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Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Varan the Unbelievable





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In this Japanese film, also known as The Unbelievable Varan, a giant reptilian monster, Varan, is accidentally roused by the experiments of an American scientist James Bradley (Myron Healey). As Varan crashes toward Tokyo, leaving a trail of death and destruction behind him, Bradley must come up with a way to stop the creature before it is too late. This version of the film was adapted for American audiences.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Sid Harris, Takeshi Kimura & Shinichi Sekizawa
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On DVD: May 10, 2005
Cory Film Corporation


Myron Healey
as Cmdr. James Bradley
Clifford Kawada
as Capt. Kishi
Kozo Nomura
as Paul Isoh
Ayumi Sonoda
as Shidori Isoh
Koreya Senda
as Observer
Hideo Imamura
as Doomed Soldier
Yoneo Iguchi
as Radio Operator
Roy Ogata
as Extra
Katsumi Tezuka
as Varan (archival foot...
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Everybody involved seems to have held the project in some kind of contempt, putting in no effort at all.

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Varan the Unbelievable


This is hardly one of Toho's best giant monster films, but damn if it isn't fun nonetheless. When a remote region of Japan turns out to be home to a rare species of butterfly, several curious scientists go to investigate and arrogantly ignore the locals' warnings about their God, Baradagi, who does not like trespassers. Of course, Baradagi is quite real and he does indeed dislike strangers. Worse than that, he's nigh-indestructible and he can fly! This is definitely a lot of fun to watch, especially when compared to the dreadfully dull American edit. It moves along at a brisk pace and wastes very little time getting to the monster. It's not nearly as compelling as GOJIRA, but it doesn't need to be. It suffers a little from some completely unnecessary stock footage use--very obviously borrowed from GOJIRA--but the original effects are all quite good. It's really a shame that Varan hasn't attained the same level of fame as Rodan and Mothra, as he's a very unique critter.

It's cheesy but it's still an absolutely fun kaiju movie. And I loved the lack of plot. It's just monster awesomeness really, start to finish. :D I seriously enjoyed how it was done. Good for the hardcore audience. I also do think GMK may've been even cooler if Varan had been one of the monsters. But that's me.

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