THE GLASS SPHINX (1967) 91mins. Italy/Spain.
Credits: Dir: Luigi Scattini.
Cast: Robert Taylor, Anita Ekberg, Gianna Serra, Jack
Stuart, Angel Del Pozo, Jose Truchado.
A famous archeologist, (Taylor), attempts to locate the tomb of the glass sphinx that
contains a magic elixir, but foreign agents are also pursuing the same goal.
A confusing and forgettable derring do adventure tale.
GODZILLA (1954) see Gojira
GODZILLA FIGHTS THE GIANT MOTH (1964) see Gojira Tai Mosura
GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1954) see Gojira
GODZILLA NO GYAKUSHYU (1955) see Gojira No Gyakushu
GODZILLA NO MUSUKO (1968) see Gojira No Musuko
GODZILLA RADON KING-GHIDORAH (1966) see Kaiju Daisenso
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955) see Gojira No Gyakushyu
GODZILLA VERSUS EBIRAH, THE MONSTER SHRIMP (1966)
see Nankai No Dai Ketto
GODZILLA VERSUS MONSTER ZERO (1966) see Kaiju Daisenso
GODZILLA VERSUS MOTHRA (1964) see Gojira Tai Mosura
GODZILLA VERSUS THE GIANT MOTH (1964) see Gojira Tai Mosura
GODZILLA VERSUS THE SEA MONSTER (1966) see Nankai No Dai
GODZILLA VERSUS THE THING (1964) see Gojira Tai Mosura
GODZILLA'S COUNTERATTACK (1955) see Gojira No Gyakushyu
GODZILLA'S REVENGE (1969) see Oru Kaiju Daishingeki
GOG (1954/UA./Ivan Tors Prod.) 85mins. 3-D. US.
Credits: Dir. & Ed: Herbert L. Strock; Prod: Ivan
Tors; Sc: Tom Taggart & Richard G. Taylor; Ph: Lothrop B. Worth; Sfx: Harry Redmond
Jnr.; Mus: Harry Sukman.
Cast: Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert
Marshall, John Wengraf, Philip Van Zandt, Valier Vernon, Steve Roberts, Byron Kane, David
Alpert, Michael Fox, William Schallart, Tom Daly, Aline Towne.
Gog and Magog are two robots that are in operation in a space research laboratory when
they suddenly destroy the lab and murder the scientists that work there. Infiltrators have
short cicuited the robots and taken control of the computer that runs them.
The impressive 3-D overcomes the mediocre plot.
GOJIRA (1954/Toho/Embassy) 98mins. (US: 80mins.) BW. Japan.
Aka: GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS; GODZILLA.
Shooting titles: DAIKAIJU NO KAITEI NIMAN MARU (Big Monster From 20,000 Miles Under The
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka;
Sc: Inoshiro Honda & Takeo Murata; Ph: Masao Tamai; Art: Satoshi Chuko; Sfx: Eiji
Tsuburaya, Akira Watanbe, Hiroshi Mukoyama & Kuichiro Kishida; Monster suit Des: Eiji
Tsuburaya; Mus: Akira Ifukube.
US. version: Dir. & Ed: Terry Morse; Ph: Guy Roe.
From a story by Shigeru Kayama.
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata,
Sackio Sakai, Momoko Kochi, Fuyuki Murakami.
"It makes King Kong look like a midget!"
Revived by H-bomb tests in the Pacific, a prehistoric monster destroys numerous ships in
the area and a primitive civilization on Oto island, before making it's way to Tokyo. A
scientist, (Hirata), manages to save what remains of the city by developing an Oxygen
Destroyer that takes all the breathable air from the water the creature is in, reducing it
Almost 10 million Japanese saw this fairly standard monster film and created a whole new
industry of movie marketing with toys, models and a slew of inventive accessories.
Godzilla began as just another rampaging monster, but as the dozen or so sequels evolved
Godzilla became a welcome Japanese instrument with which to battle other invading
monsters. All these monsters were the actor-in-a-rubber-suit kind that soon became a
Japanese monster movie trademark.
The version for American release was cut by 20 minutes and contained added scenes
featuring Raymond Burr as an investigating reporter named Steve Martin.
