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TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA - 3 Slimes
Rated G
Copyright 1975 Toho Company Ltd.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Godzilla - Guardian monster of Japan, though he bites off more than he can chew at times.
  • Mechagodzilla - Rebuilt by the aliens to continue their planned conquest of Earth, dismantled by Godzilla.
  • Titanosaurus - A giant underwater dinosaur controlled by Mafune that can not stand sonar (he must hate dolphins). Badly hurt if not killed by Godzilla.
  • Ichinose - Interpol agent who falls in love with Katsura. It always happens, find a girl you like and she needs an oil change...
  • Katsura - Mafune's cyborg daughter, able to control Titanosaurus and Mechagodzilla. Shot by Murakoshi.
  • Mafune - Brilliant scientist who is resentful for being outcast, shot by Murakoshi.
  • Murakoshi - Interpol agent.
  • Aliens - Once again hailing from the "Third Planet of the Black Hole, Outer Space." Either chased off planet or roasted by Godzilla.

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The Plot: 

"Terror of Mechagodzilla" heralded the end of an era, it was the last Godzilla film produced until 1984. The plot is the usual blend of aliens (wearing neat hats) and kaiju, with an encore performance from one of the deadliest foes faced by Toho's heavyweight.

Earthly scientists are attempting to locate the shattered hulk of Mechagodzilla where it rests on the ocean floor, but things go wrong. That is, if you can call the attack of an aquatic dinosaur destroying their research submarine "going wrong." I guess we should reserve that distinction for screw ups like, "Blub, blub, blub. BLUB!" This means, "Buttheadsura left the outside door open when we submerged! Help!" in drowningese.

Titanosaurus is not just another territorial animal though, he is performing watchdog duties for the aliens' secret project. They have been rebuilding Mechagodzilla! Faster, better, stronger!

When the robot is complete they unleash it and their pet dinosaur on Japan. Godzilla knows when trouble is brewing for his little friends and shows up to stop the urban renewal program. Unfortunately he finds himself entirely outmatched until Titanosaurus is distracted by human jamming.

Two scenes stand out in my mind as exceptional pieces of work, in the world of rubber monsters at least. First and foremost is when Godzilla charges at his robotic impostor through a hail of fire. Every munition you can think of is sending dirt and sparks skyward, the Godzilla suit even catches on fire! He seems to only have one thought in mind though, get close enough to this bastard to make him sorry. The other scene is when the king of monsters uses a shoulder block to send Titanosaurus sprawling, inventive tactics for a towering monster, but every effective.

I've always been fond of this Godzilla incarnation, the face is detailed and he is acting more like a monster (with some quirks here and there). Watching him battle two foes is just icing on the cake. It is only unfortunate that the plot has a very disjointed feel, but nothing a few rubber monsters can't mitigate.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Whirlpools drag things to the surface.
  • Japan really is a small country.
  • Interpol takes care of investigating aquatic dinosaur attacks.
  • Laser pointers can be used as stun guns.
  • The only way to save someone whose heart has stopped is to replace their organs with machinery.
  • Evil beings the universe over all sound like Nazis, even if they look very Japanese.
  • Conversing with people who lack vocal chords is just like talking to Lassie.
  • Godzilla is flammable.
  • If you must wear a funny helmet I suggest including a neck guard, just in case.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 7 mins - What is Titanosaurus standing on?
  • 17 mins - That was a very poorly dubbed clinking of glasses.
  • 21 mins - I might be nit picking, but even on this scale we should be able to see the workers.
  • 23 mins - Only one thousand meters?
  • 31 mins - She died? What? Could we get a flashback please? Thank you!
  • 41 mins - Hey mad scientist dude, I think Mechagodzilla would kick your dinosaur's ass.
  • 43 mins - Legos?
  • 61 mins - An annoying kid named Kenny, damn you Kenny!
  • 69 mins - Notice that he fires this weapon (it looks like an RPG) from inside the helicopter. There is a problem, it is called "back blast." The man behind him would be very miserable right now.
  • 79 mins - The "Mechagodzilla as Godzilla" suit? What in the world?

Quotes: 

  • Alien Commander: "The last of our planets is fading into the black hole. We must act soon."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note terrormecha1.wav Researcher: "Allow me to build a giant supersonic wave oscillator!"
Green Music Note terrormecha2.wav Mafune: "Mechagodzilla is just a machine; he's no match for Titanosaurus. Titanosaurus has brains, he's alive. I want to show them what he can really do."
Green Music Note terrormecha3.wav Alien Commander: "Katsura is now a cyborg. Her hatred now controls Mechagodzilla. When we tell her to get even more angry Mechagodzilla is going to destroy everything in his path, until nothing's left."
Green Music Note terrormecha4.wav Katsura: "I may look like a girl but I'm not; I'm a cyborg!"

