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
- 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.
- Bad Export for You: The ADV release has no menus or chapter stops. That has thankfully been fixed with Media Blasters giving the film a proper Blu-Ray and DVD release.
- 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.
- 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 Ghdiorah once and for all.
- The Great Politics Mess-Up: Averted. When Rodan attacks Moscow, no mention is made of the Soviet Union.
- Monumental Damage: With this many kaiju and locations, it's inevitable.
- 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 appeared as himself, even if the film was set in 1999. Maybe it's his son?
- 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.
- Series Fauxnale: The film was intended to end the series, but it proved to be so popular that more films ended up being made.
- Time Skip: Chronologically, this film takes place 24 years after Terror Of Mechagodzilla, since that film is assumed to take place in 1975 despite this film was made before the aforementioned film.
- Most of the films take place on or close around the same year they come out, Destroy All Monsters is one of the exceptions as it takes place in 1999.
- Unexplained Recovery: Monster-wise. If you watched Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla to this film in this order, then Angurius must have his jaw healed in someway.