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DESTROY ALL MONSTERS - 4 Slimes
Rated G
Copyright 1968 Toho
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Godzilla - King of monsters, forced to do the Kilaaks' dirty work and not happy about it.
  • Anguirus - Still a feisty little guy, though he is the unfortunate volunteer to do an impromptu presentation about gravity. Sir Isaac Newton should be glad it was only raining apples that fateful day.
  • Rodan - Friendly enough in his roost on Ogasawara, we even see him fishing (for porpoises) at one point.
  • Ghidrah - Summoned by the Kilaaks to defeat Earth's monsters, but the home team puts a serious hurting on him.
  • Manda - While under alien control he crunches a few cities, that's about it for Manda.
  • Mothra - In caterpillar form the giant insect is forced to destroy sections of China.
  • Gorosaurus - Impressive in the battle against Ghidrah, his lethal jump kick even made me say ouch.
  • Baragon, Spiga, Varan, Minya - Along for the ride, though I believe Baragon did assist in the destruction of Paris. Either that or whoever did the American dub just did not care.
  • Katsuo - Heroic captain of the rocketship SY-3.
  • Kyoko - Katsuo's love interest whose mind is controlled by the Kilaaks for a time.
  • Dr. Yoshida - Spokesman and scientist, obviously chosen for his public speaking skills.
  • The Kilaaks - Evil alien race intent on enslaving mankind, too bad they turn into lumps of rock at room temperature.

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The Plot: 

In 1999 the world's monsters have been captured and contained on Ogasawara Island, where they may be studied in a safe environment. Safe as anyone can be trying to check the body temperature of a radioactive reptile taller than most buildings (hope they were not using a rectal device). I was very amused with the Godzilla repellent, now there is something worthy of a Nobel Prize.

When not coming up with things to annoy the KCLU (Kaiju Civil Liberties Union) scientists have developed advanced rockets which make spaceflight routine, the crowning achievement is the SY-3. At some point a horrible accident killed the team assigned to create a practical spacesuit and the brave intersolar pioneers are forced to wear demeaning yellow slickers.

Shortly after Kyoko arrives to join the Ogasawara Island researchers everyone is overcome by a mysterious gas. As the United Nations tries to establish communications with the remote island reports flood in of the monsters attacking major cities. After losing a few million constituents the politicians are really interested in what the heck is going on. Katsuo and his crew are directed to investigate. They find that the Kilaaks have taken control of the island, it's monsters, and even the researchers! Escaping an ambush they flee, but Kyoko disappears during the fighting.

With the monsters destroying everything in sight and the Kilaaks' base guarded by Godzilla a desperate plan is hatched to find and destroy the alien's moon base. Using the rocketship, and it's heavily armed groundcar, Katsuo again defeats the Kilaaks and returns with their master control device. It is um, very cool, yeah.

King Ghidrah is the alien's final line of defense against Earth's monsters, thereby setting the stage for a melee never seen before. No less than eleven kaiju make appearances in this film, I get a head rush just thinking about it.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Rodan eats only tuna safe dolphin, hehehe!
  • If you see noxious gases coming from under a door then you probably should not open it.
  • Rain slickers and silver tape do not a spacesuit make.
  • Getting shot in the forehead will make you belch.
  • Godzilla makes an impressive guard dog.
  • Some buildings in Japan have rocket launchers built into them.
  • High voltage power lines should not be made from flammable materials.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - It is 1999 and not a Prince song in sight, this is pure (and lovely) fantasy.
  • 8 mins - Does Godzilla have gas?
  • 11 mins - Right about now the French are wondering if giant monsters understand white flags.
  • 21 mins - Yes, they are called asteroids.
  • 29 mins - It was embedded in his head, of course it is not a hearing aide.
  • 44 mins - I didn't think those earrings matched either, but wasn't that a little extreme?
  • 70 mins - The Kilaaks only live in temperatures of several thousands of degrees? Then how were those humans standing next to them?
  • 83 mins - Somehow the Earth forces have a video feed from inside of the Kilaaks' base...

Quotes: 

  • News Anchorman: "The major cities in the world are being destroyed, one by one, by the monsters. Moscow by Rodan, Peking by Mothra, and London by Manda."
  • Katsuo: "Hold on a minute, that's a UFO out there."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note destroyall1.wav Narrator: "All of the Earth's monsters have been collected and are living together in a place called 'Monsterland.'"
Green Music Note destroyall2.wav News Anchorman: "Here's a special news bulletin, Godzilla is now in New York City."
Green Music Note destroyall3.wav Katsuo: "All right, let's go! Time is running out for the human race!"
Green Music Note destroyall4.wav Radio Operator: "This is the moonbase, go ahead."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Ghidrah rolled on in and was talking all sorts of trash, but now G and his crew is putting the smack dab down on him (see how silly that sounds).

