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½ May 19, 2014
After an interesting, but imperfect introduction, the metal menace himself, Mechagodzilla is back! This sequel is what you wanted to see in the first place, giving the first era of Godzilla movies a thrilling send off. While searching for the wreck of Mechagodzilla, Interpol agents are suddenly attacked by a giant aquatic dinosaur called Titanosaurus. While investigating this new threat, Akira Ichinose (Katsuhiko Sasaki) learns that a scientist named Dr. Shinji Mafune (Akihiko Hirata) warned the people of Japan about Titanosaurus but was not taken seriously and in fact turned into a laughingstock. According to his daughter, Katsura (Tomoko Ai), Mafune is long dead and cannot help them find a solution on how to defeat the creature. The truth is that Mafune is secretly alive, has become mad and is now obsessed with revenge. Allying himself with the ape-like Aliens from the Third Planet from the Black Hole, who are now desperate to conquer Earth because their home world is about to be destroyed, they plan on sending a rebuilt Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus against Godzilla. Once Earth's mightiest monster is killed, the world will be easy pickings. Mafune will have his revenge, the Aliens a new home. With the people unaware of Mechagodzilla's imminent return, only Ichinose stands a chance of uncovering the secret that will give mankind a fighting chance.
This movie brings back the two legendary rivals with a vengeance and throws in a new monster in the mix. Godzilla is once again the hero of Earth while Mechagodzilla is back and stronger than ever. Godzilla no longer has the advantage of pulling ridiculous plot points out of nowhere (like that ridiculous magnetic power from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla") and the Space Apes have rebuilt Mechagodzilla with a new secret weapon. The newcomer is Titanosaurus and this creature is a lot of fun. It's a giant aquatic dinosaur, but as the insane doctor Mafune reiterates over and over, it's a peaceful creature that's been mind controlled and is now forced to attack humans. Not only is Godzilla against one of his toughest opponents to date, but he's got to deal with a second monster coming after him. In terms of battle prowess, Titanosaurus does not have any projectile weapons (unlike Mechagodzilla, which is filled to the brim with them) but fights with its claws and teeth, just like Godzilla. There are some pretty well choreographed battles between Godzilla and Titanosaurus where the two bite and slash at each other, punching and kicking furiously. I actually found myself cheering for Titanosaurus quite a bit, partially because the evil doctor Mafune has so much love for it that it's infectious. He's constantly screaming that Titanosaurus is the greatest; that he can't wait to unleash him on mankind and you can tell that he genuinely loves the big guy. Seeing as Titanosaurus is himself mind controlled and eventually has to suffer all kinds of abuses at the hands of the military government and Godzilla himself, you're praying that he manages to snap out of the mind control and return to his home in the ocean safely (or even team up with his fellow dinosaur). This is the first time that Godzilla finds himself outnumbered with multiple different enemies at once so it does bring something new to the table and there are times where you really wonder how our hero is going to get out of this sticky mess.

So in terms of the monsters, it really rates high. With three kaiju, two of which are villains, this movie really features some spectacular destruction and special effects. While the bulk of the catastrophic damage done to Tokyo is courtesy of Mechagodzilla, who gleefully annihilates anything in its path with its arsenal of beams and missiles, Titanosaurus gets some good ones in too with his hurricane wind attack. It really puts some of the previous movies to shame because the city really gets annihilated. When it comes to the human it's just as entertaining. First, we have the diabolical aliens from the Third Planet from the Black hole coming back. Their design has been significantly improved by giving them spacey alien helmets, complete with some horn/antennas and a visor. These guys are given a reason for wanting to inhabit Earth, but once again they're totally evil, not even attempting to negotiate peacefully because hey, they've got a robot made of space titanium that would go to waste in times of peace. They're allied with the second greatest bad guy you can have in a science fiction movie, a mad scientist bent on revenge. There's actually some tension between the two despite the fact that they have some similar goals. Despite the fact that the Space Apes have resurrected Mafune's daughter using advanced robotics technology, they are not really allied with him. They are willing to take advantage of Mafune's love for both Titanosaurus and his daughter by sending the monster alone against Godzilla (thinking that Godzilla will kill it but be weakened himself) and by making Katsura inseparable from the machinery that is used to control Mechagodzilla and even reworking her brain to make her barely recognizable as the woman she once was. Mafune resents the aliens but is so blinded by his desire for revenge that he has no idea he's being played. From the hero's perspective, they're not just standing around idly while the monsters duke it out. Like I said earlier, at first they are completely unaware of the alien's return and the fact that with each second, Mechagodzilla is getting closer to being fully repaired. There's actually a bit of tension there as they get completely distracted with the monster that's right in front of their face and forget about the one they were looking for in the first place. When the real threat becomes obvious, they dispense with the usual, completely ineffective weapons and come up with something new that will help Godzilla turn the tide of the battle. On a smaller scale, our main hero Ichinose, is a likeable character. At first he wants to get a hold of Mafune so that he can clear the man's name and give the scientist credit for discovering the aquatic dinosaur. As he gets more involved in the suspicious behavior of Mafune's daughter though, he becomes a key element in figuring warning the people of Japan of the real threat. There are also some nice dramatic moments with him and Katsura, particularly towards the end of the film. It's nothing that will bring you to tears, it makes for a nice moment of character development and just a smidge of real emotion.