The name Gojira was taken from the nickname given to a large tecnician at Toho studios
taken from the Japanese for gorilla, gorira and for whale, kujira.
Godzilla was portrayed by Haru Nakajima in this and all the other sequels until 1972. The
100lb. suit was constructed by Ryosaku Takasugi. As the series progressed, different
costumes were utilised, one without ears and another reducing the number of toes from four
Eiji Tsuburaya (1901-70), Toho's resident special effects man, began his career as a
cameraman for ENMEI-IN NO SEMUSHI in 1919.
Sequel: Gojira No Gyakushyu.
GOJIRA NO GYAKUSHYU
(1955/Toho/Warner) 78mins. BW.
Aka: GODZILLA'S COUNTERATTACK; GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER; GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN;
COUNTER-ATTACK OF THE MONSTER; THE VOLCANO MONSTER; THE RETURN OF GODZILLA.
Sequel to: Gojira.
Credits: Dir: Motoyoshi Odo; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka;
Sc: Takeo Murata & Sugeaki Hidaka; Sfx: Eiji Tsuburaya, Akira Watanbe, Hiroshi
Mukoyama & Masso Shirota; Mus: Masaru Sato. From a story by Shigeru Kayama.
Cast: Hiroshi Koizumi, Mindru Chiaki, Yukio Kasama,
Setsuko Wakayama, Takashi Shimura.
Dormant for eons, Gigantis a fire breathing dinosaur, and Angurus, a giant spiked backed
creature, awake after radioactive fall-out reaches their isolated volcanic island. Two
fishermen witness the two monsters fighting and warn Tokyo of their impending arrival, but
Gigantis leaves the city in rubble after he defeats Angurus. Spotted in the sea, Gigantis
is buried in ice when an aircraft pilot, (Chiaki), causes an avalanche.
The first Godzilla sequel for an audiences with the IQ. of a dinosaur.
Producers were to release the film to America as THE VOLCANO MONSTER with added scenes
featuring American actors and directed by Hugo Grimaldi, but the script by Ib Melchior and
Ed Watson was never used when RODAN became successful in western markets without any added
For future sequels the name Gigantis was dropped from international prints, but in reality
all subsequent features were really starring Gigantis as Godzilla was completely destroyed
in Gojira (1954).
Sequel: King Kong Tai Gojira.
GOJIRA NO MUSUKO (1967/Toho) 86mins. Japan.
Aka: SON OF GODZILLA.
Credits: Dir: Jun Fukuda; Ex.Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka;
Sc: Shinichi Sekizawa & Kazue Shiba; Ph: Kazuo Yamada; Ed: Ryohei Fujii; Art: Takeo
Kita; Sfx: Eiji Tsubaraya & Sadamasa Arikawa; Sound Fx: Minoru Kanayama; Mus: Masaru
Cast: Tadao Takashima, Bibari Maeda, Akira Kubo,
Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Haruo Nakajima, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Sekida, Susumu
Kurobe, Wataru Ohmae, Kazuo Suzuki, Chotaro Togin, Kenichiro Maruyama, Seiji Onaka,
Seishiro Kuno, Yasuhiko Saijo.
A United Nations research team experimenting with weather conditions on Sol-Gell isand
encounter Gimantises, giant praying mantis, who break open an egg from which Godzilla's
son Minya emerges. Hearing his son's cries for help, Godzilla kills the insect giants and
then together they defeat Spigon, the giant spider. Eventually the weather research team
create snow which sends Godzilla and Minya into hibernation.
The eighth, and probably the best of the Godzilla series this time aimed at a younger
audience and containing many amusing moments.
GOJIRA TAI MOSURA (1964/Toho/AIP) 102mins. Japan.
Aka: GODZILLA FIGHTS THE GIANT MOTH; GODZILLA VERSUS MOTHRA; GODZILLA VERSUS THE THING;
MOSURA TAI GOJIRA; GODZILLA VERSUS THE GIANT MOTH.
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka;
Sc: Shinichi Sekizawa; Sfx: Eiji Tsuburaya, Sadamasa Arikawa, Mototaka Tomioka & Akira
Watanabe; Mus: Akira Ifukube.
Cast: Okira Takarada, Emi Ito, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi
Koisumi, Yumi Ito, Yu Fujiki.
