The X from Outer Space

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The X from Outer Space
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu
Produced byWataru Nakajima [1]
Screenplay by
  • Toshiya Wazaki
  • Itoko Harada
  • Shinichi Yanagisawa
  • Eiji Okada
Music byTaku Izumi [1]
  • Shizuo Hirase
  • Sentura Okoshi [1]
Edited byYoshi Sugihara [1]
Release date
  • March 25, 1967 (1967-03-25)(Japan)
Running time
89 minutes [3]

The X from Outer Space (宇宙大怪獣ギララ, Uchū Daikaijū Girara, lit. 'Giant Space Monster Guilala') is a 1967 Japanese science fiction kaiju film that was directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu and stars Eiji Okada and Toshiya Wazaki. [1]



The spaceship AAB Gamma is dispatched from Japan to the planet Mars to investigate reports of UFOs seen near the Red Planet. When the spaceship arrives, it comes across a mysterious alien vessel that suddenly sprays the AAB Gamma with spores. Samples are returned to Earth, where one of them begins to develop.

The spore grows into a giant, lizard-like creature that is named "Guilala". The monster begins a reign of destruction through Tokyo. It spits fireballs, feeds on nuclear fuel, turns into a flying, burning sphere, and destroys all aircraft and tanks in its path. Guilala is finally defeated by fighter jets laden with bombs, which coat it in a substance called "Guilalalium". This causes Guilala to shrink down to its original spore form. The government promptly launches it back into space, where it will circle the Sun in an endless orbit.



The X From Outer Space was released in Japan on 25 March 1967. [5] The film was never released theatrically in the United States, but instead was released directly to television in 1968 by American International Television. [2]

The Criterion Collection released The X from Outer Space on DVD through their Eclipse label under the title When Horror Came to Shochiku. [6] This DVD set offers both an English subtitled and a dubbed version of the film. [7] [8] This boxed set was released on November 20, 2012. [9]


Film historian Chuck Stephens described the film as having "a well-deserved reputation as one of the silliest and, as a consequence, most beloved rubber-suit monster movies ever made". [10] Sight & Sound described the film as a "harebrained kaiju epic" that was "Cheesy, rich in comic non sequiturs and scored with an unpredictable mishmash of 1960s pop and bossa nova. X fits comfortably into one's stoned best-bad-movie rental evening". [11]

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