In this second entry of the Godzilla series, another monster is introduced to fight Godzilla. The new creature is called Anguirus and looks like a big spiked turtle. The two creatures wage their war in Japan and level cities along the way. Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
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Not nearly as good as the first, but one of the best in the series.
As stated in the first film, the Godzilla killed by the oxygen destroyer was not the only one of its species. This time another of the Godzilla species is back with a spike-backed monster named Angilas. Unlike the first film and its subtext of nuclear horror, this is just a typical monster on the loose film of the 50's. You can easily tell this film was rushed and the hurried nature in which it was assembled. The only thing really bad in this film was the speed at which the fighting scenes were filmed. It looked too comical and the radioactive rays are poorly animated and very crude. The Godzilla suit used this time was very strange, his teeth stick out too much and has very thin wrists and ankles. The Japanese version of this film was excellent compared the the horrible version Warner Brothers put out. Warner dubbed Godzilla's roar with Angilas' sometimes and Dr. Yamane sounds like Elmer Fudd. They replaced Sato's score with horrible stock music and added this STUPID scene of how the 'fire monsters' were created in the conference room. And they dubbed this film so bad, they made the hero of the film (Kobayashi), sound like a complete idiot. Spend your money on the Japanese version of this film, not the American.
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