The movie is a very nice blend of genuinely entertaining monster action and fun sci-fi camp. I can't say it's a perfect film in those terms because it's missing a couple of good, memorable lines to make it truly iconic. Additionally there are a couple of moments during the monster battles where the special effects really leave you scratching your head (I'm thinking any part where the monsters pick each other up or end up being tossed halfway across the horizon). Nevertheless, it's a terrific conclusion in the first era of Godzilla films in which the radioactive dinosaur became the savior of mankind and a beloved hero to children and adults alike. This was the last Godzilla movie for a while and thankfully, Toho really pulled out all the stops with some fun villains, interesting human plots, impressive sequences of destruction and some well shot combat. One of the most memorable Godzilla foes is back and we have a great new addition too. There's a lot to like in this movie so if you want to dip your toes into the franchise, or you want to introduce some friends to it, this is one of the better entries and one you should not skip. (English Dub on Dvd, April 28, 2014)
May 19, 2014
One of the better 70's Godzilla movies. Entertaining and some hilarious moments. I just love the monsters and the wacky acting. You can absolutely tell that Honda was made to direct these. The dialogue is almost as good as the originals from the fifties and if you don't create your own dialogue as you're watching then you are not a true fan! All good fun!
May 9, 2014
My expectations for this were high after how good Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla turned out to be. It was the first movie since God of Godzilla to be actually re-watchable and fun. Guess I was a bit too overhyped. Terror of Mechagodzilla is a step down and it's a bit of an underwhelming good-bye for the Showa series.

This film takes its huge time to get started. Godzilla appears until the third act, the fight at the end is slow at first (but it gets better as it goes on), the human characters got too much story, and is not entirely interesting. It's not the worst Godzilla film, but there's barely anything into it. I felt it was short, but still lasted a while before getting entertaining. The other monster (Titanosauraus) is a half-baked Godzilla look-a-like and feels to be there just for filler. What else can I say? It wasn't awful; it was just boring for the most part.

For the least, it isn't awful, just boring until the very last third. It lacked any kind of story structure and correct pacing, something that the previous film succeeded to do. It was a letdown, but sure, I'll come back to see that final battle again. It gets interesting and entertaining, but it's the least I can say. Underwhelming kaiju film.
½ April 25, 2014
This wasn't actually as bad as I was expecting; in fact it was probably the best entry since Godzilla vs. Hedorah... The concept was similar to the predecessor, that being Aliens plan to takeover the world by killing Godzilla with the use of the rather annoying Mechagodzilla... Fortunately it was moderately fun and the addition of Titanosauraus was the saving grace of the movie!
April 22, 2014
The last film of the Showa era, Ishiro Honda returns to direct his final Godzilla film. Akira Ifukube also returns to compose the score. This film is serious unlike the rest of the 70s films. While it may be lackluster in some parts its a decent film.
½ April 12, 2014
Terror of Mechagodzila(1975)
Starring: Tomoko Al, Masaaaki Daimon, Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Nasamaru, Kenji Sahara, and Katsuhiko Sasaki.
