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Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 December 1962 (USA)
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A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.

Directors:

Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda (uncredited)

Writer:

Sid Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Myron Healey ... Cmdr. James Bradley
Tsuruko Kobayashi Tsuruko Kobayashi ... Anna
Clifford Kawada Clifford Kawada ... Capt,. Kishi
Derick Shimatsu ... Matsu, the boy
Kôzô Nomura Kôzô Nomura ... Paul Isoh
Ayumi Sonoda Ayumi Sonoda ... Shidori Isoh
Fumindo Matsuo Fumindo Matsuo ... Paul's Friend
Hiroshi Hisasume Hiroshi Hisasume ... Pvt. Seki
Yoneo Iguchi Yoneo Iguchi ... Radio Operator
Hideo Inamura Hideo Inamura ... Doomed Soldier
Roy K. Ogata Roy K. Ogata ... Extra
George Sasaki George Sasaki ... Soldier
Michael Sung Michael Sung ... Extra
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Soldier
Akio Kusama Akio Kusama ... Soldier
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Storyline

In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

From a World Below, It Came to Terrorize - To Destroy - To Revenge!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Varan el increíble See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo (perspecta sound systems)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American scenes were shot in Bronson Canyon just outside of Los Angeles. Interestingly, this somewhat bothered Myron Healey who thought he was going to shoot his scenes in Japan like Raymond Burr supposedly had for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956). Interestingly, when Healy appeared on an episode of Perry Mason (1957) he talked to Burr about it and Burr admitted that all his scenes were shot on a soundstage in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

At 31:18, the jeep carrying Cdr. Bradley skips forward several feet due to poor editing. See more »

Alternate Versions

This movie was originally released in Japan in 1958 as Daikaijû Baran ("Giant Monster Varan"). The American version has a heavily altered plot, tons of additional footage featuring American actors, and most of Akira Ifukube's music is replaced. All in all, Varan The Unbelievable features only about fifteen minutes of footage (mostly shots of the monster) from the original Japanese film. See more »

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Edited from Varan the Unbelievable (1958) See more »

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I believe it...
28 December 2002 | by seashellzSee all my reviews

This came out paired with CIPs also POSSIBLY recut version of the East German etc FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS-Der Schwagen Stern- (or SILENT STAR) In a theater full of candy and popcorn munching kids, i was in pure heaven -not one but TWO cool sci-fi pictures! Although VARAN seemed OK to me at the time, even at 10 years old I felt that the Freeze frame-pan-right(?) film technique brought the action to grinding halt, when transitioning back to the American footage. I briefly had the Japanese Laserdisc in 2.35 Scope, and was amazed to find BARAN flying like a squirrel! I guess we would have hooted that off the screen back then, but what did we know? It was a Saturday, and we wanted our candy, soda and(believable) action.


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