Film / Destroy All Monsters
Time is running out for the human race!
"Uh, about all I can tell you now, could be looked upon as ancient history. When the monsters first appeared, they meant to destroy the Earth."
~ Dr. Yoshida, in Titan Productions' dub of the film.
The ninth Godzilla
film and originally set to be a Grand Finale
(though remains this chronologically for the original series). The last time Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishiro Honda, Eiji Tsuburaya, and Akira Ifukube collaborated together on the franchise, and entitled Kaijū Sōshingeki
("Charge of The Monsters").
The year is 1999
, where the world has corralled all the world's monsters into a heavily secure island base in the Ogasawara archipelago called Monsterland and a new Moonbase is being established with the brand new rocket ship Moonlight SY-3. However, things go awry when Monsterland is suddenly gassed by aliens and both the monsters and humans are brought under the control of a group of space women
known as Kilaaks. They've made the Monster Island crew into henchmen and have sent the monsters around the world with Godzilla attacking New York, Rodan to Moscow, Gorosaurus to Paris, and Mothra to Beijing. It is up to the crew of the Moonlight SY-3 to sabotage the Kilaak control device, while the monster attacks intensify and the Kilaaks plot to make things more comfortable for them by raising the temperatures. Upon their success, the monsters rally to attack the Kilaak base at Mount Fuji, but the Kilaaks pull another card from their sleeves: King Ghidorah, leading to a climactic showdown for Earth.
This film contains examples of
- Affably Evil: The Kilaak leader.
- All Your Powers Combined: TEN monsters vs King Ghidorah. Geeze.
- Though to be fair, only six really do anything.
- Alien Invasion: Well, yeah.
- The Alcatraz: Monsterland is basically a prison for Toho kaiju.
- Blood from the Mouth: King Ghidorah during his battle against the Monsters. This should be noted that Eiji Tsuburaya, the SFX supervisor of the film has quote several times before that he'd ''never'' have Godzilla or any of the monsters in Toho bleed... though this is perhaps because his protege Sadamasa Arikawa did the actual directing.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Though the Kilaaks appear to be merely Human Aliens at first glance, they can only take that form while remaining at high temperatures, their real forms being more like metallic slugs.
- Brainwashed: The poor workers of the Monster Island facility. The main characters had to kill them without realizing that they were being mind-controlled Mooks.
- Characterization Marches On: Remember that this Godzilla is from Godzilla Raids Again? The next several films made him even more... wackier.
- Cool Starship: The Moonlight SY-3.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The human's earn their right to continue to exist by destroying the alien mind control devices and the Earth monsters earn their right to live the rest of their days in peace on Monster Island by killing the world destroying King Ghidorah once and for all.
- Foregone Conclusion: This is this the chronological final film in the Showa Era. Meaning everything happening after this film will be set up with this one. Such as King Ghidorah appearing in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
- The Great Politics Mess-Up: Averted. When Rodan attacks Moscow, no mention is made of the Soviet Union.
- Humiliation Conga: For King Ghidorah.
- Killed Off for Real: King Ghidorah is finally killed by Earth's monsters. This is the Showa King Ghidorah's canonical death, all later appearances are set before this.
- Monumental Damage: With this many kaiju and locations, it's inevitable.
- Mythology Gag: Rodan was written as an allegory for the Soviet nuclear threat, so Rodan attacks Russia.
- Newscaster Cameo: For the umpteenth time in a Toho sci-fi film (Look carefully, his cameos go as far back as the original film), Japanese news reporter Saburo Iketani appears as himself, even though the film is set in 1999. Maybe it's his son?
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While King Ghidorah bites Anguruius and causing him to fall, Angurius's fall causes an earthquake that uncovers the Kilaak's base.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The battle with Ghidorah turns into this towards the end, culminating with Godzilla and the others mercilessly stomping Ghidorah's brains out. If you look carefully, blood spurts out of Ghidorah's mouths.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: King Ghidorah's death is brutal, but considering the guy liked to destroy planets for fun, he had it coming.
- Series Fauxnale: The film was intended to end the series, but it proved to be so popular that more films ended up being made. Though it should be noted, chronological, this film is still the ending of the Showa Era timeline.
- Time Skip: All of the other Godzilla movies were set in the time that they were made (or in the vague "near future"), but this one is set in the then-future year of 1999.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Brought together most of the players in Toho's Kaiju Universe (With the exception of Dogora, the Gargantuas, and King Kong) for an Epic Battle For The Fate of Earth.
- Unexplained Recovery: Anguirus' jaw must have healed some time between Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and this movie. Destroy All Monsters was made first, of course, so perhaps Toho just forgot about that detail when making the former film. Or the jaw breaking healed and made it come back stronger.
- Vichy Earth: What the Kilaaks want to turn Earth into.