Monday, June 6, 2011

GODZILLA vs MEGALON / Toho - 1973

Hello everbloody an' welcome to Monster Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon! Tonite's flick is one monsterous event, featuring Godzilla, Jet Jaguar, Megalon and Gigan!! Nuf' said?..

The story goes like this... Because of atomic tests, the underground kingdom of Seatopia sends out Megalon and Gigan to destroy Earth's surface dwellers. To stop them, Godzilla and super robot, Jet Jaguar, join together to battle the two big bugs!

Great tagline... Titan against Titan! Giant against Giant, in the most spectacular battle yet!!

The music was composed by Riichiro Manabe, who also worked on KILL THE KILLER!, THE SMELL OF POISON, EXILED TO HELL, FEAR OF THE GHOSTHOUSE: BLOODSUCKING DOLL, GODZILLA vs THE SMOG MONSTER, EVIL OF DRACULA and HELL...

So then, let's bring in our little Dungeon helper and 'GO' button pusher, yessir, the one and only... Rufus The Gnat! Rufus is here to get the party started, so, without further adieu, here's our Eariffic Earclip for... GODZILLA vs MEGALON!

...Where's all the fun gone?!

As little Roku-chan is barely rescued by a rope during an earthquake, the lake drains into a big hole!

Seatopian leaders monitor the detrimental results to their power grid due to the surface dwellers' love affair with atomic testing...

When things go wrong, there's only one thing to do... That's right, get girls in cool costumes to dance around! Makes sense to me...

This is Robert Dunham as Emperor Antonio of Seatopia. We remember Robert as Mark Jackson in DAGORA, THE SPACE MONSTER and Captain Martin in GREEN SLIME. Robert was also a stuntman and auto racer and played the "Unit 1" Seatopian Agent on the motorcycle in the chase scene!

The Emperor summons their secret weapon, Megalon, a giant bug, to leave Seatopia and go up to the Earth's surface and pay a little visit to the ones responsible for screwing everything up.

There are some really great chases going on, down stairways, down steep mountains, all at breakneck speeds...

This part, where Roku-chan and Inventor Goro are trapped in this container, ready to fall 200 feet to their death, is kinda hard for me to watch since it reminds me of one of the worst nightmares I ever had!! The container actually falls off the truck and they survive!!!!!!!! Gimme a break!

Looks like this militaty footage is from THE MYSTERIANS!

Megalon fights back! Nice portrait of the BEM...

F-86's are brought in to try and inflict some damage on the invaders.

Megalon has a powerful electrical ray that shoots from the glowing prong on the top of his head, a ray similar to Ghidrah's.

It's two on one as Megalon and Gigan get the upper hand with Jet Jaguar.

But, our hero Godzilla shows up and now it's a level playing field!

Godzilla gets a running start and slides along on his tail for about a half mile, a move that has to be seen to be fully appreciated! In other words, it's about time you pull this title out and watch it again!

Then, as Jet holds Megalon firmly in place, Godzilla plants his 2 big old foots right in his chest!! Yep, sweet move, just like in Big Time Wrassling!

Jet and Big G shake hands at the end for jobs well done, thus creating a bond between monster and machine!!

Ghoulnight Everbloody!!..

8 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

i thought of so many funny things to say about this post that they all cancelled each other out!

Christopher said...

its a Jet Jaguar Affair !

Bonhomme said...

Used to have this one on VHS and play it in background at party. Such weird, fun and colorful visuals!

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nLCuS2q5Fo

The big battle, sped up and set to "Yakkity Sax"....

Brian D. Horrorwitz said...

This was the first Godzilla movie I ever saw in the theater. Cheezy as it is it blew me away. There was just something so cool about seeing it projected on the big screen, I think I was just the right age too. (32... no, I mean 8!) My friend and I kept waiting for Ultraman to arrive and and help, though. We couldn't figure out why he never show up!

Robert Earl Day said...

Gentlebeings;

IMPORTANT

This is to inform you that the links to the MP3 files no longer work.

Clicking on the links takes you to http://www.box.net where you are informed:

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I thought you wold like to know so that this problem can be (hopefully) fixed.

Robert Earl Day

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Yo Robt Earl,

As stated at the end of our manifesto, and as much as I wish they could stay up permanently, for legal reasons and respect to the various composers responsible, the sound clips are only available for 30 days.

Paul said...

A great Godzilla film, very campy but that's where its charm lies.

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