All of earth Kaiju have been collected ,and brought to an Island in the Pacific referred to as "Monsterland". Under the island is a special control center, where scientist control special functions of the island making sure that the Kaiju never leave the island ,and attack humanity. The island has all sorts of barriers keeping the monsters on the island, such as gases to make the monsters retreat back to the island , and an invisible wall that Rodan can not fly through. In the opening of the movie we see all the monsters that inhabit Monsterland, Mothra, Godzilla, Minilla, Manda, Rodan, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Baragon, and Varan. On the island the scientist study these Kaiju in their natural habitat in order to learn more about them ,and how they think. One day Monsterland is attacked, we see the underground control center begins fill with a yellow gas while the scientist panic with no way of escape.
The SY-3 crew arrives on Monsterland ,and enter the underground control center. The SY-3 crew soon discovers that the scientist have fallen under mind control of an alien race called Kilaaks. The Kilaaks reveal to the SY-3 crew that they are controlling all the monsters from the island ,and have been ordering the monsters to attack the cities across the world. The Kilaaks then demands that the human race must surrender or face total annihilation. The SY-3 crew then attempts to fight them ,and just ended up killing a few of the mind controlled scientist. The SY-3 crew is out numbered in the control center ,and they face no choice but to retreat back to the ship. On the way back to the ship they manage to capture one of the scientist under mind control ,and take him with them.
The SY-3 crew returns to Tokyo with the scientist ,and reveal their discovery of the Kilaak's evil plan to take over the world. They attempt to interrogate the scientist but it seems as though the mind control is to strong. The scientist has no response to anything they say ,and it seems as though the scientist has no clue who he is. When no one is looking the scientist gets up opens a window ,and jumps to his death. The interrogators rush down but are again confronted by more mind controlled scientist they get in a shoot out again but this time the scientist retreat.
Soon after the shoot out, monsters begin attacking Japan,Godzilla comes first shortly followed by Rodan, Mothra and Manda. While the attack is going on the SY-3 crew manages to capture one of the leading scientist ,and bring her back to the UNSC. Back at the UNSC they are trying to question the scientist but she just gives them negative responses saying that the Kilaaks will win ,and that there is nothing earth can do. One of the SY-3 sees that the scientist is wearing strange earring, so he grabs her and rips the earring off. As soon as the earring are ripped out of the scientist ear she is back to normal and no longer under the control of the Kilaaks. The scientist at the UNSC inspect the earrings ,and discover that they are some sort of transmitter. The scientist figure out that the same signal that the transmitter is using must also be the same signal that is being used to control the monsters.
|SY-3 Crew Taking Down the Moon Transmitter|
|The "Fire Dragon"|
The Kilaaks then reveal one more secret a Monster they call the Fire Dragon. This so called monster is a flaming fire ball that is flying around earth crashing through everything and burning everything. The SY-3 crew takes of after it ,and shoots it down. It turns out that the Fire Dragon was just the Kilaaks last remaining space ship. The ship crashes ,and explodes. Earth has won the battle against the Kilaaks ,and the monsters are returned to Monsterland to live their natural lives.
This has always been my favorite of all Kaiju movies I just love to see all these monsters at once! I mean look at it we had Mothra, Godzilla, Minilla, Manda, Rodan, Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Baragon, Varan, and Ghidorah. There is no other movie with this many Kaiju. The final battle could have been a little more epic, there could of been more than just Ghidorah as an enemy monster. They should of brought in another monster to even out the fight a little although at the time of this movies release Ghidorah was the only evil monster from space known at the time. I would have recommended maybe having Gigan at Ghidorah's side, maybe even Megalon. But Gigan did not yet exist in the Godzilla universe he was introduced 3 years later in "Godzilla vs Gigan", and Megalon was introduced 4 years later in "Godzilla vs Megalon".
One thing I liked about this movie was that Manda actually got some good camera time. Manda was seen attacking London briefly ,but also was heavily involved in the initial attack on Japan with Godzilla , Mothra and Rodan. Manda is a monster that I wish we got to see more of , I don't know what it is but I always had such a big fascination with all the monsters that inhabit Monster Island. Gorosaurus took a massive role in the final battle which made me extremely happy because he is another monster that never really got any attention. What was annoyed me was the lack of Baragon, and Varan action, I found it almost pointless to have them in the movie. I think Varan's screen if you add it up doesn't even make up 5 seconds, you just saw him in extremely brief flashes maybe three times. Baragon also had maybe about 10 seconds of screen time. Baragon ,and Varan both had their own movies but were never really heard from again after those movies especially Varan. Baragon at least managed to reappear later on in "Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" ,but Varan was never seen again after Destroy All Monsters. I have never seen the Varan movie but I have recently bought on DVD so I will be watching ,and reviewing that at some point. I really look forward to learning more about Varan when I watch his movie.
Something I found interesting is that the original draft of the script also included Ebirah, and Maguma but they were replaced by Anguirus , Gorosaurus, and Minilla. I am extremely happy that they decided to place Anguirus, and Gorosaurus in the movie, Minilla I can take or leave. I think it would have been interesting to see Maguma interacting with all of Monster Island's Kaiju. I do not know much about Maguma since I have never seen Gorath, all I know about Maguma is that he is a giant walrus Kaiju. I do plan on watching Gorath eventually, although I do not believe there is an official U.S. release, there is a seller on ioffer.com that sells a DVD-R copy of it with both English ,and Japanese versions.
I do not know what Ebirah's role would've been in this movie as all the scene either took place on land or in space. I assume that they might have originally planed for some sort of underwater attack with Ebirah possibly fighting the SY-3 (if the SY-3 can even go under water) or maybe something with a submarine. Whatever Ebirah's role was suppose to be it never made it into the final cut of the script.
I think Destroy All Monsters is one of the greatest Godzilla movies ever made ,and if you haven't seen this movie, you must find away to see this movie. Get this movie ,it is a must have for any Kaiju movie collection. Finally, I apologize for the delay on this article, I had originally posted that I would have this article posted Tuesday, but I ended up getting caught up with other things. Look out for more articles coming Friday ,and thanks for reading.