Sunday, 1 January 2017

Review: Destroy All Monsters (1968) - Directed by Ishiro Honda (January 2017)

Epic Kaiju Action in DAM (1968)
It is the futuristic year of 1999 and all the world's most famous Kaiju Monsters have been captured onto far-off Monster Island! The monsters include Godzilla, Minilla, Rodan, Mothra, Baragan, Varan (unnamed), Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Manda and Spigea (Kumonga) - to name a few. The monsters are kept captured by science and can't leave the island due to sci-fi goings on by the humans! However, the monsters are set loose by evil female aliens and the monsters attack the cities of the world in Destroy All Monsters (1968) - it also features the legendary King Ghidorah later in the film in a giant Kaiju battle royal!

Ishiro Honda would return to direct this monster mash for Toho Studios. It's another colorful adventure with human and monster drama aimed at family audiences for Japan and worldwide. The music by Akira Ifukube would provide some epic themes and familiar scores! Eiji Tsuburaya would supervise the special effects.

The monsters all come from a line of previous Toho films and all join forces at the end of the film. Also, a scene was cut where Godzilla tangles with Manda in Japan during the film. A giant monster mash of Kaiju Madness!!

My personal memories of this film was watching it late night in 1990 on Channel 4 (a UK TV station) in a "Godzilla Creature Feature" season.


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