Destroy All Monsters (1968)

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Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Monster Total Advancement (1968)
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Directed by Ishiro Honda
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Ishiro Honda, Kaoru Mabuchi
Music by Akira Ifukube
Distributor TohoJP
AIPUS[1]
Rating GUS
Budget ¥200,000,000[2]
Box office ¥170,000,000[3]
Running time 89 minutesJP
(1 hour, 29 minutes)
88 minutesUS
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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The mysterious Kilaaks appear! Shaking the universe, the great battle of 11 monsters! (謎のキラアク星人出現!宇宙をゆるがす11大怪獣の大激闘!)
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— Japanese tagline

The horror of every monster known to man ravaging the Earth!
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— International tagline

The MONSTERS are in REVOLT... and The World is on the brink of DESTRUCTION!
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— American tagline

Destroy All Monsters (怪獣総進撃,   Kaijū Sōshingeki, lit. Monster Total Advancement) is a 1968 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, and the ninth installment in the Godzilla series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on August 1, 1968.[4]

Plot

At the end of the 20th century, the United Nations Science Committee has captured and contained all of Earth's monsters on an island located in the Ogasawara chain dubbed "Monsterland." The island is monitored from a special underground control center staffed by scientists who ensure the monsters stay secure and also study them. One day, a cloud of knockout gas suddenly appears over the island, knocking the monsters and the human researchers all unconscious. Soon after, the monsters begin to appear in major cities across the globe: Godzilla attacks New York, Rodan appears in Moscow, Gorosaurus destroys Paris, Mothra terrorizes Beijing, and Manda assaults London. With communications with Monsterland mysteriously severed, the UNSC sends Katsuo Yamabe and the crew of the Moonlight SY-3 to end their patrol on the Moon and investigate the island. They find the island badly damaged and all of the monsters gone. Yamabe and his men enter the research base under the island and find the staff all alive, but acting strangely. Lead researcher Dr. Otani and Yamabe's sister Kyoko bring the SY-3 crew further into the base and introduce them to a group of mysterious women wearing silver robes. The leader reveals that she represents the Kilaaks, an advanced race of aliens that have come to stake their claim on Earth, and that they have used mind control to turn all of the Monsterland staff as well as the island's resident monsters into their servants. The Kilaak Queen demands that the human race surrender to her race immediately, or else they will be forced to annihilate human civilization. Yamabe and his men refuse and open fire on the Kilaaks, but find they are defended by a forcefield. The Kilaaks escape and order their mind-controlled slaves to kill Yamabe and his men. The SY-3 crew fights its way through the Kilaaks' servants and manages to escape the island with Dr. Otani. Otani is brought to a UNSC base and interrogated by Yamabe and Dr. Yoshida, but refuses to reveal any details about the Kilaaks' plan. While Yamabe and Yoshida are talking in another room, Otani commits suicide by jumping out of a nearby window. Kyoko and a group of Kilaak-controlled armed men arrive to recover Otani's body, but are attacked by the UNSC's special police force and retreat. The UNSC conducts an autopsy on Otani, and discover a strange device implanted in his head. They quickly determine that this must be how the Kilaaks are controlling Otani and the others.

With the world's attention drawn away from Japan, the Kilaaks establish an underground base near Mount Fuji and direct their next attack at Tokyo. Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and Manda all attack Japan's capital at the same time, catching its defenses completely off guard and annihilating the city with little opposition. While Tokyo is destroyed, the UNSC manages to capture Kyoko and free her from the Kilaaks' control. Unfortunately, Kyoko has no memory of the Kilaaks' plans and cannot provide the UNSC with any useful information. Elsewhere in Japan, an old man discovers a bizarre device inside a rock found near a village. The UNSC analyzes the device and learns it is used to broadcast the Kilaaks' mind control waves over a certain area. Many other such devices are found all around the world, but the UNSC learns the Kilaaks have begun broadcasting their signals directly from a base under the lunar surface instead. Yamabe and his crew board the Moonlight SY-3 and embark on a desperate mission to the moon while the JSDF battles several of the Kilaaks' monsters near Mt. Fuji. The SY-3 arrives on the moon and its crew infiltrates the aliens' hidden base. After a fierce gunfight, the SY-3 crew destroys the Kilaaks' control device and damages the base's environmental controls, forcing the Kilaaks to revert to their true forms, metallic slug-like creatures. This reveals the invaders' weakness: low temperature. The Kilaaks thrive in artificially high temperatures, but will revert to their true forms if exposed to lower temperatures.

