GODZILLA VS THE COSMIC MONSTER
GODZILLA VS MECHA-GODZILLA; GODZILLA VS THE BIONIC MONSTER
(Gojira Tai Mekagojira)
Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster is awful on almost all levels from the sloppy camerawork and scripting to the acting. The dubbing is atrocious and contains some real howlers Its a kind of ... space titanium, someone exclaims, to which the immediate rejoinder is You mean its from outer space? There are the aliens who order people to Reach for the sky. King Seesar, which looks like a giant poodle, is the most unintentionally ridiculous of all Japanese monsters. The film at least rises to the occasion in an entertainingly ridiculous climactic fight with Godzilla being beat up on, impaled with darts, even spraying blood.
When the film was released in the US in 1977, it was initially called Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster in an attempt to capitalize on the term bionics that had been popularised by tvs The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-8) and The Bionic Woman (1976-8). That was until the producers of the two series complained and forced a title change (which was hardly fair as they themselves had only borrowed the word bionic from the Greeks). The ape-faced aliens show the clear influence of the phenomenal popularity of Planet of the Apes (1968) and sequels.
The idea of Japanese monster heroes fighting mechanical doubles of themselves was first conducted in King Kong Escapes (1967). The character of Mecha-Godzilla also appeared in the next and substantially better entry Terror of Mechagodzilla/Escape of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976) where Inoshiro Honda returned to the series for the last time. The duel with mecha-Godzilla was later revisited with substantially better effects in Godzilla vs Mecha-Godzilla (1993) and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).
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), Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (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), 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.
Trailer here (Japanese only, no English subs):-