Monday, November 25, 2013

GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN / Toho Company - 1955

It's Monster Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We gots the second movie starring the big guy, this time he's fighting against his mortal enemy, the spiked Anguirus. I think a good comparison to this follow up production would be SON OF KONG compared to KING KONG. This one has a ton of alternate titles like GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER, GOJIRA STRIKES AGAIN, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA, THE VOLCANO MONSTER, COUNTERATTACK OF THE MONSTERS and GODZILLA'S COUNTER ATTACK. Motoyoshi Oda directs.

Eegah!! sent over a little soundclip that includes some nightclub music from this flick, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the atomic powered whatchamacallit, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN!

The story is built around two pilots whose job is to report weather and fishing conditions to the costal fishermen. When one plane has engine problems and goes down near the shore of a snowbound island, the other pilot sets down to rescue him.

Guess who shows up? Godzilla's fighting tooth and nail with his old drinking buddy, Anguirus, so, the boys decide to get their asses out of there!!

After reporting what they saw on the island the two sit down with a paleontologist to figure out what the monsters were.

Then, we get to watch a little film all about dinosaurs! Top still shows the volcano dinosaur, it can live in molten temperatures! The second still shows the dinosaurs from 1948's UNKNOWN ISLAND. Third still shows the terrible Godzilla from a year earlier when he decimated parts of Japan.

Here are two great shots of the neon night scene and a surrealistic nightclub!

Godzilla is mean looking as in the original, his face would change to a friendlier look when he finally came back to the screen in 1962 to battle, who else, King Kong! Nice close up of Anguirus in bottom still.

Here's what the city looks like after the two monsters fight it out!

Nice looking model of a Lockeed P-80 Shooting Star. Anyway, they figure the best way to deal with Godzilla is to hit the tops of the icy peaks of the island with missiles and bring down tons and tons of snow and ice on top of him, burying and freezing him alive!

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