The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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  • Approved
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • 6.6  (8,539)

In 1953, Warner Bros. Pictures released "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," a classic monster movie that helped set the genre's standard for years to come. Directed by Eugène Lourié and produced by Hal E. Chester, the movie blended a gripping storyline with groundbreaking special effects that still hold up to this day.

At the heart of the movie's storyline is a giant dinosaur-like creature known as Rhedosaurus, which emerges from its icy hibernation in the Arctic and makes its way south. The creature's rampage through New York City, leaving death and destruction in its path, brings a team of scientists and military officials together to find a way to stop it.

Paul Hubschmid stars as paleontologist Tom Nesbitt, who witnesses the creature's reawakening and becomes the first person to see it in action. Despite initial skepticism from the military and other experts, Nesbitt's scientific expertise eventually helps earn him a spot on the team responsible for stopping the creature's rampage.

As Nesbitt and his colleagues race against time to find a way to stop the Rhedosaurus, they soon learn that conventional weapons are no match for the creature's thick hide and enormous strength. Instead, they must devise a new plan based on the knowledge they gain from studying the creature's behavior.

Along the way, Nesbitt also finds himself drawn to fellow scientist Lee Hunter, played by Paula Raymond. The two develop a romantic connection over their shared mission to stop the Rhedosaurus, but their relationship is complicated by the danger they face at every turn.

Cecil Kellaway delivers a standout performance as Prof. Thurgood Elson, a colleague of Nesbitt's who becomes an important ally in the fight against the Rhedosaurus. Kellaway's portrayal of Elson adds a layer of humor to the movie's otherwise tense and suspenseful storyline.

Of course, the Rhedosaurus itself is the real star of the movie, thanks to the groundbreaking visual effects that helped bring it to life. Created by legendary special effects artist Ray Harryhausen, the creature's movements and behavior are astonishingly lifelike given the limitations of the technology at the time. From the detailed scales on its skin to the weight and heft of its movements, the Rhedosaurus is a truly remarkable achievement in movie monster design.

Throughout "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," audiences are treated to a tense and exciting story that's made all the more compelling by the strength of its cast and the groundbreaking special effects that bring the Rhedosaurus to life. For anyone looking for a classic monster movie that's stood the test of time, this is a must-watch.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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    6.6  (8,539)