Movies that are slightly off.
20 Million Miles to Earth
When the first manned flight to Venus returns to Earth, the rocket crash-lands in the Mediterranean near a small Italian fishing village. The locals manage to save one of the astronauts Colonel Calder, the mission commander. A young boy also recovers what turns out to be a specimen of an alien creature. Growing at a fantastic rate, it manages to escape and eventually threatens the city of Rome.
This was probably pretty good but to be honest I wasn't paying much attention because David Cameron put his cock in a dead pig's mouth.
Produced as an excuse for effects wizard Ray Harryhausen to take a Roman vacation, 20 Million Miles to Earth is a fairly standard b-movie elevated above many others thanks to a few interesting touches. The plot involves a team of astronauts who crash off the coast of Sicily on their return flight from Venus. They brought with them a lifeform from the planet in the hopes of studying its biology, however, the crash allows the creature to escape and it quickly grows to monstrous proportions.
The story is nothing special, setting the stage for your run-of-the-mill monster on the loose movie. The banal nature of the proceedings isn't…
Fascinating. Horrible, but fascinating.
You don't watch a film like this because of the director or the actors in it, you watch it because Ray Harryhausen did the special effects. Not to disrespect the director though, Nathan Juran, who had a legendary career directing genre films and television even though his movies and tv shows are better known then he is.
One of the reasons the film is so much fun even when you don't have a monster on the screen is because the film seems to be in on the joke that it's filled with bad actors. It skirts the perfect tone of never taking itself to seriously and being tongue-in-cheek at the right moments.
Ray Harryhausen never…
I had seen this classic science fiction movie before....but this time I watched the movie in color. In this one...an American space ship traveling back from the planet Venus....has to crash land in the ocean off the coast of Sicily. The ship has two survivors...the commander of the mission and a Venus bi-ped native.
Yes the movie is silly. Yes the special effects pale in comparison to today's. Yes the acting is sometimes groaningly bad.....but this movie still works all of these years later. This is pretty much another version of King Kong....and King Kong is a classic.
This was one of special effects mastermind, Ray Harryhausen, first movies. His creature is the highlight of the movie. Final thought: This is a movie that has influenced many movies since it was made 58 years ago....worth checking out.
Another minor work made enjoyable by Ray Harryhausen's animation. The alien (which looks a lot like the Kraken in the later Clash of the Titans) crash lands in Italy with the lone survivor of an exploratory mission to Venus. The location seems to have been chosen to allow the monster ample opportunity to rampage through Rome, specifically the final showdown at the Coliseum. The plot is serviceable and the acting plodding and workmanlike, but the real focus is on the monster. The attention to detail and the lovingness with which Harryhausen crafted his creations is obvious in each frame. It's a pleasure to see his work evolve in this and other films of the era (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms).
I felt pretty bad for the creature. Taken 20 Million Miles from it's home planet, involved in a crash landing, caged, attacked by a dog, poked with a stick, stabbed with a pitchfork, shot at, chased, netted, electrocuted, chained up, blasted by flame throwers and bazookas and then picked on by a meanie elephant! All he wanted was a nice sulfur snack and a nice day at the Colosseum!
A spaceship returning from the first manned trip to Venus crash lands off the coast of Sicily and brings with it an alien creature that seeks to wreak havoc. Some films you know won't be good. Some films you watch simply because Ray Harryhausen is one of cinema's foremost magicians. This is both of those things. "20 Million Miles to Earth" is largely forgettable save for Harryhausen's excellent work with the creature coming from an eggy goo and growing into something much more terrifying.
So I don't really have much more to say. I try to get at least two or three decent paragraphs into my reviews, but, really, what is there to talk about here other than Harryhausen? The film avoids social criticism like most good sci-fi does, and the acting is pretty bland. See it for the effects.
Picked up a Ray Harryhausen double feauture on bluray and gave this a watch for the first time. After a space shuttle crashes into the ocean, a small creature is let loose. At first its kind of cute but it grows and grows and grows and then...not so cute anymore. I thought this was fun though it did have some flaws. The stop motion fx are very well done and fun. Unfortunately its the human characters that are pretty dull. The lead female character is more concerned with going on a date than the impending monster attack. The lead male character just treats her like garbage so they both end up being unlikable. Wasnt one of my favorites but it was definitely fun.
Ray Harryhausen does it again.
Harryhausen's effects dazzle even when the acting doesn't. It's a fun little movie with a few very good sequences. The location photography looks nice.
I had never seen this one: I don’t remember even hearing of it. An American rocket returning from a mission to Venus crashes in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily. William Hopper is the only survivor, except for the sulphur eating Venusian lizard thing that grows bigger and bigger throughout the film. It’s badly scripted, badly acted, with wooden characters whose motivations seem explicable only by cliché, lethargically paced and whose cheapness seems obvious in the jarring back projections and occasional library shot. But it has two interests. One is to do with its ludicrousness: this is partly due to the film's cheapness, partly to our hindsight, partly just that it is ludicrous. It’s not that the inside of…
Otra cinta super 50s con los efectos prácticos stop motion de Ray Harryhausen, muchas de las producciones de estas épocas son extremadamente genéricas, en especial el subgénero del critters feature, esta película no es la excepción.
Sin embargo la mescla de su ingenua y francamente descabellada premisa, los efectos de Harryhausen, lo prominente de estos a lo largo del metraje y lo imaginativos que son (ahí una secuencia de un paquidermo vs el monstruo en cuestión, la cual es invaluable), el hecho de que la cinta no pierde el tiempo en detalles o en el trasfondo de sus personajes no!!!!!!! Es tiempo de critters feature :P
La convierten en un muy buen exponente de este muy particular tipo de cine,…
I just adore the Ymir. Just a well fleshed creature. (Unlike the plot)
An American space ship on it's return trip from Venus crash lands off the coast of Italy, unleashing a humanoid lizard creature which grows in size rapidly and tears across the countryside. There's a romance between an astronaut and a nurse, a little boy who is obsessed with cowboys, and an elderly biologist who is fascinated by the creature. None of that is terribly interesting though. 20 Million Miles To Earth is typical in every way EXCEPT for the incredible stop motion effects work of Ray Harryhausen, which is reason enough to watch just about any movie.
Got on a Harryhausen kick after Mysterious Island. Knew the iconic Ymir but never saw the film. Character animation was great. Another great looking transfer. Watched the color version, even though it looks goofy.
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