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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 #17. Posted on August 01, 2003, 02:01:23 AM by Yuri Rentfro
Pretty cool movie, Lots of Kaiju action. I enjoyed it, but I still think that Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster, Was a better movie.
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by George Bendo, Ph.D.
I like seeing all of the monsters in this film, but the final fight scene between King Ghidorah and the Earth monsters always stands out in my mind.  First is the lame excuse for introducing King Ghidorah on the side of the aliens: "King Ghidorah is a space monster, so we can control his mind" (or something to that effect).  Second is the poor strategy of the aliens.  Sure, Ghidorah is a kick-ass three-headed monster, but he is no match for ten other monsters his own size (plus an annoying Baby Godzilla (Godzillita?).)  Another alien monster or two (like that one with the buzzsaw in his chest) would have been better, but it was still fun watching Ghidorah getting the tar beaten out of him.
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by L. Reyes
This IS & always will be the penultimate Japanese monster (kaiju) ever made! When i first saw this classic back in the 1970's on Saturday afternoon TV in Chicago, i knew from the beginning that you should not consider yourself a kaiju fan unless you see this monster battle royale!

On a lighter note, Gamera still blows...
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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Nathanial Meade
Forget that crap like E.T. or Citizen Cane, just find yourself a copy of this movie. Better than all of movies on this list, better than all the movies that have ever come out of Hollywood. Perhaps the greatest form of art in human history!!!

Man, the world needs more classic films like this one!
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Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Todd Shields
Dr. Bendo's comments echoed my own (which were published a few years ago in a letter to G-FAN) about the Kilaaks' stupidity in sending one monster (King Ghidorah) against ten Earth monsters when, as proven in GHIDRAH THE THREE HEADED MONSTER, three could kick his twin ass.
Still, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS is a fun movie to watch, despite the fact that it didn't put the other monsters to better use. Kumonga and Mothra only spit webbing on Ghidorah's corpse, Minya only blew smoke rings at the tri-beast and the rest just watched from the sidelines as Godzilla, Angilas* and Gorosaurus did all the fighting.
Oh well, at least it was better than the G-flicks that followed it.
* I used to date a chick named Ann gillis.
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Austin
I've been downing most of the movies I've commented on so far, but this one is different.  As ridiculously stupid as all of the Godzilla movies are, this one was probably the best.  When I was a kid, I loved watching the monsters fight.  I'm not sure that I'd enjoy it now as much as I did then, but I still have to salute this one.  A gem among Godzilla movies (that's not saying much, but hey...I give it credit).
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Samzilla
Oh I almost forgot... I just loved the gorosaurus scenes. I was so dissapointed when he was killed in "King kong escapes" but when I saw him on the opening sequence of DOM
I was like "Now where have I seen that T.Rex before? Why... No... It cant be?!?"
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Reply #24. Posted on July 21, 2004, 08:46:06 AM by firebird
Wow what a team huh? all them monsters battling to keep ghidra and those evil aleins from taking over the universe or at least the earth but since he was out numbered ghidra had no chance gets his butt kicked
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