Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) – Ishiro Honda

Director Ishiro Honda returns for the last Godzilla film of the Showa era, and while it still features space aliens intent on taking over the planet, this one feels a little deeper than some of the previous entries, by introducing some interesting characters who seem to really struggle with their natures. I’m talking, specifically about…

All Monsters Attack (1969) – Ishiro Honda

This entry in the Godzilla serries is unique, in that the majority of it takes place in the imagination of a young boy, Ichiro (Tomonori Yazaki). A latchkey kid, like a lot of us growing up in the 70s and 80s, Ichiro is a quiet kid (with Godzilla toys in the closet), who isn’t quite…

Destroy All Monsters (1968) – Ishiro Honda & Jun Fukuda

I’ll be honest, this is the first Godzilla movie I’ve watched that I didn’t pay attention to any of the actors or their arcs, I was just having too much fun with the monster mashing, the model work, and the way the mythology of the monster-verse has expanded to include so many creatures, aliens, and…

Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) – Ishiro Honda

Godzilla is back! But he almost takes a backseat to the rest of the story, which sees an expansion of the Godzilla universe by bringing in aliens, flying saucers, and seeing the return of Rodan and King Ghidorah. When a new planet, Planet X, is discovered in orbit around Jupiter, a joint Japanese/American mission is…

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964) – Ishiro Honda

UFOs, political assassinations, alien possession, the Shobijin (Emi and Yumi Ito) and alien monsters see the known kaiju on Earth, all located around Japan, unite for the first time to combat King Ghidorah, a three-headed space beast which destroyed an alien civilization on Venus centuries ago, and has now arrived on Earth via meteor. This…

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) – Ishiro Honda

Japan’s countryside, city, and infrastructure is in danger again as Godzilla returns in Mothra vs. Godzilla, which sees the giant kaiju slug it out in an enjoyable piece of melodrama. This time around things get underway when a giant egg comes ashore in Japan, and a photographer, Juno Nakanashi (Yuriko Hoshi) and newspaperman, Ichiro Sakai…

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) – Ishiro Honda

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues to pay off as I now get to spend some time with that kaiju known the world round as Godzilla. I’ve previously reviewed the original film here. His competition in this film, Mothra, had a film of its own, but in this one, the two beasts go head to…

King Kong Eacapes (1967) – Ishiro Honda

  My time with that big ape continues with my exploration of King Kong titles thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. The fun, goofiness of King Kong Vs. Godzilla would be hard to top, and this film can’t quite seem to do it, though it does introduce the pretty cool, and drastically underused Mechani-Kong!! The…

King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962) РIshiro Honda 

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has proven itself to be an absolute joy so far, and I am loving diving deeper into things I only knew peripherally. For instance… King Kong! This installment sees the colossal ape (much bigger in this version than he’s been in the American films to date, but his size seems…