Foreword: Just a warning I did things a little different with this blog, the first link goes to the Wikipedia page for the particular monster,the second link goes to a YouTube clip. Some of the clips are not the best quality and some of them have music playing over them. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up in case your in a public area or don’t want to hear the music. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoyed making it.
I have always had a serious addiction to cheesy movies but none more so than Godzilla. Godzilla has been a part of my life be he animated or live action. I always made sure to be up on Saturday mornings to watch the Godzilla Power Hour (and for the record I HATE Godzooky). My favorites though were the Saturday Matinee movies, Godzilla, Gamera, Rodan and the always fun kung-fu movies you name it they showed it. You have no idea how disappointed and upset I was when the American version aka GINO (Godzilla In Name Only) came out but more on that later. I’ve been meaning to do a Godzilla article for a while now but when I heard Blue Oyster Cult’s Godzilla song being used to sell cars I knew it was a sign from above I needed to get off my duff and do it.
Now I could go on and on about how cool Godzilla is and what an influence he’s had on pop culture but instead I thought I’d focus on the people….err monsters that helped Godzilla become the kaiju he is today. We’ll start with some of the lesser known (and probably for good reason) monsters that Godzilla has battled over the years.
First up is Ebirah : Yes folks Godzilla fought a giant lobster. Now it seems to me it would have beena pretty easy fight, just use your atomic breath to boil the water around him, melt some butter and your set but not our hero, he dedicated an entire movie to battling this horror of the deep. If your so inclined to actually watch this one in it’s entirety I’d highly recommend the MST3K version.
The next member of our rogue’s gallery is Kumonga, if you have a fear of spiders then don’t click the links because this boys a big ‘un. What amazes me about Kumonga is he was in a total of FOUR Godzilla movies! Not bad for a second rate character that hardly anyone’s heard of.
Ok, now that we’ve covered the more obscure villains let’s get into the one’s that most of you probably recognize.
Hedorah: Now I gotta be honest with you, the first time I saw Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster it scared the pants off of me! There are scenes in the movie where Hedorah flies over Tokyo emiting poisonous fumes (from his rear end I guess) and people fall down dead and in other parts turn into skeletons. When your pretty young that kinda thing sticks with you. Now it’s not a big deal but the message behind this one is still kind of timely. Pollution = giant killer monster in Japan.
Gigan: What’s not cool about Gigan? He shoot lasers out of his eye, he has hooks for hands and a sawblade in his belly! Yeah he did team up with Megalon to fight Godzilla and Jet Jaguar but it ended up being one of the funniest MST3K moments in my opinion.
Mechagodzilla: Now there are several different origin stories about Mecha-G, in one version he’s created by the Anti-Godzilla force to combat our hero, in another he’s from outer space and in a third he’s created from the remains of the original Godzilla that was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer. Whichever version you go with Mech-G was always a pretty tough opponent for Godzilla.
The last of the big bads is probably the one most non-Godzilla fans are familiar with since I believe he’s had the most movie appearances. Yes folks it:
King Ghidorah : This guy has more aliases than I can count, Monster X, Monster X II, Death Ghidorah, Ghidorah the list goes on and on. He’s arguably the toughest opponent Godzilla has faced to date sometimes requiring help to beat him.
Well that about wraps up my summary on Godzilla I hoped you enjoyed it. What’s that? What about GINO? No I didn’t forget about him, as much as I’ve tried to forget GINO he just won’t go away. I was so excited when I heard they were going to do a movie where Godzilla comes to America I could barely contain myself. With all the secrecy surrounding what Godzilla would look like I just knew it was gonna be good. Instead of this we got this. American G-fans weren’t the only one’s dissapointed with the way Godzilla was treated here, Toho was very upset with how he was portrayed which leads me to the greatest Godzilla fight ever captured on film. Ladies and Gentleman without further ado I give you this.