Destroy All Planets (1968)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Sci-Fi Action  |   Release Date - Mar 20, 1968 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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For those who can never get enough Technicolor Japanese man-in-a-monster-suit movies, there is Destroy All Planets. While offering up everything one expects from a massive zero-budget monster battle film, Destroy All Planets also delivers unintentionally brilliant quirky moments like the hypnotized army, Japanese men with glowing eyeballs, and a fiendishly fake-looking squid alien who wishes to attack Earth for its supply of nitrogen. Obviously made for children, this 1969 classic centers on star monster Gamera's love for small children. This love is so important that Destroy All Planets spends 20 minutes showing clips from past Gamera films where he defends his little buddies. Director Noriyaki Yuasa and his special-effects crew seem to share this love, as the special effects appear to be made with models resembling items from a child's toy box. For those out there ready to watch a chubby Japanese boy in short shorts ride into space on the back of a flying lizard creature, Destroy All Planets is the film for you.