Ghidorah: the three headed monster movie review

Written by Barney Buckley

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  • Title: Ghidorah: the 3 headed Dragon 1964
  • Directed by: Ishiro Honda
  • Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Japanese Release Date: December 20, 1964 with a run time of 93 minutes
  • US Release Date: September 13, 1965 with a run time of 85 minutes
  • Taglines: The Three-Headed Monster battles Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan for the world!


kg A princess from Selgina, a small Himalayan country becomes possessed by the spirit of a Venusian (a Martian in the American version) and escapes a plane just as it explodes. As this happens a meteorite falls from the sky containing Ghidorah, the monster responsible for her planet’s destruction. At the same time, Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and not only attack Japan, but each other as well.

Mothra, along with its twin priestesses, attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to stop their fighting each other and to team up to fight the new monster. At the same time, the princess is being hunted by a group of assassins who want to kill her so that her enemies can take over her homeland. Then, just when the only living assassin is about to kill the princess, Ghidorah crushes him by knocking over a pile of boulders on him. Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra finally drive Ghidorah off. The movie ends with the princess going back to her home land and Godzilla and Rodan watching Mothra swim back to Infant Island.

My Thoughts on the Movie

This movie is without a doubt among the most influential Godzilla movies of all time it is because of the multi-monster brawls that are in this film. Ghidorah as his hands full with Godzilla, Mothra’s larva, and Rodan. I don’t really have much to say about this movie except when I wash it and thought it was entertaining, but at the same time it’s not one of my favorites but I will say it did introduce King Ghidorah for the 1st time and the suit is perhaps one of the best looking series of the King Ghidorah’s.

Trivia Based on the Movie

  • King Ghidorah (Kingu Gidora), sometimes known as King Ghidorah, is a fictional daikaiju (giant monster) featured in such movies as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs Gigan, Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Rebirth of Mothra III, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, and Godzilla: Final Wars as well as some other stock footage appearances.
  • Created as an opponent for Godzilla in 1964′s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, King Ghidorah was a golden, dragon-like creature with three heads on long necks, bat-like wings, no arms, and twin tails. It was said to be 100 meters tall with a 150 meter wingspan, and to weigh 30,000 metric tons.
  • King Ghidorah was brought to life on the movie screen by a stunt actor inside an elaborate costume, with a team of puppeteers to control the beast’s many appendages.
  • Initially, Ghidorah was said to have come from outer space, and was an ancient evil responsible for destroying civilizations on many planets, including Venus. Arriving on Earth in a magnetic meteorite, Ghidorah caused much destruction to the Japanese countryside before being repelled by the monstrous team of Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan.
  • In its next movie appearance, Invasion of Astro-Monster, it was a mind-controlled pawn of beings from Planet X, who coveted Earth’s water resources. Once again, Godzilla and Rodan drove the dragon back into space.
  • It made two more appearances in the original Godzilla film series, both times as an agent of alien invaders. In Godzilla vs Gigan, it teamed with the cybernetic monster Gigan in a battle against Godzilla and the spiky quadruped Anguirus. In Destroy All Monsters, it was apparently killed by a combined force of ten of Earth’s defending Daikaiju.
  • Ghidorah also appeared in two episodes of the tokusatsu superhero TV series, Ryûsei Ningen Zôn.
  • The dragon was revamped with a new origin for 1991′s Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. Futuristic time-travelers released three genetically-engineered “Dorat” creatures onto an island where they would be exposed to radiation from atomic bomb testing. The Dorats fused to become Ghidorah, which was then used by the so-called Futurians to devastate present-day Japan. When the marauder was killed by Godzilla (who blasted the monster’s middle-head off), the corpse was later recovered and used as the basis for a cyborg dubbed “Mecha-King Ghidorah.” This incarnation managed to stun Godzilla with its Machine Hand weapon and attempted to carry Godzilla away from Japan before being blasted by the reptile and crashing into the sea.
  • In the Return of Mothra continuity, another variety of Ghidorah, Death Ghidorah, was introduced. It was a quadipedial version of King Ghidorah. Later, King Ghidorah itself appeared in the 1998′s 3rd installment Rebirth of Mothra III. Like the first version, this King Ghidorah came from outer space, and was responsible for the death of the dinosaurs. The giant insect Mothra battled Ghidorah in both prehistoric times and the present-day to save a group of children kidnapped by the dragon in its older ‘Grand King Ghidorah’ form.
  • In 2001′s Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, it received yet another origin, this time as a legendary guardian of the Japanese isles, apparently related to Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon featured in Japanese mythology.
  • King Ghidorah is also known as Monster Zero, who is referenced in Rob Zombie’s “The Great American Nightmare.”

Negative Points

The negative points of this movie are the indecent acting and that is it.

Positive Points

The positive points are we get the 1st introduction of King Ghidorah, the great fight scene between the monsters, and overall it is a very good movie.

Closing Statement

As I have mentioned before I watch this movie and I like the female actors in it as well as the fight scenes for the monsters against King Ghidorah and the that Godzilla found out where the killaks are hidden and eventually kills them and there are other good points about the movie such as the sudden disappearance of the princess and she comes back, and I am to believe she is an alien that is controlled by aliens or she was captured as the human and controlled by the aliens. This is a must-have for any Godzilla fan out there, so go out and buy it complete your set.

Written by Barney Buckley


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