War of the Monsters
Gamera v. Barugon
Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (also known as Gamera v. Barugon as well as a few other titles) recounts Gamera’s return to the world stage as a threat to Humanity (yes, he’s a threat and a bad turtle to boot, damn it.) This time, however, he has a rival, as a band of treasure hunters disturb an ancient monster known as Barugon.
This, the second in the first series of Gamera flicks, is probably the best of the bunch. Which isn’t saying much as that means it’s only slightly less silly than the previous flick, and the ones that follow tend towards barrel scrapping. We’re going to say about a one point on this, and that’s probably being generous.
That said, this is probably my favorite of the first series. (2 points) There’s a dark streak here that the other films don’t have, and I think it adds a certain gravity to the proceedings. At least as much as a film featuring a fire-breathing flying turtle can have.
As an added bonus, there are no squeaking kids proclaiming those obvious malign Gamera a “good” Monster. So it’s got that going for it,
If you have to see one Gamera movie, let me recommend Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. However, if you must see one of these early, shall we say less polished, flicks (and more power to you), bear in mind that this film spoils the ending of Giant Monster Gamera, an ending so goofy that frankly deserves to be seen unspoiled.