toho godzilla movies in order – The Godzilla Movies From Worst To Best

She’s a gigantic nightmare moth. What follows discusses the end of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” so beware if you haven’t seen it yet. Monster action: 5 – Gigan, a razor-handed aquatic Godzilla thing, is a solid monster addition.

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godzilla movieThere are a few media franchises that have stood the test of time, outlasting numerous other movies and TV shows that fizzle out after a few installments. If you like Godzilla films you will love this one. Great movie. And that comes despite using so much monster lore, with Godzilla’s legendary foes – such as King Ghidorah, Mothra and Roden – wasted in a dark and broody backdrop. It’s best to know what you’re getting into with Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” See it for the monsters, the easter eggs, and the mayhem. See it loud and large; and enjoy your popcorn.

Note: This list contains actors who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise. Monster action: 5 – Gigan, a razor-handed aquatic Godzilla thing, is a solid monster addition. Adding in Anguirus and King Ghidorah makes for a good line-up in which to introduce him, but stock footage dilutes this a bit.

King Ghidorah is a key part of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and he was first introduced in this mid ’60s entry that established the three-headed beast as a formidable foe for the franchise star. Just like the newest movie, here Ghidorah stars alongside Rodan, Mothra, and Godzilla, but this story focuses on his origin as well as the Japanese monarchy.

Of course, what you truly want from any Godzilla film, old or new, is monsters. The character designs the GKOTM effects team came up with are amazing. They have taken the classic kaiju a lot of us have grown up loving and given them the upgrade that goes above and beyond a fan’s wildest dreams. I genuinely think the creators of the original Japanese creature suits would, and should, be proud of the design work in this film.

Monster action: 7 – This movie treats Godzilla battles like a video game. Not only do the humans have Moguera, another battle mech, but SpaceGodzilla’s “base” is made out of giant crystals he can throw around with his mind. Female aliens take control of Earth’s monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Adam Wingard, who has helmed a host of horror films including The Blair Witch, The Guest and You’re Next, sounds positively thrilled to have been a part of Godzilla vs. Kong as well as pumped about where the team is at in the film’s post-production process. Although he usually doesn’t like to talk about his films while he’s in the thick of it working on them, he couldn’t help but let everyone know what a thrill Godzilla vs. Kong has been and how excited he is about the film.


Monster action: 4 – This movie was originally written for a giant Frankenstein to take the Godzilla spot in the film, so he’s powered by electricity and interacting with the human characters in ways he shouldn’t. Also, Ebirah is a giant shrimp whose fighting capability involves a lot of claw thrashing. There’s also a giant and weird-looking Condor in this movie for no reason.

Monster action: 5 – Lots of stuff with Manilla is played for laughs, but Godzilla kicking the crap out of giant praying mantis (“Kamacuras”) and a giant spider (“Kumonga”) isn’t horrible. Recreations of Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah may scare some. Also expected destruction and peril, and a devastating (but unexplicit) body count from the monsters.

Meaning Gorilla Whale” in Japanese, Gojira began life as an idea within the mind of Tomoyuki Tanaka, a film producer for Toho Company Ltd. Tanaka was flying over the ocean one day in 1954, and he wondered what would happen if a giant beast rose from the depths ala Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.

Taking place in an alternate universe which has made significant technological advances, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus begins with the Japanese government’s attempt to destroy Godzilla by shooting it with a black hole gun. However, this plan fails, and instead a giant dragonfly appears and creates an army of annoying bugs. Now, humans have to face both threats while the two kaiju duke it out. This film definitely had some charm, especially in some of the clashes between Godzilla and Megaguirus, but as a whole, it didn’t do as much as it could’ve with its compelling premise.

The plot is incidental to the battles, and there are many more than in the 2014 film. Big, bombastic, and loud, they’re messy affairs. It’s hard to discern much of the action, mostly because Dougherty has no experience with this kind of scale. Still, the monsters are impressive, particularly the three-headed, winged Ghidorah, who sports an unnerving, ferocious glint in all six of his eyes. Rodan and Mothra are cool, but add little to the overall proceedings.

In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.

