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20 Million Miles to Earth Reviews

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October 1, 2016
By looking at the title of the film, you would think that this is a movie that is set in outer space. But that is definitely not the case here - this is a science-fiction horror.

It concerns a Venus rocket ship which has crashed into the sea of the island of Sicily, leaving one person the sole survivor, or so it seems to be. That person is William Hopper as Colonel Calder, the leader of the gang. It's all going along fine until horror breaks out, when a big and huge dinosaur hatches from an egg and tries to cause chaos.

It certainly does have its moments, and the acting is to an OK standard. There are some scenes that you may find uncomfortable.

To be honest, this horror would have been better if the dinosaur had broken out earlier. But when it does, it will keep you interested until the end because there is a good enough and tense atmosphere to last you through.
½ May 5, 2016
so bad its almost good
June 21, 2015
The story, the writing, and the acting are all very typical of 50s area sci fi monster flicks. You won't find any example of deep complex storytelling or great performances in this flick. However Ray Harryhausen's effects hold up remarkably well and the creature he creates is remarkably expressive and surprisingly sympathetic despite its destruction. That alone makes this movie worth a watch for fans of monster movies
½ February 23, 2015
(63%)
As far as 1950's monster movies go that deliver plenty of mayhem, carnage, and fun then this is one of the very best of the lot. Absent are long drawn out dry scenes usually found in these movies slowing everything down that aren't really needed, and instead in its place the pacing is quite swift with the monster actually being present on screen for a good degree of screen time. The plot is simple stuff centred around an Italian boy selling off an alien egg found washed up on the beach, and the resulting ever growing lizard monster on the loose causing havoc wraps up the plot. All fans of monster movies need to give this a look for the sheer entertainment value.
January 24, 2015
This is one of Ray Harryhausen's best works of his career (personally). This movie is about the first human expedition to the planet Venus, coming back to Earth unsuccessfully. Only one man aboard survived and also an alien egg is found that later becomes a Ymir reptile. There has been a colorized version in 2008 by Legend Films but i highly recommend the black and white because it just looks fantastic. This is one of the best giant monster movies of the 50's.
November 3, 2014
As far as 1950's monster movies go that deliver plenty of mayhem and fun this is one of the very best of the lot. Absent are long drawn out dry scenes usually found in these movies, and instead the pacing is quite swift, and the monster is present on screen for a good degree. The plot is simple stuff about an Italian boy selling off an alien egg found washed up on the beach, and the resulting ever growing lizard monster on the loose causing havoc
Super Reviewer
½ July 18, 2014
The opening and hence the reason for the title is kind of lame. Ray Harryhausen's effects are impressive throughout, however, as are several of the Italian set pieces. The Venusian Ymir is the sympathetic sort of monster, like Frankenstein's Monster or King Kong, who is mistreated by man. In fact, this film's plot is highly influenced by the 1933 King Kong with visual effects by Harryhausen's mentor Willis O'Brien. The ending, in particular, is a near copy of the end faced by the giant gorilla. The worst part was the forced romance between the lady doctor (Taylor) and the Colonel (Hopper). As the only woman with a speaking role, Joan Taylor's character is written in a confusing manner. She's a strong-minded woman in the medical profession, who inexplicably changes her mind and falls for the domineering Colonel, besides being your run-of-the-mill creature feature scream queen.
½ May 26, 2014
A great sci-fi/horror romp!
Classic Harryhausen stop-motion too (and I've seen the actual model of the monster, in the flesh).
Love it :-)
½ April 24, 2014
While the plot borrows from King Kong and the creature steals the show from the characters, it's still a fun ramp with classy Harryhausen effects and a cool monster. It's a little slow at times, and a bit stubborn with the characters. It has the typical monster-dies ending, but overall, I was satisfied.
½ March 23, 2014
Sporting aspects of both King Kong and Godzilla, this fantastic golden age B movie is tons of fun. Part of that fun is watching the special FX of Ray Harryhausen unfold on screen.
The nice thing about 20 Million Miles to Earth is that it's a creature feature where the creature shows up quite early on and continues wrecking havoc right up until the end.
Highly recommended to fans of Harryhausen, stop motion and schlocky old school B movie scifi... that's if you haven't already seen it of course.
February 17, 2014
Great special effects, the only reason to watch this.
November 30, 2013
this is so good. one of the best from the 50s. ray harryhausen was a genius.
½ November 30, 2013
best thing about this sci-fi pic is ray harryhausen's special-effects look for harryhausen's cameo as the guy feeding peanuts to the elephants!
½ November 22, 2013
The film was developed using stop-motion animation talents of Ray Harryhausen.
Starring William Hopper as Robert Calder
Joan Taylor as Marisa Leonardo
Frank Puglia as Dr. Leonardo
John Zaremba as Dr. Judson Evans
Thomas Browne Henry as Lt. Macintosh
Tito Vuolo as Police Commissioner Unte
Jan Arvan as Contino
Arthur Space as Dr. Sharman
Bart Bradley (later Bart Braverman) as Pepe
Ray Harryhausen cameo
The story is a spaceship crashes to earth, however along with it is a capsule containing an alien.
When this is decovered and it is sold to Dr. Leonardo, a visiting zoologist who is studying sea creatures, the jelly-like glob within the capsule hatches and an alien is grown, whilst this is all going on, the creature grows at an alarming rate,and escapes, later to be re captured and kept sedated at the research lab at the Zoo, the creature is kept subdued due to electric, and of course this fails and it breaks free, going on a killing spree.
It's a not too be taken too seriously horror film, that was in the early days of animation, Enjoyable, but laughable at the same time. Felt sorry for the poor elephant though!
July 4, 2013
Featuring awesome Ray Harryhausen animation, 20 Million Miles to Earth is fun--if rather derivative--piece of 50s sci-fi. There is nothing overly new or original here other than Harryhausen's always fun special effects.
Super Reviewer
½ May 24, 2013
Now you'd think judging by the lizard-like monster running around that this is yet another nuclear experiment gone tits up by the Americans. But no, this time its actually a captured alien from the  planet Venus that has been set free by some stupid little Italian kid with a cowboy fetish.

