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½ April 5, 2014
Destroy All Monsters(1968)
Directed By:Ishiro Honda
My Review
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this one too much,cause all of the other Godzilla films I've seen recently were disappointing to me. But then I put in my DVD for this one and from start to finish it felt like a fun nice, family monster movie. Just a little disappointing with all of the human scenes that are not so interesting which is what killed it for me in the films I saw before this one.
When the film started it opened up nicely,you get a narration of the time and setting,are informed of the monsters location and just which monsters are there. It was pretty cool seeing all those Kaiju on screen. The monsters that appear in the film(some of which are cameos)are Godzilla (and son), Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah... and even tosses in Anzilla, Baragon, Goro, Wendra, Spiga,Varan,and Kumonga-the spider. Their is a race of evil aliens known as Kilaaks,who are controlling the monsters and send Godzilla to New York whichj looked cool. I couldn't remember who they sent for the other monsters.
I enjoyed seeing all the monsters whenever they would go to a destination and wreck the place. The suits do always look cool in these Kaiju movies.I'm not one for their soundtracks though just the original Godzilla theme. Everyone's favorite highlight of the film is when the monsters are finally freed of their control but the Kilaaks send Ghidra the three headed monster from outer space, but all of the monsters use their special attacks,it was loads of fun. I give Destroy All Monsters a three and a half out of five.
November 6, 2013
Definatly the best sequel to come out since the original movie, just a lot of fun and a lot of action. And to have a strong human plot is always a plus in my book.
October 30, 2013
September 25, 2013
It's got Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Alien Invaders, & all the other flimsy charms a good Japanese monster/Kaiju movie should have
½ July 30, 2013
One of the best in the original series.
April 20, 2013
esta bastante genial pero sinceramente no creo que quede bien que se enfoquen tanto en los humanos que en los mounstruos y sinceramente hay bastante cosas decepcionantes como que la mayoria de los mounstruos solo hacen un cameo rapido si esta hubiese sido la ultima de godzilla como se predecia estaria algo satisfecho
Super Reviewer
March 15, 2013
Destroy all Monster is a much needed improvement over the awful Son of Godzilla. This a fine return to the traditional elements of what you can expect from a standard Godzilla picture and though lacking in effective plot, it still boasts some great entertainment value that will certainly delight fans of the series. The plot could certainly have used a rewrite, and it never really does take off, but it is a back to basics movie that isn't silly like Son of Godzilla. Destroy All Monsters is quite entertaining from start to finish. The film has lots of monster action and is what makes it a fun movie that make Son of Godzilla forgettable movie. Don't expect anything great however, as like every other film in the series has its flaws, and it is clear that the filmmakers are struggling to keep the ideas fresh and thrilling. Like I've said in many of my other reviews, there is only so far you can go with this formula, and it is predictable, yet at the same is mindless entertainment value that won't disappoint due to the fact that you know what you want in a Godzilla film, and that's various monsters battling it out with Godzilla. In terms of action and thrills, this has got to be one of the better films that combine various creatures. The plot is basic, predictable, but it's the traditional Godzilla formula that you enjoy. Although not a great movie, this is good for what it is, and it wipes the slate clean with a familiar idea. This one should make fans happy, and is fun despite its flaws.
½ March 10, 2013
The world has fallen under attack by aliens once again, and this time, they have taken control of Earth's monsters in order to destroy the human race! It is up to an elite band of scientists and space explorers to put an end to the evil plan before it is too late! DESTROY ALL MONSTERS captures all of the most popular trends that were defined in the Showa Era, from the Space Age plot involving scheming aliens to the all-out monster melee that is promised by the title. Though it never fully delivers in either regard, it is still entertaining enough to appease the fans. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS was originally planned as the final film in the series, and is the last film to feature Godzilla's four founding fathers, with Ishiro Honda directing and Akira Ifukube composing another fine score. Despite an increased budget over the two preceding films, however, the recycled storyline and mediocre special effects fail to live up to INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER. All of that is forgotten as Toho unleashes its entire monster line-up to destroy each of Earth's capitols before facing off in a giant battle royale against King Ghidorah! The final battle is a bit of a let down since it is relatively short and many of the monsters are forced to sit on the sidelines, but Godzilla and friends gang up and take turns just beating the living hell out of Ghidorah. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS may not be the strongest film in the series, but it features all of the most popular elements that fans have come to adore.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
January 5, 2013
this seems like a movie my dad would watch and make us watch with him
½ December 26, 2012
A decent film, but not nearly as cool as it ought to be. Clearly the big draw here is 11 Toho monsters going monstruo a monstruo. Sadly a good third of the film totally forgets this and gets bogged down in the plot involving humans and aliens. Happily, it's the middle third, so the film works pretty well despite it.
