The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) movie poster

(1953) director Eugène Lourié
viewed: 10/23/10

Rainy Saturday afternoon.  Netflix streaming on Felix’s Nintendo Wii.  Another Ray Harryhausen flick.

As I’ve noted before, I always loved Ray Harryhausen movies since I was a kid.  I guess I also always liked both The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), something about the similarity of the titles, the black and white footage, and the cool monsters.   Of course, I always liked the Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth a little better that the Rhedosaurus, but you can’t beat it.

Actually, what’s interesting is that that film from 1953 features nuclear explosions begetting the unleashing of a dinosaur long trapped in arctic ice, one year before Gojira (1954) was birthed in similar circumstances.  Not quite bearing the full looming weight of the nuclear angle, the dinosaur swims to New York City and starts beating the hell out of the city.  You know, as giant dinosaurs on the loose do.

The finale is not as dramatic as 20 Million Miles to Earth‘s ending, but set at Coney Island amid a roller coaster being crunched to bits, it has good style, if not the drama.    But it’s good stuff up and down.

I do have to say that Netflix streaming is something I need to access at my house.

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