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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Free Godzilla Movie Marathon, Part 7 ...

In celebration of the new Godzilla movie, and to get non-hardcore Godzilla fans properly prepared for this new G-movie, here is the seventh totally free Godzilla movie that I've posted here on this blog in about the last two weeks. The films that I have shown so far are ...

Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla Raids Again (Cinema Insomnia)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Godzilla vs The Sea Monster (MST3K)
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

... and now, for your confused viewing pleasure, may I present today's utterly bizarre free movie.


Yoinked generously from the mighty wikipedia gods ...

"Godzilla vs. Hedorah (ゴジラ対ヘドラ Gojira tai Hedora?), is a 1971 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Yoshimitsu Banno and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, and Hiroyuki Kawase. The 11th film in the Godzilla series, the film had a strong anti-pollution message with director Banno being inspired after visiting a polluted beach near Yokkaichi. The film was released theatrically in the United States in the Spring of 1972 by American International Pictures as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster.

Yoshimitsu Banno was so pleased with Godzilla vs. Hedorah that he started writing another Godzilla film. An unnamed project, dubbed Godzilla vs. Hitodah on the site, was his first attempt, but he abandoned it in favor of a direct sequel to his 1971 Godzilla film called Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2. However, Tomoyuki Tanaka, who was hospitalized during the production of Godzilla vs. Hedorah was extremely dissatisfied with the final product and went as far as to tell Banno that he had "ruined Godzilla." So Tanaka immediately barred Banno from making another Godzilla film.

This was the first Godzilla film made in the 1970s, and the eleventh entry in the series. This was the first film in several years to neither reuse an old monster (not counting Godzilla) or recycle footage from a previous movie in the series. This is noteworthy since the previous five films (made between 1965-1969) had increasingly done both. Hedorah's only other appearance is in Godzilla: Final Wars, where it appears alongside Ebirah in a single scene cameo and is defeated almost immediately. It is never stated what purpose Hedorah has in attacking Tokyo, and it is possible that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. In all likelihood, this appearance was merely as an extra monster to make the Xilien forces appear more numerous because the costume was on hand.

Critical reaction to the film has been mixed, with some embracing its eccentricity and others deriding it. Japan Hero said the film is 'recommended for Godzilla fans, but don't expect much out of it.' Monster Zero criticized the film's production values and said that it 'succeeds in carrying the series over the edge into strictly kid's stuff' and 'begins the series' inexorable slide into oblivion.' Stomp Tokyo said the film has 'many obvious, crippling flaws' but added that 'there are some good things,' praising the monster action in particular

On a side note, this was the only time we see Godzilla fly under his own power. He uses his atomic ray as jet propulsion. Director Banno reportedly added the scene to provide a light moment in what is otherwise a fairly dark film compared to many of those which preceded it."

Thiiiiiiiis is a strange one.

Psychedelic special effects, a monster made out of pollution, small animated sequences randomly spliced into the film, a very green message, a guy who drinks so much that everyone turns into fish (?!?!?!), and Godzilla flies for no reason.

If you were playing "One of these things is not like the other" with Godzilla films, then THIS would be the one.

Buckle up and enjoy ...

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