biographies and filmographies or director and cast, a trailer, plus artwork for 45 other DVD titles from this distributor.
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