Every bit as valiant a battle is waged between the mostly talented cast and the words—often pseudo-scientific jibber-jabber punctuated by unnecessary explanation (Dude hates Titans”)—they are forced to utter. Of the human characters, Bradley Whitford’s flask-swilling crypto-sonographer, shifting between countdowns (ETA to Monster Zero, 60 seconds!”) and incongruous wisecracks, registers best, along with Ken Watanabe, returning from the previous film as a compassionate scientist.

Human plot: 2 – Cockroach aliens disguised as humans work, and plot, at a theme park. A comic book artist stumbles upon their evil plot to use Gigan and Ghidorah to destroy us. Some thoughts on the next shared monster universe, from Godzilla 2 to the inevitable Godzilla vs. Kong.

After Gojira, a franchise was created. The first sequel, Godzilla Raids Again, set the stage for future installments by pitting Godzilla against another monster, Anguirus. Since then, the movies have more often than not featured huge creature brawls. Though the films began veering more towards lively entertainment for society’s youth, the latent metaphor was still there, buried deeply under all the latex and manifesting itself through toppled buildings.

Plot: Scientists discover a big egg in some typhoon wreckage, and learn that it comes from Infant Island, where lives the lepidopterous god Mothra. Initially buried by the same typhoon, Godzilla then emerges from some mud to recommence smashing, and the Japanese petition Infant Island (which is led by tiny fairy priestesses – just go with it) for a loan of their senior kaiju. Mothra is eventually killed, but Godzilla wanders off anyway, leaving the egg to hatch and release two larvae, which then spray Godzilla with silk and sink him in the ocean before returning home. Yes, in this story Mothra and family are the goodies and Godzilla’s the big bad.

The third Godzilla movie features an epic crossover with RKO’s King Kong that leads to some spectacular -and comical – monster fights, even though it’s clear that Toho had to give Kong a massive size upgrade in order for him to go toe-to-toe with Godzilla.

One of the things you have to take into consideration is the symbolism, allegory and nuance that Godzilla has in Japan (and Asia) that gets lost in translation. In the early Japanese versions of Godzilla, the monster was a metaphor for nuclear weapons. Godzilla is by-product of H-bomb testing, and was living peacefully in the ocean until the tests irradiated him (or her).

While Godzilla: King of the Monsters has its fair share of major issues, whenever we get a glimpse of Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidorah or Rodan causing destruction and facing off, it’s difficult to not become immersed into what the series is trying to do. These epic, unbelievable showdowns provide us with a glimpse of the nightmarish yet beautiful fun Godzilla fans have always wanted. It’s unfortunate that it spends way too much time cutting back to human faces. I wish the franchise would bring the back the idea of minimally cut, drawn-out kaiju battles without interruptions.

Invasion of Astro-Monster’s obsession with being as alien-y as possible gets old quick. Having one of the antagonists be a miniature UFO is way more adorable than it is menacing. But, the way King Ghidorah and Godzilla beat on each other is damn entertaining. Despite that, it’s another Godzilla film that spends too much time on pointless human plotlines, having you beg to see the titans clash again.


All Monsters Attack, also known as Godzilla’s Revenge , is the story of a young boy named Ichiro who dreams of Monster Island to escape his lonely, bullied life. In his dreams he befriends Godzilla’s son Minilla, and the two deal with their respective bullies through the power of friendship. This isn’t necessarily a bad concept, but the film also leans heavily on footage of Godzilla that’s been recycled from Son of Godzilla and Ebirah: Horror of the Deep, among others. There’s also the problem of Minilla, who remains annoying despite his noble quest to overcome his bully. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the premise, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

For a popcorn movie, all of this might be enough. Despite its plot holes, the film delivers thrilling action in spades. But hardcore devotees of the Godzilla mythology might prefer Japan’s most recent live-action spin on the monster: Shin Godzilla,” a 2016 film that balanced a laser-focused Veep”-esque story of government buffoonery with jaw-dropping destruction.

This sequel to the 2014 American made Godzilla may have CGI monsters instead of men in rubber suits trampling model cities like the old Japanese Godzilla movies, but it has the same spirit of the originals. This is totally a true to form Godzilla movie, and it’s fun as hell.

