Favorite 60's Showa Godzilla Movie

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Favorite 60's Showa Godzilla Movie

King Kong vs. Godzilla
3
4%
Godzilla vs. Mothra
20
29%
Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster
15
22%
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
10
15%
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (Ebirah, Horror From the Deep)
3
4%
Son Of Godzilla
1
1%
Destroy All Monsters
16
24%
Godzilla's Revenge
0
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Favorite 60's Showa Godzilla Movie

Postby GFan » Mon Dec 01, 2003 2:04 am

Here I go again on my Poll-posting-late-night-can't-sleep rampage. hee hee. But I think these will be fun at any rate.

Seeing as a poll wouldn't be quite fair if I included the first Godzilla in it, I've decided to split them up.


Post your second favorite (and third favorite if you'd like...these are some tough choices).
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Postby Hybrid Gojira » Mon Dec 01, 2003 2:24 am

Ghidrah, followed by Sea Monster.
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Postby Xenorama » Mon Dec 01, 2003 2:46 am

Favorite is DAM, followed by GODZILLA'S REVENGE.
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Postby Trenton Fella » Mon Dec 01, 2003 7:20 am

Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster hands down
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Postby Khandejifer » Mon Dec 01, 2003 8:15 am

Monster Zero.
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Postby Jiger X » Mon Dec 01, 2003 6:17 pm

I cast mine for GTTHM as well, but with a big asterisk next to it, as it's been maybe 10 years since last I saw Sea Monster and at least 20 for KKvG. GvMothra64 is the class act of the lot, I'd venture to say, but I've long had a soft spot for its sequel. It might be the bad quality of my battered tape, but to me this film has an almost 40's era charm to it; it's hard to believe it's in color, it seems so old.
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Postby MrZilla69 » Mon Dec 01, 2003 6:29 pm

Ghidrah the three headed monster. Was the first appearence of Ghidrah who had proved to be a worthy opponent for Godzilla. And he smashed alotta stuff too. 8-)
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Postby Brendosaurus » Mon Dec 01, 2003 7:11 pm

This is a tough choice, I like them all pretty much.
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Postby CyHunter » Mon Dec 01, 2003 7:34 pm

MaG'64, but I also enjoy GEM (Godzilla-Ebirah-Mothra; aka GvsThe Sea Monster) quite a bit. I don't care for DAM that much, nor KKvsG. Both just seem really schlocky, and frankly dumb, to me. And I haven't seen MZ, G's Revenge, or GTTHM.
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Postby GFan » Mon Dec 01, 2003 11:09 pm

Cyhunter, you're missing out if you haven't seen Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster or Monster Zero. They're absolute classics in the Godzilla series. Highly recommended!! :)


Unfortunatly, I haven't seen the uncut widescreen subtitled version of Ghidrah..I've only seen the icky english version (and yet i still love that movie). AND also I **finally** won a Godzilla vs. Monster Zero DVD off of ebay...so I can finally see that in all it's widescreen glory. :D I can't wait to get it!

:D ::does Godzilla's little jumping dance from that movie::: :D
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Postby CyHunter » Mon Dec 01, 2003 11:14 pm

That's what everyone keeps telling me, but I'm probably just going to wait until it's on TV or I can get a DVD copy. I have a general distaste for "aliens in funny costumes mind-control kaiju" movies...it's such an IMO stupid plot ploy in comparison to the really intriguing ones they could explore...
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Postby Hybrid Gojira » Tue Dec 02, 2003 5:16 am

CyHunter wrote:That's what everyone keeps telling me.


Yeah, I would agree. You should see Ghidrah and MonsterZero. Good pick in SeaMonster - that movie is awesome! ^_^
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Postby anguirus23 » Tue Dec 02, 2003 4:56 pm

WHY am I the only one who voted for Mothra vs. Godzilla? That DEFINES kaiju movies.
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Postby Xenorama » Tue Dec 02, 2003 7:29 pm

Had it said "best" 60s I would have voted for it, but it says "favorite" so I went with my favorite.
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Postby lhb412 » Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:17 pm

CyHunter wrote:That's what everyone keeps telling me, but I'm probably just going to wait until it's on TV or I can get a DVD copy. I have a general distaste for "aliens in funny costumes mind-control kaiju" movies...it's such an IMO stupid plot ploy in comparison to the really intriguing ones they could explore...



Well in the original Ghidorah their are no aliens. Ghidorah acts 100% on his own (despite what some silly fan theories say) and he's a really great villian.

Monster Zero does have aliens in silly costumes and weird stuff, but it was the first movie to do that. When it came out it was a fresh idea and all the ones that followed are copies of it.

