Out of all the Gamera films that I've seen over the years, I have to truly say this one is my all-time favorite. I remembered watching Guardian of the Universe on television with my family and it blew my mind away. That one scene when everybody witnesses Gamera flying for the first time still brings tears of joy to my eyes. This film was quite inspirational to me since this was probably the first time I'd truly understood the flying fire-breathing turtle. I can't recall if I already seen previous Gamera films like War of the Monsters (Barugon) or Destroy All Planets (Viras), but out of all of them; this one is truly my all-time favorite.
#5 – Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
Even though I had to watch this film with subtitles, Varan the Unbelievable does indeed match his title. First off, I own the Japanese audio only version of the film on DVD which came along with two other classic Toho science fiction films: The Mysterians and Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People. All three are now hard-to-find. Secondly, Varan is one of my favorites plus he's my go-to monster on Godzilla: Unleashed on the Wii. Varan would had been killer in the first draft of Godzilla vs. Gigan, or even Godzilla, Anguirus, and Varan: Giant Monsters All Out Attack but, his popularity isn't that high. Oh well, maybe they couldn't use him because he's unbelievable.
Considered the archnemesis of Godzilla, King Ghidorah is probably the most recognizable foe. He appeared in about nine films (including a few variations), two television series, and in all of the Gojira-themed video games; Ghidorah deserves a spot in this list. Being his first debut, I feel that Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster should be everybody's go-to film if they want total kaiju mayhem. Not only does Ghidorah makes his first (but not last) appearance; he does battle against the combine strength of Toho's strongest (Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra) and almost wins. Talk about a real monster especially in Destroy All Monsters!
Who doesn't love Frankenstein's Monster? Apparently Japan did enough that they created a kaiju-themed movie about him. Frankenstein Conquers the World (or Frankenstein vs. Baragon) is probably one of Japan's weirdest yet interesting kaiju-themed piece of cinema. Toho took a classic literary monster then transformed him into an enormous, radioactive manster. You're maybe wondering why this film is before its sequel, War of the Gargantuas? First off, its Frankenstein's Monster. Second, not only does he become a kaiju but he fights another kaiju (the original Baragon; including Oodako the Giant Octopus from an alternate ending). Aside from Frankenstein, now we need other classic monsters fighting kaiju like a final cut of Godzilla vs. Wolfman, or a "Mothra vs. Dracula"?
During my childhood, this was the one Gojira film that I never missed watching on the Syfy channel. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (or Godzilla vs. Hedorah), to me, is truly unique in a way. Other than the antipollution messages throughout the film, Hedorah was probably one of my favorite kaiju antagonist. He's that awesome that I don't even have an action figure of him...yet. You're probably reading this and thinking to yourself that I like a gigantic pile of crap but, Hedorah was one of those truly bizarre kaiju in which you had to admire him at one point throughout the film. Face it, if the humans didn't help Godzilla; most likely he would've been suffocated to death. Also, Godzilla flies in the movie so, that's another reason this is #2.
I hope you enjoyed this list for my Top 10 Favorite Kaiju Films. Next list will be of my Top 10 Disliked Kaiju Films and remember: "Let them fight!"