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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)


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Release Date: Dec 17, 1966 Wide



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The seventh film in Toho's Godzilla series (and the first without the direction of Inoshiro Honda), this colorful installment finds the natives of a volcanic island enslaved by the armies of an unnamed country claiming to be in control of a giant crustacean named Ebirah. A boatload of teens and a wanted criminal are washed ashore on the same island, where they encounter a large group of escaped slaves who hail from Mothra Island, home of another popular Toho monster. They pray to their moth-god

Feb 8, 2005

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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A decent film at best, a flimsy and uninvolving film at worst, and a discouraging sign that the days of Godzilla as a serious, interesting threat were now officially dead and buried.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is one of the silliest but also one of the more amusing Godzilla movies.

April 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

Audience Reviews for Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster brings much awesome carnage to the screen in this series of eccentric, amusing and memorable monster films. As usual Godzilla is against a different type of monster and it is an enjoyable, entertaining film that boasts some good effects, a fairly interesting story and decent performances from its cast. The film, like every other in the series is imperfect and at times kit is silly, but nonetheless it is fun and entertaining due to its plot, which I thought was yet another effectively entertaining idea, despite the traditional formula that Godzilla films always go for. Fans will love this as much as previous entries and it is a fun little monster film that is worth watching if you're in the mood. Godzilla always is entertaining to watch as he battles his foes, and he proves that he is the king of monsters. I thought that the fight sequences between the two monsters were well done and it definitely was a well structured movie that managed to overcome it flaws due to good effects, a good plot and of course the carnage created by the two monsters. However there was plenty of room for improvement as well, and at times the film could have benefitted from a script rewrite just to make it better. The film doesn't cover new ground and it's similar to others, however fans will surely be pleased with this one nonetheless. The series at times point would continue on in a relaxed groove of having Godzilla face against other horrifying enemies. This would delight monster fans everywhere and it would be something would be quite familiar with viewers that have kept up with the series by this point. Nothing new here, but nonetheless an entertaining film that is worth checking out, just don't expect anything too original.
March 15, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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One of the more sub-par Godzilla entries. Their is some good camp value but Godzilla does not appear in the film until 40 minutes in. The movie is really slow in the beginning but it does pick up the more the movie progresses. Godzilla fights a giant crab named Ebirah and a giant condor. The two monsters are not that interesting and pretty uninspired. Godzilla's part was originally written for King Kong, which is shown in the scene where Godzilla is awaken by lightning and a weird sub-plot involving Godzilla being attracted to a human female. This movie maybe fun just for its camp value but you can literally skip this movie and you won't be missing much.
December 21, 2011
Christopher Heim

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A man goes out looking for his missing brother and is joined by two of his friends, Along they way they meet up with a fugitive who joins them after they try to stea la boat he was hiding out in. During their search, they end up being attack by a giant sea creature named Ebirah who causes them to get shipwrecked on an isalnd run by a terrorist organization called Red Bamboo. Red Bamboo have enslaved the island's natives and use Ebirah as an enforcer of sorts as they go about doing nefarious things. Along the way, the 4 travelers and the native prisoners find Godzilla and try to use him to help defeat Red Bamboo.

It's a ridiculous plot, and it's all pretty silly, but hey, this is a monster movie, not high art. Besides Ebirah and Godzilla, Mothra makes an appearance, as does some unnamed condor who shows up and pesters Godzilla. I just love how on the dvd case there's a label declaring "Godzilla fights in a war against terror!" It adds to the fun camp value of things, even though this isn't really that good or interesting of a movie.

This movie is a little slow, and a tad boring even, but it does pick up and get better as it moves along. I just wish there would have been less stuff with the humans and more stuff with the monsters. This movie does have it's moments, and if you want a few laughs it does the job, but overall, you could skip this and you wouldn't regret it.
October 2, 2011
Chris Weber

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It certainly picked up towards the end, but this was a slow, boring, and often weird Godzilla movie. The beginning sees a woman talking with a psychic about her eldest son that has vanished at sea. The psychic claims the son is still alive. His brother wants to find him, but the government wont do anything. He goes to a reporter, and as the reporter is talking to his editor, the young man sees a poster for a dance marathon, where the prize is a boat, and runs off before the reporter returns. The dance marathon has already been going for 3 days, and it is too late to enter. However, the young man meets two men that take him to see some boats. They enter a boat and the man there says they can stay the night. During the night the young man sets sail. This is THE loooooooooooongest way of doing anything ever. Couldn't the script writer just have him go and steal a boat after the psychic. It all happens very quickly. They are eventually attacked by a huge shrimp, and crash on an island. This is Mothra's island, where Godzilla also happens to be laying dormant, and some drug/fruit/weapon manufacturing army are also based. This film was originally written for King Kong, and it shows. Without big city destruction, Godzilla just fumbles about an island. There are some great parts, such as the tennis scene between Godzilla and Ebirah, but it is filled with unexplored avenues and just plain confusion.
August 31, 2010

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  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Gojira, EbirÔ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto) (DE)
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