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When Horror Came to Shochiku (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 37) DVD
When Horror Came to Shochiku (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 37)

When Horror Came to Shochiku (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 37)

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Following years of a certain radioactive rubber beast's domination of the box office, many Japanese studios tried to replicate the formula with their own brands of monster movies. One of the most fascinating dives into that fiendish deep end was the short-lived one from Shochiku, a studio better known for its elegant dramas by the likes of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu. In 1967 and 1968, the company created four certifiably batty, low-budget fantasies, tales haunted by watery ghosts, plagued by angry insects, and stalked by aliens-including one in the form of a giant chicken-lizard. Shochiku's outrageous and oozy horror period shows a studio leaping into the unknown, even if only for one brief, bloody moment.Films Include=The X fromOuter SpaceWhen 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 HellAfter 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 repulsiveeffects-including a very invasive bloblike life-form-Hajime Sato's Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is a pulpy, apocalyptic gross-out.The Living SkeletonIn this atmospheric tale of revenge from beyond the watery grave, a pirate-ransacked frei
Title: When Horror Came to Shochiku (Criterion Collection - Eclipse Series 37)
Genre: Horror, Foreign-Japanese
Theme: Asian-American Heritage
Starring: Tomomi Sato, Yuko Kusunoki, Teruo Yoshida, Kathy Horan, Hideo Ko, Hiroyuki Nishimoto, Eizo Kitamura
Directors: Hiroshi Matsuno, Kazui Nihonmatsu, Hajime Sato
Studio: Criterion Collection
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 11/20/2012
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 715515100519
Item #: 421037X

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