YOG THE MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE
(Kessen Nankai No Daikaiju)
Yog The Monster from Outer Space has been made on a penny-pinching budget. The effects are laughable with patently obvious rubber creations that have unmoving eyes, which are replaced by animated cartoon tentacles when the creature has to pick up extras in medium shot. The giant squid is one of the most ridiculous of all Japanese monsters and the final tag-team wrestling match is hilarious. What Ishiro Honda seems to lack this time about is the ability to craft his monsters into symbolic archetypes that made his earliest monster bashes such classics, or even the sense of colourful tongue-in-cheek nonsense that made the later Godzilla films entertaining. The results are that the gaping inadequacies of the genre are written even larger and come without saving merit. The stilted dubbing offers many howlers even more so than usual, nobody seems to have cared and the dubbing often does not even attempt to approximate when the actors mouths are moving.
Ishiro Hondas other genre films include:- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), Rodan the Flying Monster (1956), The Mysterians (1957), The H-Man (1958) about a radioactive blob that can dissolve people, the Yeti film Half-Human (1958), Varan the Unbelievable (1958), the space opera Battle in Outer Space (1961), Gorath (1962) about a rogue planet, King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra (1962), Atragon (1963) about a super-submarine, Attack of the Mushroom People/Matango, Fungus of Terror (1963), Godzilla vs the Thing/Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), Dagora the Space Monster (1964), The Human Vapor (1964) about a gaseous villain, Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), King Kong Escapes (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), the submarine adventure Latitude Zero (1969) and Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976).