Sunday Sesh: Let’s Just Watch Space Amoeba

It’s Sunday. You’re nursing an awful hangover and trying to find something else to watch to distract your mind from the awful beatdown being dropped on your favorite football team. Take a load off your brain feet with some kitschy 1970s Japanese kaiju eiga.

I know what you’re thinking. “Space Amoeba? That doesn’t sound good at all.” And you know what? By most conventional metrics of quality, Space Amoeba is not a good film. The plot doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, the special effects are silly, and the characters (mostly) lack the kind of gravity required to be sympathetic. It recycles old tropes that film as an art really needs to ditch (Noble Savage, anyone?) and lacks any kind of subtlety. This is not a film you show to that cute little man or woman in economics to demonstrate your vast film knowledge in a desperate attempt to gain some relationship leverage.

As an example in pure 1970s monster movie camp, though, Space Amoeba delivers in spades. The monster suits are goofy enough to be lovable, the plot doesn’t even attempt to take itself seriously (case in point: everyone just kind of laughs off the fact that one of the characters is an industrial spy there to ruin the enterprises of the other characters), and the resolution is so absurd that it could only have been conceived during the golden era of giant monster films. I mean, just look at this big goofy cuttlefish. Just look at him!

This film doesn’t present itself as anything more than a silly sci-fi romp with a giant turtle, a giant cuttlefish, some giant crabs, a weirdo space alien named Yog, and a bunch of Japanese actors playing earnest if not misguided island natives. That the film even features a pretty solid kaiju battle and a redemptive story arc at all is just icing on the cheesy cake. MMMMMM cheesecake.

The problem with so many modern horror and monster movies is that they’re afraid to laugh at themselves. Space Amoeba isn’t. Space Amoeba is laughing with you, and if that isn’t worth a Sunday afternoon, I don’t know what is.

You can watch Space Amoeba right now at Archive.org.

Seen any cheesy monster movies worth my time? Sound off in the comments below.

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Published on: October 23, 2016

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  • Well, since it’s almost the right time of year for it, I’m going to have to suggest Thankskilling. Such a stupid movie, but it’s fun.

    • Leif Bearikson

      Gobble gobble motherfucker!

    • Max

      The title is perfect.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    This looks fantastic.

  • Eliza

    As campy as this looks, I’ll give the movie originality points for trying to make amoebas, harmless microscopic lifeforms, into scary monsters.

  • Al Bundy

    Probably doesnt count as a ‘monster movie’, but i for one would tremble in fear if i encounted Robert the tyre
    http://youtu.be/XWWufhqyGE8

    • more beer

      I have actually had a tire come rolling by my like that while sitting on a friends porch.

      • Eliza

        They are real! And they’re coming for us!

        • more beer

          Yes they are. Especially if you piss someone off and they loosen the lug nuts on your tires.

      • Al Bundy

        then its allready too late for you…

        • more beer

          At least neither one of us got hit by it. They guy whose car it was on wasn’t too happy though.

    • What a mindfuck. Kudos to whoever had the patience to see this production through to release.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      There’s only one way to watch this movie, and that’s xxKrUnKxx69

  • Jack Rabbit

    Screw London NFL games, football shouldn’t be at 9:30
    Also, that movie looks like my kind of stupid

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Let’s play some dark, suicidal metal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9kNSfu8LCM

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I’ve wanted to see this one for years, had no idea it was on archive.org. Thanks for the tip!

    Last monster film I saw was Bad Blood: The Movie. About a teen girl who becomes a werefrog. Pretty cool 80’s throwback style affair, offbeat and amusing, badass monster suit, a bit of gore, lively performances. Worth a watch whenever it comes out properly.

    • You lost me at “werefrog”. But then you got me back immediately at “werefrog”.

      • Yeah, that term sort of broke my brain for a minute when I saw it.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    I found what I think is the worst industrial metal band ever. They’re called 9Electric and they’ve been to my area three times this year. They were here with Lacuna Coil and Gemini Syndrome and they’re coming back with Drowning Pool in December. Why do they exist?

    • So this is the tier of band that opens for Drowning Pool.
      https://youtu.be/Qqp3y-VOhXM

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Exactly. They make Gravity Kills look like the best band ever. If I hated myself enough I’d go to this show, I do like Drowning Pool but they’re the only band on the bill that is even close to decent.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      A band that’s on the bill with Lacuna Coil or Drowning Pool can’t be trusted in general…but this band is exceptionally painful to listen to…

    • Al Bundy

      Bad industral nu metal lite? do you even Amaranthe?
      http://youtu.be/9y25snz83ms

    • Eliza

      This sucks hard.

  • Wonder if the band Yog took their name from this film. Really good Calculating Infinity Dillinger Escape Plan worship if you are into that sort of thing.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLOeOvMDIss

  • I’m in the mood for either some John Carpenter tonight (probably Mouth of Madness, haven’t seen that) or some old-school sleepy coastal town versus monsters schlock. Help me, Toilet.

    • I’d suggest John Carpenter’s The Thing. That shit rules.

      • The Thing is unfuckwithable, but I’m looking for something else tonight.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Zombies rather than monsters, but Dead and Buried and Messiah of Evil are a couple of terrific lesser seen old school-sleepy coastal town horrors.

      • I knew you’d have something for me <3

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          More recent, but Stuart Gordon’s Dagon (actually more a version of The Shadow over Innsmouth) is pretty fun. Cheesy at times, but some excitement and inspired grotesquery too.

          • I saw that on SyFy a while back as a kid, actually.

  • AeonsOvChaos

    Hello guys and girls, let the Toilet Grind again this Sunday:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IEGT43E2dM

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    On my way to the city.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    I hate sundays more than I hate Anathema.

  • Sadistikexekution

    No tx, I’ll watch the Rob Zombie remake.

    ** flushes toilet **