Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell

Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell

Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell

1968. Directed by Hajime Sato

A psychedelic vampire invasion flick that was a clear influence on Tarantino's Kill Bill and Carpenter's Apocalypse trilogy, Goke is a cult cinema madhouse.

During a possible terrorist attack, a plane crashes on a deserted island. The survivors soon realize they are not alone as they are stalked by a parasite that's method of transmission has to be seen to be believed.

Made during Shochiku's horror period, this is a lean, often hilarious, always vintage Japanese entry into horror science fiction that is remarkable for all the things that upon first glance make it awful.

It's color is out of control, with Shizuo Hirase's camera capturing the orange soaked alien invasion in vivid detail. The sets are pure B movie magic and look like they're ready to catch fire from a stray lit cigarette.

The films' strongest attribute is its focus on group dynamics, specifically how desperate times can lead to murderous group think, concepts that would be further explored by other horror directors for years to come.

One of the more original takes on the vampire genre to grace the screen, Goke won't be changing your life, but it will deliver a fun popcorn film experience, and honestly, who doesn't love those from time to time?

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