Gammera The Invincible Reviews
Also known as the turtle who lived in Godzilla's shadow.
Unlike the first Godzilla movie, the first Gamera film throws in a kid protagonist, which would become a hallmark of the series. Here, it doesn't mesh very well, since the kid is an antisocial outsider with an obsession with turtles and the annoying ability to sneak into high-security areas and plead with authorities that Gamera is a friendly turtle while Gamera behaves otherwise as they speak.
As far as providing a "giant monster destroys prop buildings" sort of movie, it does a serviceable job. The American dub is awful, and later Gamera movies ramp up the craziness and amusement factor.
Gammera was created to rival Toho's Godzilla, and had a series of movies as well.
I'm going to have to see if I can find those ones as well.
I quiet enjoyed this black and white classic. There's just something about the old films that are simply fun to watch. You won't be scared, but you will be entertained by this movie- which is part of why Gammera reached icon status in Japan on the same level as its rival, Godzilla.
While it certinly is not on par with many of the more modern horror movies, I'd still rate this as being highly watchable on a rainy day.