When Mothra's egg is moved from Infant Island by a storm and washes up on Japan's shore, a
scientist places the egg in an incubator. Mothra arrives to reclaim her egg, but
encounters Godzilla who battles the giant moth and is almost defeated by the newly hatched
giant catapillars who spray him with silk and deposit him in the sea.
Godzilla's fifth appearance and the last time he appears as a villain and has a death
Sequel: Ghidorah, Sandai Kaiju Chikyu Saidai No Kessan.
GOKE (1968) see Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro
GOKE, BODYSNATCHER FROM HELL (1968) see Kyuketsuki
GOKE, THE VAMPIRE (1968) see Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro
LE GOLEM (1966/ORTF.) France. TVM.
Credits: Dir: Jean Kerchbron.
Cast: Andre Reybaz, Pierre Tabard, Marika Green.
AGAINST THE GIANTS (1961/Medallion) 90mins. Italy.
Credits: Dir: Guido Malatesta.
Cast: Brad Harris, Fernando Rey, Gloria Milland,
Barbara Carrol, Jose Rubio.
Goliath battles a sea monster, a valley of giants, a host of beautiful Amazonians and a
power crazed ruler.
A juvenile heroic adventure.
GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON (1960) see La Vendetta de Ercole
GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES (1961) see Maciste Contro il
GOMAR THE HUMAN GORILLA (1968) see La Horriplante Bestia
GORATH (1962) see Yosei Gorasu
GORGO (1960/King Bros./MGM.) 77mins. UK. Released Nov.
Credits: Dir. & Animation: Eugene Lourie; Prod:
Wilfred Eades; Ex.Prod: Frank King & Maurice King; Sc: John Loring & Daniel Hyatt;
Ph: Frederick A. Young; Ed: Eric Boyd Perkins; Art: Elliott Scott; Ph.Fx: Tom Howard; Mus:
Cast: Bill Travers, Maurice Kaufmann, William
Sylvester, Bruce Seton, Vincent Winter, Martin Benson, Basil Dignam, Christopher Rhodes,
Barry Keegan, Joseph O'Connor, Dervis Ward.
Near the coast of Ireland a prehistoric creature is released by a volcanic eruption and
captured to appear in a London circus. However, scientific investigation reveals that the
65 foot creature is but a baby and will grow to a height of 250 feet. London suffers
devastating damage when the creature's mother arrives to retrieve her offspring and after
defeating the efforts of the military, the creatures wade back to their home in the sea.
An effective monster romp from the director of The Beast From
20,000 Fathoms and inspired by the success of Gojira.
Originally released as part of a double bill with Hammer's Curse
of the Mummy's Tomb.
THE GORGON (1964/Hammer/Columbia) 83mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Anthony
Nelson-Keys; Sc: John Gilling; Ph: Michael Reed; Ed: James Needs & Eric Boyd Perkins;
Art: Don Mingaye & Bernard Robinson; Sfx: Syd Pearson; Mu: Roy Ashton; Fight
coordinator: Peter Diamond; Mus: James Bernard. From a book by J. Llewellyn Devine.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Barbara Shelley,
Richard Pasco, Jeremy Longhurst, Tony Gilpin, Redmond Phillips, Prudance Hyman, Alistair
Williamson, Michael Goodliffe, Patrick Troughton, Joseph O'Connor, Jack Watson.
The inhabitants of Vandorf in Transylvania are living in fear for their lives when members
of their small community are turned to stone. The son of one victim and professor
Meinster, (Lee), discover that the sinister Naramoff, (Cushing), is keeping a young girl,
(Shelley), at his castle who is possessed by the spirit of Magaera the Gorgon. In the
ensuing confrontation Naramoff is killed and the Gorgon is beheaded causing her face to
revert back to the beautiful features of the girl.
Although quite atmospheric, the gorgon is rarely seen.
GORILLA AT LARGE (1953/TCF./Panoramic) 84mins. 3-D. US.
Credits: Dir: Harmon Jones; Prod: Robert L. Jacks; Sc:
Leonard Praskins & Barney Slater; Ph: Lloyd Aherne; Mus: Lionel Newman. From "The
Murders In The Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Cameron Mitchell, Raymond Burr,
Lee J. Cobb, Billy Curtis, Charlotte Austin, Peter Whitney, Lee Marvin, Warren Stevens,
John G. Kellogg, Charles Tannen.