With the Earth monsters all freed from the Kilaaks' control, the UNSC directs them all to the Kilaaks' base at Mt. Fuji, intending to put an end to their invasion once and for all. The Earth monsters all arrive, led by Godzilla. As they approach, the Kilaaks unleash their trump card: King Ghidorah. The triped-domed destroyer lands amidst the Earth monsters and begins his attack. Godzilla, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Mothra, Kumonga, and Rodan lead the counterattack while Minilla, Manda, Varan, and Baragon look on. Anguirus bites down on one of King Ghidorah's necks, but the space monster takes flight, with Anguirus still hanging on with all his might. King Ghidorah finally bites Anguirus on the neck with one of his free heads, sending him plummeting to the ground. Anguirus is buried in a ditch, and King Ghidorah promptly lands on top of him and stomps him into the dirt. King Ghidorah flies over to Godzilla and his other two attackers, while Anguirus shakes the dust off and re-enters the battle. The Earth monsters struggle against King Ghidorah until Gorosaurus delivers a devastating kangaroo kick to King Ghidorah's back, causing him to fall to the ground. Godzilla and Anguirus seize the opportunity and begin brutally stomping on King Ghidorah's necks, causing him to cough up blood. When only one of King Ghidorah's heads is left breathing, it is subsequently strangled by one of Minilla's smoke rings. Mothra and Kumonga then cover King Ghidorah's lifeless body in webbing. Refusing to admit defeat, the Kilaaks unleash a "burning monster" they call the Fire Dragon, which terrorizes the monsters before destroying the humans' control devices on Monsterland. Godzilla proceeds to the Kilaaks' base and blasts it repeatedly with his atomic breath, only for the base's shield to resist it. Godzilla then kicks through the base's shield and personally destroys the base, triggering a chain reaction explosion that consumes the entire base and opens a fissure under King Ghidorah's body, which falls in and explodes. The Moonlight SY-3 gives chase to the Fire Dragon, and successfully shoots it down, revealing it as a flaming Kilaak flying saucer. The Earth is saved at last, and the alien invaders are no more. The monsters are all returned to Monsterland to live out their days in peace. Yamabe and Kyoko accompany Dr. Yoshida in a helicopter which flies over the island. From the helicopter, they observe several of the monsters living peacefully on the island, including Godzilla and his son Minilla, who stare contently and roar at the chopper as it flies by.

Staff

Main article: Destroy All Monsters/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Main article: Destroy All Monsters/Credits.

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

International English Dub

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Titan Productions English Dub

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Hal Linden   as   Captain Katsuo Yamabe[6]
  • Bret Morrison[1]   as   Dr. Yoshida[6]
  • Paulette Rubinstein   as   Kyoko Manabe
  • Bernard Grant   as   Doctor Otani
  • Lucy Martin   as   Kilaak Queen
  • Kenneth Harvey   as   Major Tada
  • Jack Curtis   as   Astronaut Arima / UNSC Technician / Newscaster[6]
  • Larry Robinson   as   Moonlight SY-3 Astronaut
  • Norman Rose   as   Narrator[6]


Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Destroy All Monsters/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Destroy All Monsters (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Monster Total Advancement (Literal Japanese title)
    • Charge of the Monsters (Alternate translation)
    • Attack of the Marching Monsters (Alternate translation)
  • Godzilla: The Grand Blitz Operation (ゴジラ電撃大作戦,   Gojira Dengeki Daisakusen, Japanese re-release title)
  • Assemble All Monsters! (オール怪獣集合せよ!,   Ōru Kaijū Shūgōseyo!, Japanese 8mm title)
  • Monster Olympics (怪獣オリンピック,   Kaijū Orinpikku, Japanese 8mm title)
  • Operation Monsterland (England)
  • The Invaders Attack (Les envahisseurs attaquent; France; French Belgium)
  • Frankenstein and the Monsters from Space (Frankenstein und die Monster aus dem All; Germany)
  • The Heirs of King Kong (Gli eredi di King Kong; Italy)
  • Extraterrestrial Invasion (Invasión Extraterrestre; Spain)
  • The Monsters are Threatening the World (Hirviöt uhkaavat maailmaa; Finland)
  • Starfield Monsters (Feza Canavarları; Turkey)
  • Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (Australia)

