If you would choose to rate the 20-25 Godzilla movies that have been released since 1954, this one would probably be pretty close to the bottom of the list. This was released during the early 70's, if you weren't around then you wouldn't understand the disco fever thing. Well, Toho Studios, Japan, decided to play on this theme in a particularly bad way.
The beginning of the movie is full of blaring disco music, Japanese style, with undulating lights and psychedelic effects. Basically the lighting looks like a bunch of multi-colored amebas, swirling around in the background, all pounding to the beat of <save me> Save the Earth, Find a Solution to Stop the Pollution. This is also at a time that Viet Nam and the nightly newscasts of the body count' is given for our pleasure. Therefore, we are not offended when the newscaster in this movie spouts out little ditties like "1600 have been killed and casualties are expected in the 10's of thousands". This is old hat to us.
Now this is one of those We need Godzilla' movies instead of Kill Godzilla' movies. This time we are wanting his help, and being the affable creature that Godzilla is, he will come to help the Japanese rid themselves of the evil smog monster (Hedora). Godzilla will, of course, forget that we have tried to kill him in previous episodes because he is, after all, a forgiving monster, plus he has a brain about the size of a Freshlike Tiny Sweet Pea, the tiny kind, not the regular sweet pea.
Hedora starts out as a slug, not a nice creature in its' normal state anyway, but soon grows to enormous size by not only absorbing itself - merging into one - but also by sucking all the smog and smoke out of the air. Ain't the studio smart now, naming it the Smog Monster? Think how big this bad boy would be in Los Angeles during 5 o'clock rush hour! Anyway, the huge Hedora, growing by the minute, attacks Japan blowing out sulfuric acid and disintegrating flesh in its' path.
Hedora and Godzilla meet up and a nasty battle ensues, with no winners. However, a hunk of Hedora breaks off and turns into a river of slime that takes over the same nightclub we had to suffer through in the opening credits. Well, some things work out OK. Suddenly Hedora has turned into a huge flying creature that sucks the smoke out of all the chimneys in the factories all over Japan. You get this really wonderful view of this pall of smoke and sludge hanging over the city with Hedora just inhaling it like a huge vacuum cleaner.
Back to Mt. Fuji, the scene of all Godzilla fights, after the city has been destroyed, with the teens from the nightclub egging on the battle. The Japanese, ever diligent to finally make this electricity thing work (they try this on every friggin monster that visits their city), rig up this really campy electrode thing, reminiscent of Frankenstein, and get Godzilla to nuzzle old Hedora between the electrodes for a little jolt. Of course, this does not work - has it ever - so Godzilla must use his powers to give an extra little jolt and fry the guy.
Of course, since this is a good Godzilla movie, the townspeople all stand around watching the fight instead of running away from Godzilla. One of the other great things was Godzilla's apparently new power, developed a movie or two ago, the ability to fly backwards by the power of his breath alone. Holy Batman, Robin, have you ever heard of Scope? I can take this new power though, as long as they leave in that cute little dance that he does when he gets mad, stomping his feet and shaking his head. Ah, Godzilla, what a ham you are!
Like I said, this is a really bad movie, probably one of the worst of the series. There are several reasons. For one, Toho has switched all its' major background people for this production, as well as the usual Godzilla cast. The new group just aren't monster savvy. For another, the music is just not Godzilla music - I shudder to think of him dancing to Saturday Night Fever! Lastly, the monster Hedora is probably the worst monster I have ever seen. Despite the fact that he is incredibly ugly he is also ridiculously stupid looking.
Of course, you have to watch it though, to complete the series of Godzilla movies, if you are a true fan. ......Night fever, night fever...oh....night fever, night fever...oh.....
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