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When Horror Came To Shochiku: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection DVD
SKU ID #383886
- Technical Specs
- Format: DVD
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 4
- Run Time: 336 Minutes
- Region: 1
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Studio: Criterion
- DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
- Subtitles: English
- Audio: JAPANESE: Dolby Digital Mono
- Color: Color
Notes On The Films By Critic Chuck Stephens
The X from Outer Space
When a scientist crew returns from Mars with some space spores that contaminated their ship, they inadvertently bring about a nightmarish Earth invasion-after the spores are analyzed in a lab, one escapes, eventually growing into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast. An intergalactic monster movie from longtime Shochiku stable director Kazui Nihonmatsu, The X from Outer Space was the first in the studio's short but memorable cycle of horror pictures.
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
After an airplane is forced to crash-land in a remote area, its passengers find themselves face-to-face with an alien force that wants to possess their bodies and souls-and perhaps take over the entire human race. Filled with creatively repulsive effects-including a very invasive bloblike life-form-Hajime Sato's Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is a pulpy, apocalyptic gross-out.
The Living Skeleton
In this atmospheric tale of revenge from beyond the watery grave, a pirate-ransacked freighter's violent past comes back to haunt a young woman living in a seaside town. Mixing elements of kaidan (ghost stories), doppelganger thrillers, and mad-scientist movies, Hiroshi Matsuno's The Living Skeleton is a wild and eerie work, with beautiful widescreen, black-and-white cinematography.
The insects are taking over in this nasty piece of disaster horror directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu. A group of military personnel transporting a hydrogen bomb are left to figure out how and why swarms of killer bugs took down their plane; the answer is more deliriously nihilistic-and convoluted-than you could imagine. Also known as War of the Insects, Genocide enacts a cracked doomsday scenario like no other.