This is where things really go off-the-rails. Because, according to this film, arbitrary divisions are the psychological root to the outbreak of violence that Vietnam started, logically(?!), the best predator to finally snuff out what life remains on our planet is (wait for it) a hermaphrodite space vampire. The sniper, formally unable or perhaps unwilling to admit to his culpability in the assassination of the messianic ambassador, is invaded by an alien presence that leaves a bloody vaginal scar right between its host’s eyes. I shit you not, that scar serves as a reminder that the sniper is now both himself and “other,” a transsexual figure that, it has to be noted, we see suck the blood out of mostly male victims for longer periods of time than the one or two females he pounces on.
More so than the film’s bleak Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) type ending, his gender transgression looks to be the truly final sign that we have seen the enemy and he is us. Whether or not that works as a metaphor is open for debate but I swear, just like how Momotake swears that he did not make a crew member say anything under hypnosis that wasn’t the absolute truth, all of this is in the film just waiting to be picked over by both the generically curious and the psychically troubled alike.
*He's not listed on IMDB. Help here would be appreciated.
**"Goke"="widow" in English.
Note: Speaking of Bava, the chintzy make-up effects at the end remind me of something from Lifeforce (1985) by way of Planet of the Vampires (1965). Strange mix for a strange film, I guess.