|Gamera vs. Gaos (1991)|
|Starring:||Stars: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy|
|The Plot: Joel Robinson and his robotic friends Crow and Tom Servo are stuck in outer space aboard the Satellite of Love where they are forced, by the evil Dr. Forrester, to watch very bad movies. The crew try to make the most of the flicks that are presented to them by continually cracking jokes while the movies play on for the audience at home. This time around we delve back into the Gamera series and find that a team of construction workers are doing their best to pave through a wooded area right next to a mountain. This incites violence from the locals, but what happens next baffles everyone. When a UN survey team, flying in a helicopter, are wiped out by a beam of light coming from the mountain, a massive panic is felt by all involved. It turns out that the ball of light came from Gaos, a giant flying space creature! As mankind tries to figure a way to stop this giant monster, the only hope earth seems to have is with the giant turtle known as Gamera!|
Often times what makes or breaks a good Kaiju movie is the level of villain presented. Sometimes the leading monster is our villain but often times we have a good monster versus a bad monster. Such was the case with the majority of Gamera titles, and Gamera vs. Gaos is no exception. Gaos is a tremendous villain for the Gamera universe. His design may actually be one of the most obvious in its hokeyness, as his head has a very square look to it that doesn’t invoke any sense of organic flow, he offers a number of troublesome functions for Gamera himself. The first and most obvious fact is that Gaos is able to fly. Although Gamera himself can match this ability, he is only able to fly whenever he sucks his body inward and propels himself by his rockets. So now we have Gamera dealing with a monster who flies above him for the most part and if you’ve ever seen this giant tortoise in action: you know he isn’t the most flexible monster out there. The main problem for Gamera however has to be Gaos’ ability to shoot a ray from his mouth that can actually pierce through Gamera’s incredibly thick skin. Never has Gamera at this point in the series been so harshly injured during a battle and it seems that through the first two thirds of the movie Gamera is consistently hammered by the Gaos creature. Yuasa handles this situation brilliantly and truly creates a creature that seems impossible to beat.