TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA
ESCAPE OF MECHA-GODZILLA; MONSTERS FROM AN UNKNOWN PLANET; THE TERROR OF GODZILLA
(Mekagojira no Gyakushu)
The plot is difficult to follow we are not exactly sure who half the characters are or what side they are on. You have to put up with this. However, in the last third of the film Ishiro Honda pulls all the stops out for one of the best destruction climaxes in any classic Godzilla film. There are some highly entertaining scenes of the monsters battering one another around, Godzilla ripping Mecha-Godzillas head off and it still fighting on, it firing rockets. Honda gives Godzilla a great entrance, all lit up in flashes of lightning and the camera panning around the buildings to face him as he squares off with Titanosaurus. And there are some fabulous effects shots panning up the length of Mecha-Godzilla towering over the workshop as it is worked on. There arent any cute kids, the special effects are the best they ever managed to get in any classic Godzilla film and, unlike Jun Fukuda, Ishiro Honda treats the entire show seriously.
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), Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster/Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster/Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), 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.