Theatrical Releases

View all posters for the film here.

  • Japan - August 1, 1968[4]   [view poster]Japanese 1968 poster; December 17, 1972 (Re-Release)   [view poster]Japanese 1972 poster
  • United States - 1969   [view poster]American poster
  • England - December, 1969[7]
  • Spain - 1978
  • Italy - 1968   [view poster]Italian poster
  • France - 1970   [view poster]French poster
  • Belgium - 1970   [view poster]French Belgian poster
  • Germany - 1971   [view poster]German poster
  • Turkey - 1972   [view poster]Turkish poster

U.S. Release

American Destroy All Monsters poster

Some time after Destroy All Monsters was released in Japan, Toho commissioned Frontier Enterprises to produce an English-dubbed version. This international version of the film was subsequently released in some foreign territories, although it would go unreleased in the U.S. until 1996, when the Sci-Fi Channel would license Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs. Hedorah for broadcast.[6]

American International Pictures released Destroy All Monsters theatrically in North America in May 1969.[6] A second English-language version was handled by Titan Productions.[1] There were some minor alterations done to prepare the film for U.S. release:

  • AIP moved the credits to the end of the film. Instead of the futuristic design employed in the Japanese and international versions, AIP's credits play out in white text against a black background. The original Akira Ifukube cue was retained.
  • Deleted: After the destruction of Tokyo, an establishing shot of a Japanese sign reading "Integrated Defense Headquarters".
  • Deleted: A shot of Minilla frenzying amid the battle with King Ghidorah.
  • Deleted: Another shot of Minilla covering his eyes as King Ghidorah drops Anguirus.[6]

Although AIP chose to produce its own English version instead of using Toho's existing international version[6], both dubbed versions share dialogue that is notably different from the Japanese version. Significantly, the opening narration in both dubs sets the film in 1999; the narration in the Japanese version sets the film in "the end of the 20th century." Titan's script may have been based on the Frontier dub.

AIP's version of the film remained in syndication through the early 1980s. The film, however, would be the last Showa Godzilla film released on home video in the United States. Toho's international version would finally be released on VHS by ADV in 1998.[6] In 2011, Media Blasters released Destroy All Monsters on DVD and Blu-ray with both English dubs and the Japanese language track, but Toho forced the company to pull the discs from circulation after about a month due to rights issues pertaining to the special features.[8] Media Blasters reissued the film in 2014 without the Titan dub or any of the special features.

Box Office

Destroy All Monsters had a budget of roughly ¥200,000,000 and received an attendance of 2,580,000 on its original August 1, 1968 Japanese release.

Reception

Destroy All Monsters has received acclaim among Godzilla fans. The New York Times did not review the film upon release, but film critic Howard Thompson gave it a positive review on a re-release at a children's matinee with the Bugs Bunny short, Napoleon Bunny-Part, in December of 1970. He commented that "the feature wasn't bad at all of this type. The trick photography and especially the blended sweep and skill of the miniature settings provided the visual splash. The human beings, with good dubbed English voices, were a personable lot as they wrestled with some outer space culprits who had rounded up Japan's favorite monsters and turned them against the planet Earth."

Among modern critics, Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique wrote, "In the end, Destroy All Monsters is too slim in its storyline, too thin in its characterizations, to be considered a truly great film. It is not as impressive as the original Godzilla, and it is not as hip as name Zero. But for the ten-year-old living inside us all, it is entertainment of the most awesome sort." Matt Paprocki of Blogcritics said the film is "far from perfect" and "can be downright boring at times" but felt that "the destruction scenes make up for everything else" and "the final battle is an epic that simply can't be matched."

