Currently ranking among my favorite kaiju, in childhood Hedorah was responsible for ruining my enjoyment of Godzilla movies for several years. I was a kid terrified of certain things in film (especially dead bodies), and Godzilla’s battles against Gigan, Ghidorah, and Megalon had taught me that kaiju battles were colorful and destructive but rarely involved destruction of human life.
Then, I rented Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster. The psychedelic dance numbers confused me, but then there were the scenes of Hedorah flying over Japan, literally melting the flesh off of people he passed over. I was completely traumatized, and for a long time I didn’t watch any Godzilla films I hadn’t yet seen for fear of anything similar.
Nowadays I can appreciate the movie for Yoshimitsu Banno’s weird direction (fact: he was a producer on this year’s Godzilla), and Hedorah is a pretty sweet monster design. I’ll always be disappointed that most of his scenes got cut out of Final Wars.
Sorry for the shitty picture but I disassembled this for the time being so I can’t take a proper one, but I used this thing to make a witch Madoka…thing.