Coming to Earth on a fallen meteorite, The microscopic alien life-form Hedorah feeds on Earth's pollution and grows into a Gigantic, ever Evolving, poisonous Gas and acid-secreting monster. Godzilla, Earth's Defender senses the Threat and Meets ''the Smog Monster'' in a Literal, Battle for Earth's Survival.Written by
Thomas ''The Oldschool Hero'' Cianci
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert's favorite Godzilla movie, as mentioned in his review of "Godzilla 1985". See more »
When the child notices Godzilla from far away on the roller coaster ride, it is clear that "Godzilla" in this case is just a badly drawn blotch of paint, which also appears to be far too dark for its supposed environment. See more »
On the original Japanese trailer, the director's name is given as "Yoshimitsu Sakano." In the Japanese version, as well as in Toho's own English version, he is credited as "Yoshimitsu Banno." The American International release credits him as "Yoshimitu Banno." See more »
There are two different English versions of this movie. The first is titled "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" and was dubbed by an uncredited Hong Kong company for Toho. It's unedited from the original Japanese film, and notably all songs were left in Japanese. This version, often called an international or export version by fans, went unreleased in the United States until January 1996 when it was first broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel. It's since become the only version available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S.
The second English version is titled "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster." This version was produced by Salvatore Billitteri for American International Pictures and released in the United States in 1972. Despite an extant English version, AIP opted to have the film re-dubbed in New York at Titan Productions, Inc. The Japanese-language song featured in the Japanese and international version is translated and replaced by an English version, "Save the Earth," written by Guy Hemric and Adryan Russ and sung by Russ. This American version of the movie was removed from circulation in the mid-'90s when Toho regained control of the film from Orion, which had previously purchased the AIP film library. See more »
Something spooky is happening on the Japanese coast; pollution is killing the fish in the ocean, but it also gives life to a monstrous mutated fish-monster. A professor and his genius kid watch it's destructions on TV, and the kid remarks: "- Oh, that was a tadpole-monster." Japan and the entire world is soon threatened by the unearthly Creature, who's named Hedorah by the Professors kid.
At the same time a funky teenage assistant of the professor gets drunk at an absurdly psychadellic disco and has visions of all the party-people being mutated fish. Hedorah inhales polluted smoke from factory- chimneys and seem to get high, the kid is psychic and has visions of Godzilla coming to save the world, and the Professor is attacked by the Hedorah underwater and his face gets malformed. Godzilla and the "Smog Monster" (as it is sometimes referred to as) start fighting only 25 minutes into the movie. The Hedorah mutates from ocean- dweller, to reptile to flying creature, and experts conclude that "He" is probably from a distant Nebula in outer space. Scenes of havoc and the Professor's family is intercut with cartoon- style sequences with strong enviromental messages.
One scene has the Hedorah flying over a group of people working out, and they turn blue-faced and ultimately into gushy skeletons. A man at a construction site screams out (extremely) loud, and then falls to his death. Hedorah has the ability to corrode metal, and people on TV quarrel intensely on the fate of the planet. The Professors assistant knows the end is near, and has a hippie-styled party on top of a mountain; "- Let's have fun as we die!!" The party is interrupted by the space/pollution freak, and most of the kids are melted by its poisonous vomit/droppings when they try to set it on fire.
The Professor's kid has found the solution to defeat the grotesque beast: "- Dry it - it's only sludge!", and with the aid of the friendly Godzilla it finally works. Some scenes, as well as the sounds the Hedorah makes are beyond description; like the scene were it's covering Godzilla with its tons of toxic puke, and at the same time "laughing" diabolically. There are weird crosscutting throughout, the kid yells "Papa" alot and the groovy rock score helps to its remarkably insane mood. The PG- rating should be reconsidered. This one is too dark and demented in so many ways, I don't think a ten year- old should watch it. It's mad nightmarish, art-cinematic style could cause damage.
A TV- reporter calls the Hedorah "a freak organizm" - much like this movie itself.
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