Video Releases

ADV Films DVD (1999/2004)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono, international dub)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Special Features: None
  • Notes: The 2004 release is packaged with the film's soundtrack. Out of print.

Toho DVD (2003)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono, 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Seiji Tani, three 8mm films (two for Destroy All Monsters, one for Atragon) and narrated storybooks based on them, theatrical trailer

Madman DVD (2006)

  • Region: 4
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese, English (2.0 Mono, international dub)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Theatrical trailer, trivia, poster gallery, Madman-produced trailers

Tokyo Shock DVD/Blu-ray (2011)

  • Region: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono, 5.1 Surround), English (2.0 Mono, international and Titan dubs)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle, galleries of posters, production stills, and behind-the-scenes images, Japanese, French, and American trailers, Super 8 digest version of the film (8 minutes)
  • Notes: All three versions of the film use the same Japanese video track. A dispute between Toho and Media Blasters over the special features resulted in these releases being pulled from circulation.[9]

Tokyo Shock DVD/Blu-ray (2014)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono, 5.1 Surround), English (2.0 Mono, international dub)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: None
  • Notes: Both versions of the film use the same Japanese video track.

The Criterion Collection Blu-ray (2019) [Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975]

  • Region: A/1 or B/2
  • Discs: 8
  • Audio: Japanese, English (international dub)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: All bonus features on Criterion's Godzilla Blu-ray, 1990 Ishiro Honda interview by Yoshimitsu Banno, interview with director Alex Cox, interviews with actors Bin Furuya and Tsugutoshi Komada, 2011 interview with critic Tadao Sato, unused effects sequences from Toho releases including Destroy All Monsters, trailers, illustrated hardcover book with an essay by Steve Ryfle and liner notes on each film by Ed Godziszewski[10]
  • Notes: Uses a new English subtitle translation. Sony will distribute the Region B/2 version of the set in the United Kingdom on November 25.

Videos

Trailers

Japanese 1972 Toho Champion Festival
Destroy All Monsters trailer
American Destroy All Monsters trailer
American Destroy All Monsters TV trailer
American Destroy All Monsters TV spot
1996 Sci-Fi Channel promo
Ad for ADV's VHS
John Landis' commentary on the
Destroy All Monsters trailer

Other

AIP end credits
Title card from the 1972
Toho Champion Festival version
Godzilla vs. Manda deleted scene

