Oh thank God(zilla) for Godzilla Vs Gigan. After going through the very child friendly Son of Godzilla and All Monsters Attack, through to watching whatever the hell Godzilla vs Hedorah was, I am so glad to be back in the realm of regular Godzilla films. Gone are the pre-teen characters. Gone is the horror that is Minilla. Returning to the fray is citywide destructions and actual action. I do feel that I may end up going easier on this film than I probably should. But know that this is only because of the previous three films making this look like a masterclass in monster based mayhem. Click the link below for my review.
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If you were handsome enough to have read my Son of Godzilla, and to a lesser extent the All Monsters Attack, review you’ll recall how I wondered just how Godzilla got to that point. How they went from a theme of nature fighting back against man for their own destructive ways to being a child’s hero. Last night I watch Godzilla Vs Hedorah for the first time and my previous musing has now been rendered obsolete by this query. Godzilla Vs Hedorah… what even is this and why, and how… also, wha? I’ll try to explain after the link below.
I’m really quite annoyed that I couldn’t get hold of a copy of Destroy All Monsters. The reason is because I have now had to watch two of the most misguided Godzilla films of the Showa era in a row. The last film I reviewed was Son of Godzilla. A film that features Godzilla playing pops to a baby Godzilla known as Minilla. That film may have been first of the Godzilla films squarely aimed at children, but it did at least bear the hallmarks of the sci-fi elements you expect from the series along with the sort of characters you expect. All Monsters Attack is odd. Really odd. How odd? Click the link below and I’ll explain.
I had never seen Son of Godzilla before last night. A friend of mine had described it as being… ahem… “a stupid log of bloody shit floating down a river of hate blood shat out of a whores eye hole”. Which is as vivid a description of a film as you could ever ask for. I had always though the film was merely the tipping point where Godzilla films stopped being family sci-fi adventure flicks and became focused on being children’s entertainment. But, you know, everyone has their own interpretation of a film. So, click the link below for mine.
Did you know that both Spider-man and Godzilla make an appearance in the original version of the Mega Drive classic The Revenge of Shinobi? No? You didn’t care? oh… sorry. Was just trying to tie this review into Godzilla Season. I mean, this film has just kind of appeared right in the middle of my efforts to review as many Godzilla films as I can. Kind of a dick move Sony. Anyway, I just got back from seeing Amazing Spider-man 2 and after the link is my thoughts. The review will discuss spoilers but I’ll keep the most important of them at the bottom of the post and clearly signpost the, first. There is various small plot details littered throughout though. Click the link below for the full review!
It’s time for a Godzilla island adventure! Grab your Hawaiian shirt, your Ukulele and get ready to get down and swing with a veritable bevy of beach based fun! That’s right folk! Godzilla is going on holiday and you’re invited! But what’s that? Is that a giant lobster?! Well that can only mean one thing! Toho has ran out of ideas, or money, and is putting anything they can together to try to save money during a period of Japanese film making where readily available funds were in decline! Money will be saved. Adventures will be had. Angles will be Dutched and and music will be seriously groovy. Click the link for Ebirah, Horror of the Deep!
We’re now Six films into the Godzilla series and, already, we’ve moved away from what the original film was drastically. The dark thematic elements regarding Japan’s fear of the Atomic bomb has been replaced with cursory discussion. Godzilla is no longer the villain but has become almost an anti-hero fighting to protect Earth. Gojira was very much set in the real world, in this film the Earth in invaded by aliens from Jupiter’s recently discovered moon, Planet X. The change in tone and style over the first 6 films is so grand that, if were not for the iconic design of Godzilla himself, you’d think thee films were entirely unrelated. This would be akin to making a sequel to a film like RoboCop and giving him a jetpack or having him fighting ninja robots or something equally stupid. Thankfully that fate has never befallen RoboCop. Godzilla, on the other hand, is only part of the way through his Showa era transformation. Click the link below to see if I think these changes have worked out for the best.
Notice a trend with the last few Godzilla film’s I’ve reviewed? He still hasn’t been given top billing in any film made since 1955. Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster isn’t even the last of these early films to keep this trend up either. The next film is Invasion of the Astro Monster. After that is Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster, except that’s the US title. The actual title is Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. After that is Son of Godzilla, where he’s playing second fiddle to his irritating offspring. It’s not until 1971s Godzilla Vs Hedorah that we get a definite film where Godzilla gets top billing. It is kind of strange for the main attraction of these films to never get his name in the title. None of that really matters though. I was just trying to find something to fill this opening paragraph with before asking you to click the link below for my review of Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster.
Why yes that is the poster for the Americanised version of Mothra Vs Godzilla. For some reason they opted to called it Godzilla vs The Thing and decided to hide just what “The Thing” was. Hell, looks like it’ll be some tentacle monster there. God bless the Hollywood B-Movie studio system of the 1960s. Anyway, this film is Mothra Vs Godzilla and it’s about Mothra fighting Godzilla. Well, there’s some stuff about an egg and some crooks… also some tiny little ladies… but mostly it’s about a giant moth fighting a giant dino-lizard guy. Click the link below to read what I hilariously call a review!
King Kong Vs Godzilla is a little bit of a big deal. It may not have been the most successful film of all time but it does hold the honour of having the highest box office attendance of all the Godzilla films in Japan. It also sent a message to Toho that big monster fights were a commercial draw and, more so that Godzilla Raids Again, it was this film that pushed the series in the direction we mostly regard Godzilla as having. The film almost didn’t happen. Back in 1955 Toho had put Godzilla on ice (That’s a pun you’ll get later) with no intention of making any new films. In the early 1960s the studio was working on making a Japanese King Kong film and intended to have Kong fight against another of their monster movie stars, Frankenstein. Frankenstein is 50 metres tall in Japan by the way. This was eventually scrapped when Toho learned they no longer had the license for Frankenstein and so they decided to defrost (also a pun) Godzilla after 7 years and create a battle of East Vs West with two of the biggest monster movie stars of the time. Click the link for my review.