Elsewhere in Asia, and although it is not a major monster market, Korea is just head-over-heels for Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite with over $17M through Saturday versus Godzilla’s $1.67M, per local reporting outfit Kobiz. The monsters are in 3rd position behind that film and Aladdin‘s hold.

The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla” finds the radioactive thunder lizard standing tall over a very, very wrecked Boston after defeating the three-headed dragon Ghidorah , saving humanity yet again but also becoming the alpha for a host of humongous Titans” that now walk the Earth.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, in association with Toho Co. Ltd., Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Available Now On Blu-Ray And Digital. In the film, Ghidorah was credited with the destruction of all life on Venus and the film revolved around Godzilla and Rodan’s rivalry even as Ghidorah threatened to lay waste to Earth.

Emma realizes the destruction Ghidorah and the other Titans will bring to the world is much worse than anything that humans could inflict, but Jonah ignores her pleas to stop. Unknown to them, Madison overhears this and steals the Orca. Arriving at Fenway Park , Madison broadcasts a frequency that calms the Titans and unwittingly attracts all of them to her location. Ghidorah lands in Boston to destroy the Orca, with Godzilla arriving with Monarch’s assistance to engage him in battle. Mark leads a team to rescue Madison and escape the city after learning Godzilla’s radiation levels are increasing and will lead to a thermonuclear explosion Mothra arrives to help Godzilla but is intercepted by Rodan; she defeats him, but is heavily injured in the process.


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Several years after Godzilla’s emergence in San Francisco, Dr. Emma Russell and her daughter Madison are taken by eco-terrorist Alan Jonah and his team to awaken King Ghidorah using a device Emma created called The Orca, which emits frequencies used to communicate with Titans. Jonah witnesses the Orca’s capablities when Emma uses it to tame a newly-hatched Mothra.

Human Plot: 6 – This is the only movie of the early lot where the Japanese defense forces defeat Godzilla without the aid of some other giant monster, narrowing the focus to a vendetta between a single pilot and Godzilla. This pin-cushion-looking movie monster is a sadist with demonic powers.

Following the global success of Godzilla” and Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

Sometimes the way to heal our wounds is to make peace with the demons that created them,” says Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), who lives in awe of the monsters and feels they should be preserved at all costs. He might as well be speaking about President Trump.

Godzilla has appeared in 31 movies since 1954 — three America, the rest Japanese. Michael Dougherty is the first American to direct a Godzilla film. The directors of the previous two Hollywood Godzilla films, Roland Emmerich and Gareth Edwards , were German and British, respectively.

Godzilla is anglicized translation of the Japanese word gojira Gojira is actually the combination of two Japanese words: gorira, which means gorilla and kujira which means whale. So when people are screaming their heads off about Godzilla (as they do in many of these movies), they’re actually saying a Japanese portmanteau of gorilla-whale.

An interesting addition to Godzilla canon, this film focuses on an author who, while writing a book about the beast, makes a startling discovery about his origins. Without spoiling all of its secrets, there’s also a very fun time travel subplot as well as some very good dinosaur content.

Yes, King Kong vs.Godzilla has happened before. And yes, it’s awful in the best way possible. I always cite the incredible scene where Kong grabs a tree, pulling it out of its roots, and tries to shove it down Godzilla’s throat. Additionally, Kong has electricity powers for no apparent reason? If you zap him, he can redirect the current out of his palms. I’m not sure why, but I’m hoping 2020’s version has Godzilla get revenge on Kong for sticking a tree down his throat.

After that battle royale, what happens then? The original Toho movie King Kong vs. Godzilla ended in a sort of tie , with Kong winning in the U.S. version and Godzilla defeating the titanic ape in the international cut. If at least one of them survives the upcoming film, the sky is really the limit, depending on how many more monsters Toho is willing to license to Legendary and how well both King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong do at the box office. If Legendary truly want to create a new Monsterverse” patterned off the Toho properties, the possibilities are endless – popular Godzilla antagonists like Biollante, Destoroyah, and even Megaguirus could all get their chance in the ring opposite either one of the Kings – Kong or Godzilla.

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