The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
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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 within its system. It's up to researcher Paul Christian and sharpshooter Lee… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Clumsy in some very key ways at the script level, it's nevertheless an exemplary B-picture."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Visionary from beginning to end"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Frankly, I was rooting for the monster.... Watching the beast eat a roller-coaster was especially satisfying."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Good old-fashioned giant monster goodness!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The third act - a rampage through New York comprised of stop-motion, miniatures, rear projection and other layering processes - ensures that all was worthwhile."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"...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..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Fun B movie classic filled with Ray Harryhausen's grand animation."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"Lovable bad sci-fi film that overcomes its slight story and flat acting with wonderful cheesy special effects."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This enjoyable 'B' oldie is noteworthy not just for establishing a template for the Atomic Age Behemoth flicks that followed."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Superior giant monster opus with great effects."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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