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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's Revenge (1969)
This is the infamous "quickie" Godzilla, comprised almost entirely of stock footage from previous films. But if you can get past that, it's kind of charmingly bad. Think of it as a Godzilla-starring anti-bullying PSA: A bullied kid in Tokyo has recurring dreams (even when he's kidnapped by thieves, which you think would draw his focus a little...) where he visits Monster Island and hangs out with a (talking) Minilla, who is having bully problems of his own with one-off monster Gabara. Even as a kid, this is the one I'd skip.

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Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971)
The 70s were a time of experimentation, and Toho's contribution was to let director Yoshimitsu Banno direct an eccentric, occasionally surreal environmental horror movie (complete with avant-garde editing tricks and animated children's-drawing scene-transitions) in which Godzilla battles Hedorah: A personification of all pollution. It's the darkest yet also among the silliest original Godzilla epics, and while I can't call it good, I also can't call it forgettable.

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Godzilla on Monster Island (1972)
This one (also known as Godzilla Vs. Gigan) takes awhile to get going, but as payoff you get Godzilla and Anguiras fighting new enemy Gigan (think a giant biomechanical chicken with hook-hands and buzzsaw in its stomach) and Ghidorah on one of the series' most unique battlefields: a Godzilla-themed amusement park.

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