YMMV / Godzilla vs. Hedorah


  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The random cartoon moments and the fish heads in the club come out of nowhere and do nothing for the plot.
    • During the pollution protest party on Mount Fuji, the film suddenly cuts to a group of creepy-looking old men watching the teens from the bushes. No explanation is given for their appearance.
    • Godzilla flying. The DVD chapter is even titled "Something You Don't See Every Day."
  • Broken Base: Either an awesome film hearkening back to the original or a terrible film that ruined Godzilla.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Taiyou Kaese or Save The Earth, a piece very reflective of late 60s, early 70s music.
  • Ear Worm: The main theme, "Save the Earth."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Hedorah has become a very beloved kaiju by the fanbase, mostly because of his genuinely creepy design, his powers and the fact he qualifies as one of Godzilla's strongest foes, giving the radioactive dinosaur a rather hard time in his debut.
  • Freud Was Right: Hedorah's eyes do look like... well, you know.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: With the vertical eyes and tentacles, Hedorah looks weirdly like an Ood.
  • Mood Whiplash: From intense fight against Hedorah and race against time to Godzilla flying backwards with upbeat music playing.
  • Narm: Godzilla flying backwards with his atomic breath.
  • Narm Charm: Typical with a Godzilla film but a special case is the Japanese 'Save the Earth' theme. The chorus of 'save the Earth' is weak during the movie's opening but by the end has grown in a strong and passionate chorus.
  • Nausea Fuel: The sludge in the bay, which was mostly real.
  • Nightmare Fuel: For the first time since the first Godzilla, human death is shown graphically. It's especially unsettling is that in one scene where a baby is shown drowning in Hedorah's sludge.
  • Signature Scene: Anyone who knows anything about this movie knows about Godzilla's flight sequence.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In 1970s Japan, pollution levels were far worse than in the USA due to rapid post-war industrialization with no governmental checks. Despite its silliness, this movie was as relevant to the fears of 1970s Japan as the original was to the atomic fears of 1950s Japan.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The Big Lipped Alligator Moments, Godzilla FLYING, and the general hippiness are what happens when you add drugs to Godzilla.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Hedorah is arguably one of the better-portrayed monsters of the Showa series, with the movements of the monster himself eerily alien-looking.
  • What an Idiot: Soooo the teenagers' plan to protest pollution is to drive their cars, which have been banned by the law, to Mount Fuji and lighting a huge bonfire in the middle of nowhere? Yeah, no wonder Hedorah showed up so quickly.

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