Directed By: Ishiro Honda
My Review
Oh, the terror, the terror of well it was not terrifying. This title does not suit the film in any imaginable, nor does the other title which I hear is Terror of Godzilla even though Mechagodzilla is the bad guy. Someone had a serious title issue in this series of Godzilla films. They don't make sense, but yet their movies do, most of the time.
This Godzilla film starts off with narration about Godzilla's history and how they say he was a dinosaur that was awakened by nuclear testing, he was a force of nature destroying everything in his path, and eventually became the protector of his destination. The narrator also said recently Godzilla fought a mechanical version of himself created by space invaders. It revolves around a race of aliens in revolt who managed to escape a black wormhole, they recover the pieces of Mechagodzilla and rebuild which is being controlled by a woman who is the daughter of a scientist named Mafune who created a new monster called Titanasouris and is working with the aliens because his research was shunned and he was fired. Their is a man who works at Interpol who falls for the daughter of Mafune after asking her about her father's research. When the alien race finish rebuilding Mechagodzilla they send the robot and monster Titansouris to obliterate Tokyo, but Godzilla shows up to save the day.
The movie(along with the first introduction of Mechagodzilla before this) was an attempt to bring back the more serious version of Godzilla films. If you like a good serious movie with tons of explosions, then well finally Toho has made the Godzilla anti-hero movie for you(in the showa series at least.) This were director Ishiro Honda shines at making serious interpretations of the kajui he created. The miniature sets look good. They look like their something made to be played with, like a child using his imagination and playing with monster toy's but the film uses the imagination of a child and translates it onto film while keeping Godzilla, which is the main attraction a hero.
The only problem this film has going for it, is that the title is Terror of Mechagodzilla but the question you will be asking after the movie is over is what is the terror, because the robot isn't scary never did I feel terror in my heart when MechaGodzilla was on-screen and I don't expect you to have that feeling either. They way this film presents the terror of mechagodzilla is when mechagodzilla is unleashed by the aliens, he obliterates Tokyo in a matter of minutes but after that he doesn't do anything else. The way I believe his terror could have been presented was if Mechagodzilla obliterates the city with Titanasouris and they defeat Godzilla and everyone's in shock and they keep destroying Japan. You might believe so too, you will definitely be asking what terror mechagodzilla presented after the film has ended.
The movie accomplishes it's goal, and leaves you with the best Godzilla film in the showa series, which is also the last in this particular series. Your giving a thrill ride with aliens, good plot, giant monsters, and plenty of explosions and I do mean plenty. I give Terror of Mechagodzilla a four and a half out of five.
January 10, 2014
Still kooky, but as the finale to the original Showa era Godzilla it delivered just enough finesse for it to stand above so many others...
November 23, 2013
A great movie but Godzilla vs Mecha Godzilla is better
August 18, 2013
Finally appearing in the final third of the film, Godzilla again saves the day but fails to save the movie.
August 10, 2013
There seems to be an ongoing debate over the comparison of this film with its predecessor. Ishiro Honda returns in the director's chair, the final time he would do so for a Godzilla film, and demonstrates possibly more than before that he has a knack for directing giant monster action. The big 3-way monster brawl during the final 20 minutes is the highlight, with plenty of explosions and some more convincing than usual evacuations. Mechagodzilla's arsenal is not drastically upgraded, but his missiles sound and feel more powerful and, given that the last film had its climax in a relatively isolated area, it feels somewhat innovative to see the machine level an actual city. Godzilla gets to show off more of his crazy melee techniques and the filmmakers got a little creative in figuring out different ways that Titanosaurus fights. The main problem is that the rest of the story building up to this feels a little too rushed and stale, not having the sense of humor about it that the previous film had. The last scene between Ichinosi and Kaatsura has some poignancy, more so than the typical giant monster movie, but everything before just feels too perfunctory. The appearances of the monsters are too scarce and the human scenes are not entertaining enough to carry the movie for too long. While I consider it to be somewhat lesser than the delightful "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla", it is still successful in its own right and a fitting end to the original series.
July 26, 2013
One of the best in the showa series!
July 10, 2013
Not the greatest Godzilla film because of its dark n sad plot, but I enjoy the action.
