Destroy All Computer Generated Monsters (Part Four): Mikey Walters’ Top Five ‘Guilty Pleasure’ Kaiju Films

1. King Kong Escapes (1967)

King Kong 1967

Japanese theatrical poster

What It’s About: An evil genius has trouble getting his giant mechanical ape to dig for Element X, so he decides to capture the real King Kong to do the job.

Why It’s Unique: I can’t help it, Mechani-Kong is just fantastic.

Favorite Scene: Kong’s battle with Gorosaurus is fun, but I also like the effective Tokyo Tower close-ups of girders crushing as Kong and Mechani-Kong climb and fight.

Watch the English trailer here.

2. Space Amoeba (1970)

Yog Lobby 1971

American lobby card, 1971

What It’s About: An extraterrestrial amoeba inhabits various Earth creatures and mutates them into kaiju.

Why It’s Unique: This is a super fun triple kaiju (giant squid, giant crab, and giant turtle) film, and just thinking about it makes me wish I had a toy Gezora.

Favorite Scene: Gezora’s huge eyes and floppy tentacles are so much fun to watch moving upright on land!

Watch the original trailer here.

3. Latitude Zero (1969)

Latitude 1969

American theatrical poster illustrated by Jack Thurston

What It’s About: Rival super-scientists pit their super-submarines against one another over a super-utopia at the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line.

Why It’s Unique: Truthfully, this is more of a straight tokusatsu film than a kaiju movie, but at least there’s a giant flying lion, and everyone needs to see Cesar Romero’s performance.

Favorite Scene: Malic (Romero) is deliciously insane as he uses a rotating saw and a hand drill to perform a human-lion brain transplant.

Watch the English trailer here.

4. Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

Gamera Guiron 1969

Japanese theatrical poster

What It’s About: Gamera saves children from alien cannibals on another planet.

Why It’s Unique: Guiron is a giant knife who slices up his enemies, and he also shoots throwing stars out of the side of his head just for fun.

Favorite Scene: Guiron is introduced by defeating a Space Gyaos, and after the battle he proceeds to sushi-fy the dead creature!

Watch the original trailer here.

5. Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)

Gamera Jiger 1970

Japanese theatrical poster

What It’s About: Gamera meets Fantastic Voyage as kids pilot a small sub into the giant turtle’s body to save him from a baby kaiju.

Why It’s Unique: Jiger essential lays an egg inside Gamera, a pretty unique method of attack!

Favorite Scene: Pre-teen boys show absolutely no fear entering Gamera’s huge mouth. “Wow, a big tonsil!”

Watch the trailer here.

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Parts one through three of Destroy All Computer Generated Monsters are here, here, and here, respectively.

Movie poster image credits: Wrong Side of the Art (x3), Lost Video Archive, and Godzilla Wikia

1 Response to “Destroy All Computer Generated Monsters (Part Four): Mikey Walters’ Top Five ‘Guilty Pleasure’ Kaiju Films”


  1. 1 Steve March 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    We all have our breaking point… Mine comes after the first couple of Gamera movies.


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