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 horror came to shochiku
picked up the dvd set horror came to shochiku a few months ago with an amazon gift card i had.

one of the reasons i got it was so that i could have a nice copy of x from outer space (a fave of mine from the cdf days). i always loved the kooky soundtrack and the odd ball monster.

another reason was so that i could finally see goke bodysnatcher from hell. have been trying to see that movie for years. it was a blast. really strange and oddly eerie.

however the flick that blew me away most in the set was one i never heard of called "the living skeleton"

its b&w and so strange and creepy and yet campy too (love the rubber bats) the soundtrack is a strange mix of space jazz.

well worth seeking out. if i had seen this on cdf back in the day i would have been petrified.

sadly the trailer for the living skeleton gives away too much so here instead is the opening credits...



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Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:33 am
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 Re: horror came to shochiku
Thanks for the heads-up on this DVD collection, astroal. I've only seen X From Outer Space and it's been a long time since I've seen it last. The others I've never heard of, so I'm curious.

One thing I've learned over the years here, is to follow your recommendations as they're usually well worth it. When you say a movie is strange and creepy, I can just imagine what weird things that are in store for the viewer!

I'll be adding this to my "need to see" stack....here's the Amazon link:

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku (The X from Outer Space; Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell; The Living Skeleton; Genocide) (Criterion Collection) (1968)

http://www.amazon.com/Eclipse-Series-37-Criterion-Collection/dp/B008Y5OXDI


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 Re: horror came to shochiku
wow thanks beastball

goke and the living skeleton are the real gems on this set.

i remember seeing stills from goke in various magazines and books over the years and never finding the movie itself. at one point i found it on youtube and started to watch it there but then the clip started buffering after only a minute or so and then i gave up

the other flick on this set is goofed on by cinematic titanic under its alternate title war of the insects.

its got its charms but does deserve the riffs

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 Re: horror came to shochiku
I picked up the Blu-ray version of this set earlier in the year when Criterion was having a sale, but haven't gotten round to watching it yet.

Nice to hear that the flicks are winners.

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please let me know what your thoughts are after you watch goke and the living skeleton.

hope you enjoy the set as much as i do.

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