by Randy Fox
In 1995, Japanese director Shusuke Kaneko delivered one of the greatest reinventions of a character in the history of cinema with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. Kaiju fans around the world went wild over for the “grim & gritty” take on what had been one of the goofiest of all Japanese giant monsters. A year later, Kaneko upped the ante with the sequel, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, in which the titan of terrapins squares off against an infestation of outer-space insects intent on turning Mother Earth into their hive world.
As I like to point out when I’m in the mood to mix my pop culture references (usually after way too many whiskeys), if Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is the Velvet Underground & Nico of giant monster movies, then Gamera 2 is the White Light/White Heat of the genre. Don’t miss out on the cacophony.
It’s showing in the Cult Fiction Underground at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., tonight and Saturday.