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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
It's alive !
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 science fiction film directed by Eugène Lourié and stars Paul Christian, Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway with visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. The film is about an atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle that unfreezes a hibernating fictional dinosaur, a Rhedosaurus, that begins to wreak havoc in New York City.
I've done the conversion, and 20,000 fathoms is equal to 6.5831533 leagues. But I guess The Beast from 6.5831533 Leagues wasn't as marketable.
Perhaps the only film I can remember to reference the Loch Lomond monster.
I wonder if they really were referring to the giant crocodile reported to have lived in said loch or if the writer here simply got their lochs mixed up and they meant Loch Ness? Either way, I doubt such details are all that important in a film about a giant sea monster.
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms suffers from the same problems that many such B-pictures had in this decade in that the low budget meant the film had to be padded out with slower bits. Indeed, it looks as though almost all the budget was being saved for the last 20 minutes with an…
Released a year earlier this has a very similar plot to, and was an influence on, Godzilla; atomic testing unleashes the titular beast who then wreaks havoc on the nearest metropolis.
This has a promising start, jumping straight into the story and using a narrator to bypass the need to explain the situation via dialogue or develop any characters. The beast appears but then the film slumps for quite a while as a survivor tries to research and track the creature in order to warn the world. There's also time for a lacklustre romance before we finally get an extended fight with the beast.
The finale is okay, and fairly unusual, but since the film drags whenever Ray Harryhausen's dinosaur is not on screen I had mostly lost interest by that point. 5/10.
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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, the one that set the tone for all the giant monster movies to follow. And I must say a essential watch for everyone who likes giant monster/Kajiu movies. It's the first one with a monster being awakened/created by the atom bomb, we've got people running away from it and we got scientist debating what kind of creature it really is. The build up to the first full appearance of the "Rhedosaurus" is great. We are kept in suspense untill it decides to attack New York City. And that's the most fun part offcourse! But the greatest part about this one is the work by legendary stop motion artist Ray Harryhausen. The beast looks amazing, especially the use of shadows/light. It's beauty for the eyes!
If you like these kind of movies, watch this one. It has earned it's rightful place in movie history.
America's own Godzilla.
This is a fun but dated monster movie where a nuke uncovers an gigantic ancient dinosaur, that eventually goes on a rampage in downtown New York. It has some fun scenes towards the end but the buildup is rather excrutating and slow, as with most of these old movies.
I enjoyed seeing this in a theater a lot more than when I watched it on DVD. To be sure, the acting is stiff and the dialogue is overcooked, but there's a pulpy drive to the movie. And the monster effects are fun - even if they're not the slightest bit convincing.
Earlier this weekend, I was thinking about all the cities I've seen destroyed in theaters this summer and how I've become somewhat numb to it. Seeing buildings crumble during a movie is more likely to illicit eye rolls from me at this point. But here, in a movie from 1953, a monster rips through New York City and it was legitimately harrowing. Mostly due to the fact that…
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms its one of the most important films in the sci-fi and horror genres, it inspired a whole generation of monster movies.
The film itself its very watchable, the best part about the film are special effects by Ray Harryhausen, the creature looks great, most of the scenes with the monster are very well made.
Overall, the film its a very fun sit, if you are looking for a fun monster movie, it may be a little slow at times but it gets interesting very quickly, even the scenes without the monster are very good, I will definitely recommend it.
another solid monster movie from the 50's.
Great Ray Harryhausen old SCIFI :)
Very enjoyable 50's sci-fi--from a TCM/WB 4-pack.
Fun low budget monster film with some still amazing effects from Ray Harryhausen. Easy to see why this inspired the original Godzilla film.
Overrated because of an elephant fight. Would pick any Gojira over this.
It seems Godzilla was not the first giant lizard to emerge off the seas after a nuclear test, as this film “suggested” by a short story by Ray Bradbury, would indicate. Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion effects and a destructive spree across New York city for the finale notwithstanding, this is a pretty stiff, dated affair, although at the time of its release it might have been slightly better than par for the course.
Really good! Great entertainment. Manages to remain very focused on a set of characters, which keeps the movie taut. Loses some of its momentum when there is just a long sequence of the beast attacking New York, although this is fun too. Harryhausen's animation is great; the dinosaur moves like a giant, nimble lizard, a perfect and unique characterization for such a beast. Definitely recommend.
I'm a sucker for 50s sci fi B movies and their special effects. This movie isn't as good as other mega monster 50s movies like "Them!" for example.
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