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
The bizarre - but impressive - feat of Godzilla flying hasn't been repeated in any other Godzilla movie, though it has reappeared briefly in video games and comics. The fact that the only time it happens in live-action is in Godzilla vs. Hedorah makes this moment even more noteworthy. As for how it came together, Godzilla vs. Hedorah director Yoshimitsu Banno has explained (via Vantage Point Interviews) that Godzilla needed to fly in order to catch up with the smog monster. Also, the scene added a bit of levity to the movie, which was much darker than its predecessors. 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 »
In AIP's American version of the film, the entire cast is mysteriously uncredited. See more »
There are two distinct versions of American International's "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster." The first, presumably the original 35mm theatrical version, features an English language cartoon sequence (reworked from a similar Japanese one in the original film). A similar insert replaces a shot of a newsreader with an English language map of Fuji. Furthermore, AIP removed all Japanese text from the scenes of various "science lessons" given by Dr. Yano. This is the version released on video and Laserdisc by Orion Home Video in 1989.
The second version has none of these unique shots. The Hedorah cartoon and newsreader shot are unchanged from the Japanese version and Dr. Yano's science lessons feature onscreen Japanese text. This version seems to have been the standard 16mm release for television and can be seen in unlicensed copies of the film such as the 1990 Simitar VHS release and the Canadian DVD release by Digital Disc. 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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