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 Movie Poster Graded
Calamity Brains:

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+

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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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