In 28 movies stretching nearly 60 years Godzilla has shown remarkable staying power in pop culture. Neither Japan nor Hollywood have been able to replicate that kind of longevity in sci-fi or horror, in fact, outside of James Bond, in any genre. Just think, Godzilla has more movies to his name than King Kong, Alien, Predator, Jaws, and Jurassic Park combined, with numbers to spare. However, It’s been a wonder, at times, how the King of Monsters ever got this far when you consider some of the entries. So lets take a look at some of the very worst Godzilla incarnations to date (remember to check out Deadly Movies Top 5 Godzilla Suits too here):
5: Mire Goji in Godzilla 2000 (1999)
Controversial? Don’t get me wrong, I like this design a lot. But for me it’s not Godzilla. It’d be a great design for a Godzilla-esque adversory, but the crazy dorsal spines and flatter, narrow face just aren’t classic Zilla. It’s also dated, it feels very of the time. The further you get from Godzilla 2000 the more dated this looks; while some of the 80s and 90s designs have aged better.
4: Gyakushu: Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
More controversial? No. Just look at the difference between this Godzilla and the Godzilla that tore Japan a new Maki-hole just one year earlier. This guy is skinny, his teeth are pretty funky, and what the hell is with those puppy eyes and cheek bones? If it ain’t broke..,
3: Megaro Goji in Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)
Here where things really start taking a turn for the worse. The 60s and 70s were not kind to Godzilla. The King of Monsters started resembling the love child of Kermit the Frog and Elmo. At least in this movie he had the ability to frown and look ever so slightly pissed off.
2: Daisenso Goji: Godzilla vs Monster Zero (1965)
Remember the Scottish jig? This is where Godzilla really hits rock bottom. He’s all but a cartoon character at this point. Could it get any worse? Yes..,
1: Musoku Goji in Son of Godzilla (1967)
The eyes have it. Or not in this case. Forget Kermit folks, we’re in full blown Cooky Monster territory now. It’s the absolute lowest point for cinema’s greatest creature. If I saw this guy walking down my street I’d take him home for a nice bowl of hot soup.