Yongary, Monster of the Deep (1967)
“A Monster from another age… with terrifying destructive powers…”
Synopsis: Earthquakes in central Korea turn out to be the work of Yongary, a prehistoric gasoline-eating reptile that soon goes on a rampage through Seoul.
Yongary is a fairly adorable Godzilla knockoff. It features plenty of the tropes we know and love – a young child improbably to the rescue, fake science – with the common kaiju benefit of getting to see a dude in a rubber monster suit lay waste to train models. Even with some weird nods to geopolitics and morality (not to mention the fairly half-baked characters), Yongary stays engaging most of the way through. This is mainly due to the sheer silliness of its practical effects.
You can basically sum up this off-brand South Korean kaiju in two gifs:
But at the end of the day, I’d watch Yongary again, even without a drinking game. The MST3K version of the movie is entertaining as well, but not required. For folks with patience for the limitations of older movies and a love of “you tried!” level practical effects, Yongary will make for a fun evening.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+