The very premise of Godzilla: King of the
Monsters asks us to look back at Godzilla’s history, which includes nearly three dozen
films. They range from dark depictions of post-nuclear
Japan to comedic sci-fi romps to time travel sagas and everything in between. There’s a reason the new Godzilla film, King
of the Monsters, features the foursome of Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah,
and much of it can be traced back to this colossal classic released ten years after
the first Godzilla film. In his first appearance, King Ghidorah hatches
on Earth to rain down destruction with its three heads, two tails, and lightning breath. Mankind’s only hope is a team-up of Godzilla,
Rodan, and Mothra. It’s a lot of fun, and the kaiju carnage is
some of the most powerful in the franchise. For a little while in the middle of the Showa
era of Godzilla films, Toho experimented with broadening the franchise’s appeal through
the introduction of various new characters. At the same time, they were trying to keep
budgets low, which unfortunately brings us to Godzilla’s son, Minilla. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Godzilla
having offspring. In fact, later films also toyed with this
idea to varying degrees of success. Here, though, the interactions between Godzilla
and Minilla are played with such a comedic, put-upon-father sensibility that it starts
to grate on you almost immediately. That’s not the only problem with the film,
though. The creatures this time around — the giant
mantises and the giant spider called Kumonga — look cool, but because they’re puppets
instead of men in suits, the fight scenes are rather limited in terms of intensity. The Heisei era of Godzilla films kicked off
with an attempt to return the character to its atomic horror roots with the somewhat
divisive The Return of Godzilla in 1984, and things remained rather dark with Godzilla
vs. Biollante in 1989. Those are both solid films, but the Heisei
period really picked up steam with its third entry, which managed to maintain a relatively
serious tone while also developing its own version of the Showa era’s “throw everything
at the screen” approach. The story begins with the notion that Godzilla
actually first appeared to humans as a smaller, less mutated dinosaur version of himself in
1944, when he saved a group of World War II soldiers. A group of time travelers from the future
embark on a mission to stop the dinosaur from being irradiated and thus turning into Godzilla. “Got him … take that you dinosaur.” It turns out, though, that their real mission
was to swap the dinosaur out for three smaller creatures who would then be irradiated to
create… King Ghidorah. Things only get more convoluted from there,
but what all of this essentially builds to is a battle between Godzilla and Mecha King
Ghidorah, a version of the three-headed monster that’s been mechanically modified by people
from the future to give it one cybernetic head and a host of other gadgets. The whole film is a blast, but it’s worth
it for the final battle alone. All Monsters Attack, also known as Godzilla’s
Revenge, is the story of a young boy named Ichiro who dreams of Monster Island to escape
his lonely, bullied life. In his dreams he befriends Godzilla’s son
Minilla, and the two deal with their respective bullies through the power of friendship. “Hey, come on over here. I won’t hurt ya.” This isn’t necessarily a bad concept, but
the film also leans heavily on footage of Godzilla that’s been recycled from Son of
Godzilla and Ebirah: Horror of the Deep, among others. There’s also the problem of Minilla, who remains
annoying despite his noble quest to overcome his bully. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the
premise, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The final film in the Heisei period of Godzilla
films had to go out with a bang, and while that could have been just another monster
team-up movie, what we got is one of the most moving and ambitious films in the entire franchise. The film hinges on the discovery that the
original “Oxygen Destroyer” device used to kill Godzilla in the very first film also
mutated a group of prehistoric sea creatures into giant crustacean monsters, which then
merge into one super-monster that basically looks like the devil itself. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah has it all: Godzilla
in ultimate peril, and a monster antagonist that’s both legitimately creepy and appropriately
massive. It even somehow manages to pull off a “Godzilla
Junior” plot that really lands. It all culminates in a truly effective finale
that shows us the death and rebirth of Godzilla in a way no other film has. In the 1970s, Toho was hoping to create its
own giant hero modeled after the success of the Japanese character Ultraman, and held
a contest asking children to design their own hero. The resulting character, after plenty of tweaks
by the studio, was the giant robot Jet Jaguar, who was originally supposed to get his own
film. Somewhere along the way the Jet Jaguar film
was merged with a Godzilla film, and Godzilla vs. Megalon is the result. Godzilla and a giant robot man in the same
movie definitely sounds like fun, but the film itself suffers from a rushed production
process, some of the less impressive monster designs in the franchise, and a plot that
spends more time with Jet Jaguar than you end up wanting. The film is also infamous for its depiction
of Godzilla executing the most fundamentally ridiculous drop kick in movie history, and
the monster fights don’t really improve beyond that. Yes, the very first Godzilla movie is still
among the best, and not just because it’s where our favorite giant radioactive lizard
originated. Back when his story began, Godzilla was a
metaphor for post-atomic Japanese anxieties about the future. Director Ishiro Honda leans into that metaphor
with an atmospheric, dread-filled story about a nation haunted by the specter of something
with massive implications and destructive potential. Honda took particular time to focus in on
the consequences of this giant monster’s destruction, and it remains an absolute classic more than
six decades after its release. Yes, director Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla
film, the first American attempt at a reboot for the creature, gets a lot of hate thrown
its way. People don’t like the creature design, they
don’t like Matthew Broderick cast as the scientist poised to take down Godzilla, and sometimes
they just don’t like the 1990s of it all. “Ugh, tell me that’s not another parade.” Despite all of those reasons, though, the
biggest problem with Emmerich’s film is the frustration that comes from watching it, because
if you’re really paying attention you get the sense that there was almost, maybe, possibly
a hint of a good movie lurking in there somewhere before everything went wrong. There are some interesting moments in the
film, but they aren’t enough to carry the film even as a campy “so bad it’s good” movie. It’s just a series of confrontations with
a monster so things can explode for a few minutes before the film sets things up for
the next set of explosions, and then it ends. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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These Are The Best And Worst Godzilla Movies In History

