GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju Episode 3: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Giant monsters are fucking rad, that’s an undeniable fact. But there are hundreds of kaiju films that have spawned out of Japan and the rest of the world, and we desperately needed a flimsy excuse to watch more of them. So join myself and colons each month as we take a look at different kaiju films, from the famous to the obscure, as we work out which ones are worth your time, and who truly is the king of the monsters.

For episode three, we’re watching Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster! Released in 1964, this monster mashup featured appearances from Rodan, Mothra and some creature called Godzilla, as well as the debut of King Ghidorah. If you want to watch the film before listening to the podcast, you can do so here via Archive.org.

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Opening music: “EM20_Jerry_GZM” – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Ranking sound clip: “Main Title” from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterShin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Closing music: “Badman Riddim (Jump)” – Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars

Show Notes

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Directed by Ishirō Honda
Produced by Toho
Runtime: 92 minutes

Starring:
Yosuke Natsuki as Detective Shindo
Yuriko Hoshi as Naoko Shindo
The Peanuts as Shobijin
Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla
Masanori Shinohara as Rodan
Shoichi Hirose as King Ghidorah

2:33 Entering the fact zone

8:33 The promotional King Ghidorah masks that were available in the US

11:42 Setting the scene

15:47 Introducing the Wet Bandits

20:20 We are now three for three on kaiju films featuring volcanoes

21:35 The amazing variety TV show scene

30:09 Whale puppetry, not so hot

40:36 The princess is in the fireplace

44:50 Shoehorned scene about atomic weaponry because it’s a Godzilla film I guess

49:49 We’ll cure the princess by tying her down and electrocuting her

52:50 Tokyo Tower update

57:13 The first official kaiju tennis match

1:06:34 Malness shoots the princess in the head with a sniper rifle and she falls down a cliff. She’s fine though.

1:10:18 The Charizard and Caterpie power play

1:13:57 We still don’t know why the Japanese film title only references three monsters

1:17:04 Closing out the film on a completely unearned nod to romance

1:22:30 It’s colons’ cuddle corner!

1:39:31 Adding Mothra, Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah to the official GLORIO’s King of the Kaiju monster ranking

1:55:00 A brief mention of next month’s kaiju film

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Thanks for tuning in! Let us know your thoughts below, and consider preparing for September’s episode by watching the next film on our list; Space Amoeba. See you in episode four!

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