King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Kingukongu tai Gojira

Nomination Year: 2002
SYNOPSIS:  Godzilla gets unfrozen from an iceberg and is headed to trash Japan. Meanwhile, a bumbling duo of reporters discovers King Kong on an island and takes him back to Japan. When the two monsters meet, they fight each other to a standstill.

Deus Ex Machina

A Shocking Development
Kong's down! But God helps out. Remember that Godzilla hates electricity? And it so happens that not only does lightning revive Kong and make him stronger, but it gives him the power of Shocking Touch Technique! way.

Smithee Award Winner! Best One-Liner

That's What You Get When Your Surgeon General's a Witch Doctor
The reporters have been dispatched to Pharoah Island to find their monster god, but the native leader doesn't want them there. A few little offerings help convince him to let them stay. As they light up the offered cigarettes, the reporter exclaims in relief, "It's okay -- they're all SMOKING!"

Worst Cover Copy

Do These People Read This Stuff?
The dumb-looking cover.

Inane Dialogue

Interactive Television
Poor Fumiko thinks her boyfriend may have been killed in a plane crash. Her friend says, "You must go to Hokkaido!"
*Instantly*, we cut to our Japanese correspondent: "Do NOT go to Hokkaido!"


Operation: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
They put Kong to sleep using a drum solo and missiles filled with the special berry juice the natives used to calm him down. Now to get Kong and Gozilla to fight again and (hopefully) destroy one another. But how to transport a thousand-ton gorilla? Balloons! They float Kong idiotically for miles and drop him so that he slides into Godzilla. The special wire they used to hold Kong may not break easily, but the thin strand of believability just did. In a film full of stupidity, this stands out.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Tadao Takashima  
Kenji Sahara  
Harry Holcombe  
Director Claim to Fame
IshirĂ´ Honda arguably, the father of Godzilla -- in a metaphorical sense 

Bryan Cassidy

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