79 thoughts on “These Are The Best And Worst Godzilla Movies In History

  • September 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    First comment!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    LETSSSSS GOOOOOO

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Godzila is my best inspiration for my art

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    The first thing I do when I click ur vids is like.
    It’s like an automatic process

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Love ur vids

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    This is funny!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    1:16 The low budget Godzilla is what they secretly keep inside Area 51

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Godzilla: I am inevitable…

    King Kong: I showered you with coconut cream pie…

    Godzilla: OH SUGAR HONEY ICED TEA!!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    I wonder who will win between Godzilla and King Kong

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    I loved Son Of Godzilla when I was a kid..

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    He's a god

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Godzilla needs a paternity test for Minya

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    LOVE GODZILLA!!!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    I can't wait for godzilla vs kong, and with toho planning a new cinematic universe ( the world of godzilla) his future looks bright.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    Godzilla v Destroyah is my favorite godzilla film!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Godzilla needs to get it on too.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    Personally, I liked the 90's US Godzilla design because it looks most like an actual animal compared to the great lumbering beast that is much more like a human in ridiculous costume (did they make the Mr Blobby costume too). Obviously from a Story perspective, I think it missed so much the spirit of the original Godzilla. It was only a fish eating beast pursued by man and only looking for a place to lay its eggs. It's very loosely based on the premise of Godzilla – an Animal that Radiation caused it to grow so big but that was about it.

    I prefer the 90's edition compared to the more recent Godzilla reboots…

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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    Did we leave Godzilla: Final Wars off the list of "best"?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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    My fav is King of the Monsters

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    Never dis the gravity defining drop kick

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    I actually liked the 90s movie… I'm born in '94 so that was the Godzilla I grew up watching.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    Hey Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs Megalon are awesome

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    The one remember is that lady singing the song on a ship…."The words get stuck in my throat….the words get stuck in my throat"😂 like a ear worm of my childhood🤣

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    GodZilla vs DevilZilla coming soon

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    The 1st original Godzilla(Gojira) movie
    will always be the best
    Something about filming
    in black and white gives the movie
    a ominous more gritty feel
    that goes so well with a giant monster terrorizing and destroying a city
    mainly I feel because with B&W
    you focus more on the story and not
    So much on the rubber suit or miniature model effects

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    Uhhh………where’s the Millennium films? 1999-2004? Where’s GMK and GxMG, arguably the best in that series? Or Final Wars, just as arguably the worst? You guys forget there’s three sagas in the franchise? Derp.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    Take That You Dinosaur is the best line delivery of all time.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    What I really hated about that 1998 movie,was that Godzilla was constantly running away and that's not the character we've known and watched for years! Plus add to that the many missed opportunities of that movie,like the beginning it all starts some what serious until we see Mathew singing in the rain?!?, like it was sooo cringe worthy people groaned at the theater I was at, and that awful woman his supposed "love interest" who couldn't act ,and was given many terrible lines. like this next line, that forever will be known as the lowest point of the film in which Mathew says.."he's the first of his kind,"
    she says "how can he be Pregnant?
    "
    -Mathew replies "He reProduces asexuaIIy"

    then she says the most stupidest thing ever! "Where's the fun in that
    !"
    after that all hope for the movie is lost!!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    don't kill me for this but I kinda liked the the godzilla anime trilogy on Netflix

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    A lot of Godzilla fans hate ‘98 simply because it heavily disrespected the character, and you can’t do that to the Japanese!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Haha! Son of Godzilla looked more like weird frog man

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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    When Godzilla was released in the 90's, it wasn't that bad.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    I loved Godzilla versus Megalon as a kid that is still one of my favorites that I remember the most out of all of his movies

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    I never really understood all of the hate that The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985) got/gets. It's actually a pretty solid Godzilla film.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    When I was a kid and watched Son of Godzilla in the theatre I realized quickly that Minilla was and still is nightmare fuel. I still can't look at that thing without cringing and looking away. Fu Minilla.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    Son of Godzilla is actually very funny. It can be a great film in the series. Or it could be the wrost one. But 1998 Godzilla should get that trophy. What a crap film.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Actually Godzilla vs. Megalon is one of the best. It is so bad it is good. Also the monster designs are awesome. It is Megalon and Gigan. Geez.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    Loved this video. But, u didn't explain why the Americans keep designing the Godzilla to look like an alligator instead of the original Godzilla. In 2016, Shin Godzilla, had the original Godzilla body style that I loved to see and enjoy with the cute face. Every American style Godzilla can't make it like the original Godzilla with the cute face and neck. In the 2019 Godzilla: The King of Monsters movie, the Godzilla doesn't have a neck any more, just a head with a body. Please compare with the original Godzilla cute face and neck with the body and the 2019 Godzilla design and tell me what you think? The 2019 Godzilla doesn't have that cute face any more….

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    I have problems deciding if Zilla [the US 1998 film] or Godzilla's Revenge is the worst.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Where be Shin Godzilla

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    No Shin Godzilla?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    Where is shin Godzilla?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    All of the godzilla movies suck!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    Hi

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Were is Godzilla raids again Zilla 98 doesn’t count

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    Godzilla in New York is AWESOME. Maybe your rubber fetish is showing? The only non credible part was Why New York? Get past that and you've got a good premise, a monster that actually ACTS like a lizard, and a really fun romp of a movie.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    There should be more 👍. Great balanced choices.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    I thought Godzilla's son was Godzookie.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    Should I feel bad that I actually bought the 1994 flick? And still watch it occasionally.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Godzilla is my favorite Sci-fi film. Long live the " God " Godzilla.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    Uhhh…Looper…Shin Godzilla would like to have a word…

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    The newest Godzilla movies (the 2014 and 2018 films) are the best regardless. Don't @ me.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    Godzilla is my favorite king of monsters, I agree with your list, what I didn't like about the 1998 American version, is that they changed the way he looked, and they killed him, which sucks.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    I'm not going to lie, those low-budget Godzilla movies with a rubber suit look awesome!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Terror of Mechagodzilla & Godzilla 1984 are my fave movies starring the big G.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Love for baby godzilla 💚…super cute.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    That's a lot of fish.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    GODZILLA King of the monsters why mothers was die

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    If I see Godzilla's son before watching this video, I would most certainly think it is Sesame Street.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:38 am
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    I will admit the 98 Godzilla isn't complete shit its actually a decent monster movie if wasn't called Godzilla that's the main let down is because they try to sell Zilla as Godzilla

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    A enjoyed the 1998 film as regular film but it completely sucked as a Godzilla film

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    Opinions on Shin Godzilla?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    The thing that's always bothered me about Godzilla is the fact that the Japanese language doesn't seem to include the letter "L," so why did the Americans change the Japanese name for him, "Gojira," to "GodziLLa?" That was the one thing the 1998 did: Matthew Broderick's character complained that the newsmen mispronounced it. Otherwise, the movie was a stinker, particularly the ending.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Do not pick on "Son of Godzilla" he's utterly adorable & it's the only one I've ever cried over, just leave that little bundle of cuteness alone! Got it!!!!!!!😡😡😠😠😤😤👿👿👿

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    When i was a kid{now 58} I thought Godzilla was just stupid but when they started Making films many years later I loved Godzilla. I even still have the Godzilla big drink mug from fast food chain.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:52 am
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    The 1998 film is when I started liking Godzilla. I also love the song by Blue Oyster Cult.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Son's of kings are arrogent and stupid (Got)

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  • September 18, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    That cover pic looks like pepe but black

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    2:09 I'm just saying look. My mind could just be in the gutta…..lol

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    before watching the video: They better include Shin Godzilla
    after watching the video: YOU MOTHERF******

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    Why does Son of Godzilla always get shat on?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    1998's Godzilla isn't a bad movie — it's just a bad Godzilla movie.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    Hey Looper quick question what the hell took you so long to make this video?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    Sorry I love son of Godzilla!! Because that's first Godzilla movie I saw at age 3 am now 33yr old still big fan of Godzilla

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Worst Godzilla movie I seen since 1998 is alot of u going to hate me!!! Shin Godzilla!! So boring talk talk talk

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    Obviously written by people who don't give a s*** about Godzilla.

    Garbage list. Absolute garbage.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    I want looper to make a ranking of all the Godzilla movies along with shin and the anime trilogy

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  • September 18, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    King of the monsters is my favorite but gotta love the original Toho suit-mation movies

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  • September 19, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    Where is Shin Godzilla????!

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