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   Now in our eleventh calendar year
    PCR #525  (Vol. 11, No. 16)  This edition is for the week of April 12--18, 2010.

"Death At A Funeral" †by Mike Smith
Forgotten Horrors: Equinox †by ED Tucker
The World of Wrestling †by Chris Woods
G2: Attack of Legion †by Jason Fetters
Interview With The Projectionist, Part 1 †by John Miller
Movie Notes .... Remake City .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf by Mike Smith

G2: Attack of Legion

Gamera bites back with awesome turtle power in this sequel to Tohoís Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (see last weekís column). Attack of Legions is more of a Sci-Fi/Horror crossover than the first revamped movie and some scenes rivaled James Cameronís Aliens, which I saw 10 years earlier at the Britton Theater. Aliens was playing on a double bill with David Cronenbergís The Fly.

The best scene is when an engineer is driving a train through a Tokyo subway. There is an eerie silence as the engineer searches in the darkness via headlights to see what is lurking just ahead. The engineer is killed as large alien creatures that resemble insects break into the train and kill off everyone trapped inside. The whole sequence works well and lets the audience know that this is not a kidís movie.

It all begins when Midori Honami, a science teacher, is working in Hokkaido (Japanís coldest region in the North,) and sees a meteor crashing into the snow. The meteor contains an alien race that has hives inside the subways. Strange plants are growing around the city and the aliens feed on the plants.

Meanwhile, Colonel Watarase notices that the cityís oxygen levels are increasing. He works together with Honami to discover that the aliens are using a giant flower, which they will cause to explode by raising the oxygen. If this happens the flower will release seeds into space and threaten another planet. The military can do nothing to stop this flower and any attempts to get rid of it would set off its purpose. The only one who can save humanity on earth and inhabitants of other worlds is Gamera.

Gamera returns to pick up the flower and he is attacked by the alien creatures called Legion. He is forced to retreat and attacked by a Queen Legion. The similarities between Attack of Legion and Aliens are obvious, but it is Director Shunsuke Kaneko who takes familiar ideas and skillfully weaves his own original ideas together to create something new and exciting.

As always there is a fantastic end fight between Gamera, Queen Legion, and her Legion army. During the fight Gamera is almost killed but is actually helped by the military that kill off the attacking Legion army so Gamera can concentrate on taking on the Queen. I wonít reveal any of the fight here because it works better visually. It is worth a look and is sure to entertain Japanese Monster Movie fans everywhere.

There is a little continuity with characters as Midori Honami meets Asagi Kusanagi (Ayako Fujitani, Steven Seagalís daughter,) who was the girl who used a strange amulet to communicate with Gamera. Kusanagiís skills are called on again as Midori befriends her. Kusanagi is able to reestablish her connection with Gamera and this becomes a great help to everyone including the military.

It is interesting that the military is not so helpless this time as in past Kaiju movies. They donít just shoot at the opposing giant monster and do no damage. This time they kill off several of the alien Legions and actually save Gamera from destruction.

The DVD has some interesting and odd extras. A few years back I was at the largest Anime Con in Tampa called Metrocon and saw the DVD playing with the Lake Texarkana Gamera feature. The Lake Texarkana Gamera is a redneck dub that synchs up with the movie. It is done for laughs alone the lines of Mystery Science Theater. At first I thought it was blasphemy but I found myself laughing along with it like everyone else. Something to check out.

Next week, the third and final Gamera movie that puts Godzilla to shame.

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