 Click for a larger imageIMAGESScenes from the movie 

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Video Clipterrormecha1.mpg - 2.5m
Who needs to watch professional football when you have twenty thousand tons of kaiju knocking other monsters over? Pay attention to the rope attached to Titanosaurus' ankle, maybe it was supposed to be a toppled power line?

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Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by George
With grape and plum jelly being my favorite,that said for jelly we immediately go to Terror of Mechagodzilla,the last original showa movie for Godzilla,it seems back in this time,the glory days of Creature Feature,that monsters could never die,they always came back,and it's been proven time and time again with Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, Gaos, King Ghdriah ect.,and for the umpteen time our planet is under siege by spacemen needing Earth,they used Mechagodzilla before but somehow Godzilla called upon heretofore unknown powers to defeat his machanical counterpart,but try try again,and so they have,with the help of an embittered Dr.Mafunie and his daughter,(who the spacemen saved after she died)Katsoura,(makes you wonder if they planned the whole thing in the first place?),and there remote controlled Titanasaurus they set out to try try again,Godzilla and the Earthpeople will fight this to the bitter end,watch as Mechagodzilla and Titanasaurus almost raise Tokyo!,see Godzilla fight aginst his michanical counterpart again!,can Godzilla withstand Titanasauruses Tail of Hurricane force winds?!,will Insanusie and Katsoura find true love admits all this,or will she have to do something to stop Mechagodzilla!?.You know way back when this movie movie came out there were clips of Godzillas past battles and narration,and the part where it showed what the spacemen really looked like and Katsoura doing the only thing that will stop Mechagodzilla,thoes sceens have been completely taken out of the current re-release of this movie,fortunately I videotaped this movie many years ago off TV and have all these missing sceens,proving once again that as time passes some people forget,and make changes that none of like,but they figure who'll remember,well I suppose if not for people like me and you the monsters could of come and went,but there are people like me and you,so we haven't,now if only someone can find these sceens from the original American release and piece them into this current release of Terror of Mechagodzilla,well maybe somewhere out there someone might stumble onto a copy of that original UPA Release of this movie and make it available on DVD.
Re: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #18. Posted on July 10, 2007, 06:19:01 PM by HarlotBug3
The recent review of the 70s king kong remake invariably lef me back to Godzilla.

I picked this one up on vhs for a buck a while back, and though it has everything that made the ones before it so laughable, I also remember it from a tv marathon. It wasn't my first, but it was the first to suggest how cool the giant monsters could be (could have been?) with more dramatic scoring and effects.

Knowing that there is a longer, more violent version out there gives me a new mission in life  TeddyR
Re: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #19. Posted on December 15, 2007, 08:38:23 PM by Tsukasa Macleod
Not my favorite Godzilla. I found Titanosaurus a bit silly. Then again, almost all the showa era Kaiju were (Except King Ghidorah.) Then again, I'm a Gamera fan, so I might be a bit biased. In short, It wasn't as bad as Godzilla vs Megalon. But worse than Quite a lot of other Godzilla films.
Re: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #20. Posted on February 08, 2008, 09:40:43 AM by Jon
Worst editing ive ever seen in a movie but its probobly my second favorite over G vs. M Zero.
There where alot of "where the hell did that/they come from?" moments

it has the best battles i remember in a G flick. Godzilla goes completely ape, but they're so short. The first fight with titanosaurus has an utterly epic build up and then it just switches back to the humans before it even really starts.

hopefully this new DVD release thats coming out will have the original cut.
Re: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #21. Posted on May 01, 2008, 06:57:43 PM by George

You would not believe this,but Sony Classics finally got the message!.
They finally released Terror of Mechagodzilla,the same as we used to see on TV along time ago!.
Almost exactly like my mine but with a little bit more added scenes that even surprised me,still all and all this is the way it should of been released to start out with.
It begins with a fullscreen Godzilla origin with narration and then goes to letterbox,but no matter,because it is the real Terror of Mechagodzilla.
Yes it has has everything I have,plus a bit more,however they don't the one thing I do,and that is the TNT Monstervision Godzilla song.
Now if only Media Blasters could release the AIP and RKO General versions of Atragon and The Mysterains.
Re: Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #22. Posted on May 04, 2008, 04:11:57 PM by Chris Conley
has been released by classic media part of their godzilla master collection last one presents this film in two versions the orginal japanese version widescreen on dvd uncut and the uncut widescreen english language version of the film with added prologue at the beginning which makes it longer than the japanese version. uncut version includes all violence in it as well  as a nipple slip by katsura during the final part also has scene with kids getting crushed by titanorsaurs during the finale and not being saved by godzilla!
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