“Spewed from intergalactic space to clutch the planet earth in its … terror tentacles!” Surely you’re speaking of a giant kisslip cuttlefish! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they sail to a mystical atoll in the Pacific that is under attack by the Space Amoeba (1970), aka Yog: Monster of Space!
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 127 – Space Amoeba (1970, Yog: Monster from Space)
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A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant mutant monsters created by the aliens in an attempt to conquer the world.IMDb
- Director: Ishirô Honda
- Writer: Ei Ogawa
- Selected Cast:
- Akira Kubo as Taro Kudo
- Atsuko Takahashi as Ayako Hoshino
- Yukiko Kobayashi as Saki
- Kenji Sahara as Makoto Obata
- Yoshio Tsuchiya as Dr. Kyouichi Miya
- Yû Fujiki as the promotion division manager
- Noritake Saito as Rico
- Yûko Sugihara as Stewardess
- Sachio Sakai as the magazine editor
- Chotaro Togin as Engineer Yokoyama
- Wataru Ômae as Sakura
- Haruo Nakajima as Gezora / Ganime
- Haruyoshi Nakamura as Kamoebas
For your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew, the operative word for Space Amoeba is “fun!” Chad, Bill, and Doc are big Kaiju fans, while in comparison, Jeff is relatively inexperienced. Even so, their comments are pretty universal regarding Yog: Monster from Space. Chad says the sillier the better and if you want silly, you got it with Space Amoeba. According to Bill, it’s not great, but how can you not have fun with big rubber monsters slapping each other. Doc wonders aloud if it is good and then answers his own question: technically no, but it sure is a lot of fun. Jeff agrees with the rest of the crew on how fun Space Amoeba is and he manages to learn something as well as Bill schools him on the difference between amphibians and reptiles.
As long as you’re not looking for a Godzilla (1954) type kaiju film and are out for some good clean fun, your 70s Grue-Crew recommends Space Amoeba. At the time of this writing, the film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Brian De Palma’s Sisters (1988), chosen by Jeff.
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