Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965)

Godzilla stomps again in a rough remake of the previous film (Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster), going up against aliens from Planet X who have conspired to use him and giant Pteranadon Rodan, along with returning Ghidorah in order to subjugate our planet.

This goes about as well as one would expect it to (Godzilla isn't really the order-taking sort), and the end result is an agreeably cheesy, decently paced monster mash.  As tends to be the case, the film works best when the monstres are on screen wehacking the hell out of each other.  Also par for the course is the rather dull and somewhat annoying human drama we have tio get through in order to get to the monster fights.

The stuff with the aliens is okay (it helps that the costume designer decided to give them all giant neck braces) and Nick Adams is decent enough as the token American but we also have to slog through a romantic subplot between the sister of one of the astronauts who first visits the alien world and an annoying inventor.  Really, if MST3K had tackled this one they would have been making Jerry Lewis jokes about this schmuck the entire time.  Happily, he does prove to be useful as his invention proves to be key to saving the planet.  On the downside, it's a machine that makes the most annoying sound imaginable.  Can't win 'em all.

We also have the usual pacing issues that come with this series as most of the monster action is restricted to the last few minutes.   That stuff aside, the monster action is pretty damn good (though the Rodan stuff is mainly stock footage from his debut film) with Godzilla doing a silly victory dance at one point.

I especially like the bit where the aliens are blown up, freeing all three monsters and the first thing Godzilla does is get pissed and start beating the hell out of Ghidorah, pounding Rodan too to get him to help out.

The Godzilla suit is a little iffy though, this was his first film as an out-and-out good guy and the decision to make him look a little more friendly was not the best possible one.

Godzilla vs. Monster Zero is a fairly decent entry in the series, though it drags here and there and to be frank, it's more of an alien invasion movie with Godzilla than a Godzilla movie with an alien invasion (in fact, the current English title is Invasion of Astro-Monster which fits quite well).

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