Trivia

  • This film has the greatest number of monsters to appear in one Godzilla movie in the Showa series, and the second greatest number out of all the films, only surpassed in 2004 by Godzilla: Final Wars. While the film stars many familiar faces from the Godzilla series, such as Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Minilla, Kumonga, Anguirus, and of course Godzilla himself, the film also incorporates several other monsters that had previously starred in their own films in separate continuities. These monsters are Baragon, Manda, Varan, and Gorosaurus.
  • Originally, the film was meant to feature Ebirah and Maguma.[11][12] Both were swapped out for Anguirus, Minilla and Gorosaurus. The first draft for this film called for Kamacuras[citation needed] and even Sanda and Gaira to appear.[12] A later draft gave Sanda a cameo as a Monsterland resident.[12]
    • Kamacuras makes a brief unintentional appearance in the film anyway; in a shot from Son of Godzilla meant to show Kumonga joining the assembly of kaiju at Mt. Fuji, a dead, webbed-up Kamacuras can be glimpsed in the bottom-left corner.
  • In Godzilla: The Series, there was a three-part story arc called Monster Wars. During these episodes, aliens known as the Leviathan Aliens appear and take control of the monsters of Earth, sending them to attack the planet's major cities. They are eventually defeated and their base of operations is turned into Site Omega or, as it is more commonly called, Monster Island.
  • Destroy All Monsters was intended to be the last Godzilla movie, but due to its success Toho decided to continue producing more films. However, the next film, All Monsters Attack, was comprised primarily of stock footage from previous films due to the massive budget required for Destroy All Monsters.[citation needed]
  • This film is one of only two films where Mothra appears without her Shobijin. The only other is Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
  • Of all the kaiju in the film, Baragon and Varan are the least prominent. Both monsters are only seen in two brief shots in the entire film. This is because the suits used for both creatures were in a state of disrepair during the shooting of Destroy All Monsters. The Varan suit was 11 years old and not in good shape, and the Baragon suit had been altered considerably to portray different multiple different monsters in Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman series. Repairs on the suit continued even during shooting, and the planned scene of Baragon's attack on Paris had to be altered. Gorosaurus was placed in the sequence instead, meaning the monster gained Baragon's burrowing ability. In the scene where news of the monsters' attacks on the world's major cities is reported on TV, the news anchor states that the monster attacking Paris is, in fact, Baragon. This inconsistency occurs in the Japanese version and both English dubs. Baragon himself only appears in one shot during the final battle and later on Monsterland during the film's ending, though he is mentioned to be stationed at Izu, guarding the Kilaaks' base of operations. Varan is portrayed using only a small prop that appears briefly during the same two scenes.
  • The 1968 manga adaptation of Destroy All Monsters includes several significant differences from the film, most notably Baragon, Manda and Varan directly taking part in the final battle against King Ghidorah. The Fire Dragon is also more true to its title, assuming the full-fledged appearance of a dragon made of flames, despite still being a Kilaak UFO within. Baragon takes the place of Gorosaurus during the attack on Paris, while Manda's rampage in London is also shown.
    • Minilla can be seen holding a giant shark on Monsterland in the beginning of the manga.
  • Along with Invasion of Astro-Monster and Godzilla vs. Megalon (which take place in the unspecified years 196X and 197X, respectively), Destroy All Monsters is one of the few Showa Godzilla movies not to be set in the year of its release. Instead, it takes place at the end of the 20th century, specifically said to be 1999 in the English dubs.
  • In the movie Monsters vs. Aliens, the evil alien Galaxar commands his army to "destroy all monsters." If one listens to the commentary, the creators say that the line was put in as tribute to the Toho movie. They also called it the greatest movie of all time.
  • This film marks the second time Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah were under alien mind control since Invasion of Astro-Monster. This is also the only time Mothra was mind-controlled by aliens.
  • This film marks the return of Anguirus, who hadn't been in a Godzilla film for thirteen years. The character's new suit would go on to appear in Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
  • Gareth Edwards stated that if the 2014 American Godzilla film was successful enough to spawn a sequel, he would do a Destroy All Monsters-type sequel.
  • The 2011 DVD and Blu-ray releases of this film by Media Blasters remain the only official home video releases of a Godzilla movie to include two English dubs.
  • Destroy All Monsters was re-released at the Winter Toho Champion Film Festival on December 17, 1972 under the title Godzilla: The Grand Blitz Operation (ゴジラ電撃大作戦,   Gojira Dengeki Daisakusen), alongside the kaiju film Daigoro vs. Goliath and a animated film called Panda! Go Panda!.
  • King Kong appears on the some of the French, Belgian, and Italian posters for the film, while the Gappa couple are featured on the Turkish poster.
  • Some of the trailers for this film include inconsistent roars for the monsters. In one trailer Mothra has a slightly altered Varan roar, Gorosaurus has Anguirus' roar combined with his own, and Manda has Rodan's roar. In another, Manda again has Rodan's roar, while Godzilla strangely possesses both Rodan's roar and Mothra's chirp.
  • Though the new SoshingekiGoji suit was used for the vast majority of Godzilla's screen time, the DaisensoGoji suit returned for Godzilla's aquatic attack on New York City, and the MosuGoji suit can be glimpsed in a shot recycled from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster of Mothra spraying King Ghidorah with her webbing.

