Kazui Nihonmatsu

The X from Outer Space

The X from Outer Space

When a crew of scientists returns from Mars with a sample of the space spores that contaminated their ship, they inadvertently bring about a nightmarish earth invasion. After one of the spores is analyzed in a lab, it escapes, eventually growing into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast. An intergalactic monster movie from longtime Shochiku stable director Kazui Nihonmatsu, The X from Outer Space was the first in the studio’s short but memorable cycle of horror pictures.

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Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$47.96

The X from Outer Space
Cast
Shunya Wazaki
Captain Sano
Itoko Harada
Michiko
Shinichi Yanagisawa
Miyamoto
Keisuke Sonoi
Dr. Shioda
Eiji Okada
Dr. Kato
Peggy Neal
Lisa
Franz Gruber
Dr. Berman
Mike Daneen
Dr. Stein
Credits
Director
Kazui Nihonmatsu
Produced by
Wataru Nakajima
Screenplay
Eibi Motomochi
Screenplay
Moriyoshi Ishida
Screenplay
Kazui Nihonmatsu
Cinematography
Shizuo Hirase
Cinematography
Sentura Okoshi
Art director
Shigemori Shigeta
Editor
Yoshi Sugihara
Special effects
Hiroshi Ikeda
Music
Taku Izumi

From The Current

Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku
Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku

For a brief, shining moment, the genteel Japanese studio mutated into a fun house of grim ghouls and slimy aliens.

By Chuck Stephens

On Film / Essays — Nov 20, 2012