Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

The world has fallen under attack by aliens once again, and this time, they have taken control of Earth's monsters in order to destroy the human race! It is up to an elite band of scientists and space explorers to put an end to the evil plan before it is too late! DESTROY ALL MONSTERS captures all of the most popular trends that were defined in the Showa Era, from the Space Age plot involving scheming aliens to the all-out monster melee that is promised by the title. Though it never fully delivers in either regard, it is still entertaining enough to appease the fans. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS was originally planned as the final film in the series, and is the last film to feature Godzilla's four founding fathers, with Ishiro Honda directing and Akira Ifukube composing another fine score. Despite an increased budget over the two preceding films, however, the recycled storyline and mediocre special effects fail to live up to INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER. All of that is forgotten as Toho unleashes its entire monster line-up to destroy each of Earth's capitols before facing off in a giant battle royale against King Ghidorah! The final battle is a bit of a let down since it is relatively short and many of the monsters are forced to sit on the sidelines, but Godzilla and friends gang up and take turns just beating the living hell out of Ghidorah. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS may not be the strongest film in the series, but it features all of the most popular elements that fans have come to adore.

Monsters: Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, Varan.

Rating: 7/10.

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6 comments:

  1. "Letdown" is putting it mildly; DESTROY ALL MONSTERS?? More like "SHOW MOST MONSTERS IN SEVERAL QUICK CUTAWAY SCENES AND THEN HAVE THE SAME THREE THAT ALWAYS FIGHT, FIGHT AGAIN". Sheesh.

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  2. The reason why the same three monsters are on screen more than the others is that the costumes were all damaged and it was decided they would be used as sparingly as possible. The budget didn't allow for new suits to be constructed.

    I, too was let down by this one. Yet, a number of fans love the film despite the two minute gang up at the end.

    As has already been stated, you guys will be seriously disappointed in FINAL WARS. That one has a dozen or so monsters in it and the fights all last mere seconds save for the final fight. More time is given to 'MATRIX' style kung fu fights than the monsters.

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  3. I really did like the miniatures in this one during the (brief) attack on Japan, I could have lived with the big three offering some more city whomping, but I could only imagine that they were saving the remaining buildings for whichever movie was lined up next =D

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  4. wait we didn't like this movie... it was just japan monsters having a sleep over, that got out of hand!!

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  5. Literally ALL the old Japanese Godzilla movies are now totally and utterly unwatchable. The ludicrously under-rated and quite magnificent 1998 American remake is better than all of them put together.

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    1. The 1998 American film is putrid in every way. 'Course, Teddy-Boy seems like the whiny, petulant fanboy type anyway

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