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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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Re: Destroy All Monsters
Reply #41. Posted on January 23, 2009, 11:29:23 AM by vanightwolf
Oh, and I remember something else. "Destroy All Monsters" was the first time I found out about Godzilla's son. I was just beginning to learn about genetics and mutations back then (1970), and had assumed that Godzilla was STERILE because of all that radioactivity he's charged with. I hadn't heard of "Son Of Godzilla" yet, and when I actually saw Minya/Minilla/Son of Godzilla, I thought he resembled that old comic actor Jimmy Durante (??!!!). But even then his ridiculous appearance didn't surprise me because I realized that, being the offspring of one or two radioactive parents, he was obviously DEFORMED.

Middle-school minds used to work that way back then, I suppose.
Re: Destroy All Monsters
Reply #42. Posted on July 13, 2009, 01:24:18 AM by Flu-Bird
Ghidra dont stand a chance neither dose the evil aliens one all the good momsters break the mind control and kich ghidras butt I HAVE THIS ON VSH campy at times but still great
Re: Destroy All Monsters
Reply #43. Posted on August 12, 2010, 09:29:12 PM by George
Even though Showa Video's no more,you can still get the AIP version of Destroy All Monsters from Super Strange Videos and Fifth Dimension Films.
Re: Destroy All Monsters
Reply #44. Posted on August 12, 2010, 11:17:29 PM by judge death
Seven monsters against one King Ghidorah. Not a fair fight, don't you think?

What are you whining about? Ghidorah has 3 heads, he can see in all directions, no oje can sneak up on him! Plus he's from space!  BounceGiggle
Re: Destroy All Monsters
Reply #45. Posted on August 16, 2010, 06:05:32 PM by Umaril The Unfeathered
there was a Jack Grimes who worked with Titra Dubbing (along with Peter "Speed Racer" Fernandez, who wrote most if not all of Titra's dub scripts).  i believe Hal (Barney Miller) Linden dubbed Akira Kubo (at least according to the IMdB).
i have a really nice DVD copy of this and SMOG MONSTER both with the AIP original dubs.  anyone interested should PM me, i'd be happy to help.

David


Two other great stars are often missed in this movie: Yoshio Tsuchiya ( I forget his character's name in the film) and a very-little seen Susumo Kurobe, aka Hayata from the 1966 Ultraman TV series. You have to look quickly to see Kurobe because he's one of the hypnotized thugs on the beach scene where they have the shootout.  Kurobe was also one of Dr. X's henchmen in King Kong Escapes.
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