from Uchu daikaiju Dogora [lit. Space Giant Monster Dogora] (Japan-1964;
dir. Ishiro Honda) [aka Dagora, the Space Monster (US-1965)]
This entry from the famed Toho Co. Ltd [creators of ‘Godzilla’] definitely stands out as one of their zaniest creations. It features giant flying jellyfish-like creatures that have an appetite for coal and diamonds. Sucking vehicles, buildings, people … everything … up into the air as they float ethereally through the upper atmosphere, along with a semi-comedic crime subplot involving diamond thieves and pursuing cops, make for some bizarre and surreal scenes.
Watch the original Japanese trailer:
This is a beautiful painting of Dogora painted by Bill Gudmundson (click on it to see it full-size):
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