31 in 31: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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ghidorahStory: A princess takes a trip to Japan, but her plane blows up.  Later, a woman that looks just like her is on the streets of Japan, warning everyone of upcoming monster invasions.  What’s going on?  Who cares — bring on the kaiju!

Scares: Terrifyingly bad dubbing, if you’re not watching the subtitled versions.  Otherwise, it’s a monster-iffic cake walk.

Splat Factor: Godzilla series = Zero.

Closing scene “shocker”: All rainbows and unicorns, no surprises here.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul): This is the 5th film of the Toho Godzilla series, but it’s the first time Ghidorah hit the silver screen.

Trick or Treat: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (aka Ghidrah, when the USA got hold of it) is the first all-out monsterpalooza from Toho Studios.  Wanna know when Godzilla switched from bad guy to good?  Well, here you go.  Go go Gojira!  Sure, the plot — a princess, on her way to Japan for a visit, is attacked and after her plane is blown up she’s possessed by a Martian that warns of upcoming monster invasions.  Yeah, it’s wacky.  But it’s the monsters we’re looking to see, and Ghidorah delivers.  Rodan!  Godzilla!  Mothra!  And, of course, three-headed King Ghidorah!

My favorite ‘zilla movies have tons of monsters, and this one is one of the tops in that regard.  Godzilla and Rodan kick each other’s butts before they decide to work together (along with caterpillar Mothra) to defeat Ghidorah.  That means tons of hot man-in-suit vs. man-in-suit action y’all.  And it’s glorious.  Pissy Godzilla, with his kicking mountains and stomping his feet because he doesn’t like his opponent, is Best Godzilla!  And the way Mothra brokers a truce between Godzilla and Rodan is kinda awesome.  [Insert crunchy Help The Earth message here: gotta love kaiju with hearts of gold.]  Bravo, Mothra!

BTW, this is the only film in the Godzilla series where the dubbing sounds good…at least when it comes to the possessed princess.  Hey, I take the ability to enjoy crap dubbing wherever I can get it.

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4.5 out of 5 pumpkins. The silly possession/assassination plot takes a half a ‘kin off this kaiju classic.

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