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The Asian ApertureYongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, January 8, 2012    Share

Long before The Host and the incoming wave of Korean horror, there was a movie from 1967 called Yongary, Monster from the Deep. A bomb explodes in the Middle East that causes earthquakes. In South Korea, a young astronaut pilots a rocket to investigate. Due to the recent earthquakes, a giant monster called Yongary is unleashed and walks the land in search of oil and gas to drink, a winning combination. Yongary has the basic T-Rex shape with a large horn that can annoyingly change colors. One of the military chiefs recalls a story concerning an old legend about an earthquake monster called Yongary that his family used to tell him. The military attempts various means to destroy Yongary, before he can wreak havoc to Seoul, using rockets and missiles to no avail. Finally Yongary reaches Seoul and smashes a few buildings in the process. A young boy befriends Yongary and watches as the monster dances to really bad 60’s guitar pop. It is one of several painful scenes to sit through. Another drawn out and dreadful scene is the boy flashing a light on Yongary’s front horn and giggling as it changes colors. The boy’s father is a noted biologist who is researching how to kill Yongary before any more damage is done. In the end, the boy, his father, and different family members fly over Yongary and spray an ammonia compound on him. This causes Yongary to twitch and go into convulsions followed by dying near a river. Blood leaks out between the creature’s legs that make it look like he is urinating. That is one of the major flaws. The death of a monster should be dramatic instead of how anticlimactic the death scene was shot. Back inside the helicopter is the boy questioning the adults with the usual, “Why did Yongary, (insert giant monster of your choice here,) have to die?” The answer is always the same, “because the monster cannot exist in our world because he/she/it would destroy it.” Everyone is happy and smiling as they fly off.

Yongary has so many problems. Mainly that he looks like a minor monster from Monster Island. The biggest crime is that whenever he uses his fire breath to burn jets and tanks, you can visibly see the metal nozzle the flame will shoot out of. It totally destroys any sense of disbelief. In every Godzilla or Gamera movie you would never see something that shoddy. I guess the director thought that the fire breath shot would only be a few seconds so the audience was allowed to see it. It becomes embarrassingly funny whenever Yongary is just standing around and you get a good long look at the nozzle that would work for a robot but not for a dinosaur style monster. The fact that the scene lingers for such a long time just add insult to injury. Also, whenever Yongary destroys a building, the buildings do not break apart that well and come off as how weak he really is. The worst part of the movie is anytime Yongary has any screen time, which should be a monster movie’s best moments.

So is Yongary a total flop? No, because the scenes of the human characters bonding together and fighting for survival against great tragedy is actually believable and touching. The scenes of the military discussing how to defeat Yongary show hints of interesting drama that gets lost in how bad the monster footage is. Quite possible the best line in the whole movie is when the young boy tells a reporter that he wishes his older sister would hurry up and get married. That was funny without laughing at how bad the movie is.

Yongary is a mildly interesting monster movie that has camp value for people who love to sit around and laugh at bad movies. If you are looking to kill time on a Saturday afternoon and you don’t have to pay to see it then watch it. If you get easily bored, avoid at all costs. Yongary would work best in the background at a party that people occasionally would pay attention to. To give it your undivided attention is going to make you hate it.

2.5 out of 5 stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2012 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2012 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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