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References

This is a list of references for Destroy All Monsters. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Craig, Rob. American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 120. 2019. ISBN: 9781476666310.
  2. Steve Ryfle and Ed Godzizewski. Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film. Wesleyan University Press. p. 244. 2017. ISBN: 9780819577412.
  3. Steve Ryfle and Ed Godzizewski. Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film. Wesleyan University Press. p. 247. 2017. ISBN: 9780819577412.
  4. 4.0 4.1 怪獣総進撃|ゴジラ 東宝公式サイト (official Godzilla.jp page)
  5. BEHIND THE MING DYNASTY - BURR MIDDLETON - PART 3
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Ryfle, Steve. Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G". ECW Press. pp. 145, 148, 151, 152. 1998. ISBN: 1550223488.
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  8. Monster Zero Forums - Destroy All Monsters and Megalon DVD/Blu-Ray Discussion 2
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  10. Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975 | The Criterion Collection
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  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 LeMay, John. The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films. Bicep Books. p. 241. 15 June 2017. ISBN: 9781548145255.

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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
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One for all and all for one.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

3 months ago
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Unfair for ghidorah
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
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*Ichigo Kurosaki voice* But then again, who said war was fair?
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

2 months ago
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Shrek, he defeated an army by existing.
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The Famous Yongary

3 months ago
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My favourite by far. Rewatched it yesterday.
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JurassicKaiju14

4 months ago
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Ah, I remember this...this was the first Godzilla film I ever saw. I'd seen trailers for "Mothra vs. Godzilla" and "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster", but this was the first time I actually saw any of the kaiju on-screen.

What a way to enter the fandom... :)
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Lamango

5 months ago
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We should add that three Godzilla suits were used in this film.
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Triceradon the 8th

5 months ago
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if you like my commet reply please
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SkullIslandExplorer

6 months ago
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The original Infinity War/Endgame. (Am I right?)
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VaderRaptor

6 months ago
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  1. Endagame’saripoff
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VaderRaptor

6 months ago
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The hashtag turned into,a one!😱😱😱
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Triceradon the 8th

5 months ago
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in 2096 the island zigef is attack by 6 kaiju bagan destoryah gigan a female muto named ophelia ghidorah orga and yongary after killing all of the island bagan and co find the beast stone a speciel stone that allows the users to tranform into 7 legend kaiju the monkey the fish the dragon the golem the porcupine the spider the bufullo and the viper beasts after dispacthing the stones gaurds bagan has orga retreive the stone for him but they are intercept by angireus jet jaugra and gyaoes angireus fights orga while gyaoes and jet fight bagan during the fight yongary feels remorce aideng bagan gigan maneges to get the stone reveld as the buffulo bagan uses the stone to transform and deafeat the 3 good kaiju yongary angry at bagan atemps to stab bagan in the heart with his horn but is grabed by the neck by orga who killes yongry by impaling is brain with his own horn jet tells gyaos to fly angireus who is really inguired to monster island to warn the others thoure reclunted gyaos retrets with the big a jet askes bagan what his plane is but bagan only says your friends will see he then kills jet and tells destoryah to destroyed the island meanwhile on M I the kamoebas twins muck and nuck are disscussing who is sexie gojirin marina mothra amy komodothrax and garasharps twin daurters and biolante gyaos crash lands on monster island angires tells the twins to tell godzilla that the darkos have returend the twins then ask what hapenned to jet wich angirus replys he im afraid is gone and tell the big g that to oh says muck end of act 1
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Pedro

10 months ago
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I found a storyboard https://i.pi...c8f860ab.jpg
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G&G-Fan

11 months ago
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The definition of wasted potential, and by far the most disappointing Godzilla film in terms of having high expectations and those expectations being ruined (I'm not by any means saying it's the worst film in the franchise, I'm saying that it's the most disappointing). It's poster and reputation boasts a huge spectacle that gives every monster it's time to shine, only for you to get a really average Godzilla film where only the most popular monsters really get any screen time and the unique ones that you probably watched the movie to see in action for the first time are reduced to cameo roles. Also, the special effects really suffer from trying to shove in so many monsters.
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Toolen

7 months ago
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I don’t know about that. Considering what they had to work with at the time, including damaged suits, it was a good film. Plus the all out brawl between King Ghidorah and the earth kaiju at the end was pretty entertaining. I wouldn’t consider this amongst the worst Godzilla films by any means. I’d say that Godzilla 1998 and All Monsters Attack are the worst, and this film is far superior to those. This movie was intended to end the franchise in a grand fashion. It was supposed to be the grand finale, the epic conclusion to the Godzilla series, and I think it serves this purpose very well. It may not be the best film in the franchise, but it is definitely one of the better Showa films.
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Titan of Water

