Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

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Movie Info

Director Jerry A. Baerwitz created this uninspired, problematical monster story by using footage from a similar but different Japanese monster flic by Inoshira Honda (he who started off Godzilla and followed up with Rodan, Mothra, Monster Zero and more). Viewer opinion overwhelmingly sides with Honda's film. In this story, the Japanese and U.S. military are working together in the Pacific on a Japanese island with a salt water lake, trying out an experiment to desalinate the water. Their desalination technique wakes up a prehistoric monster, Baran, from the longest nap on record. Understandably piqued, the monster sets off to trample down Tokyo in revenge. Some audiences may feel that Baerwitz' treatment of the Japanese in this film should have set the monster against Hollywood.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Cory Film Corporation

Cast

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
Akihiko Hirata
as Observer
Hideo Imamura
as Doomed Soldier
Hiroshi Hisamune
as Pvt. Seki
Yoneo Iguchi
as Radio Operator
Roy Ogata
as Extra
Katsumi Tezuka
as Varan (archival footage)
Katsumi Tezuka
as Varan (archival footage)
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Critic Reviews for Varan the Unbelievable

All Critics (1)

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

A bit boring, and uses some stock footage from the original Godzilla, but it has good monster moments. Varan is an interesting kaiju who doesn't get used too much. The film is alright and the characters are decent, but it's not the best kaiju film.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

Toho, looking to ape the 1930's monster series of Universal, tried to create a stable of kaiju monsters following in the wake of Godzilla's success. Varan was one of the also-rans and it's not tough to see why there wasn't much demand to see this beast become a persistent threat to Tokyo. Unlike Mothra or Rodan, the events of the Varan The Unbelievable don't really accomplish anything that the first Godzilla film didn't do better.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine
½

This goes for both the Japanese cut and the Myron Healey "All I get is sediment. Nothing but sand!" American re-edit.

Vincent Pesce
Vincent Pesce

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