In 1973, Gamera sacrifices his life to rid the world of the Gyaos once and for all. Thirty-three years later, a small boy, whose father witnessed the 1973 event, named Toru finds a ... See full summary »
In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it... See full summary »
Aliens from a dying galaxy plan to destroy our cities and build their new home on Earth. Their weapon is Mechagodzilla, a 400-foot-tall robot armed with powerful lasers and guided missiles. Only Godzilla is mighty enough to stop the colossal machine, but when Professor Mafune joins the aliens, not even Godzilla will be able to defeat them. Mafune controls Titanosaurus, a gigantic amphibious dinosaur, through a biochemical connection with his cyborg daughter, Katsura. Godzilla is no match for Titanosaurus and Mechagodzilla together, but Interpol agents have discovered Titanosaurus' weakness, which may give Godzilla the fighting chance he needs to save the world!Written by
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Titanosaurus was the last monster introduced in the original series of Godzilla films. He represents a sort of return to the more realistic-looking, "natural" monsters that were common on the 50s and 60s films, rather than the more outlandish monster designs seen in the 70s. Since he never got popular with audiences, to date this remains Titanosaurus' only movie appearance. See more »
When the recently malfunctioned Mechagodzilla is hurled at a hole in the ground, the strings holding him up are visible. See more »
Father, a man from Interpol came.
Dr. Shinji Mafune:
They asked to see you. They wanted to know about dinosaurs.
Dr. Shinji Mafune:
Heh! Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh! Eh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh! Heh! They've arrived fifteen years too late to ask me about that. Heh! Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh. I told them then I'd make them sorry. Now my theory has proved to be correct, I'll take revenge on them all, on those fools who thought I was crazy and forced me to resign! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
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The British version has a prologue which contains footage from Kaiju Daisenso (1965), among others. See more »
It has a mixed reputation among the fans, but Terror of Mechagodzilla is a romp of a sequel, one that's not without deep emotional heart.
Plot is bonkers of course, aliens are plotting to rule the world and have recreated Mechagodzilla after Godzilla shredded it to pieces in the previous meeting of the two beasts (Godzilla V Mechagodzilla). There's Interpol agents running around not exactly in control of anything, a vengeful scientist with an agenda who aids the aliens, while his daughter has become a cyborg designed to control Titanosaurus, a gigantic amphibious dinosaur that teams up with Mechagodzilla to stomp on Tokyo. All is lost for mankind, until Godzilla climbs out of the ocean to hopefully protect his domain.
The return of Ishirō Honda to the director's chair is a reassuring presence, and it helps the film retain a classy production level. The monster smack-downs are neatly choreographed, the model work is wonderfully 1970s, and Akira Ifukube's thunderous score gladdens the spirit as it simultaneously rocks your bones. Yukiko Takayama's screenplay contains intelligence, where the sci-fi boffin speak is spliced with deep observations on humanity and what it means to be part of such a race etc.
Fan division usually comes down to who likes super-hero Godzilla or who likes Godzilla in destroy everything mode. This is the former, and it's cheer worthy, the atomic lizard in a bad mood would not surface again for 10 years, and by then the direction of Zilla's fortunes got increasingly silly. This marks "Terror" as something of a franchise closure to be cherished, and rightly so because it has all the good parts that made the first Toho wave so enjoyable. So turn up the volume, open your screens out and indulge. Wonderful. 8/10
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