Saturday, December 10, 2011
GODZILLA VS. THE COSMIC MONSTER (1974)
One of the sillier Godzilla flicks. Not quite as silly as that one where he does flying dropkicks and teams up with a giant robot(this movie here) but pretty close. In this one some aliens who look like they came from THE PLANET OF THE APES build a giant robot Godzilla(MECHA-GODZILLA!) to take over the Earth, or at least the Japanese part of the planet. There's a giant floppy-eared dog monster named King Seesar and the spiky-backed monster from GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN(Angilas) shows up and gets his jaw broken in a bloody battle. There's also a couple of secret agent/spy types running around and a lot of unintentional comedy. This looks like it might have been one of the cheapest Godzilla movies ever made since everything looks especially super fake from the awful monster costumes(besides Mecha-Godzilla who looks pretty neat) to the Halloween-masked ape aliens but I think that's what makes it such a memorably awful film and a great throwback to my childhood of watching these movies on the 4 o'clock movie every day during Godzilla week here in New York.
Watching this more recently in a theater was an interesting experience especially when myself and the group of friends I was with were told to not be so loud during the film. I guess having a good time during a silly film is insulting to hardcore Godzilla fans. What a bunch of assholes. Maybe they should start showing these movies in churches where theses morons can sit in silence and enjoy their rubber-suit wrestling matches in peace.
This movie was originally released in the U.S. as GODZILLA VS. THE BIONIC MONSTER until THE BIONIC MAN T.V. show producers sued over the use of that word:
and later on it was rereleased as part of this monster-rific triple bill: