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Rated G
Copyright 1971 Toho Company Ltd.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Godzilla - The world's largest ecologist.
  • Hedorah - Cosmic monster brought to Earth by a meteor, feeds on pollution.
  • Ken - Dr. Yano's son, he seems to have ESP in relation to Godzilla.
  • Dr. Yano - Scientist of some sort, could be Marine Biology. Badly injured by a brush with Hedorah while diving.
  • Mrs. Yano - Mother of the family.
  • Groovy guy and girl - A pair of Japanese flower children, there is one less happy thought in the world after he is "sludged" to death by Hedorah.

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The Plot: 

Who needs Greenpeace when you have an environmentally conscious monster running amok?

The situation is looking bleak for Japan, everything is polluted or dying and the full horror of late 60's music is upon them. Researchers are trying in vain to find solutions to the many problems. Dr. Yano might be a brilliant scientist, but he can do little more than join in when everyone cries out, "We're doomed!" While diving (to mourn the destruction of coastal ecosystems) he encounters the evolving menace called Hedorah. Poor little Ken, standing alone on the rocks and calling out to his father, is one of the only poignant moments in what was intended to be a meaningful film. After this it gets silly.

Godzilla investigates what is befouling the waters and chases the smog monster away, it appears to be a seriously one sided battle. After dining on more sludge and flourocarbons the evil creature returns, more powerful and able to fly. Los Angeles might have poor air quality, but it does not have a floating muck monster that trails acid mist in its wake.

Meanwhile, Yano makes the important discovery that electricity will dry out and kill Hedorah. Under his supervision the military constructs a giant array of what appear to be mirrors, but they reflect electricity back and forth between them. It's science, or something passing for it. Neat!

Several silly things happen during the final battle and I'd be remiss to not mention two of them. The first involves Hedorah's nasty habit of spitting caustic sludge, at one point Godzilla ducks the first then stands up to take another right in the face. He slaps his hand over the muck and I could almost hear him mutter, "That was dumb, owwww." Of course the second is the world famous scene where Godzilla uses his breath to fly along like a rocket. Oh yes they did...

Often the lighting leaves much to be desired, though I am certain that was on purpose. The filmmakers were obviously trying to convey a brooding message about our planet's bleak future if the situation remained unchanged. Things could have been worse, imagine a later version entitled "Godzilla vs. El Nino."

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Monsters use oil tankers as beverage containers.
  • Pollution is bad, but 60's music is much, much worse.
  • Monsters use factories as bongs.
  • Putting a giant (and caustic) pile of crap in an airplane spin is not the best of ideas.
  • Rodan intended "The Thinker" to portray a severe burn victim.
  • Telephone booths make excellent bomb shelters.
  • Japanese women should leave Scottish fashions alone.
  • Mud wrestling is much less interesting when you are the only one in the pit, rubber suit or not.
  • Defensive driving courses should include tips on avoiding falling monsters.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 10 mins - Kenny, did you misplace your daddy?
  • 15 mins - Godzilla is using radioactive breath to clean up floating sludge. You do realize that this is like nuking New Jersey to solve their problems...
  • 26 mins - What drug is he on? Just for the record mind you.
  • 27 mins - Hedorah's muck burned off half of Yano's face and killed that one group of men, but this cat is unharmed? I mean sure, it looks miserable, but it should be looking like a cockroach after you spray it down with Raid.
  • 32 mins - Another one of those weird cartoons...
  • 46 mins - They actually found a way to include the artist's conceptual drawings in the movie.
  • 58 mins - Throwing torches at that thing? You all are either extremely brave or extremely stupid. Oh, a third possibility, extremely dead.
  • 77 mins - Three, two, one... ...liftoff! Hehehehe! (With all the aerodynamic and thrust concerns here this is ludicrous.)
  • 82 mins - Gives new meaning to "stomp a mudhole in his ass" doesn't it?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note gvssmog1.wav Dr. Yano: "Godzilla?"
Ken: "Uh huh, you listen to what I say, I'm positive he'll kill Hedorah. He'll get him!"
Green Music Note gvssmog2.wav Announcer: "The appearance of Hedorah is causing rising alarm throughout all Japan."
Green Music Note gvssmog3.wav Scientist: "Hedorah created the sulfuric acid mist in its path and many people attempting rescue have been seriously injured. The mist affects mainly the throat and the eyes. The dead clutter the streets of the city of Fuji."
Green Music Note gvssmog4.wav Ken: "Hedorah's only sludge; we could dry it out."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipgvssmog1.mpg - 2.8m
Liftoff! Arguably the silliest thing in any Godzilla movie is this scene. Faced with Hedorah's airborne retreat the King of Monsters decides to annoy every aerodynamics engineer employed by Lockheed Martin.

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Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #25. Posted on April 09, 2004, 07:25:31 AM by CJ Smith
Absolutley hysterical analysis of the movie, yet never so accurate existed a movie review anywhere. I send you nothing but the finest of accolades!
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by tyler
I now that this has nothing to do with this movie,but I have purchased the original uncut japanese version of GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN!This version is ALOT BETTER than the american version.(GIGANTIS:THE FIRE MONSTER.)The reason why Godzilla's name changed to GIGANTIS is because WARNER BROS. did not whant to pay for using the name godzilla from the company that distrubuted GODZILLA:KING OF THE MONSTERS.My friend is going to let me copy his version of G.raids again,And G.versus the smogmonster.HA!
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Todd Shields
GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER was a fairly good G-flick, but the gory scences of melting people just don't jive with the juvinile script and Manabe's horrid 'Godzilla theme'.
One the plus side, I like the idea of pitting the big G, himself a by-product of man's destructive technology, against an oppoent that even he couldn't defeat, the evil
of pollution in the form of a larger, indestuctable monster.
Banno could have gotten his anti-pollution message out a little better if he had made this a serious drama and not a kiddie movie.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by PMK
The highlight of the movie was the groovy eco-friendly song "Save the Earth!"  I would really like to find those lyrics, it belongs in the Bad Movie Song Hall of Fame.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Samzilla
I thought this film was hilarious for a monster movie, but as a Godzilla movie I despise it and many other G-fans do and yet they continued degrading Godzilla all through out the 70's.
I was more than pleased when the Gojira films were reborn in the 80's and 90's.
Oh and Hedorahs transformations kinda remind me of Destoroyah, a bigger, better G foe.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #30. Posted on June 14, 2004, 03:42:25 PM by tyler
I now have all of the old godzilla movies. I now only need the new ones on collection only needs 3 of the brand new flix.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #31. Posted on June 21, 2004, 12:53:02 PM by night heron
The smog monster looks a little like a jellyfish without its stingers on and two big eyes and it eats smog(buuuurrrrp)and is godzila luaghing at it?
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Skun
This and other Godzilla movies are the first movies I ever saw. I saw them with my older sisters when I was about 4 years old. They were all re-releases in the mid-70s.

I can't believe anybody even remembers the Smog Monster, LoL! I love it!
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