This sixth entry in the Godzilla series is one of the last to make a pretense that it will be viewed by anyone over the age of 12. Evil aliens attempt to take over the Earth in a plot that does little but kill time prior to the climactic battle among Godzilla, the three-headed dragon
Ghidrah, and the flying lizard Rodan.
When scientists discover a planet beyond Jupiter that seems to be causing magnetic disturbances on Earth, the international space agency sends astronauts Glenn (Nick Adams) and Fuji (Akira Takarada) to investigate. Landing on Planet X, they are met by underground dwellers whose leader (Yoshio
Tsuchiya) tells them that they cannot live on the surface because the planet is terrorized by a creature they call "Monster Zero." When the monster attacks, the astronauts recognize it as the planet destroyer Ghidrah. The leader offers Earth a deal: in exchange for the use of Godzilla and Rodan,
who defeated Ghidrah when it atacked Earth, Planet X will provide the formula for a drug that will cure all diseases. Although Glenn and Fuji are suspicious of what they have seen, they relay the message to Earth.
Back on Earth, Fuji is not happy that his sister Hiromi (Keiko Sawai) is dating inventor Tetsuo Teri (Akira Kubo), even though he has just sold his new alarm to a big corporation. Teri is suspicious that the corporation doesn't seem to be doing anything with his invention, and is even more worried
when the executive he dealt with, Miss Namikawa (Kumi Mizuno), is supposed to be out of town but is seen dating Glenn.
Despite their agreement not to come until Godzilla and Rodan have been found, the aliens are found to have set up a secret station on Earth. Using special force bubbles, they transport the giant monsters to Planet X, where they best Ghidrah in battle. But when the tape recording that is supposed
to contain the formula is played on Earth, it is instead an ultimatum calling for our planet to surrender: if we refuse, Earth will be destroyed by the three monsters, whom the aliens have put under their control. Glenn discovers that Namikawa is really an alien spy; however, despite her orders,
she has fallen in love with him. For allowing her emotions to control her, she is destroyed. The aliens send Ghidrah, Godzilla, and Rodan to attack Earth. Glenn and Teri discover that the aliens are susceptible to certain sound waves, including that of the alarm he has invented (which is why they
sought to buy it away from him). With an amplified version of the sound, the aliens are driven away from Earth. Freed from alien control, the three monsters battle each other. When they tumble together off a cliff into the sea, only Ghidrah surfaces, flying off into outer space.
Although it might initially appear that Nick Adams was added to MONSTER ZERO a la Raymond Burr in GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1954), he was actually cast in the Japanese production in an attempt to expand the film's international appeal. It was rather a poor decision, as his unpleasantly
pugnacious performance would be better suited to a Mike Hammer movie. (It's also oddly unsettling when the sloppy dubbing results in an early scene with an American actor speaking English dialogue that doesn't match his lip movements.) The monsters aren't particulary menacing: Ghidrah may be
striking in conception, but the three-headed dragon's movements required more skill than its handlers provided here. (If it didn't breathe lightning, this ungainly creature would be hard-pressed to participate in battle.) Rodan doesn't do much but caw and flap his wings, while Godzilla, in
transition from fearsome monster to protector of humanity, is seen doing a goofy jig after the first battle with Ghidrah. Godzilla was next seen in GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER (1966). (Violence.)
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