Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

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Aliens known as the Xiliens arrive on Earth seeking to borrow Godzilla and Rodan to save their planet from Monster Zero. Sent on the expedition are astronauts Glenn and Fuji who discover it's none other than King Ghidorah.


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Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writer:

Shin'ichi Sekizawa

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11 March 2004 | DrLenera
Not enough monster footage,but still a good Godzilla film
Monster Zero,to give this film it's most common name,is another quality Godzilla film coming on the heels of the classic Godzilla Vs Mothra and Ghidorah the 3 Headed Monster. The film is a slight notch down from those two,but still a hugely entertaining movie-inventive,exciting and quite spectacular considering it's comparatively low budget.

The film combines the monster battle plots of the previous films with an alien invasion story a la Battle In Outer Space. The idea of aliens controlling monsters to attack Earth would later be done to death in later series entries. The plot here is quite clever and interesting,although the film is a little slow and only really gets going in the final third,which has one of the best destruction scenes of the series {although spot the tiny bit of footage from the films Rodan and Mothra}. Not enough of the monsters is seen in this film,and the two battles are too brief,despite the priceless sight of Godzilla's victory shuffle.

Nevertheless,there is much to enjoy,including Nick Adam's VERY enthusiastic performance and some of his silly but cool dialogue,some very impressive special effects and visuals {one day people will stop saying the effects in these films are poor},and a rather daring alien/human romance that even includes sex, {although you'll have to listen for the reference}. The US version only had minor cuts and music cue alterations,nothing to ruin the film.

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Trivia

Director Honda lamented the use of stock footage saying "it was a vicious cycle of time and budget." He further elaborated that "the more dupes we used, we could cut the effects budget. But then we received complaints from our fans saying, 'it looks weird, it's not fresh.' We could fool the audience for a little while but eventually they would know the trick and stop coming to see the shows" and noted "that period is a sad part of our history".


Quotes

Glenn: The radar thermometer's reading 15 degrees.
Astronaut K. Fuji: Oh? So far from the sun, that's a high temperature.
Glenn: That's the universe. Nobody knows its secret.


Goofs

In one of the shots of the tanks firing at Godzilla and Rodan, a "glass" window in the background keeps wobbling as if made of a sheet of thin plastic.


Alternate Versions

Since this was the first 60s Godzilla movie released in Germany, all references to the previous films were removed, and a number of other changes were also implemented.

  • 20 minutes were cut, primarily scenes that were considered too boring (people discussing the plan against the alien invasion), silly (Godzilla's victory dance) or having unconvincing effects.
  • The title got changed to Befehl aus dem Dunkel (Command from the Dark), originally the title of a book written by German sci-fi author Hans Dominik. The movie was falsely advertised as being based on Dominik's novel.
  • Several scenes were given new music. Akira Ifukube's famous upbeat military march from the opening was replaced with more generic sci-fi music. The classical music performed at the restaurant was changed to more contemporary jazz.
  • Planet X was renamed to "Alpha 707". In the original film, the planet is located near Jupiter. According to the German version, it is actually Saturn that suspiciously lacks its rings.
  • The made-up alien language spoken by the X Planet Controller was replaced with generic movie villain talk.
  • Godzilla and Rodan (called Radon in German, after his original Japanese name) are both said to have been living on Earth for several thousand years, instead of having only awoken in the 20th century.
  • Fuji's sister Haruno was renamed to Asako.

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