"I named it Gyaos, because of the sound he makes!
Produced in 1967, Gamera vs. Gyaos
is one of the more popular entries in the Showa Gamera
series, and it would introduce Gamera's most popular foe, Gyaos. The film was also the last entry to feature a music score by Tadashi Yamauchi, who also scored the first film as well. This film featured the return of Gamera's love of children, and it was the movie where Gamera became a heroic monster instead of a villain, like he was in the previous two entries. Like the first movie, and all succeeding it except Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos was directed by Noriaki Yuasa, who also helmed the special effects.
Considered the last really good film of the Showa Gamera series, Gamera vs. Gyaos
, like Invasion Of Astro Monster
, was also the beginning of the end for the franchise, as Gamera's love of children would only cause future films, with the possible exception of Gamera vs. Jiger, to become increasingly ridiculous and child-oriented. Oddly enough, the films would still be very gory, with monsters bleeding and losing limbs like a carnival of delicious horrors.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode, see here
This movie contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adults Are Useless: Not all of them, but the vast majority, especially that reporter.
- Awesome but Impractical: Gyaos's forked throat allows him to produce sonic beams. Unfortunately for him, this also means that he is physically incapable of turning his head, just as in every live-action Batman film from 1989 to 2005.
- Breath Weapon: Gamera has his flame-thrower, and Gyaos has his sonic beam, which is due to him having a forked throat, causing him to be unable to turn his head.
- Chekhov's Gun: But...
- Red Herring: It would seem like Gyaos' inability to turn his head was implying that Gamera would slay him by breaking his neck. Even the sunlight weakness is another reverse Chekhov's gun, since Gamera kills Gyaos by dumping him into a volcano.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Gyaos nearly slices Gamera's right arm off in their first battle; both monsters, Gamera especially, bleed profusely in each encounter; Gyaos slices his own leg off in the second battle; Gyaos eats people on screen, and Eiichi throws his toys at some angry villagers.
- Friend to All Children: Gamera, and here is where it became really pronounced.
- Giant Flyer: Gamera and Gyaos.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Gyaos, although he also eats some cattle (off screen), as evidenced by one distraught farmer's grieving.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Gyaos uses super-sonic beams produced by a special forked throat.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Gyaos's name has been spelled "Gyaos" and "Gaos", and no official source has really chosen one over the other.
- Our Vampires Are Different: For one, this vampire can shoot sonic beams out of his mouth, and he definitely does not sparkle in the light, although his head does glow red. And oh yes, he's a 100-foot-tall silver lizard.
- Weakened by the Light: Sunlight and ultraviolet light are harmful to Gyaos, and it causes his flesh to literally shrink.