The X From Outer Space
The first film from Criterion’s Eclipse series, When Horror Came To Shochiku, is a retro sci-fi 60s adventure following an international crew who venture to Mars, only to bring back an extra-terrestrial space spore that quickly mutates into a giant, city-flattening chicken monster. Every bit as bad as it sounds, this low grade Godzilla rip-off is made borderline unwatchable by moronic writing that sees the Earth’s “best and brightest” scientific minds behave moronically throughout. I have it on good authority that this is by far the weakest of the four films in the DVD set, which is reassuring, as this is almost entirely without merit, ironic or otherwise.