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Reply #1. Posted on July 19, 2000, 03:01:33 AM by Squishy
Sadly, some of the "monsters" were just leftover suits horribly deteriorated from long storage--this is why Baragon gets little screen time and poor, immobile Varan (The Unbelievable!) gets almost none--while other, less-impressive but more-recent monsters like Gorosaurus and Spiga appear much more often.

Thankfully, others were newly-made. The Angilas suit would be used in "Godzilla on Monster Island/vs Gigan," a cameo in "Godzilla vs Megalon," and "Godzilla vs Mecha-Godzilla," and by that time it too was in terrible condition; such are the problems of budget. I prefer the original design of Manda (from "Atragon"), but the new one gives quite an impressive performance, slithering down city streets and crushing elevated tracks in its coils.

Eiji Tsurubaya's best miniature set actually appears early on; the SY-3's launch base. This 'miniature' must have been freaking huge. The pan-shot across it shows fabulous depth. Others, like the Paris set, are incredibly detailed for their short appearances. Of course, you just can't beat an Akira Ifukube score, and this is one of his best. I just wish...well, the stupid dummy shown plunging down a cliff is the worst I've ever seen, but screw it. Monsters everywhere! Whee!

The final scene is fantastically unique; the monsters are utterly at peace, instead of roaring and snarling and thrashing and raising hell. They're quiet. They're chillin' out. It's enough to bring a tear to a kaiju-fan's eye.
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #2. Posted on July 19, 2000, 08:30:53 AM by Ken Begg
As to the Baragon in Paris thing, he *was* scripted to be the monster conducting the attack.  However, as a previous poster noted, either the Baragon suit was so badly deteriorated as to be unusable, or else (an alternate theory advanced recently in G-Fan) they had ordered a new suit and it didn't arrive in time to use it.  Either way, Gorosaurus was instead used.  This would explain to those who follow these things enough to be confused as to why Gorosaurus suddenly manifested tunneling why this was so.  Baragon, of course, was established as a tunneling beast in Frankenstein Conquers the World.  Similarly, the reporter calls Gorosaurus "Baragon" because Baragon was still the monster named in the script Toho sent over for translation/dubbing purposes.
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Reply #3. Posted on July 20, 2000, 10:08:34 AM by Paul Westbrook
Destroy all Monsters, was the battle royal of monster movies. To imagine all the Toho creatures in one film, would be mind boggling, but here it is. I found every moment the monsters had screen time to be the most exciting. My only quirk with these films,is WHY DO THE HUMANS, WHO COULDN'T ACT THEIR WAY OUT OF A WET PAPER BAG GET MORE SCREEN TIME? If there were no monsters in this movie, I would say "Why bother"?
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #4. Posted on July 22, 2000, 08:43:33 PM by Thomas
Well not enough of seeing the monsters and those you never have seen before are there for like 8 seconds. I would've liked more monsters smashing things.
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Reply #5. Posted on July 24, 2000, 01:42:58 AM by chris
i love the classic godzilla type monster movies. even though it looks stupid because of the actors in suits unlike the special effects marvels we have now, i enjoy the classic monster movie.(especially when it includes Godzilla king of the monsters!)
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Reply #6. Posted on July 26, 2000, 10:53:17 AM by Chris K.
Definatly beats STAR WARS. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS is the mother of all monster films. The special effects are exelent! What am I saying, they were not exelent but magnificant. Eiji Tsuburaya, I sallute you. Tsuburaya is the "Master" of special effects and not that no-tallent-bum George Lucas. Though the monsters on here are limited (Baragon, Manda, Varan, and Minya were not seen that much in here), it is still a good film. I recently bought a Japanese Widescreen version with the American International Pictures (AIP) English language dub because the recently video release version contains a new dubbing soundtrack. For those who are searching for the original AIP English dub, I suggest you look a lot more harder because it is missing. But thank God I have my version of this special film.
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Reply #7. Posted on August 10, 2000, 10:36:21 AM by Anders
I saw this one on Swedish TV as a kid, around 1970, and was thoroughly fascinated. (So _much_ action crammed into one single movie.) The national TV network did not show much SF in those days and I cannot really understand how anyone in TV HQ purchasing dept could have chosen this movie. Anyhow, it was very amusing to read about it 30 years later. Thanks a lot.
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Reply #8. Posted on October 21, 2000, 03:16:45 AM by Paul Gadaloff


   If you're in two minds about renting the video and watching it, then all I can say is "GO FOR IT ! !"  The opening several minutes are so unintentionally hilarious that you will laugh 'til you cry !!  It's funny, all right, I mean: split-your-sides and fight-for-breath funny.  I have watched even quite staid and reserved people slump off the chair onto the floor laughing through the introductory "Monsterland" scene at the beginning of the film.  See it - and if you can get "Godzilla vs Gigan" while you're at it, then you'll have my candidate for the silliest of all Japanese monster movies into the bargain.  Happy viewing ! ! !
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