June 18, 2013
Picking up immediately where the previous film left off, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA follows a mad scientist that has created a monster mind control device so that he may harness the giant beast Titanosaur in a plot for revenge. Dr. Mafune aligns himself with an evil alien race that has rebuilt the mechanical terror Mechagodzilla as well, and together, they set out to destroy all of mankind! TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA would be the last film in the original series, as well as the last Godzilla picture to be directed by the great Ishiro Honda. With aliens, androids, secret agents, and (of course) giant monsters, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA assembles all of the most successful science fiction and fantasy elements together at last, while focusing on the same tragic and multi-layered characters that have defined Honda's career. On top of the excellent costuming and incredible miniature set design that are featured here, the greatest strength in this entry lies in the creative framing and expressive camera work that bring us right into each explosive action scene. Honda uses an array of low and wide angle shots as he pans around the entire set, giving the monster battles a larger look and feel than ever before. Godzilla is restored to an indestructible force of nature as he absolutely obliterates his opponents in a series of vicious attacks. Of the many epic moments contained within the film, Godzilla's first striking appearance against the black, lightening-strewn sky as he is announced by Akira Ifukube's triumphant score remains the most memorable. Unfortunately, poor box office returns would result in Godzilla's unofficial retirement for over a decade, but the unmitigated King of the Monsters would return to wreak havoc in GODZILLA 1985.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
Super Reviewer
March 16, 2013
Terror of Mechagodzilla is much better than its previous outing and it provides fans of the series with a more confident monster film that is entertaining from start to finish and overcomes its flaws. The film builds on the elements that were introduced in the previous film, and works to create something truly entertaining. If you loved Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, you'll dig this one. Although slightly lacking, this is a return to basics that uses elements from the better Godzilla films. Not perfect, but quite good. I really liked the film, and it is a fine little monster film. The film could have been done better of course, and left a bit of room for improvement. Even if the series has taken a turn in the wrong direction in the past, this follows up film is worth seeing and the fact that it returns to the old formula without trying to create something pointless. Fans will enjoy this film and if you're a fan of the genre and a fan of the series, then this is a terrific film that will keep you entertained from start to finish. The cast do a fine job and the direction is pretty good. The monster carnage is the standout aspect of the film and is fun for what it is. In the end, the film delivers some cheesy entertainment that will delight the fans that were let down by the previous efforts in the series this would be the last effort in the Godzilla franchise before it would rebooted in 1984.
February 12, 2013
A so and so Godzilla movie with the more serious Godzilla and a good plot but not much is done until the last 20 minutes and can be tedious even in its only 80 minute length Still worth checking out
November 18, 2012
Something of a mistake. Doesn't hold up from its predecessor.
½ November 13, 2012
A poignant farewell to the old school Godzilla--A great guilty pleasure!!
Super Reviewer
½ October 21, 2012
Not a bad godzilla film, really was enjoyed by this one, but it seemed a bit long, even though it took an hour and ten minutes. I liked seeing mechagodzilla again, he's one of the best villians in the godzilla franchise, and a new monster named titanosaurus, he's a worthy foe, but has an annoying roar that just wants you to find a formula to grow yourself to godzilla size to tell him to shut up. The reason why i was a bit nippicking was that the human conversation can really be an eterninty to listen to and at times they may have something intresting to say, but they are just well written. Just throughout the film i was saying, 'Show some monsters!' Then it finally happened. May seem short, but was simply worth it and is still an awesome fight, not bad, has some flaws, but is still an awesome part of the godzilla series and is a conclusion to the origianl godzilla series. B+
October 14, 2012
Godzilla is once again up against his metallic menace. The final film in the original Godzilla series definitely didn't disappoint. There are not only more explosions than an average Godzilla movie, but the human characters are pretty well fleshed out. There is a corrupt scientist who joins an alien race in rebuilding MechaGodzilla. But he also creates a giant sea monster to aide the mechanical demon. So now its just Godzilla up against 2 nearly unstoppable beasts. 2 things that make this installment weaker than the last MechaGodzilla flick. First of all, the aliens in this movie aren't the cheesy space apes with hilariously bad voice acting. Instead, they just wear ridiculous helmets. Lastly, there is a crap ton of stock footage. I understand these are old, low budget movies. But couldn't they have made the last movie in the Godzilla series not just re-use footage from the very previous film?! Besides that, really awesome monster movie.
½ September 21, 2012
Yes it's completely cheesy nowadays but it's 100% Munster fun!
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