Gojirathon 11: Gojira Tai Hedorâ (1971)

G: minus 14 days

Gojirathon is me just writing up some thoughts about the movies I see while I conduct my little marathon of Godzilla-movies in anticipation of the new Hollywood retooling. Why Gojirathon and not Godzillathon? Well, because Rolfe already did his Godzillathon as part of his Monster Madness, and I don’t want to steal his work. I’ll be using the terms, G, Big G, Godzilla and Gojira somewhat interchangeably… since I can be a bit lazy at times, when it comes to these things.

Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971)

Well, Gojira seems to have taken a slight hiatus, but now that he’s back, he’s full on with his Captain Planet shenanigans in the the most psychedelic entry to this series yet. But then again. It was in the wake (or even in the midst of) the roaring hippie culture. The screen breaks up into Warhol-esque pop-art pictures in pictures. Animated interludes showing both vital information and just plain bizarre things.

And woah. For a series that has become this child-friendly at this time, it’s with a slight raised eyebrow that I witness scenes where scores of adults are quite literally acid-burned to the bones.

And as for the plot. Pollution creates the Smog-Monster called Hedorâ. A creature bearing striking similarities with the great Chtuluh. Strange things happen as Godzilla decides that he’s having none more of this pollution and he steps in (and occasionally flies in the most silliest of ways) and beats up the pollution. I mean… yeah… that’s how we win this battle against the pollution. By having a giant monster smack it hard on it’s slimy face!

This’ll have to be a short entry as I need to pick up my pace if I’m going to plough through the rest of these 18 films before may 14th…

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