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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
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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.
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.
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…
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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.
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 is perhaps best known today as having influenced the original Godzilla. There are some similarities in the plot: atomic testing awakens a dinosaur which then goes on a rampage before meeting its tragic demise. But Ishiro Honda's 1954 masterpiece is far better in nearly every aspect.
This picture suffers from being pretty simple and half-baked. No one believes the surviving scientist who saw the Rhedosaurus (a fictional species) so he tries to gather proof, which basically just amounts to finding another witness. There's a tepid romance (I would say it barely qualifies as such) and some stock military characters. I did enjoy a sequence involving "the world's foremost paleontologist" descending in a diving bell to…
So this kicked it all off, from Godzilla to the worst creature feature - the Rhedosaurus was what influenced them all and jeez, is it cool. The SFX scenes are fantastic but the human stuff is slightly underwhelming, especially when compared to something like 'It Came From Beneath the Sea' (but I guess they all can't be unforgettable classics, eh?).
Although the narrative was occasionally dull and the movie was obviously not filmed on location, it was still a thrill to see one of the incomparable Ray Harryhausen's first films, a film which featured a female paleontologist with a sense of humor ("I make coffee strong enough to enter the Olympics. ") and which was an influence on "Godzilla" and countless other monster sci-fi movies.
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 giant monster film. Directed by Eugene Lourie (Gorgo) the film stars Paul Hubschmid, Cecil Kellaway (Harvey) and Lee van Cleef (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly). The film features the pioneering work of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen (Mighty Joe Young, Clash of the Titans) in his first credited project.
Starting off in the Arctic circle, we are let in on a top secret project called "Operation Experiment" (rubbish secret name) in which Dr Nesbitt (Hubschmid) and his colleagues are studying the effects of atomic weaponry. As is often the case, the foolish experiments end up awaking a giant prehistoric lizard who decimates the science team and begins to work his…
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Though it would not exist without “King Kong,” “The Beast from 20,000 Fanthoms” is the unheralded grandparent of the entire kaiju genre. Despite being most well-known these days among classic monster fans, the film’s influence has been far and wide. “Godzilla” was practically a remake of the film. Both movies concern a giant dinosaur awoken by nuclear testing. Both creatures attack boats before emerging in a major city and wrecking havoc. Both end with the monster being killed by a cooked-up scientific device. Most every atomic age creature feature to follow owes “The Beast” something.
Though inspired by a beautifully meloncholey Ray Bradbury story, “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” takes a surprising scientific approach to its monster. It’s a monster…
The humans are boring as dirt, so thankfully this film is short and offers up some amazing monster action. The inspiration for Godzilla, the Beast is unleashed on the world by the folly of atomic testing, and then naturally makes its way to Manhattan to destroy some expensive real estate. This is the first feature length, sole credited effort of Ray Harryhausen, and his effects are astonishing. Hang tight while the dull humans discuss whether or not the monster is real between scenes of a half baked romance...I promise the monster is worth it.
A prehistoric monster devours New York City. Could this have been the inspiration for Godzilla?
When a military base at the North Pole commanded by Colonel Jack Evans (Kenneth Tobey, apparently not discouraged by his experience in THE THING) participates in an atomic bomb test, Professor Tom Nesbitt (Paul Christian/Hubschmid) discovers they have inadvertently released a dinosaur locked in the ice for millions of years. The creature moves down the Atlantic coast, sinking ships and destroying a lighthouse, until it comes out of New York Harbor, causing a lot of damage to the city in its fight to the death with the Army. The script was based on a story by Ray Bradbury and appears to have begun the cycle (probably endless) of monsters being awakened, often by atomic testing, and introduces many of the…
Strange movie in that the third act of the movie could be disassociated from the first two and would still work on its own. They're almost like two different movies -- the first part is a scientist's search for validation after he observes something unbelievable, and the second is a giant monster movie (the first! as cited by many sources; it's still amazing to me that this came before Godzilla and had some influence over it). Anyway, it's a 3.5-star movie that gets a bump from me mainly because it's a big milestone, and because the monster effects (by Ray Harryhausen in his sophomore credit) are awesome and fun. I've actually seen the clip before of the Rhedosaurus chomping the top half of the policeman and gulping him down -- I didn't know it was from this movie, so that was a nice surprise.
Come for the giant lizard, stay for the epic nurse shark/octopus fight.
The unfortunate thing about this movie is that the last 20 minutes of this movie are fantastic, and you have to sit through the rest of it to get there.
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