Space Amoeba (1971)





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Japan and the rest of the world are again in grave danger after an evil amoeba-like alien emerges from a spaceship crash and turns an octopus, a crab, and a turtle into gigantic city-squishing terrors. An entrepreneur sees the creatures not as destructive forces to be destroyed, but as a gold mine with the potential to bring in millions of bucks from curious tourists. Alas, as with all promoters of gigantic creatures, he soon finds himself at their mercy. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:


Kenji Sahara
as Makoto Obata
Akira Kubo
as Taro Dudo
Yu Fujiki
as Promotion Division Manager
Yoshio Tsuchiya
as Kyoichi Miya
Sachio Sakai
as Magazine Editor
Chotaro Togin
as Yokoyama
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Critic Reviews for Space Amoeba

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The overall experience is rather more fascinatingly weird than dispiritingly tired, and that owes almost everything to the three big monsters.

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Space Amoeba


Goofy and entertaining. The monsters are nice and plentiful and the story is decent. Dispite the posters and such, all 3 monsters never come near each other, but 2 do fight at the end once the alien looses control of them. It's fun and enjoying.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

A interesting idea with quite a lot of possibilities is unfortunately given short-thrift which pulls the carpet out from under the whole thing.

Vincent Pesce
Vincent Pesce

For all my reviews visit my website Please note that the rating above might not accurately reflect my thoughts, you will see a rating sentence at the end of the review. For it's 40th Anniversary (yes I may be doing S.O.S. to make it Amoeba-Thon,) I've been wanting to do this review for a while. Now, if you read my Salt review (written the same day,) you will know I love cliche's and cheese. not the reason why I like this film. First, it's exotic, it's rare when a Toho monster movie both takes place on an exotic island AND is original. At least past 1967. This lands the last non-Godzilla monster movie Ishiro Honda directed, and the last non-Godzilla monster movie before Godzilla himself got a talking from husband-of-future-senator-of-Connecticut Vincent Kennedy McMahon. (For all non-wrestling fans: YOOOUUUUUU'RRRREEE FIIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRREEEEEDDDDDD.) Of course, that would be temporary, but we all know we missed him. And it wasn't so much that he was fired as much as he was unable to perform and was laid off. During the 1972 alone, all these lost projects came up: Godzilla vs. Hitodah, Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2 (the first Godzilla movie to have a number in it at the time,) Godzilla vs. Redmoon, The Return of King Ghidorah, and Godzilla vs. The Space Monsters: Earth Defense directive. Following such, during the late 70's, these films were lost: Godzilla vs. The Devil, Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla (early script,) Godzilla vs. The Gargantuas, Godzilla vs. The Asuka Fortress, and King of the Monsters: Rebirth of Godzilla which was going to be a remake of the original. And that's just one of the many decades where Godzilla was unable to perform. What was my rambling to point again? There was no point, I was being random and a \/\/hore trying to fill up space. Now, onto other cases, the movie. Yes, it is very exotic, in more ways than just the setting. But let's talk about the setting. The ancient and isolated jungle and beautiful seas create the mood for a strange acid flick featuring low-budget monsters. Yes, this film was low budget, even after Toho made legends such as Godzilla, Seven Samurai, Rodan, Mothra, The H-Man, and tons of other greats that you know about. You can tell that Gezora sometimes has his eyes glowing, in the script it was originally intended that his eyes would ALWAYS GLOW. But that's not the movies problem. The monsters are also awesome. Ganime is a rip-off of Ebirah, Kamoebas is a rip-off of Gamera, and Gezora is AWESOME!!! He is the most trippy slimy piece of I have ever seen! He looks incredible! Someone who works for the Academy would say he looks stupid NO. He is awesome in both cheese and just sheer originality. Sure, he's a squid, BUT HE'S A CRAZY @$$ SQUID. Like how Gamera is a Crazy @$$ Turtle. Of course, every Toho movie comes with it's own moral of the story awesomeness, and this one doesn't let down. (Wow, awesomeness actually agrees with the spell check.) It tells us to always remember your roots, and never let what has crawled into your body take over you. Remember that people, you were naked when you were born. The monster action is actually a little lacking, but probably because of the body structure of our three superstars. It's an odd acid classic, anybody thinking a stupid squid on the cover means it's awful is missing out on some amazing stuff. I desperately want to see another Toho monster movie, so I urge people to go see the new Godzilla movie coming out the year we die. (I think that's self explanatory.) I rate it...3.75/5

Da Cashman
Da Cashman

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