A airplane carrying a group of passengers is forced to make an emergency landing in the desert after a mysterious red cloud appears all around them. While no one is hurt during the landing, the group of passengers soon discover an alien presence is among them. Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell is essentially a Japanese b-movie spin-off of Invasion of the Body Snatchers that is certainly dumber, but still creative. In this version this gelatinous alien force takes control of its host by crawling into the forehead, turning them into these vampire-type creatures. What is so interesting about Goke, is its ability to be both incredibly stupid and smart at the same time. The film has a rather cynical viewpoint about the state of society, condemning us as merely individuals who are intent on killing each other. It uses this alien force which is intent on taking over the planet to make its point, essentially arguing that if humans weren't intent on killing each other they would be more prepared for the real threat of humanity - alien life forms. The actual passengers are pretty comical in their stereotypes, from the intellectual types (the psychiatrist, the scientist), to the American, who is portrayed in a very stereotypical way. The highlight of these types of films is the ingenuity and creativeness in designing the visuals and Goke is certainly no different. The film really has some great surrealistic imagery, particularly revolving around its use of color and the creature effects centered around the aliens and their spaceships. Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell definitely has some problems, particularly with its cookie cutter characterizations, but its creativity and ingenuity make the film interesting and entertaining.
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