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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. Megalon (1973)
Another installment famous for its appearance on MST3K, this time Toho tried aligning Godzilla with an Ultraman-esque robot hero named Jet Jaguar against a largely unmemorable foe in Megalon. This is the point where the films start living in "so bad it's good" land, but at least it's funny.

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Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974)
It's too bad it took Toho this long to land on "robot version of Godzilla" for an opponent, because MechaGodzilla is cool enough to deserve a better movie. If nothing else, the gradual reveal that "fake Godzilla" is actually a machine is a fun bit of business; but the new hero monster King Seesar (however interestingly designed - he's supposed to be a giant Okinawan Shisa, but he looks more like a Lhasa Apso puppy) is basically a poor excuse for Mothra plot-wise.

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Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975)
And the Showa era goes out with a whimper. This was the lowest-grossing of the original series, and while the fight scenes featuring MechaGodzilla and new enemy Titanosaurus are amusing there's just not much else going on.

Next Week: The Heisei and Millenium series.

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