Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
Synopsis of Terror of Mechagodzilla
In Terror of Mechagodzilla, evil spacemen from the Black Hole (seriously) plot to destroy Tokyo and then ruuule the world! Aided by the deranged scientist, Dr. Mafune, the aliens have the powerful Titanosaurus, under Mafune’s control. And they also have the rebuilt Mechagodzilla on their side. Leading to a massive smackdown that Godzilla fans will love!
Review of Terror of Mechagodzilla
The bad news is, there are a lot of cliches in Terror of Mechagodzilla. The good news is, the cliches are executed very well. Some examples include:
- The mad scientist (Dr. Mafune): I’ll show those fools! And, in actuality, he was right. Both about his theory of living dinosaur (Titanosaurus), and how to control it. But obsession leads down a dark path …
- Evil space aliens want to rule the world! Yup. From the third planet of the black hole (???) they want to colonize Earth. And they’ll use Earth’s natural resources (monsters) to wipe the existing humans out. They’re smug, condescending in their “technological superiority”, and enjoyable to watch finally being beaten.
- Melodrama. Yes, there’s a romantic conflict, between one of the protagonists and Dr. Mafune’s beautiful daughter. His cold, distant daughter … who the audience feels sorry for by the end of the movie. If you want to avoid spoilers, don’t read the editorial review below.
Editorial review of Terror of Mechagodzilla courtesy of Amazon.com
In 1974, Inoshiro Honda, the original and best Godzilla director, returned after a five-year absence to direct this 20th-anniversary commemoration to Gojira (the original Japanese name for Godzilla, before the West Anglicized it). This is the fifteenth film in the Godzilla series, and the eleventh by director Honda. Yet again the aliens (from the third planet of the black hole, whatever that means; they don’t really provide directions) stage a takeover of Earth, this time with the aid of Mechagodzilla and Titanosaurus (they’re just what they sound like).
They owe the mad scientist Mafuni for the use of Titanosaurus, who in turn owes the aliens for resurrecting his daughter, Katsura, badly hurt in an accident, albeit now as a cyborg with the ability to control their two mecha-monsters. It shapes up as the fight of the century when Godzilla is pressed into service for our side. The battling behemoths afford the most dramatic and vivid fight scenes in all of Godzilladom in this one. Let’s hope the aliens don’t win; they’re so smug. –Jim Gay