Destroy All Planets! (1968)
Destroy All Planets
Gamela vs. Bairus
Gamera Tai Uchu Kaij├╗ Bairasu
Gamera Tai Viras
Gamera vs. Outer Space Monster Viras
Gamera vs. Viras
Il Mostro Invincibile
To Teras Pou Skorpa Ton Thanato
Viras Ataca la Tierra

Nomination Year: 2012
SYNOPSIS:  A group-mind space squid thing kidnaps some kids in order to force Gamera to submit to a mind probe. The kids end up saving the day, and then Gamera fights the giant space squid.

A couple of spunky kids take a ride in a new submarine. On their underwater voyage, they see Gamera in his element, and take snapshots (a literal "candid Gamera" moment).

Meanwhile, some offscreen enemies are analyzing Gamera's previous movies battles in order to determine if he poses a threat to their plans. Of course he does, and so they set about determining how best to neutralize him.

This is the Very Special Clips Episode part of the movie, where 11 of its 75 minutes are taken up with clips from previous Gamera films. "Remember when Gamera dressed up as Santa Claus and got stuck in the chimney and it took a family of Gyaos to flush him out?" "Remember when Baragon bought a new car, and Gamera accidentally painted it black?" etc.

Eventually, the enemies (aliens) decide that the answer is to kidnap some kids in order to force Gamera to submit to a mind probe. Gamera submits, and the aliens use him to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, the kidnapped kids break free and start to explore the space ship where they're held captive. The men of the space ship all have dark bands across their eyes (which is a truly creepy effect), and seem to be telepathic.

It turns out that they're possessed by eggs of a group-mind space-squid race/being called Viras. The kids shut down the mind probe and escape, which requires the creepy men to transform into some goofy-looking anthropomorphic squid things, which then combine into a giant goofy-looking anthropomorphic squid thing, which jets off to fight Gamera squido-a-turtleo.

Gamera wins.

Smithee Award Winner! Stupidest-Looking Monster

It's a bird! It's a squid! It's a ... what the hell is it?!
The space squid alien things combine to form a giant space squid alien thing, the better to fight Gamera with. Gamera's nemeses are well-known for looking goofy, but Viras is one of the strangest of the bunch. The Intergalactic Red Wings just won the Stanley Nebula Cup?

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Kojiro Hongo  
Director Claim to Fame
Noriaki Yuasa directed at least 8 Gamera films 

Kevin Hogan

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