Film #42: GOKE: BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL
Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell
2.5 out of 5 stars
Here’s the last one from the Shochiku horror series. Hajime Sato (TERROR BENEATH THE SEA, HOUSE OF TERRORS) directs this odd little Japanese space vampire flick. Part ‘plane crash movie,’ part ‘alien invasion’ movie, part vampire movie… GOKE is made with great exuberance and is a perfect “rainy afternoon / sick day” movie. Super low budget, but well-staged, the filmmakers make every penny count as they tell their odd little tale. Now, follow me on this one… a plane crashes and one of the survivors encounters a space ship that glows incandescently. A blob-ish alien splits his head open and crawls inside his skull, leaving a wound that looks like a vagina in the middle of his face. Then, this vagina-faced guy starts going around drinking the blood of the other survivors. Lots of handwringing and complaining ensues with betrayal and suspicion slathered on for good measure. Visually, there are sequences of stark color and imaginative stage design that makes this one stand out. Ultimately though, the film is too talky for its own good. There is also gratuitous Theremin abuse on the soundtrack. The film’s bleak ending (and anti-war stance – after all, it IS the Sixties) soon arrives and not a moment too soon. Not one to overstay its welcome, GOKE is a fun – albeit yappy – timewaster.