Yoinked from Wiki and mated with sniglets of imdb:
"Godzilla vs. Hedorah (ゴジラ対ヘドラ ,Gojira tai Hedora?), also known as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, is a 1971 film. The eleventh film in Toho Co. Ltd.'s Godzilla series, it was directed by Yoshimitsu Banno with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. The score was composed by Riichiro Manabe. Tomoyuki Tanaka, who produced the first 22 Godzilla films, was in the hospital during the time the film was made. Upon recovery and actually seeing the film, it is said that he told the director of the film that he absolutely ruined the entire Godzilla series and that he would never direct at Toho again. Despite this claim, however, Banno is slated to produce and direct the soon-to-be released film Godzilla: 3D to the Max, featuring the Hedorah-like monster Deathla.
The film was released in April 1972 by American International Pictures under the title Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" . There were several small alterations: dialogue was dubbed to English, the song "Save the Earth" (based on a song in the original Japanese version of the film) was added. This version was rated PG by the MPAA, however a home video edition was cut to earn a G rating.
Critical reaction to the film has been mixed, with some embracing its eccentricity and others deriding it. Popcorn Pictures said, 'This is one of the worst in the series. The whole thing seems like an acid trip from start to finish. Very bad indeed, and easily one of Godzilla's worst hours.' Conversely, Toho Kingdom called the film 'one of the greats in the series,' saying that 'the plot, monster battles, effects, and overall innovation make this film a real knockout ... and the music, though wacky, is brilliant in its originality,' but added: 'Of course, the film does cater to a particular taste, and if one cannot find acceptance for a very contemporary early-70s style, then one won't enjoy this film.'
American Kaiju called the film 'a confused Godzilla non-epic that doesn't seem to be sure just who it was made for in the first place.' DVD Talk said it 'earns points for trying something new, to break away from what was fast becoming a tired formula. The film isn't as entertaining as Godzilla vs. Gigan or Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, but it is more original and daring, and ... fans will want to pick [it] up.'
Kenpachiro Satsuma, the actor who played Hedorah, was struck with appendicitis during the production. Doctors were forced to perform the appendectomy while he was still wearing the Hedorah suit, due to the length of time it took to take off. During the operation, Satsuma learned that painkillers have no effect on him.
This is one of the films included in 'The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)' by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell."
Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
Mug Root Beer
Super Chocholate Fudgey Ice Cream
Lays Brand Potato Chips
Ranch Style Dip
And Lots Of Coffee To Stay Awake During This Crapfest
Today's Church-less MOTW is one that I've been sitting on for quite some time. I bought it a few weeks ago and its taken a lot of self control for me NOT to see it. Needless to say I am extremely excited about it. The amazing resource Foster on Film has this to say about todays feature film:
"After a series of abysmal Godzilla films, it was time to do something different. But were trippy dancing, psychedelic backgrounds, and a pollution monster too different? Certainly for a serious monster film, but there hadn't been anything serious about the Godzilla franchise for years. Nor had there been much that was fun. And Godzilla Vs Hedorah does bring back the fun, just not the same kind of fun. It is background for a stoner's afternoon.
If you are properly high, you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the hallucinogenic dance, with an undulating singer clad in a tan body suit and paint, where everyone suddenly has the head of a fish. You'll be able to dig the multiple animated clips as well as Godzilla flying using his atomic breath as a rocket. And of course, you'll be able to groove with the rock-fueled and drug-fueled love-fest on top of Mt. Fuji.
Yup, this is one weird movie. It all leads up to the castration scene. Yes, Godzilla rips out Hedorah's testicles (just the way he'll rip out the testicles of anyone who pollutes...). You just don't see a lot of testicle grabbing, and then testicle igniting, in your average giant monster film."
This video says it best ...
This film has also been re-written for an incredibly awesome little parody trailer on youtube.
The Smog Monster is wreaking havoc on the planets environment and only ONE MAN can save us ...
Today's MOTW will immediately be followed by Season One of HBO's Flight of the Conchords.
Here's what I've seen so far ...
December 7th: Godzilla VS Mecha-Godzilla
December 14th: Godzilla VS Mothra
December 21st: Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster
December 28th: Lord of the Rings (Rifftrack edition)
January 4th: Godzilla VS The Sea Monster
January 11th: Series 7 (The Contenders)
January 18th: House of Wax
January 25th: Police Story 3
February 1st: Left Behind the Movie
February 15th: Godzilla VS Megalon
February 22nd: Jesus Christ Superstar
March 1st (part 1): Duck Soup
March 1st (part 2): Godzilla Final Wars