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No, that’s not the double-bill for tonight’s events; believe it or not, the B-grade Japanese monster movie series about the giant fire-breathing turtle who flew by pulling his limbs into his shell and turning the holes into jet propulsion vents actually took a pretty big detour into hypnosis somewhere around the seventh film in the venerable monster series. (As a general rule, by Film #7 in any series, they tend to be a bit desperate for ideas.)
In this particular case, the titular villain, Zigra, doesn’t actually appear until the back half of the movie. It spends most of the first half in consultation with its spokeswoman, a bikini-wearing character who delivers most of the exposition on its behalf. She has a passionate hatred for the human race (because we pollute the oceans and kill fish…there’s a weird, half-baked environmental message in there) and she has the ability to gaze into people’s eyes and zap them with red twinkling lights. Folks so zapped become automatons, more or less mindless but capable of following simple instructions.
Yes, I know, it sounds like the best movie ever. And if you’re a bumbling-Japanese-scientist-sexual, it probably is. But unfortunately, most of the scenes involve her hypnotizing bumbling Japanese scientists, so the rest of us are kind of left out in the cold just a bit. (She also spends some time chasing small children around, because late-period Gamera movie, but I’m hoping nobody finds that sexy.) Plus, there are way too few scenes of her hypnotizing men and way too many scenes of hotel managers arguing with zookeepers over fish for this to really count as a major sexytimes production.
Although I will give it some credit–the mid-movie twist is that she, herself, is a victim of Zigra’s hypnosis, having been brainwashed into becoming its avatar/representative to humanity. The same technique that frees people from her control works on her. (Steven Moffat later used this to brilliant effect in Doctor Who.) But at that point the hypnosis disappears from the film entirely, so it’s very much a lose/lose scenario.
I’d say you could repurpose it for brainwashing mash-up videos, but that’s about it. Funny episode, though!