Friday, January 18, 2013

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

A warning from space details the coming of King Ghidorah, a giant three-headed monster and destroyer of planets! The spokespeople of Earth summon the winged guardian, Mothra, to save humanity, but Mothra must call upon the combined strength of Godzilla and Rodan in order to defeat the intergalactic terror. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER gives birth to Godzilla's most iconic foe, the great King Ghidorah! Ghidorah is a masterwork of design and special effects, brought to life by a team of puppeteers controlling the dragon's vast wings and many heads. Ghidorah's signature roar and lightning breath only add to the monster's incredible appeal, making him a favorite amongst fans. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER introduces many important trends that would come to define the Showa era, mainly the inclusion of alien beings and the all-out brawls that would feature a pantheon of Toho's greatest creations. We also see a change in Godzilla's role from destructor to indifferent observer as part of his gradual shift into humanity's savior continues. GHIDORAH contains a fantastic display of aerial combat, grappling, and laser battles that reaches the height of Eiji Tsuburaya's incredible achievement in special effects. King Ghidorah would make his return the following year in Godzilla's next exciting space outing, INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER.

Monsters: Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah.

Rating: 9/10.
 
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2 comments:

  1. Definitely one of the best of the series even if it gets a little silly at times. A spectacular production whose destruction and monster footage was pilfered for other G films. I only wish they had kept the original design for RODAN, but I guess that would have been too frightening to the younger audience, who, by this time, was the core group Toho was aiming for.

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  2. Ah, good 'ol Rodan, we hardly knew ye!

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