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Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Directed by Ishir? Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Yukiko Takayama
Starring Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida, Gor? Mutsumi, Tadao Nakamaru, Toru Kawai as Godzilla
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography Sokei Tomioka
Edited by Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Release date March 15, 1975
Running time 83 minutes

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4 thoughts on “Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

  1. Chris Jappert says:

    Well since you guys made a list, here is my list for top Showa Era kaiju that I have seen. Please keep in mind for a large number of them, I haven’t seen in a while and only seen the original US version on VHS so nostalgia is likely tainting this list.
    1. Gojira 1954 – It is a classic that stands alone, even outside kaiju movie genre. What more should I say?
    2.Godzilla v Mechagodzilla – I enjoyed this movie alot, great kaiju fight with Mecha holding off two Kaiju and interesting enough human action that felt tied to the monsters.
    3. Godzilla v The Thing – another overall great film, humans were fun, kaiju fight was nice and just a classic. Only reason it’s number 3 is I felt bad for Godzilla losing to two caterpillars.
    4. Frankenstein conquers the world – only saw this cause of you guys. Great story overall, love the kaiju fight and feel Baragon needs more love. Plus it spawn my next choice.
    5. War of the Gargantuas – saw this one before Frankenstein so abit lost on some reference but not much. The kaiju fight shows an advantage of two human like kaiju fighting and the intro of the Maser Cannons.
    6. Ghidorah the three headed monster – as a kid I loved that it was implied that Godzilla swears in this one and the three on one fight makes alot more sense than later Ghidorah fight. Plus Ghidorah has a great intro into the series.
    7. Godzilla v King Kong (JP) – I like this movie and the fight is good but I feel Godzilla was robbed and clearly should have won.
    8. Mothra – the first stand alone Kaiju film I saw that wasn’t Godzilla. New Kirk City knocked it down abit but a good standalone I felt.
    9. Godzilla, King of the Monsters – only version I saw for my childhood, great destruction and much like the original but researching shows how bad the edits and dubbing are.
    10. Invasion of Astro monster – I love the dancing Godzilla and the unanswered question of how did Rodan get into a mountain and Godzilla in a lake with no one noticing.
    11. Terror of Mechagodzilla – I liked the fact it was a direct sequel to Mecha and I like Titanosaurus as well but those helmets kept it out of my top 10.
    12. Rodan – Only seen the US version but remember enjoying it all the same and the ending was rather sad and abit sweet I felt.
    13. Son of Godzilla – the scientist were fun and some of the kaiju were abit weak but it was nice to see Godzilla take on parenthood, even if his kid looked like he was hit alot with an ugly stick.
    14. Godzilla v Gigan – I like Gigan, space chicken jokes aside, and was glad he was added (especially in the games lol). Also the human cast was great. Just the kaiju felt lacking.
    15. Destroy all monsters – I was looking for this one as a kid for a long time, so stoked to see it..once I did, I was disappointed. Only reason it is as high as it is as I do enjoy seeing the Kaiju at least.
    16. Godzilla v sea monster – I like the terrorism plot and such but the role was clearly not meant for Godzilla and it showed too much.
    17. Godzilla Raids Again – it’s bad, No doubt but you got to give it props. In six they made a movie with a plot, minimum stock footage, and a new monster. That deserves some respect.
    18. Godzilla v Hedorah – ok, this one might be unfair and I’m willing to give it another chance in the future but as a kid I hated it. It was confusing and Godzilla could fly? That’s Gamera’s thing. Godzilla doesn’t need to defy the laws of physics, he just tramples over them.
    19. Godzilla v Megalon – I didn’t put it lower cause it was one of the first I owned and I didn’t realize how bad it was until much older but it’s bad. Minimum cast, a pair of bad new kaiju and bad stock footage.
    20. King Kong v Godzilla (US) – this one is so low due to one reason, those UN people, but especially that ‘scientist’! Really? Godzilla brain is the actual size of a marble and I’m suppose to believe that powers all the body function of a creature the size of a skyscraper?!!
    21. Gigantis the fire monster – ok, the only two things that kept this off the bottom was that 1. Minimum reused footage but still more than raids and 2. George Takai.     
    And the worst showa era kaiju film I have seen is….
    22. Godzilla’s revenge – Where to begin? First off, it’s a clip show. It is a movie version of a clip show. Imagine that today, you pay 20 bucks for to the theater to go see the new Avengers movie and all it is, is a kid playing with his toys and imagine clips from other marvel movies. Wouldn’t you be pissed off? Second, the moral is scrap, at least the one I got from it. That moral was, “Hey kids, got bully troubles? Well then beat up the toughest one and take over his gang!” Seriously at the end that is what it seems like he does! And third, the kid has bad imagination. I’ll admit, when I was his age, I would imagine adventures with Godzilla to escape my issues but I did it better. I wouldn’t imagine scene I watched, I make new cool ones like Godzilla and MECHAGODZILLA have to team up to fight Ghidorah and I was piloting mecha. Stuff like that. Sure it’s not Spielberg but at least it’s not a clip from a movie I’ve seen already! Maybe the Japanese version is better but the US one sucks, and sucks hard.

    Well that is my rant, love to hear your thoughts. Sorry about spelling mistakes, I did this all on my mobile.

  2. Ayame says:

    Hi, there were actually four directors in the initial “classic” 15 films, not three-Fukuda, Banno, Honda, and Oda. Everyone seems to forget poor Oda.
    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the later series of films.

  3. Taylor says:

    I would love to see Titanosaurus in future films.

    1. Drew Daybell says:

      Oh my goodness yes. Titanosaurus’s whole color scheme and his look in general, just ferocious and certainly a cut above the normal monster of the year Godzilla may contend with. I really like the aspect that he’s actually good but is being controlled and used for evil, exact same thing goes for the human counterpart who is controlling him. Way more complex of a relationship between the monsters and the humans of the film than is usually given.

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