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Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster
*  [Cheesy]
Hedorah, the dookie monster Godzilla vs. Hedorah was released in the US as Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. This has to be one of the oddest Godzilla movies ever made. This movie doesn't know what it wants to be... so it ends up being just plain wierd. On the whole it is a good movie but the intrusive music and cuts to silly looking cartoons just destroy it.

Godzilla is definitely the good guy in this one. A scientist and his Godzilla obscessed son discover that a strange new lifeform is thriving on the world's growing pollution and it will grow to enormous proportions and is heading straight to Japan (further proving a pet theory of mine...). Only Godzilla can save Japan from this new horror created by man's own folly. Inevitably The Big Green One and Hedorah (who looks like a living pile of shit) must fight. Major property destruction ensues. How can Godzilla defeat a creature made of sludge?

3... 2... 1! Lift off!

This movie boggled my mind. First it wanted to be a protest to pollution, then it wanted to be a horror movie, then it just went all silly as Japanese hippies sing "save the planet" all the while Hedorah goes about farting, belching, spitting, and shitting deadly sulfuric acid everywhere! Then it happens... the Big Guy uses his breath weapon to rocket up into the atmosphere and fly! Yes you heard it right Godzilla flies in this one. It must be seen to be believed!


CREDITS

Gojira tai Hedora [Godzilla vs Hedorah] (1971)
Released in U.S. as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1972)

CAST

Ken Yano........................Hiroyuki Kawase
Toru Yano........................Akira Yamauchi
Toshie Yano.......................Toshie Kimura
Yukio Keuchi...................Toshio Shibamoto
Miki Fujimiya........................Keiko Mari

CREW

Director.......................Yoshimitsu Banno
Screenplay.....Yoshimitsu Banno & Kaoru Mabuchi
Special Effects................Teruyoshi Nakano
Music...........................Riichiro Manabe

Running Time: 85 minutes

U.S. VERSION

Released by American International

Running Time: 85 minutes

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