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GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER - 2 Slimes
Rated G
Copyright 1971 Toho Company Ltd.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Godzilla - The world's largest ecologist.
  • Hedorah - Cosmic monster brought to Earth by a meteor, feeds on pollution.
  • Ken - Dr. Yano's son, he seems to have ESP in relation to Godzilla.
  • Dr. Yano - Scientist of some sort, could be Marine Biology. Badly injured by a brush with Hedorah while diving.
  • Mrs. Yano - Mother of the family.
  • Groovy guy and girl - A pair of Japanese flower children, there is one less happy thought in the world after he is "sludged" to death by Hedorah.

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The Plot: 

Who needs Greenpeace when you have an environmentally conscious monster running amok?

The situation is looking bleak for Japan, everything is polluted or dying and the full horror of late 60's music is upon them. Researchers are trying in vain to find solutions to the many problems. Dr. Yano might be a brilliant scientist, but he can do little more than join in when everyone cries out, "We're doomed!" While diving (to mourn the destruction of coastal ecosystems) he encounters the evolving menace called Hedorah. Poor little Ken, standing alone on the rocks and calling out to his father, is one of the only poignant moments in what was intended to be a meaningful film. After this it gets silly.

Godzilla investigates what is befouling the waters and chases the smog monster away, it appears to be a seriously one sided battle. After dining on more sludge and flourocarbons the evil creature returns, more powerful and able to fly. Los Angeles might have poor air quality, but it does not have a floating muck monster that trails acid mist in its wake.

Meanwhile, Yano makes the important discovery that electricity will dry out and kill Hedorah. Under his supervision the military constructs a giant array of what appear to be mirrors, but they reflect electricity back and forth between them. It's science, or something passing for it. Neat!

Several silly things happen during the final battle and I'd be remiss to not mention two of them. The first involves Hedorah's nasty habit of spitting caustic sludge, at one point Godzilla ducks the first then stands up to take another right in the face. He slaps his hand over the muck and I could almost hear him mutter, "That was dumb, owwww." Of course the second is the world famous scene where Godzilla uses his breath to fly along like a rocket. Oh yes they did...

Often the lighting leaves much to be desired, though I am certain that was on purpose. The filmmakers were obviously trying to convey a brooding message about our planet's bleak future if the situation remained unchanged. Things could have been worse, imagine a later version entitled "Godzilla vs. El Nino."

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Monsters use oil tankers as beverage containers.
  • Pollution is bad, but 60's music is much, much worse.
  • Monsters use factories as bongs.
  • Putting a giant (and caustic) pile of crap in an airplane spin is not the best of ideas.
  • Rodan intended "The Thinker" to portray a severe burn victim.
  • Telephone booths make excellent bomb shelters.
  • Japanese women should leave Scottish fashions alone.
  • Mud wrestling is much less interesting when you are the only one in the pit, rubber suit or not.
  • Defensive driving courses should include tips on avoiding falling monsters.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 10 mins - Kenny, did you misplace your daddy?
  • 15 mins - Godzilla is using radioactive breath to clean up floating sludge. You do realize that this is like nuking New Jersey to solve their problems...
  • 26 mins - What drug is he on? Just for the record mind you.
  • 27 mins - Hedorah's muck burned off half of Yano's face and killed that one group of men, but this cat is unharmed? I mean sure, it looks miserable, but it should be looking like a cockroach after you spray it down with Raid.
  • 32 mins - Another one of those weird cartoons...
  • 46 mins - They actually found a way to include the artist's conceptual drawings in the movie.
  • 58 mins - Throwing torches at that thing? You all are either extremely brave or extremely stupid. Oh, a third possibility, extremely dead.
  • 77 mins - Three, two, one... ...liftoff! Hehehehe! (With all the aerodynamic and thrust concerns here this is ludicrous.)
  • 82 mins - Gives new meaning to "stomp a mudhole in his ass" doesn't it?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note gvssmog1.wav Dr. Yano: "Godzilla?"
Ken: "Uh huh, you listen to what I say, I'm positive he'll kill Hedorah. He'll get him!"
Green Music Note gvssmog2.wav Announcer: "The appearance of Hedorah is causing rising alarm throughout all Japan."
Green Music Note gvssmog3.wav Scientist: "Hedorah created the sulfuric acid mist in its path and many people attempting rescue have been seriously injured. The mist affects mainly the throat and the eyes. The dead clutter the streets of the city of Fuji."
Green Music Note gvssmog4.wav Ken: "Hedorah's only sludge; we could dry it out."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Liftoff! Arguably the silliest thing in any Godzilla movie is this scene. Faced with Hedorah's airborne retreat the King of Monsters decides to annoy every aerodynamics engineer employed by Lockheed Martin.

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Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #33. Posted on November 20, 2005, 08:09:37 AM by Jeffrey Clemente
   If only Godzilla could fly in the millenium and hesini series. Then it would be really funny.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mark Radburn
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (that's what I like to call this movie) is not only the best but the most scariest. Hedorah looked so hideous and scary his heat ray from his eyes melt people to skeleton, can Godzilla destroy this Hideous Smog Monster. Godzilla vs. Hedorah has great effects and good music, one famous scene when Godzilla uses his fire Breath as a rocket taking off was amazing and very funny. the folks of Toho of done it again with a very amazing Godzilla Film.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #35. Posted on February 23, 2006, 03:50:07 PM by Bob the mutant chicken
HEDORAH was the star monster in this movie in my opinion he was beating the crap out of GODZILLA in this movie he even burned out one of his eyes.I like the scenes of HEDORAH smoking stack and getting high off of it.Other then that a very fun movie
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Arnie
Just got done watching this with the kids (4 and 7) for the first time.  This was a fun movie.  The scene where groovy guy and chick were out in the country playing music ("C'mon, blow you minds!") with their friends and the scene where Godzilla was flying were hilarious.  The comments on this site are great, too.  "Monsters use factories for bongs" - awesome!
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
Well now,this environmenttally controled Godzilla film was A.I.P.s last monster movie,they had a choice,either this or Gamera vs. Zigra,well it was this anywho Godzilla's a comfirmed good guy now trying to show us and Gamera something,yea after two years and the awful Godzillas Revenge thing we can kind of see why,Godzilla fights pollution,in the early 70s our worst enemy in the fourm of what I'd refer to as a mutated WoodysOwl gone bad,anyway can Godzilla Dr.Yana and the military defeat him or will we die at the hands of this new horror?!,watch the sceen where Godzilla flies,yea you think you can take Gameras place, but I don't think so,just think if A.I.P. had helped Daie make Gamera vs. Zigra,there might of been a Gamera vs. Garrahship.
Re: Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #38. Posted on June 19, 2007, 02:35:38 PM by inframan
Be sure and get a hold of the original VHS so you can hear the song "Save the Earth" in English. The DVD is a different dub.

A classic in the 'so bad its good' category.  Thumbup
Re: Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #39. Posted on June 20, 2007, 11:51:51 AM by Flangepart
Another G film i wish Joel and the Bots had taken a wedgie to.
But, yeah, weirdly enjoyable.
Re: Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #40. Posted on August 24, 2007, 11:48:02 AM by radioman970
I love this film from the series.  I remember watching early one morning and having an absolute do-it-myself MST3K ball! The music video bits that suddenly pop in are just hilarious.    I'm one who only has a few of the DVDs of these.  I really need the whole collection. 
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