Kaijû daisensô (1965)
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More annoying sounds and lovingly framed shots of rocketships than any movie needs.
Invasion of Astro-Monster AKA War of the Monsters AKA Monster Zero AKA Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. Now this was a lot of fun, but then I'm of the opinion that Rodan and King Ghidora make any Godzilla film better. And yet, there aren't a lot of giant monster battles in this one, the plot more interested in astronauts encountering aliens from Planet X, who have hatched a plan to control our noble monsters to destroy the Earth. What a strange place the Godzilla universe is! The integration of miniatures and the effects are quite impressive here, but I was most taken by Kumi Mizuno as the alien mole. Va-va-voooom!
I would have preferred 20 minutes of Planet X setup and 75 minutes of kaiju mayhem instead of the other way around, but other than that, it worked well enough for a sequel. Although Nick Adams might have been better served with a pair of suspenders (braces) so he didn't have to hike his pants up so much. Poor guy.
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This movie ranks #36 in Badmovies.org's Best B-Movies
This movie ranks #1197 in The Criterion Collection