Horrorfest 2022 Presents: Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla (1994, Kensho Yamashita)

The 1990s Godzilla flicks tried to be more serious again and have Godzilla as an anti-hero or enemy. Although in this movie he does battle Spacegodzilla, which helps out Japan while also naturally destroying a bunch of cities and stuff in the process. I don’t mind Godzilla as the hero sometimes, and he’s a lot more fun as the villain, yet having him be the anti-hero is the most interesting take on the character. Yes a giant fire breathing atomic lizard is a character.

Is this a horror movie? Are any of them really horror movies? Eh, close enough, and Spacegodzilla looks fantastic. The human stuff is a bit too silly for my liking, yet I still cared enough about them and that’s typical for a Godzilla movie. One nice thing about the American ones that came out in the late 2010s/early 2020s is that the human characters are a bit more fleshed out. The best Godzilla movies try to balance that with the awesome monster battles.

Does this movie have plenty of cool battles? Yes it does, and I will not accept any Baby Godzilla slander here. He’s adorable. The movie even tries to include a space environmental message, which isn’t too surprising considering the series’ history. I saw this thanks to Hulu, and with some notable exceptions I feel that most Godzilla movies are worth viewing, flaws and all.

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