Friday, February 4, 2011
TRAILER – Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla never had it so bad. Teamed with a giant robot named Jet Jaguar, the saurian wages war against Megalon (a giant beetle with drills for arms) and Gigan (a giant chicken cyborg with a buzz saw in his belly) in the goofiest film in the franchise (and these things can get pretty goofy). You know you’re in for a crapfest, as my distinguished fellow writer on the site calls it, when the film is one of the most famous episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yet, the film is still recommended if you like watching grown men in monster costumes beat the hell out of each other. Amazingly, this entry was one of the more popular in the US at the time of its release due to an ingenious marketing campaign that showed the two lead monsters battling each other on top of the World Trade Center (a blatant attempt to cash in on the release of Dino De Laurentiis remake of King Kong, which had a similar poster). WNBC in New York actually broadcast the film in the late 70s with John Belushi hosting it in a Godzilla suit!