Destroy All Monsters publicity photo.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (Ishirô Honda, 1964)
This ridiculous compendium of useless subplots doesn’t even try with the story, yet doesn’t focus hard enough on the fun battle scenes, that get interrupted all the time by people talking, brings together Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra from their respective franchises to team up and fight King Ghidorah, the space monster, in a movie where for the first time Godzilla is the hero that saves the day, something that will define the Shōwa era.
Movie Monster Size-Chart by lord-phillock
This is pretty awesome.
I dunno how accurate this size chart actually is >.>
Wow. I knew the Cloverfield Monster was super pathetic looking, but when you put it up there with all the other greats, it’s just… Wooooow.
Yeah, this may not be very accurate at all, actually. Godzilla and the Staypuft Marshmallow Man should be much more similar in size (assuming Staypuft is actually 100 feet tall as stated in the second film), and I’ve heard that the Giant Claw is actually supposed to be huge, as big as - if not bigger than - King Ghidorah. Clover and Zilla are way too puny, as well.
GHIDRAH, the Three-Headed Monster,
Battles GODZILLA, MOTHRA, and RODAN,
For mastery of the world!
Men quake before the terror of their unleashed fury!
I love this trailer.
International GMK poster. Now, if I could only remember where the Against and SOS ones are again…
I love how, aside from Godzilla, none of the kaiju on this poster are actually their GMK incarnations.
King Ghidorah is only as complex as the narrative allows him to be. In fact, all of his past incarnations have been strikingly simple and fairly one-note. His original appearance was simply a monster who was more powerful than any other monster before him, and it took a combined effort to drive him off. Every other incarnation was an alien superweapon, a living W.M.D. simply pointed at a target and unleashed.
The only time King Ghidorah (or really ANY Ghidorah for that matter) was given any sort of characterization was in Rebirth of Mothra 3, a film that is positively BURSTING with half-baked ideas. How Ghidorah is handled in that film is paradoxically one of the best AND one of the worst.
Personally I like to think of Ghidorah as an planet-busting weapon that simply went rogue. Too powerful to be controlled or contained. But that’s fanon. The monsters of the Tohoverse are more “actors” than “characters,” and have even been described as such by Toho staff. A story is written and the monsters are plugged in as appropriate.
I don’t even really mind GMK Ghidorah, or “Earth Dragon Ghidorah” as he’s sometimes called…”Yamato Ghidorah” works too. There’s a neat little nugget of an idea in the film that suggests Ghidorah may be something of a descendant of Orochi, or once WAS Orochi. It is explicitly stated that the Yamato Guardians were once destructive monsters that were defeated and tasked with protecting Japan rather than destroying it, so one could extrapolate that, when Orochi’s heads were all severed by Susano-wo, this new dragon could have grown or gestated from its body. It’s an interesting little “elseworld” scenario.
Classically, though? While Godzilla is the God of Destruction and/or the King of the Monsters, King Ghidorah is the King of Terror and the Great Calamity. The End of Days given form. A power so great that it could destroy all of Earth. I think that sometimes the fandom tends to over-inflate Ghidorah’s power and importance, because he, more than most monsters, is dictated by the narrative. Take from that what you will.