aka Kaijû Sôshingeki (Original Title)
89 min., 1968
Written by Ishirô Honda/Kaoru Mabuchi
Directed by Ishirô Honda
My rating: ★★★★
It’s a Monstergasm!!!
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So there is an island that holds all of the monsters now. It’s called Monster Island and they are controlled by gases and force fields, which keeps them from leaving. They seem to be pretty happy overall with little fighting. But the connection to Monster Island is broken and the monsters start to rage across the globe. Godzilla attacks New York City, Gorosaurus attacks Paris, Manda attacks London, Mothra attacks Beijing and Rodan goes after Moscow. It is later revealed that an alien race called the Kilaaks are behind all of the monsters going crazy and are trying to get Earth to surrender and if they don’t, the world will be destroyed. The United Nations Science Committee gets control of the monsters and has them go after the Kilaaks, but they pull out one of their hidden weapons…Motherfucking King Ghidorah!!!!! Now it’s all of the monsters against King Ghidorah in a battle royale that can only happen in a Godzilla movie.
Now I can go into the acting in the movie (which is pretty good) but I’m going to skip it because I just want to talk about the monster overload that this movie has to offer.
The creation of a place like Monster Island is a great plot device to add to this series. Now all of the monsters are pretty much confined to one place and if anything needs to happen in the series all they have to do is let a few of them escape, instead of having them appear out of nowhere. Another thing that is interesting about Monster Island is the fact that the monsters all seem to get along while on the island. Instead of it being a constant battle they have learned to live together, so when they leave the island it’s almost like they are just confused to be away from home, kinda like a lost child that throws a temper tantrum, instead of them just destroying to destroy.
Now comes the monster battle. The players are:
For the Earth–
Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Gorosaurus, Minilla, Anguirus and Kumonga (Spiga from Son of Godzilla)!
For the Kilaaks –
King Ghidorah and a monster just called the Fire Dragon.
Manda, Baragon and Varan
They square off and the fight begins!
This is one monster battle that will go down in history as (as far as I’ve seen so far) the best! You have nine monsters going at it and you can imagine how many rubber suits and wires were used to pull this off. It’s just crazy how well they do it and it won’t even look too bad to non-fans as well. Monsters are flying everywhere, lasers and breath weapons are hitting everything in sight and (rubber) fists are flying. In the middle of it all is King Ghidorah who is taking all of these other monsters on. It is truly an amazing sight to behold. Check it out if you have a chance. The story is pretty good, as is the acting but it’s the GIANT monster battle that sets this one above the rest. If you’ve ever enjoyed giant monster movies, then this will be a treat for your eyes.Have You Read...?