"He's in the aisles, he's in the balcony, he's everywhere!"
An escaped circus gorilla is used as a cover for a murderer.
An unconvincing thriller.
Although the advertising poster hailed the gorilla as a male, Miss Bancroft was actually
inside the monkey suit.
THE GORILLA GANG (1968) see The Ape Creature
THE GORILLA OF SOHO (1968) see The Ape Creature
GORUNMIYEN ADAM INSTANBULDA (1956) Turkey.
Aka: THE INVISIBLE MAN IN ISTANBUL.
Credits: Dir: Lutfu Akad; Prod. & Sc: Osman Seden.
From the story by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Turan Seyfioglu, Nese Yulac, Atif Kaptan.
A Turkish version of "The Invisible Man" story.
GORY CREATURES (1959) see Terror is a Man
GRAND DUEL IN MAGIC (1966) see Kairyu Daikessen
LE GRAND MELIES (1952/Armor Films) 30mins. BW. France.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Georges Franju; Prod: Fred
Cast: André Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy.
A documentary reconstruction of the life of film pioneer and illusionist Georges Méliès
interspersed with clips from his existing films.
GRAVE DESIRES (1968) see Brides of Blood
GRAVE ROBBERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1956) see Plan 9 From
THE GRAVESIDE STORY (1963) see The Comedy of Terrors
THE GREAT MONSTER YONGARI (1967) see Daikoesu Yongkari
THE GREATEST BATTLE ON EARTH (1965)
see Ghidorah, Sandai Kaiju Chikyu Saidai No Kessan
THE GREEN ARCHER (1961) 95mins. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Jurgen Roland. From a story by Edgar
Cast: Gert Frobe, Karin Dor, Klaus Jurgen Wussow,
A masked archer eliminates his enemies and baffles the police.
One in a slew of German, Wallace adaptations made during the '60's.
THE GREEN SLIME (1969/Toei/Ram Films) 99mins. US/Japan.
Aka: GAMMA SANGO UCHU DAISAKUSEN; DEATH, THE GREEN SLIME.
Credits: Dir: Kinji Fukasaku; Prod: Ivan Reiner &
Walter Manley; A.Prod: William Ross; Sc: Charles Sinclair, Tom Rowe &
William Finger; Art: Shinichi Eno; Sfx: Akira Watanabe, Yukio Manoda & Nihon Special
Effects; Mus: Charles Fox & Toshiaki Tsushima. From a story by Ivan Reiner.
Cast: Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel, Luciana Paluzzi,
Ted Gunther, Bud Widom, David Yorston, Robert Dunham, Gary Randolf, Jack Morris, Eugene
Vince, Don Plante, Linda Hardisty, Richard Hylland, Kathy Horan.
"Is it just something in your head? Will you believe it when you're dead?---Green
Five astronauts from the spacestation Gamma 3 attatch explosives on to a meteor on a
collision course with earth, but inadvertantly bring a blob of green slime back to the
spacestation with them. Surviving the decontamination proces the blob grows into a multi
tentacled monster killing members of the crew with high voltage electricity. The station's
blasters cannot affect the creature as any of it's wounds are immediately healed by it's
electrical touch. The creature multiplies into several monsters that overrun the entire
station while the desperate crew try to survive. Ultimately the crew have no choice but to
abandon ship in shuttlecrafts and send the station into deep space.
Despite the good intentions, this is an amateurish affair with uncredited midgits play the
laughable slime monsters. A single was released of the theme song.
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES FOR ADULTS (1970)
see Grimm's Marchen Fur Lusterne Parchen
GRIMM'S MARCHEN FUR LUSTERNE PARCHEN (1970/Cinemation)
Aka: GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES FOR ADULTS; THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF SNOW WHITE.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Rolie Thiele; US. version Dir:
Cast: Marie Liljadahl, Eva V. Rueber-Staier.
The sinister Grimm introduces alternate versions of famous fairytales including
"Sleeping Beauty" in which a young girl sleeps topless in a plastic coffin and
is revived by an amorous snake wearing a small crown. The ugly sisters of
"Cinderella" actually cut off their toes to be able to wear the glass slipper.