12 months ago
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There is this weird short scene right before the humans take control of the monsters where Godzilla comes to Tokyo even though he isn’t controlled by the aliens anymore, and this movie came out right after Son of Godzilla where Godzilla went through a character change. I must have missed something can someone please explain. Forgive me for my confusion btw.
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G&G-Fan

11 months ago
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It's perfectly fine and reasonable for you to be confused because Showa didn't care about it's continuity (and really storytelling for the most part post-1965, with the exception of 1975). Like seriously, it's handled as if the movies are written by children. Suddenly there's a second Anguirus because reasons! And a second Baragon, Varan, and Gorosaurus too! Who cares about storytelling, origins, and continuity when you can just have them randomly show up, wreck stuff, and fight (except very few of them actually do that, they just sit back and watch their friends to all the work)? It's 1999 and yet Godzilla's son is still the same age! Kumonga was burned to a crisp in 1967 and yet suddenly he's back again because we don't care! And Kamacuras too! Oh wait, that's just because they used stock footage of Kumonga because they were lazy to just make another shot of Kumonga spraying web. Like seriously, people hail this as one of the greatest monster movies ever when it's just a mess of wasted potential.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

11 months ago
Score 1

a) They were demonstrating their control over the monsters by having Godzilla make landfall in Tokyo but not attack. Bit of a dick move, really.

b) Why would the filmmakers care about continuity when it was nearly impossible to rewatch these movies after they played in theaters? They didn't know people would be able to fit the entire series on a shelf decades later. (And would you have preferred the story screech to a halt so someone could explain where every monster came from?)
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Titan of Water

11 months ago
Score 0
Oh, I didn’t know they couldn’t watch these movies after they weren’t in theaters anymore. If I’d known that I might not be as hard on the movie for continuity errors.
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G&G-Fan

11 months ago
Score -1
To ABB, that would be like trying to justify being caught committing a crime to your parents or the police because you didn't know they would be around. "Oh, I didn't know you would be here to call me out, so that makes it ok!" Even when you think people won't notice you should still do the smart thing and just do it right as if you actually care. That's called good filmmaking. When you don't follow the continuity it's clear you're being lazy because you don't even bother to remember things about the universe you created. And yes, it's called lore and world building. Would you prefer Pacific Rim if it cut out all references to the breach and the opening and just suddenly randomly started at the Gipsy Danger and Knifehead fight? And it just went "Yea, kaiju exist, just accept it. Would you prefer the story screech to a halt just to explain where Knifehead, Leatherback, Otachi, and these other kaiju come from?" Pacific Rim has one of the most interesting kaiju stories and lores ever because it took the time to explain things and did it in a unique, creative way. It also took the time to show how the kaiju effected the world, something really only the Heisei series ever did.
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Titan of Water

11 months ago
Score 0
Welp I didn’t mean to cause controversy by my question. How about we agree to disagree and get along.😐
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Astounding Beyond Belief

11 months ago
Score 2

You're right, how dare Ishiro Honda not predict the future of home entertainment. Lock him up and throw away the key.

And... took time to explain things? The opening narration in Destroy All Monsters is longer than the one in Pacific Rim, and from a much shorter movie! It just didn't explain the things you wanted it to. I genuinely don't understanding why these trifles seem to be your main issues with DAM, and you don't seem to care about the historical context, so let me break them down from an in-universe perspective. Varan, Frankenstein vs. Baragon, and King Kong Escapes were never established to take place in the same continuity as the Godzilla series, so having Varan, Baragon, and Gorosaurus show up here contradicts nothing. And with three Godzillas (I'm counting Minya) known to exist in the Showa series, why not an Anguirus and Kumonga pair as well? As for Minya not aging in 30-odd years, well, for all we know that's normal for Godzillas. (Not that he is normal, what with all the radiation.)
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G&G-Fan

