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Destroy All Monsters (1968)
"Kaijû sôshingeki" (original title)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  23 May 1969 (USA)
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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo ...
SY-3 Captain Katsuo Yamabe
Jun Tazaki ...
Dr. Yoshido
Yukiko Kobayashi ...
Kyoko Manabe
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Dr. Otani
Kyôko Ai ...
Kilaak Queen
Andrew Hughes ...
Dr. Stevenson
Chôtarô Tôgin ...
Ogata
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
General
Kenji Sahara ...
Commander Nishikawa
Hisaya Itô ...
Major Tada
Yoshio Katsuda ...
Young Scientist
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Engineer (as Henry Okawa)
Ikio Sawamura ...
Old Farmer
Yutaka Sada ...
Police Officer
Hiroshi Okada ...
Doctor at hospital
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Aliens have released all the giant monsters from their imprisonment on Monster Land and are using them to destroy all major cities on the planet. It is up to the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 to infiltrate the aliens' headquarters before the Earth monsters and King Ghidrah annihilate the planet. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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monster | alien | island | rodan | godzilla | See more »

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Monsters of mass destruction. See more »


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23 May 1969 (USA)  »

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JPY 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Japanese import DVD has a Super-8mm version (Japanese Audio), as special feature. See more »

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5 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Destroy All Monsters" is one of the best entries in the series.

**SPOILERS**

In the distant future, Dr. Yoshida, (Jun Tazaki) has managed to corral all the monsters of the world onto Ogasawara Island, which is soon renamed Monsterland and run by a staff to keep the monsters peaceful. When a strange accident occurs at the location, the monsters and staff disappear, and soon the world's cities are invaded by the creatures. The UN sends spaceship Moonlight SY-3, piloted by Ketsuo Yamabe, (Akira Kubo) to investigate the area, and finds a race of aliens known as the Kilaaks have taken over both the monsters and staff, demanding the world or the monsters will destroy it. When they stall to negotiate with them, the Kilaaks unleash the monsters on Tokyo, finally forcing them into action and finally break the monsters free of the aliens' control. Applying a trump card, they bring in King Ghidorah to confront the remaining monsters, and they battle for the planet.

The Good News: One of the greatest entries in the series, this has a lot of great things about it. The strong story is a great feat, not being overly complicated and yet getting everything needed that is wanted in a film of this type. It's also quite well-paced, with enough subplots to keep it from lagging and with lots of interesting, logical ideas put into place that make it a joy to watch. It also handles the monsters seriously, rather than handling them as mindless beasts under strict control. The monsters are treated as destructive forces, unleashed upon the world to do what comes naturally to them and bring about them a sense of awe and wonder. This means the monsters here are all quite impressive. Godzilla looks quite nicely, with a pretty large head, rounded mouth, defined brows and fairly-menacing eyes. With a bell-shaped body, pronounced breastbone, long neck and more human-like arms and legs, this makes for a distinctive and powerful version. Angilas is quite impressive, more streamlined and with more musculature added but otherwise the same. Rodan loses the weird appendage under it's eye and a reduced head, making it look more fearsome, while the rest of the monsters look like their last incarnations, and are still quite nice. The film contains no shortage of highlights, though special mention has to be said for the awe-inspiring, incredible and memorable final battle. A contest between eight different creatures, most of which getting their shots in, but the sheer chaos of what's going on makes it such an impressive sight, and the battle is just the right length to avoid being boring. Of special note is Ghidrah's entrance, emerging from a flaming fireball and landing gracefully among the others assembled. It's simple but pulled off expertly. The fight itself is one of the greatest ever done. It's upbeat, energetic and makes up single-handedly for most of the rest of the film, which is not that easy to do. There is some impressive work here, including the solo excursions by the monsters. It's nice to see other cities being attacked, and with Moscow, Paris, New York and Beijing being attacked in great, albeit brief, fashion makes them all great scenes. The Tokyo attack is simply masterful, as a large number of buildings are flattened in grand fashion, and really marks the return to Godzilla's original glory. To see him behaving in such a manner is great to see, and he gets in some great scenes, including the legendary scene where one of the monsters wraps around a raised railway and pulls it down as Godzilla knocks down a flaming building in the background. That it also includes a confrontation with the Defense Forces is just the icing on the cake. This is a great spectacle movie, and does it in grand style. There's also a couple of really interesting ideas present, mostly Monsterland, which is a really creative idea and is carried out quite nicely. The futuristic technology also applies to the rocket ships, and the main one, Moonlight SY-3, is quite nice and realistic, and is one of the best non-monster miniatures made. The chase with Rodan is a great moment, taking place in a rocky terrain and featuring some interesting tactics and ideas. Rodan also has a rather nice chase with a flaming flying saucer that is one of the most intricately-shot and creative scenes in the film. Also new is the idea of Godzilla interacting with and pursuing humans, a new and novel idea that is nicely played here. All in all, this one rarely disappoints and continuously entertains.

The Bad News: There is only minor flaws in here that are incredibly easy to overlook. During the final battle, it is possible that a favorite doesn't do all that much, as there are a couple that don't do a lot even though they are present. To see a favorite not get a lot of screen-time might drive this down. The only other area that doesn't work all that well is a gory autopsy scene. It's a little out of character for a Godzilla film, and could've easily been accomplished without it being as graphic. The sequence where the humans attempt to dismantle the aliens' rays takes forever to accomplish and really could've been done easier and earlier but beyond these, it's a spectacular film.

The Final Verdict: One of the overall best films in the genre, this is really hard to find a flaw in this one. It's got what every monster fan wants and craves, and even provides them in spades. It's recommended viewing for just about all monster fans.


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