November 18, 2012
A classic in the series. Everything a monster fan could want.
½ November 8, 2012
Superb, grandly entertaining entry--The ultimate Japanese monster fest!!!
½ October 14, 2012
The concept of this movie is awesome. All the famous Godzilla monsters going around blowing everything up is just something you can't get anywhere else in film. But the film centers around the alien invaders, and human characters way too much in my opinion. The monsters are great, but some like Baragon make just one brief cameo. The movie doesn't really have a memorable sound-track and the dubbing, as always, isn't that convincing. The movie isn't The Avengers of monster flicks, but the final fight where all the monsters team up to take down King Ghidorah is just mind blowing. In fact, I recommend that regardless of whether or not you rent/buy this thing, just skip to the end. It is pure movie magic!
May 31, 2012
Ok well first thing has to be has great music, you know the type of music that gets into your head?....the problem with the actual film is something that's difficult to say exactly....there is always something great in these movies though....i love looking at the miniatures.
½ April 28, 2012
The plot is stupid, and the monsters aren't given ample screentime. You can almost always count on aliens to ruin a kaiju film, even if the basic premise of the film is strong.
½ April 7, 2012
The ultimate and literal "monster-mash!" Nuff said.
March 31, 2012
One of the greatest Godzilla movies ever! Almost as good as the original.
½ March 16, 2012
Many kaiju, a decent story line, and some awesome scenes. The final battle is very worth it. The movie does drag on a little at certain points but it's highly enjoyable of the original Godzilla series and it's nice to see so many monsters on the screen, including a few we've hardly got to see before.
January 14, 2012
As hard as it is to fathom, Toho originally intended Destroy All Monsters to be the final installment in their iconic Godzilla franchise. DAM plays like a This is Your Life but with Toho's stable of kaiju. Besides the big G, you've got Rodan, Mothra (albeit in larval form), Ghidorah, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Minya, Baragon, and Varan. All the monsters (except Ghidorah, and for good reason) have been assembled and placed on Monster Island, a sanctuary where they can roam freely and coexist. Without warning, the kaiju suddenly begin attacking the major cities of the world (i.e., Godzilla obliterates New York City, Gorosaurus demolishes Paris, Rodan topples Moscow, etc.). It turns out than an all-female race of aliens, the Kilaaks, have gained control of the monsters. A UN-commissioned spaceship is sent off to find the Kilaaks' bases (they have settlements both on the moon and on Earth) and break their control over the kaiju. As always, Eiji Tsuburaya's special effects are well-detailed. The UFO and spaceship miniatures look quite convincing. The true stars, of course, are the monsters. Not all the kaiju receive equal screen time (Varan and Baragon only pop in for cameos), but the destruction scenes are thrilling. You would think the monsters would get maximum screen time in an extravaganza like Destroy All Monsters, but they are downplayed in favor of the human-alien conflict at times. Don fret, though, there's still plenty of fun destruction scenes plus a climactic battle where the Kilaaks summon Ghidorah to fight the Earth monsters. Needless to say, the odds are against Ghidorah as he goes up against seven of Japan's finest. The scene could have been stretched out longer, but it's satisfying for what it is. Akira Ifukube contributes one of his greatest and most epic scores in a kaiju film. The international success of Destroy All Monsters compelled Toho to continue making Godzilla movies. Some critics would say the series took a sharp nosedive after DAM, but as a loyal kaiju fanatic, I say the added campiness brought another dimension of fun to the franchise. DAM is not the epic classic it could have been, but is still one satisfying monster-mash that mixes kaiju with comic-book action. I give it 4 Godzilla-sized footprints out of 5.
November 7, 2011
not interested in these monster movies
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