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Monster From A Prehistoric Planet

An improved version of "Monster from a Prehistoric Planet" from AIP-TV aka "Gappa, the Triphibian Monster" (1967). The story bears a strong resemblance to British monster movie, "Gorgo" (1961).

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Gappa the Triphibian Monster
Japanese poster
Directed by Haruyasu Noguchi
Produced by Hideo Koi
Written by Ryuzo Nakanishi
Gan Yamazaki
Starring Tamio Kawaji
Yôko Yamamoto
Yuji Okada
Music by Seitaro Omori
Cinematography Muneo Ueda
Editing by Masanori Tsujii
Studio Nikkatsu Corporation
Distributed by American International Pictures (USA)
Nikkatsu (Japan)
Release dates April 22, 1967
Running time 90 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Daikyojū Gappa (大巨獣ガッパ?, "Gappa, The Colossal Beast") is a 1967 Kaiju film. This Japanese film was produced by Nikkatsu Corporation, and was their only foray into the giant monster genre. The foreign sales title for the film was Gappa: The Triphibian Monster, and was dubbed into English (considered the "International Version"). The film was picked up by American International Pictures and released directly to television in the US under their American International Television banner, and retitled Monster from a Prehistoric Planet. This version was one of many films syndicated to broadcasters nationwide by AIP-TV, and became a staple for Horror Hosts on television stations from San Francisco to New York City from the late 1960s through early 1980s.


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