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Behemoth, the Sea Monster (1959)

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Release Date: Mar 3, 1959 Wide

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A perennial of the "Shock Theatre" TV circuit of the 1950s, The British The Giant Behemoth owes a great deal to the earlier American sci-fier The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. A Cornish fisherman is found covered with what looks like radiation burns. Before he dies, the fisherman utters the word "behemoth," citing a monster alluded to in the Bible. It isn't long before England is besieged by a dinosaur-like monstrosity, evidently the by-product of atomic fallout. Only a high-powered torpedo stands

Jun 26, 2007

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There are fine special effects courtesy of Willis O'Brien, the King Kong creator ... .

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Lurches forward in fits and spurts, only truly coming alive during a brief rampage sequence through London.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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...interminable...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Behemoth is, if not a great film, then a solid one, clever and smart in the right places.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

At least the Japanese know that for good value for your admittance ticket your giant monster has to demolish at least one well-known landmark!

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Typical 50's horror monster movie. Using radiation and nuclaer testing as a device rather than a talking point it is a mix between the Godzilla films and King Kong. It tries to cram a lot into 80 minutes with the initial mystery, discovery, attack, plan, big attack and final confrontation. It certainly has big ambitions and shows brief glimpses of an empty London almost 50 years before 28 Days Later. The effects aren't too distracting or laughable but the constant use of singular shots is. The Brits are so frightfully British but luckily not to the point of stereotypical parody. Needless radiation rays that look like a cheap cartoon and some stupid actions (What's that goo there? May as well stick your hand in it) sometimes lower the credibility of this film but overall it's a pleasurable B movie.
June 18, 2008
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Godzilla rip off does have a few bright spots.
July 1, 2008
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