So in this film there is life on Venus and man has been there!, some strong imagination there considering the intense surface heat, unsavory atmosphere and atmospheric pressure. The creature in question also seems to have a slightly aquatic look about it too, almost like the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' or the Kraken, similar scaly appearance, but living on Venus is quite out of the question I'm afraid.

Anyway realism aside this is your typical bog standard beastie runs amok affair really with very little on offer. I know that sounds really harsh but by this point we've had two good Harryhausen monster flicks and this does feel a bit of a rehash. We've had a giant four legged dinosaur-like lizard and a giant octopus, so this creature doesn't really feel very original, a bipedal dinosaur-like lizard creature. It still looks terrific of course, the usual high standards of Harryhausen.

To be honest there is only one truly great sequence in this film for me and that's the fight against the elephant. Not only does it visually look excellent but the detail and animation for the elephant is some of Ray's best work for me, much better than the creature. Watch its movements and even the way he's captured the thick heavy skin...even around the elephants legs, the saggy skin.

The other highlight is actually the old 50's footage of Italy and the Colosseum (yes the film is set in Italy). The film really gives a wonderful panorama of this ancient Roman architectural feat, truly superb, makes me wanna go see it asap ha!. Love how the Italian military are happy to shoot bazooka's at their priceless ancient ruins.

Another slice of monster rampage that is fun in places but is bogged down with a lot of planning dialog and the usual romantic side plot. Glad they have changed the general storyline from nuclear weapons but end of the day the film is still a bit of a cookie cutter fan film. Shame we never find out more about the alien race from Venus or how they captured one, what was that jelly stuff they had it encased in? I think it was a baby, who knows.
May 8, 2013
Myself being a product of the fifties, he placed a flame in my brain and opened me to a new world of creativity that influence my career direction and work as an object maker.
May 8, 2013
86%

RIP Ray Harryhausen
½ March 25, 2013
Before going to down the road of fantasy filmmaking, Ray Harryhausen made this classic bit of sci-fi about a rocket ship crash landing in Italy and an alien from Venus wreaking havoc and on the loose. This is probably the best example of the monster-run-amok sub genre. It's not as smart as something like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" or even "Them" but it's certainly a whole lot better than say "Robot Monster" or "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman."
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