GODZILLA vs. THE SEA MONSTER (1966)
aka. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
aka. Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas
Even the King of the Monsters needs a vacation. Tired of the hustle and grind that comes with destroying major Japanese landmarks, Godzilla decides to catch some R&R on a secluded tropical island with an all-you-can-beat lobster buffet and plenty of cute island babes in bikinis. Oh, and there's international terrorism. And slavery. And Mothra? Yeah...that's Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster for you.
|At this resort, the lobster's so fresh you have to wrestle it out of the sea.|
|Godzilla veteran actor Akihiko Hirata appears minus an eye as the nefarious Captain Yamoto|
|The lovely Kumi Mizuno goes from alien in Invasion of Astro-Monster|
to innocent islander in Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
|The monster battles take so long to happen that even Mothra sleeps through most of the movie.|
If you like tropical action-adventure with a kid-friendly take on 007-inspired heroics, Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster is pretty fun. Unlike most humans in Godzilla movies, the protagonists are refreshingly active and intrepid, executing some sincere heroics at times. However, if you're a fan of Godzilla as a character from Invasion of Astro-Monster and Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster, you might be left with a bad taste in your mouth. Something just isn't quite right about everyone's favorite King of the Monsters. He throws boulders instead of stomping. He's given life and power by electricity. He sits down cross-legged to sleep. He even seems to have a thing for Daiyo, and he seems to hate Mothra although they were last seen as allies. This is not the Godzilla we know. What's going on? Well, the whole thing makes more sense when you learn that Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster was never meant to be a Godzilla movie in the first place. It was originally written to star Toho's version of King Kong! Obviously, the change from Kong to Godzilla came late in the game because Godzilla's characterization carries many of Toho Kong's trademark characteristics (electricity powers, love of island girls, etc.). The end result is a Godzilla that's way off point, and it does a lot to sour my interest in this movie.
|Even Godzilla "nose" his character's way off model.|
If you thought it was hard to watch Godzilla get turned into a shabby stand-in for King Kong, you might want to take tomorrow off. When we return with 30 Days of Godzilla, we'll be forcing ourselves to sit through one of the worst Godzilla films to escape Japan. I'm talking, of course, about the ridiculous and endlessly ridiculed SON OF GODZILLA