TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975)
aka. Terror of Godzilla
Despite glaring lapses in continuity, Terror of Mechagodzilla is presented as a direct sequel to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. The film opens with an Interpol-operated submarine searching for the remains of Mechagodzilla when it is attacked and destroyed by Titanosaurus, a giant aquatic dinosaur. With the help of marine biologist Akira Ichinose (Katsuhiko Sasaki), Interpol agents attempt to track down the creature. What the heroes do not realize, however, is that Titanosaurus is under the control of the vengeful and allegedly deceased Dr. Shinzô Mafune (Akihiko Hirata) who is allied with the aliens from Black Hole Planet 3. In order to get revenge on the world that spurned his research a decade prior, Mafune has agreed to help the aliens rebuild Mechagodzilla to destroy Godzilla and Tokyo. Further complicating matters, Ichinose and Mafune's daughter (Tomoko Ai) begin to fall in love, but her heart belongs to another. Literally. She's a friggin' cyborg implanted with Mechagodzilla's control mechanism! As this bizarre story of robot women and the star-crossed marine biologists who love them plays out alongside the main Interpol investigation, Godzilla is surprisingly absent. It takes almost 50 minutes for Godzilla to show up, but when he does he takes on Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus by himself in a spectacular climactic brawl. Godzilla throws down with some of his most physical fighting in years. With a little help from his human friends, Godzilla proves in this -- his last outing in the original series -- that he remains King of the Monsters.
|A Three-Way of Titanic Terror|
|Remember the Titans(aurus)|
All in all, Godzilla may still be depicted as a kid-friendly hero, but Terror of Mechagodzilla gives Godzilla a great platform on which to retire. Terror of Mechagodzilla is a fusion of both classic and 1970s Godzilla tropes, with a much needed rejection of camp silliness.