Destroy All Monsters (1968)

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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.


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26 December 2011 | SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain
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| Operation Monsterland (1968)
Love Godzilla, love other monsters, love aliens, love destruction, love this movie.Destroy All Monsters takes us into the future where all monsters are now confined to Monster Island. All goes well until a race of alien metal people kidnap the monsters. Then, they brainwash them and set them to attack the major cities of the world. After so many Godzilla island adventures, it was so good to see the cities having their asses whooped. Great designs and model work left for a series of inventive attacks. By the end it all descends into a chaotic (and very unfair) fight. However, their were some genuine moments of panic. There was a moment between Anguilas and King Ghiddorah which left me almost covering my eyes. The sheer intensity, and likable monsters made it an engaging affair. We're left to deliberate how creatures instinctively know who their enemies are. This is a greatest hits for all fans of the genre.

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Trivia

The intent of Toho was that this was going to be the final Godzilla film ever be made. However, its success would motivate Toho to continue the series, albeit under different conditions. This film is often considered the end of Toho's Golden Age of science fiction/monster films as future films would reduce the budgets and staff in response to a struggling Japanese film industry. Toho would attempt to increase the production values of films in 1970s, though they would not match the elaborate production of prior films such as this one.


Quotes

General: I didn't think Tokyo would escape this terror, but Rodan, Godzilla and Manda are all here at the same time.
Major Tada: That's correct. New York, London, Moscow - they were all very unlucky.
Announcer: Emergency! Emergency! Mothra is now in District Number 5.


Goofs

When Anguirus lets go of Ghidorah's neck and drops to the ground, dust starts rising up before he touches down.


Crazy Credits

In Toho's international version, their English language credits list special effects director Sadamasa Arikawa as "Sanemasa Arikawa."


Alternate Versions

The English version released by American International Pictures in 1969 is entirely different than Toho's export version. AIP contracted with New York's Titan Productions (previously known as Titra Sound Studios) to loop the English dialogue. Among the dubbing personnel for this version were Hal Linden and Bret Morrison. This dialogue track was included by Media Blasters in its 2011 DVD and Blu-Ray release of "Destroy All Monsters," however, newer printings feature only Toho's Japanese and English soundtracks. AIP was also responsible for several small edits to the film. In the Japanese and international versions, a sign establishing the UN Defense Center can be seen in the rubble of Tokyo. Instead of translating this sign, AIP's editors removed it altogether. Additionally, AIP deleted two shots of Minilla's antics during the climactic monster showdown. AIP also relocated the credits to the end of the picture.

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Genres

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

23 May 1969

Language

Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan

Box Office

Budget:

JPY200,000,000 (estimated)

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