The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Jun 13, 1953 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 2,504
A longtime "dream" project of production designer-turned-director Eugene Lourie, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms sees the titular beast unleashed on the world via nuclear testing. Making its way from the Arctic Circle, the monster-a carnivorous "rhedosaurus"-begins advancing towards New York. It stomps its way around Wall Street, pausing to have a policeman for lunch. By the time it has reached Coney Island, the rhedosaurus is more of a danger than ever because of the deadly bacteria it carries
Jun 13, 1953 Wide
Oct 21, 2003
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Prof. Thurgood Elson
Col. Jack Evans
Capt. Phil Jackson
Lee Van Cleef
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Clumsy in some very key ways at the script level, it's nevertheless an exemplary B-picture.
The third act - a rampage through New York comprised of stop-motion, miniatures, rear projection and other layering processes - ensures that all was worthwhile.
Lovable bad sci-fi film that overcomes its slight story and flat acting with wonderful cheesy special effects.
The creature destroys many a cardboard building in the process, but Harryhausen and the prop people keep it from looking too phony.
...admirably stands the test of time. Despite its financial restrictions, it is a solid effort that works on all levels. Not a masterpiece, perhaps, but definitely a classic of its genre...
This enjoyable 'B' oldie is noteworthy not just for establishing a template for the Atomic Age Behemoth flicks that followed.
The good news is that Warner Brothers' 50th Anniversary DVD edition has plenty to offer both Harryhausen fans and genre collectors. For starters, this old black-and-white catalogue item looks remarkably good.
It's hard to beat its finale that takes place at an amusement park.
Frankly, I was rooting for the monster.... Watching the beast eat a roller-coaster was especially satisfying.
Fun B movie classic filled with Ray Harryhausen's grand animation.
Superior giant monster opus with great effects.
Good old-fashioned giant monster goodness!
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