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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 #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mk_ixnay
A better battle than the 1st one-why they didnt call on the services of Seesar again is a mystery to me..
The intro of Titanosaurus is great(as we all know-you can never have too many monsters in the Toho stable!),but i like to wonder what the movie had been if they put in Ghidorah instead, along side MechaGodzilla-i guess he's been beaten 4x too many. Oh well, another one hit wonder in the archive for G-fans...
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Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Kooshmeister
Picked this up on DVD at Wal-Mart for only about five dollars, and I have mixed feelings about it. It's certainly not the worst Godzilla movie ever made (I'd give that award to the oh so awful "Godzilla's Revenge"), but in my opinion it's not the best. A lot didn't work for me, and I'm fairly certain a large part of it is due to the fact that it's a crummy English dubbed version, so I'll avoid complaining about plot holes and such. Perhaps the Japanese version has scenes cut from the American release featuring the Simeons reverting to their true forms upon death?

Godzilla only shows up twice in the whole movie, not counting the montage of clips from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" shown over the opening credits. And both times he appears so suddenly I'm surprised I didn't get whiplash. Well, the first time he appears is actually pretty decent with a nice shot of him rising up from behind two buildings, but regardless, I found it to be jarring. In fact Godzilla's presence in the movie is almost superfluous. I honestly don't recall any of the characters aside from the Simeons even mentioning him. And even they only talk about him once or twice.

Also, for a film entitled "Terror of Mechagodzilla" there's actually not that much Mechagodzilla to be seen. In fact, they should've called the movie "Terror of Titanosaurus," as Titanosaurus gets more screentime than both Godzilla and Mechagodzilla combined. Heck, "Terror of Titanosaurus" sounds cooler than "Terror of Mechagodzilla," anyway.

Then there's the really, really bad optical composites they use to make it seem as thogh Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus are towering over Tokyo buildings. The buildings come all the way up to their chests, and all the people and action going on at street level in those scenes doesn't match the angle at all, making it seem as though they are on a hill with the kaiju standing at the bottom.

But there was plenty that I did like. Dr. Mafune was a very interesting character, as were the Interpol agents, Ichinose and Murakashi, and I liked the idea of the Simeons (or whatever they're called) wanting to get Titanosaurus to team up with Mechagodzilla against Godzilla. They learned from their mistakes in the previous movie, that Mechagodzilla alone isn't a match for the King of The Monsters. And since Godzilla had teamed up with King Seesar before, the aliens decided to beat him at his own game. And speaking of Mechagodzilla, he may not show up in full battle regalia until the end of the movie but it's well worth the wait to see him blasting everything in sight with lasers and a gazillion missiles.

And finally there's Titanosaurus. I have to say I really loved him. His roar, his seahorse-ish features, his cyclone tail, everything. His attack on the submarine at the beginning of the film was very exciting, and I also have to confess that I like the scene which immediately follows it, with Ichinose and co. listening to the tape recording of the doomed sub's captain screaming that they're being attacked by a dinosaur. Very chilling.

     

Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by tyler
Not one of the better Godzilla films,but it was not the worst one.This was one of my first Godzilla films to.Wene I was just about 4 or 5 years old and the t.v channel TNT,(WHICH NOW SUCKS!)Would have a Godzilla movie marathon,and have a music video of blue oyster cults Godzilla song!I LOVE THAT SONG!WHO COULD NOT?OOHHHH NOOO!THEY SAY HE'S GOT TO GO!GO GO GODZILLA!
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Reply #12. Posted on November 23, 2003, 09:37:19 AM by Tom Jacobson
This is one of the best Gozilla movies,depending on your point of view.It should be ranked better!
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Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Todd Shields
It's a small wonder why this film bombed in Japan. The human drama, a Shakespearian tragedy, was too serious for the target audience (children)while the monster scences were too silly for adults, as were the spacemen's goofy helmets.
Honda should have either made the human drama a satire, like KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, or made the monster action serious, like in GODZILLA VS. THE THING.
The film isn't as bad as, say, GODZILLA VS. MEGALON or GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA, it just suffers from schizophrenia.
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jonathan
This was a lot better than Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla.

Titanosaurus was a big improvement over King Seasar.

(King Seasar is a monster in Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla.)

It's sad at the end of the movie when the G-man walks into the Pacific for the last time. (Not the last time, but before Godzilla 1985.)

I really like G-man's entrence. This is a very good Godzilla movie.
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by WitchKing
A mixed bag.  Titanosaurus is unusual-looking but lacks much screen presence, while Godzilla just seems shoehorned into the plot.  Mechagodzilla registers much better than either of them and the Android daughter as the metal behemoth's trigger mechanism is intriguing.  Overall, it just lacks the sheer verve and wonder of "Ghidorah-- The 3 Headed Monster" or "Godzilla Vs. Mothra".  Big G. and his cohorts just seemed to run out of steam after "Destroy All Monsters!" in my opinion.
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Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mark Radburn
This is the best Godzilla Movie ever since Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1974) the battle scenes were great and Titanosaurus is Godzilla's amazing foe. Godzilla had one hell of a time battling two monsters on his own.
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