Not only that but the human characters are some of the most likable in all kaiju films (Nick Adams rocks) and the campy space stuff is really pulled off well. (the flying saucer effects are really impressive for their time)

Those and a couple more reasons are why it gets my vote for favorite of the sixties, although it's a hard choice. The sixties were a great time for Godzilla.
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Postby Andrew Nguyen » Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:39 pm

Godzilla vs. Mothra since that was a truly excellent film with all the godzilla fathers putting it all into the film from the superb special effects to the powerful music score which introduced the theme most familar with Godzilla.
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Postby GorgoFan » Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:54 am

Oh, that's a toughie. That would either be KKvG, Mothra, Monster Zero, or Sea Monster.
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Postby megalon » Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:13 pm

I agree that Godzilla V Mothra is the best,pretty much everything in the movie comes together.but my fav. is Ghidorah,it's flawed by it's somewhat sluggish ane muddled first third but after that it's just one great scene after another-Ghidorah's birth,the monsters 'talking'[yes,it's silly but it's one of the things I love about some of these movies],the end fight which is my fav. battle ever,I think it's just so rousing when Godzilla and Rodan finally come to Mothra's aid and eventaully coordinate their attacks.
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Postby Stadawim » Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:48 pm

G3M is really good, but i gave the vote to vKK since nobody else had yet. :P I would put vMOT up there, but that dad-blasted moth can screw any good movie up.
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Postby Trenton Fella » Fri Dec 05, 2003 5:00 pm

Maybe I need to watch Godzilla vs Mothra a few 100 times because I'm not seeing how this movie is being labeled as "the best"...it's a lil above average to me :dunno:
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Postby anguirus23 » Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:01 pm

Well, I'll go ahead and explain. To many fans (like me) this was the last true appearence of the original "people can just BURN!" Godzilla attitude. He has his own personality while being completelly, utterly ruthless. Mothra has never looks better, at least till GMM. The performances were very much above average, excellent for a Godzilla movie. The characters never wore out their welcome for me like they do in most G-movies (Case in point, I want to strangle half the characters of KKvsG and several of G:TTHM by the time 90 minutes are up). Godzilla also is in in best pre-90's suit by far, and the atomic blast effects are the best they have ever been in the original style (as in, not a giant cohesive beam like from the late '70s on). Mothra NEVER wears out her welcome, and her end is geniunely moving and beautifully filmed. This also has an excellent Ifukube score.

The most important thing Godzilla vs. Mothra did was that it DEFINED Godzilla movies. Before this, we had a great original, an entertaining but forgotten sequel, and a big revival/comedy/name-match brawl movie. This film was a GODZILLA movie. It defined the term. It brought back Godzilla's attitude as well as helping to make the Showa films one "universe" (bringing in Mothra) and establishing the overall look and feel of the Honda '60s Godzilla films. This movie is one of the reasons why I didn't dismiss Godzilla while I was maturing, and if I had I would not be talking to you right now and it's doubtful I'd have bothered seeing anything past Godzilla 2000. Perhaps most telling, it's a Godzilla movie normal people will watch! They'll say "That's the one with the little twins, right? I love that when I was a kid!" Then they'll watch it expecting a laughfest and get into it all over again. Even my dad will watch this with me if I corner him and beg (a distinction this shares with only the Gamera trilogy, GKOTM, and GMK).

In short, anybody who skips this movie because they don't like Mothra is doing themselves a disservice and anyone who doesn't recognize what it did for the series needs to watch it again. It defined the Godzilla movie and was the shining moment of the "Golden Age."

People certainly have the RIGHT to favor "Monster Zero" but I think they're nuts! The only efforts that came close in this era IMO were GTTHM and DAM, and even they got a bit too...silly. Damn if they weren't a hoot, but even if it isn't your favorite, you have to appreciate Godzilla vs. Mothra because it made those movies possible.

Because damn it all, Godzilla vs. Mothra was a GODZILLA movie and it wasn't afraid to show it and it looked good doing it! It was the pay-off of KKvsG's revitalization of the series. It showed that people were still interested in Godzilla. In the realms of realism, excitement, music, and characters, this film gets a 10 from me.
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Postby CyHunter » Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:18 am

Wow, nice words Ang. I think I like the movie even a lil' bit more now, despite having only seen it on a puked-on Classic Media print (for shame :( ) While I can't vouch for GTTHM (although I seriously doubt it tops MaG, I'm not setting my opinion in stone untiol I've seen it), I honestly can't believe people voted for DAM over MaG. It's their opinion and all so they certainly have the right to, but much like how I can't figure out why everyone likes GvsMGII, I simply can't udnerstand why people like DAM so much. It's full of plot holes, rediculous charcoal briquette aliens in moomoos, "much ado about nothing" monster destruction sequences, and a final battle that's more of a massacre with a couple of monsters punking KG and the rest kinda standing around pretending to be important, sorta like those brawlers in spy movies that stand in a half citrcle and wait for the hero to knock each one, out one at a time.

I've said my peace. Move along, move along. :P
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Postby anguirus23 » Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:39 am

Well, G:TTHM is rather better than DAM and certainly better than KKvsG. At the beginning it was very much in the style of Godzilla vs. Mothra, and it would be right up there with it were it not for the stuff Honda didn't want: the monsters talking and clowning around. I won't say their antics aren't entertaining, but it yanks you right out of the feel of the movie. Godzilla goes from himself circa the end of GvsMothra (sorta clumsy, but likes to BURN innocents) to savior of planets and friend to grubs and pteranodons in one battle. Much as I enjoy that battle, that's where the Godzilla vs. Mothra magic fumbled.

Still, GTTHM is pushing the four-star range, kaiju movie-wise, so put it on your Christmas list CyHunter!
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:14 am

I picked Godzilla v.s. Mothra, because it's good, and I like it.
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Postby Velociraptor666 » Mon Dec 29, 2003 8:01 am

Destroy All Monsters followed by Ghidrah and then GvsThe Thing
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