Monday, March 21, 2011
TRAILER - GODZILLA VS. THE THING (1964)
For those of you who haven't seen this film, you are probably wondering what in the hell is The Thing. Is it the carrot man from THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD blown up to gigantic proportions so that he can battle Godzilla? Or maybe it is some mutated , multi tentacled creature as the ambiguous American movie poster would have us think? No, it's just our old friend Mothra, back for her second film appearance after her debut in 1961's MOTHRA. Why the American distributing company that released the film changed her name to The Thing is beyond me. Luckily, the name change didn't affect the finished product, as GODZILLA VS. THE THING is the best of the sequels to the original GOJIRA.
Full of creative battle and destruction scenes, the film was the last in the original Showa series to feature a villainous Godzilla. He's all bad ass, cranky atomic terror here as he takes another jab at Japan and is forced to battle Mothra after he threatens to destroy the big momma moth's egg. A subplot about greedy landowners gives the film some depth and ties in nicely with the monster mayhem. No other film in the series outside of GOJIRA was so craftily made. A real winner for monster fans.