GHIDRAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER
(San Daikaiju Chikyu Saidai No Kessen)
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster is also the best of the 1960s Godzilla sequels. The special effects team were operating at the best they ever did during this period. There are some excellent monster battles with Rodan picking up and dropping Godzilla, Godzilla batting at him with his tail, they body slamming one another and kicking rocks into each others faces. There is a genuine ferocity to these scenes too this is well before the cartoonish silliness of Jun Fukudas entries in the 1970s where there was no longer anything serious about the monster battles. The all-out battle scenes when they arrive are simply marvellous. This is what the Godzilla film should be all about. Although, one slight disappointment about the film is that we only get to see Mothras larval children rather than the familiar full winged version.
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster is weakened by the usual poor English-language dubbing of Japanese monster movies of this era that sounds like it has been conducted by truck drivers. Plots and actors were never Inoshiro Hondas strong suit. Ghidrah has no clear story it takes over 35 minutes before Godzilla even appears and things become tediously protracted with time having to be spent explaining how each of the featured monsters is revived. The film is also extremely vague when it comes to its space opera elements though the film expends some time with the various parties pursuing the princess and her claim to be a Martian, there is no explanation offered of where the UFO that saved her from the bomb came from or how the princess subsequently came to think that she is a Martian.
The other Godzilla films are: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Godzilla vs the Thing/Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), Godzilla vs the Sea Monster/Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1968), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), Godzilla vs the Smog Monster/Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs Gigan/Godzilla on Monster Island (1972), Godzilla vs Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster/Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster/Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976), Godzilla 1985 (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993), Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (1994), Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995), Godzilla 2000 (1999), Godzilla vs Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla/Godzilla: Resurgence (2016). Both Roland Emmerichs Godzilla (1998) and Gareth Edwards Godzilla (2014) are big-budget, English-language remakes.
Mothra originally appeared in Mothra (1962), while Rodan made its first appearance in Rodan the Flying Monster (1956). After making his screen debut here, Ghidrah (also known as Ghidorah) subsequently appeared in Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), Destroy All Monsters (1968) and Godzilla vs Gigan/Godzilla on Monster Island (1972). Ghidrah was later revived in the modern Japanese monster era for the conceptually amazing Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991) and then subsequently appeared in Godzilla vs Mothra (1992), Rebirth of Mothra (1996), Rebirth of Mothra III (1998), Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
Japanese-language trailer here:-