When Horror Came To Shochiku: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

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When Horror Came To Shochiku: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

Following years of a certain radioactive beast's domination of the box office, many Japanese studios tried to replicate the formula with their own brands of monster movies. One of the most fascinating, if short-lived, dives into that fiendish deep end for elegant dramas by the likes of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu. In 1967 and 1968, the company created four certifiably batty, low-budget fantasies, tales haunted by watery ghosts, plagued by angry insects, and stalked by aliens - including one in the form of a giant chicken-lizard. Shochiku's outrageous and oozy horror period shows a studio leaping into the unknown, even if only for one brief, bloody moment.

Films Include

The X From Outer Space

You may be put off poultry forever once you take a gander at the destructive extraterrestrial in this bizarre and beloved monster movie.

Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell

A plane crash is just the first trauma for a group of people about to be beset by an evil, soul-stealing f-rce.

The Living Skeleton

A young woman is haunted by what appears to be the ghost of her dead twin sister - as well as a boatload of other restless ghouls.


A swarm of ferocious bugs takes down a plane carrying an H-bomb. And they have even bigger plans.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 16 2012
  • Empire SKU 1624466
  • UPC Code 715515100519
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Notes On The Films By Critic Chuck Stephens


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
    Widescreen 2.40:1 Color

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