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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

The megaproject of watching and blogging about all Godzilla movies continues! This time we are dealing with Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster from 1964.

The disappearance of a princess coincides with the arrival of a prophetess who warns of the return of Godzilla, Rodan and the arrival of a civilization destroying space monster.

This movie has a lot of things going for it.

A wacky UFO cult with a very trusty inspiring leader, venusians, a volcanic eruption, a princess turned doomsday prophetess with mystical powers, royal assassins, global warming, a strange magnetic egg fallen from the sky, pandemics, spycraft deluxe, two tiny ladies from Infant Island invited as guests on a TV-show, a very competent psychiatrist and of course our beloved monsters.

This movie has more urgent upbeat tempo not not quite so desperate in its tone but perhaps slightly darker, more serious. Maybe because our own world is going haywire at the moment so it's very easy to relate the movie to current events.

There's a journalistic media perspective. We have seen this before but I still think it works and makes things interesting.

I found it fascinating that the princess turned venusian/gretian is treated as though she was mentally ill and eventually she is "cured" by the psychiatrist and returns to her normal princess self. It's a minor thing in the movie but I find it interesting since the possession was de facto real and the venusians actually had am important environmental message to deliver to humanity but everything of course works out in the end but I find it funny in a dark way that that they choose to actively intervene in her mental faculties instead of listening to the message and just let it work itself out.

A new theme is creeping into the franchise. The question of environmentalism. King Ghidorah is not on earth wrecking havoc just for fun, or, erhm, not only for that reason. He is doing it because the venusians mistreated Venus in the same manner we humans are destroying earth. We should take this a warning or King Ghidorah will completely destroy all civilizations on earth like he did on Venus.

The special effects are very nice and Godzilla looks deliciously crusty! Mothra is back. Rodan is Rodan and The Great Space Monster King Ghidorah is intimidating but the sounds the creature makes may sound outer-worldly but are just mostly annoying.

The two tiny ladies from infant island just blows my mind every time. The movie turns into a low key acid trip every time they make an appearance. I can't get my head around why they give me such a weird surreal feeling. I found the scene where they are invited as guests on a TV-show really funny and the Mothra song is very good! The meeting with all the hotshot politicians, scientists, military people and the tiny ladies just cracks me up. In this meeting we are posed with the dilemma of using nuclear weapons against a great threat, given Japans history -a recurring theme throughout the Godzilla franchise.

We are after all here for the monster fights and they are excellent. The fight between Godzilla and Rodan stands out for me. It's interesting to see Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra join forces against King Ghidorah and Mothra doing the uniting. At one point there is a sweet discussion among the monsters on the topic of whether or not the should they should defend earth against Ghidorah.The comical pong-style back and forth stone throwing episode is also worth mentioning.

King Ghidorah spread lots of good mayhem and is a good and worthy adversary. It's nice to see the other monsters try to cooperate. When it all comes down to it, humans aren't all that important in the grand scheme of tings.

I think this is pretty OK-ish movie. It's true to the spirit of the franchise and I think it still holds up somewhat OK today I especially enjoyed the chaos of so much going on.