11 months ago
Score 0
Actually according to the continuity page, those movies ARE a part of the Showa Godzilla continuity. List of Godzilla film continuities
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The King of the Monsters

11 months ago
Score 1
They're part of the Godzilla continuity according to a book published nearly half a century later with the benefit of hindsight and designed specifically to organize and compile information retroactively. The filmmakers were not attempting to make the continuity of these films clear and perfectly tied together at the time, because they knew doing so would have been unnecessary. The audiences may not have seen or remembered said films, so there was no need to waste screentime justifying how a new Baragon or Varan was living on Monsterland. Books published long afterward can just retroactively explain that the events of said films still happened but other members of the various monster species existed and were raised on Monsterland.
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Toolen

7 months ago
Score 0
I think the presence of new versions of dead monsters could be easily explained by the fact that this film is set many years after the other Showa films., decades in the future to be precise. In that time, it’s not hard to believe that another Anguirus, Varan, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, and Manda might appear. After all, if the first Godzilla wasn’t the only one of his kind, then isn’t it possible that the other monsters weren’t one of kind either?
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VaderRaptor

6 months ago
Score 0

Kumonga: killed in Son of Godzilla which takes place before DAM

Kamacurus: killed in Son of Godzilla which takes place before DAM
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The King of the Monsters

6 months ago
Score 0
The Kumonga in Destroy All Monsters is a different individual from the one in Son of Godzilla, and is designated as the "Second Generation Kumonga." Kamacuras isn't even in DAM, outside of an accidental split-second stock footage cameo next to Kumonga.
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VaderRaptor

6 months ago
Score 0
Okay..
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Titan of Water

13 months ago
Score 0
Wasn’t very interested in this movie, but the final fight was great and the destruction scenes were cool, if really short. Like the previous ones I’ve watched it had pretty bland human characters, and it also didn’t have much monster action until the end. I’m also kinda getting annoyed with the same alien-invasion plot since they already did that with Astro-Monster. But watching the final fight makes all the waiting worth it for me. Ghidorah deserves his brutal beat-down because, you know, destroyed planets FOR FUN, but also kind of felt a little bad for him, especially when Godzilla was stomping one of his brains out and blood was gushing from his mouth. Anyway, most of this movie is just okay, but it does have a good finale. 3/5
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Goldn

21 months ago
Score 0
So, were the Shobijin just okay with the UN trapping Mothra on Monster Island?
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VaderRaptor

6 months ago
Score 0
That is kind of weird.
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Pedro

24 months ago
Score 0
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Garfzilla

37 months ago
Score 0
My opinion: This film will never be as good as Final Wars, but it's still a great finale for many reasons.
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Green Blob Thing

37 months ago
Score 0
It's worth watching just to see Ghidorah get beaten to a pulp. It's basically the kaiju equivalent of a 'you came into the wrong neighborhood' scenario.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

37 months ago
Score 0
no more like "you came into the wrong planet"
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VaderRaptor

6 months ago
Score 0
no more like “you came into the wrong continuity”
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Toa Hydros

38 months ago
Score 0

My Thoughts: Destroy All Monsters

Like many of the installments of the later half of the Showa series, Destroy All Monsters is a mixed bag.

Once again the human protagonists are likable, but not nearly on par with characters from past installments like Mothra vs Godzilla and Monster Zero. As for the aliens... While the concept of a race of beings made of living metal is cool, the villain aliens are lackluster in terms of personality.

The main weakness of this movie, however, is the monster action. While the destruction scenes themselves are well done, they're so few and far between, you can't help but become a little bored. The final battle against Ghidorah is the film's saving grace, though, and is easily the most entertaining part of the flick.

In the end, it's hardly the best of the bunch, but it's positive elements make it worth a viewing.
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Green Blob Thing

39 months ago
Score 1
I like how after being beaten by Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan in his first film, then by Godzilla and Rodan in Invasion of Astro-Monster and a third time by Godzilla and Anguirus in Godzilla vs. Gigan, the Kilaaks send Ghidorah on his own to fight Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Mothra, Minilla, Manda and Kumonga expecting him to win.
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