This is bizarre enough to be compelling despite the heavy handed symbolism. Producer Jerry
Gross re-edited and imported the film to America.
GRIP OF THE STRANGLER (1958/ Anglo Amalgamated/Producers
Ass./ Eros) 81mins. BW. UK.
Aka: THE HAUNTED STRANGLER (US).
Credits: Dir: Robert Day; Prod: John Croydon; Sc: Jan
Read & John C. Cooper; Ph: Lionel Banes; Ed: Peter Mayhew; Art: John Elphick; Sfx: Les
Bowie; Mu: Jim Hydes; Mus: Buxton Orr. From a story by Jan Read.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Diane
Aubrey, Anthony Dawson, Jean Kent, Elizabeth AllAn, Vera Day, Tim Turner, Dorothy Gordon,
Leslie Perrins, Richard Gordon, Derek Birch, Max Brimmel, John Fabian, Jessica Cairns,
Desmond Roberts, Roy Russell, Peggy Ann Clifford, Joan Elvin.
A criminologist named Rankin, (Karloff), re-opens some old murder cases involving the
Haymarket Strangler as he believes the wrong man was hanged twenty years ago. What Rankin
fails to realise is that he is actually the Haymarket Strangler who killed while possessed
by a killer's scalpel.
An engaging mixture of "Jack the Ripper" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mister
Hyde" with a superb performance by Karloff.
EL GRITO DE LA MUERTE (1958) Mexico.
Aka: THE LIVING COFFIN; SCREAM OF DEATH.
Credits: Dir: Fernando Mendez; Prod: Cesar Santos
Galindo; Sc: Ramon Obon.
US.footage Dir: Manuel San-Fernando.
Cast: Gaston Santos, Maria Duval, Peter D'Aguillon,
Two cowboys visit a ranch where the family are haunted by a sobbing ghost and a young girl
is making a device that will prevent her from being buried alive to try and avoid the
curse that has been put on her family.
The western and horror genres are mixed together effectively despite being poorly made and
inept in almost every way. Released in America by K. Gordon Murray in 1965 after
additional footage had been added.
GRITOS EN LA NOCHE (1962/Hispamer/Sigma 3) 95mins. BW.
Aka: SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT; THE DEMON DOCTOR; THE AWFUL DOCTOR ORLOFF; L'ORRIBLE DR.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Jesus Franco; Prod: Serge
Newman & Leo Lax; Ph: Godofredo Pacheco; Mus: Pagan & Ramirez Angel. From a novel
by David Kuhne.
Cast: Howard Vernon, Diana Lorys, Maria Silva, Conrado
San Martin, Perla Cristal, Ricardo Valle.
Doctor Orloff, (Vernon), is murdering people for their skin because his daughter, who was
scarred in an accident needs constant medical attention and skin grafts.
Although gory in places, this film is full of erratic zooms and edits that became Franco's
trademark, however, awful films like this also became Franco's trademark and spawned some
equally terrible sequels.
Sequel: El Secreto del Doctor Orloff (1964).
THE GRUESOME TWOSOME (1969/Mayflower)
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Herschell Gordon Lewis; Sc:
Cast: Rodney Bedell, Elizabeth Davies, Chris Martell.
A pleasant old lady persuades her moronic son to help her wig making business by taking
young women to the basement and scalping them.
A typical Lewis exploitationer.
GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO COUNT DRACULA
80mins. US. Aka: THE MASTER OF THE DUNGEON.
Credits: Dir., Ex.Prod. & Sc: Laurence Merrick;
Prod: Leo Rivers.
Cast: Des Roberts, Claudia Barron, John Landon, Robert
Branche, Frank Donato, Sharon Beverly.
Count Adrian, (Roberts), frequents a modern discotheque in Hollywood called
"Dracula's Castle" where a man is tempted by an offer to become famous even
though it means sacrificing his friend to the bloodsucker.
An unamusing spoof. Two other versions are rumoured to exist, one with hard-core orgy
scenes and another with homosexual orgy scenes.
GUILALA (1967) see Uchu Dai Kaiju Guilala
GUIRARA (1967) see Uchu Dai Kaiju Guilala
GWANGI (1968) see The Valley of Gwangi
GYAOS (1967) see Gamera Tai Gyaos
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