The Showa series' later films (1969 - 1974) are cheesy, kid-aimed, re-use footage and have low production values,
Cheesy? Hardly. Out of the entire
Showa era, I can only think of three "cheesy" moments. Godzilla's dance in Invasion Of The Astro-Monster
, Godzilla flying in Godzilla vs. Hedorah
, and Godzilla's tail slide in Godzilla vs. Megalon
. Outside of that, there's really nothing cheesy about the Showa era.
Kid-aimed? Does that explain why every film made after All Monsters Attack
has at least some gore in it? Like the skeletons and visual deaths of people in Godzilla vs. Hedorah
? Or Godzilla's constant bleeding and very visually getting beat up in vs. Gigan
, vs. Megalon
and vs. MechaGodzilla
? Or how about Katsura's sacrifice in Terror Of MechaGodzilla
Re-used footage? Only Godzilla vs. Gigan
and Godzilla vs. Megalon
do that, and even vs. Megalon
does it sparingly.
Low production values? Eh, kind of. But as long as the story is plausible, handled well and told in a way that makes it feel like the film takes it's audience seriously, then production values could be as low as possible and you would still get a quality product.