Gorgo: My Review
Gorgo is one of, if not the only, British/English Kaiju movie. I remember seeing it when I was about 9 years old in 1972. It had just come on the TV and my mother saw it was on and said, if you like Godzilla you would like this movie. So I watched it and Mom certainly was right. The movie stars Bill Travers, William Sylvester and Vincent Winter and was directed by Eugène Lourié and was released in 1961.
Plot: The plot is pretty simple. Captain Joe Ryan is salvaging for treasure off the coast of Ireland, when a volcano erupts. Soon the ship needs repair and heads for the Nara Island. Soon it is discovered that the eruption awoke a large sea creature that makes an appearance on the island. Scientists come and investigate to learn about the creature by Captain Ryan decides to sell the monster to the circus.
The circus people name the monster Gorgo and plan on displaying it to the public for a price. Scientists are however, eventually able to examine Gorgo and it is learned that the creature is still very young. Back on Nara Island the mother, named Ogra, attacks and heads for London. Gorgo breaks out of the circus confinement and soon his 200 foot tall mother arrives in London and destroys the city trying to reach her son. Mother and son are reunited and head off to the sea.
Pros: I greatly enjoy this movie. I like the design of both Gorgo and Ogra. With the fins on the sides of their heads the do look like ancient dinosaur like sea monsters. The acting is good. I have seen Bill Travers several movies and he always gives a good performance. This movie was made at a time when monster movies were done seriously and this movie is pretty serious although not too intense. The monster’s roar is done very well. To me it sounds pretty chilling. The destruction of London is also done very well and the destruction is pretty massive.
Cons: I really do not have many. Although I do like the design of the monsters the eyes are blank. They are always open and when the monster gets angry they shine bright red. At times they do look silly and it takes me out of the movie at times.
The movie is only 72 minutes long and that is neither a pro or a con. It is one of the more enjoyable non-Japanese giant monster movie.