Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Ebirah, Horror of the Deep)

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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 to liberate them, oblivious to the fact that a certain green lizard is trapped beneath their cavern hideout. The teens soon discover this and release Godzilla from the rock with a well-placed lightning rod. Released and re-energized, Godzilla soon goes head-to-head with Ebirah, while Mothra eventually flaps into action to free the captives. Silly and cartoonish despite some more menacing elements, this is nevertheless one of the more interesting chapters in the Godzilla pantheon.


Akira Takarada
as Yoshimura
Toru Watanabe
as Ryota Kane
Akihiko Hirata
as Red Bamboo Captain Eyepatch
Jun Tazaki
as Base Commander
Eisei Amamoto
as Red Bamboo Naval Officer
Ikio Sawamura
as Elderly Slave
Hisaya Ito
as Red Bamboo Scientist No. 1
Shigeki Ishida
as Newspaper Editor
Shoichi Hirose
as Red Bamboo Thug
Kazuo Suzuki
as Red Bamboo Scientist No. 2
Fumiko Honma
as Spiritualist
Chieko Nakakita
as Desperate Mother
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Critic Reviews for Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Ebirah, Horror of the Deep)

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Audience Reviews for Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Ebirah, Horror of the Deep)

  • Aug 23, 2015
    Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster took place in some remote Japanese islands where the natives worship a fly like sea monster,predictably Godzilla battles it. Surprisingly watchable after consideration of how kitsch it really is.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2014
    This was obviously made because Toho wanted to discover new plot elements for their kaiju film formula, which was falling into something of a predictable rut (humans fight humans, humans fight monster, monster fights monster, sayonara). But simply limiting the amount of time the monsters appear on screen offers no improvement. "Sea Monster" is one of the weaker entries in the original Godzilla series. Much of the film is directed as light comedy, a mild satire on the James Bond films. Actually, the comedy works pretty well; it's never knee-slapping laugh-out-loud, but it finds and sustains a level of humor most viewers should find fairly easy to live with. The monsters here are almost tossed in for deus-ex-machina plot devices, saving the day at the last moment. To be sure, it's amusing to see Godzilla sit around pondering what to do with the woman he's just saved from bad guys, but there really isn't much for him to do here. He zaps a giant vulture, pulls the claws off a lobster and smashes a nuclear power plant - and that's about it. For a minute towards the end, it almost looks like things will get complicated by a battle between Godzilla and Mothra, but this doesn't really amount to much either. For Godzilla completists, it's a relatively harmless sub-par entry - it certainly doesn't scrape the same bottoms as "Godzilla's Revenge" or "vs. Megalon". But if you are not yet a Big G. fan, this should not be your introduction to the series. 3 Stars 4-8-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    Godzilla gets to fight a sea monster! Sounds pretty awesome, except the sea monster is a giant crawfish. Urg.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer

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