Saturday, July 30, 2016

Godzilla vs. Hedorah A.K.A. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, Gojira tai Hedora (1971)

A Japanese daikaiju science fiction written directed and produced by Yoshimitsu Banno.
A mutant tadpole creature from outer space feeds on Earth's pollution to become a giant monster. Godzilla cooperates with the humans to destroy it.
This was a unique Godzilla film that broke out of the same old formula. The directing was better to start with. Good camera-work and scene staging helped immensely. Some people hate the '60s psychedelic soundtrack, but I liked it. The band features a guitarist with an awesome Teisco guitar (picture). It has side-rectangle fret markers and rocker switches: a real gem. I also liked the decor of the night club with a liquid light show and animated skeletons. The little boy was almost as annoying as the "Grandma!" kid in The Witches (1990). Overall, something different to break the monotony of my Godzilla marathon. I rate it good.

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