“Megalon! Megalon! Wake up, Megalon! Come on, rise up now, to the Earth’s surface! Destroy the Earth! Destroy our enemies! Rise up! Go on! MEGALON!” That’s quite the cheering section you have there, Megalon. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Bill Mulligan, Jeff Mohr, and guest hosts Dirk Rogers and Bryan Clark – as they go quadruple kaiju in Toho’s Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 199 – Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
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An inventor creates a humanoid robot (Jet Jaguar) that is seized by the undersea nation of Seatopia & used as a guide for Megalon and Gigan to destroy the above-ground dwellers as vengeance for the nuclear tests that have devastated their society. In an attempt to stop them, a now independently thinking Jet Jaguar brings Godzilla into the fight.
- Director: Jun Fukuda
- Writing Credits: Jun Fukuda (screenplay; Shin’ichi Sekizawa (treatment)
- Music by: Riichirô Manabe
- Cinematography by: Yuzuru Aizawa
- Editing by: Michiko Ikeda
- Production Design by: Yoshifumi Honda
- Special Effects by: Teruyoshi Nakano (director of special effects)
- Selected Cast:
- Katsuhiko Sasaki as Inventor Goro Ibuki
- Hiroyuki Kawase as Rokuro ‘Roku-chan’ Ibuki
- Yutaka Hayashi as Hiroshi Jinkawa
- Robert Dunham as Emperor Antonio of Seatopia / Motorcycle assailant
- Kôtarô Tomita as Lead Seatopian Agent
- Ulf Ôtsuki as Seatopian Agent
- Gentaro Nakajima as Truck Driver (credited as Gen Nakajima)
- Sakyo Mikami as Truck Driver’s Assistant
- Fumiyo Ikeda as Man from Unit 1
- Kanta Mori as Japan Special Defense Forces Chief
- Shinji Takagi as Gojira
- Hideto Odachi as Megaro
- Tsugutoshi Komada as Jetto Jagâ
- Kenpachirô Satsuma as Gaigan (credited as Kengo Nakayama)
With Doc and Chad occupied elsewhere, Jeff and Bill welcome guest hosts Bryan Clark and Dirk Rogers to examine a last-minute replacement feature for episode 199. Trust us, you will not be disappointed as the Grue-Crew champions another Toho, 1970s, Kaiju entry, Godzilla vs. Megalon, for some silly yet still awesome man-in-suit action. Joining Godzilla and Megalon on screen are fellow giant monsters, Gigan and Jet Jaguar. Jeff finds himself surrounded by kaiju super-fans Bill, Bryan, and Dirk. This episode should not be missed! Enjoy!
At the time of this writing, Godzilla vs. Meagalon is available to stream from Tubi, Freevee, Pluto TV, MAX, the Criterion Channel, and multiple PPV sources. The film is also available on physical media as a Blu-ray in Godzilla, the Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 (The Criterion Collection).
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode will be the podcast’s landmark bicentennial (that’s 200th, folks)! In honor of that occasion, the 70s Grue-Crew will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of what many call the greatest horror movie of all time: The Exorcist (1973). Join us to discuss the film in which one character says, “There seems to be an alien pubic hair in my gin.”
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