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Godzilla Vs Hedorah (Gojira tai HedorÔ) (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster) (1971)

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This eco-conscious entry pits the Big Green Guy against a living mass of industrial sludge dubbed "Hedora." Capable of splitting into numerous satellite monsters and secreting sulfuric acid, Hedora grows exponentially larger as it absorbs more pollution and merely divides again when Godzilla tries to attack it. After wiping out a disco with its toxic secretions (from the monster, not the music), Hedora goes airborne and attacks Mount Fuji, where blasts of electricity and Godzilla's atomic breath

Oct 18, 2004

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

Treasure every moment of this strange horror-comedy-cartoon attempt to rejuvenate an increasingly formulaic genre.

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The image of the massive smog beast sucking fumes off of pollutant factory pipes proves almost indelible, but little else registers.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Kaiju meets ecological activism, and Rachel Carson would've been proud of Godzilla!

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A giant lizard movie with an eco-friendly message? How can you pass it up?

February 19, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Despite its reputation as one of the worst films, as Godzilla films go this one is rather entertaining.

October 24, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

I got 25 yen on the Sea Monster, minus the points.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Godzilla Vs Hedorah (Gojira tai HedorÔ) (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)

After the disappointing Godzilla's Revenge, this follow up is a mediocre offering in the franchise and is no wonder that ideas were starting to get stale. This is the eleventh film in the Godzilla series. In terms of plot, it lacks significantly, unlike others in the series, and that's saying a lot considering that the Godzilla franchise has put him against some pretty ridiculous foes. However, at this point, it is clear that the filmmakers were stuck in a creative rut and it shows on-screen. Each entry would bec9ome sillier and more stupid by this time around. Though, it is slightly enjoyable, just for its camp value, this is a mediocre entry in the series. The ideas that were written in the film's script simply don't hold up, and Godzilla VS Hedorah lacks anything truly worthwhile for the viewer to enjoy. Yes, it campy, and for that, it's amusing, but for the standard Godzilla formula that you've come to expect, it disappoints due to the lack of truly entertaining monster battles. By this time in the series, the battles are tiresome, and boring. Not to mention that the films in the series were more and more geared towards kids, thus the material becomes more and more silly. The quality of films in the series would lack, and that's saying something considering that nearly every entry in the series involved monsters battling it out. However by this point, the films were just stagnant, boring and not worth your time due to the fact that they started lacking in amusing content. The ideas that the filmmakers were coming up were pretty dumb and made this legendary franchise, which was once great, into an uninspired money making series of lacking feature films that simply recycled old ideas and tried to hide that by creating seemingly "new" stories.
March 16, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Imagine putting 70's psychedelic, kiddie antics, eco-thriller, horror, surreal art-house, and Godzilla into a blender. After mixing these things in the blender, you end up getting Godzilla vs. Hedorah aka Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. This Godzilla outing is one of the weirdest entries in the series, but it is also one of the better entries of the Showa era. Just like the first film were Godzilla provided social commentary on nuclear weapons, "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" gives social commentary on pollution and civilization's negative effects on the environment. Godzilla's adversary, Hedorah, feeds off human pollution and waste. One thing I like about this film is it shows people getting hurt or killed during the monster attacks, which gives some weight to the monster destruction. A sympathetic character actually dies (at least, I think he died). The film is full of funk music, cartoon segments, dream sequences, and moments of that are sincerely frightening. The film's eccentricities will either make or break the film for some people, the film is darker but at the same time more fun. Their is something oddly endearing about the film's weird tendencies. It manages to do something different with the Godzilla formula while at the same time remaining faithful to it. The film only has two major drawbacks. The monsters fights are pretty good overall, but sometimes their is too much standing around and waving arms. Godzilla also flies in this movie, which is really silly and cheesy. I laughed a lot during that scene but it could have easily have been left out. People should go into this movie with an open mind and not criticize it on the grounds that it is different from other Godzilla outings. This movie is Godzilla on acid, and whether you love it or hate it, it's an experience you won't easily forget.
December 21, 2011
Christopher Heim

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After the absurd travesty of the previous installment, Godzilla needed something familiar yet fresh. We got a film that has split many a fan. It brings a dark warning about pollution, as Godzilla's latest foe is created from man's ignorance. As Godzilla arrives to destroy the monster, should we take this as a suggestion to use nuclear mistakes to clean up current ones? Probably not, as is delightfully portrayed in the stunning opening shots as a young boy plays with a Godzilla action figure. This clearly illustrates his place as a commercial saviour of the world. Hedorah is a great villain. He can change forms, and really causes a lot of damage. His gunk and gas is able to physically deform humans forever. This dark reveal is presented in the opening scenes as a father and son are scarred. The whole film has a bizarre 60's funk thing going for it. Bizarre musical interludes, PSA cartoon segments, and scenes that would fit into an Austin Powers movie. It's darker than some of the previous Godzillas, but it's also a lot more fun at the same time. A nice offering for the series, though the flying segment at the end should have been cut.
November 18, 2010
kiriyamakazou

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Hedora is one of the lamest movie mosters of all time. But it's okay. This film is so lame it just fits right in with the scenery. Bad, bad, bad movie....
October 24, 2012
Bryan Davis

Super Reviewer

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