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MovieBob Reviews All 29 Previous Godzilla Movies (Part 1)

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 16 May 2014 16:00
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Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)
A lot of people put this one on the low-end of the series, but I have fun with it. Some folks get trapped on an island where a terrorist organization is using Ebirah, a giant lobster, as a guard. Eventually Godzilla turns up, displaying a different power-set and personality than usual (the script was written as a King Kong vehicle) along with Mothra. One of only two Godzilla features to appear on MST3K.

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Son of Godzilla (1967)
Godzilla rescues Minilla, a hatchling of his own species (exactly how this works goes largely unexplained,) adopts him and teaches him how to fight so they can team up against giant mantises and a tarantula. A lot of fans detest Minilla (it's pronounced "Min-Yah") but I always liked him. The monster action is average, but the extended sequences of Godzilla and Minilla "bonding" are legendary.

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Destroy All Monsters (1968)
This is the big one. It's another "aliens mind-controlling monsters" story, but this time the lineup includes basically every monster whose costume was still in decent shape in the Toho warehouse and miniature versions of New York and Paris get destroyed instead of just Tokyo. At the climax, everyone teams up to beat down King Ghidorah. This is effectively the end of the "golden age" of Godzilla movies (there wouldn't be a truly great installment again until the 90s) but it's a hell of a note to go out on.

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