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“Such a deep wound and no bloodstains. I have a bad feeling about this.” And well you should! The insanity has just begun. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they each express their “what-the-hell-am-I-watching” reactions to Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 126 – Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)
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The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.IMDb
- Director: Hajime Satô
- Writers: Kyûzô Kobayashi, Susumu Takaku
- Based on: Gokemidoro (TV 1967) by Tomio Sagisu (also known as Soji Ushio)
- Music by: Shunsuke Kikuchi
- Cinematography by: Shizuo Hirase
- Special Effects by: Michio Mikami
- Selected Cast
- Teruo Yoshida as Ei Sugisaka (the co-pilot)
- Tomomi Sato as Kazumi Asakura (the stewardess)
- Eizo Kitamura as Gôzô Mano (the senator)
- Hideo Ko as Hirofumi Teraoka (the hijacker)
- Kathy Horan as Mrs. Neal (the blonde)
- Yuko Kusunoki as Noriko Tokuyasu
- Nobuo Kaneko as Mr. Tokuyasu (the businessman)
- Kazuo Kato as Dr. Momotake (the psychiatrist)
- Hiroyuki Nishimoto as the airplane captain
- Masaya Takahashi as Toshiyuki Saga (the scientist)
- Toshihiko Yamamoto as Matsumiya (the bomber)
- Keiichi Noda as Gokemidoro (voice)
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (aka, Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro) is Daphne’s pick and she loves the cool visuals and crazy colors and has fun with the film’s all-out wackiness. The look of Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell reminded Whitney of Planet of the Vampires, identifying director Hajime Satô as a fan of Mario Bava’s work. This movie has everything according to Chad. Birds committing suicide, vampires, aliens, blobs, space ships, and an end-of-the-world scenario, to name just a few of the insane plot points in Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell that keep you guessing. Jeff is so gobsmacked once the first vampire shows up that he completely loses track of the story. He loves everything about Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, including the music.
If you haven’t seen Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, it’s time you did! As of this writing, the movie is available to stream from the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel, The Criterion Channel, and Flix Fling. In terms of physical media, Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is available on a Criterion DVD as part of its When Horror Came to Shochiku collection along with The X from Outer Space (1967), The Living Skeleton (1968), and Genocide (1968).
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney: El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone), another fine entry to the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era files from Mexico.
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