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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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Destroy All Monsters
Reply #25. Posted on October 28, 2004, 08:45:34 AM by mike52t
At least Rhodan was seen consuming Tuna-free dolphin.
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by WitchKing
Silly beyond belief, but still a rollicking Monster Grudge Match.  Sadly, the quality of the series seemed to take a pretty standard downturn during the 70's.  The cityscape miniatures are astoundingly elaborate and the glittery body-suited Amazon aliens are a kick.  The plot is pointlessly elaborate much like "Monster Zero".  Why not just unleash Ghidorah and the flaming spacecraft upon the world instead of rallying the other turncoat monsters?  This is nitpicking, since logic was never terribly important in any of these movies, but why were Baragon and Varan even included at all?  They register so little screen time and just seem to vanish during the big pay off.  Manda doesn't get much action either.    All in all, "Destroy All Monsters!" is a double-edged sword.  It is wild and raucous, but the monsters' reputations as figures of harmless fun were sealed with this film.  
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mark Radburn
Destroy All Monsters is the Greatest Godzilla movie ever and it's 10 times better than Star Wars. All the monster battles were amazing and the Destruction scenes will blow you away. Destroy All Monsters will blow you away with it's great special effects and Giant monsters again and again.
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #28. Posted on June 07, 2005, 01:42:50 PM by giant claw
Nothing like a battle royal between all those monsters to keep things going what action what pose and ghidra out numbered 10 to 1 and even with three heads ghidra gets his butt kicked
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by IT
One of the worst Godzilla movies ever made.Where the hell was BARAGON and VARAN and MANDA when GHIDRAH was getting his butt kicked out getting a beer or something.Buy MONSTER ZERO that was to me the best godzilla movie from the 60's.Avoid this crap.
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Philip Loth
Seven monsters against one King Ghidorah. Not a fair fight, don't you think?
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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by MR.B
Destroy all Monster is another one of my favorites . It was the last good monster film of the Showa series . The special effects are good and well excuted . The only thing I did not like about this movie is that Varan and Baragon don't get much of an apperance Baragon only gets 20 seconds Varan only got bnetween 7-10 seconds why you may ask ? The suits had detorited and they could ony get short appearence. Destroy all Monsters gets on my rating 4 oujt of 5 stars ...
Destroy All Monsters
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
Wow!,it's the year 1999,Space:1999,well,actually this came first,but both fancy the idea of daily space flights to the moon,like for instance astronaut Akira Kubo and the rest of the spaceship crew of SY-3,fortunatly the moon's not going out of earth orbit nor is there another Gorath,but unfortunatly they do encounter a UFO belonging to the Kilaaks,with the exception of some alien we meet,like Prince of Space,Maya,Dr.Who and a few others,most come from planets that are dieing and want to take over earth,like The Mysterians,Natels,X-ites ect.,anyway the Kilaaks invade MonsterIsland and force the monsters and people to try to conquer the world for the glory of Kilaak,one of them is Yukiko Kobayashi,who just happens to look like the Gracie Allen of Japan,I wonder if she's related to the equally lovely Tetsuko Kobayashi who was the Empress of MU in Atragon,anyhow we can't let this happen so in order to stop it the people of earth have to find the Kilaaks main sytem of control,it's on the moon!,so the crew of SY-3 takes care of that and  the monsters and people are freed,including Garcie Allenson,so the Kilaaks send in Ghdriah-The 3-Headed Monster in to Destroy All Earth Monsters,except Gamera,he should of been there,Toho Diae conflicts not withstanding,well the final monster fight was certainly better than thoes in Godzilla The Final Wars,especially the part where Gorasoras dropkicks Ghidrah!,Earth Monsters win,and SY-3 takes care of the last Kilaak ufo,seems they couldn't stand the cold,which brings up just one more thing,the head of the Monsterland project was nonother than Jun Tazaki,and as all of us remember he's the one who lead Atragons attack aginst the MU Empire,see this would of been a perfect oppertunity to get Atragon out of the mothballs and use that Zreo Ray Cannon aginst the Kilaaks,you know how well it worked aginst the MU Empire,just ask Tetsuko Kobayashi,she'll tell you!.
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