The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

An atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle awakens a long-hibernating and ostensibly extinct Rhedosaurus. Emerging from the sea, the Rhedosaurus wreaks havoc on NYC in every direction, leveling cities and amusement parks in his path. The film… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 13, 1953
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Despite more than a suspicion of palaver, it generates a fair portion of interest and climactic excitement ...

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

This 50s bis Beastie movie is still a romp despite obviously dated effects.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lovable bad sci-fi film that overcomes its slight story and flat acting with wonderful cheesy special effects.

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Time Out

Freed from the Arctic ice by atomic blasts, one of Ray Harryhausen's most loveable prehistoric beasts trundles down the US coast to stomp New York ...

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Clumsy in some very key ways at the script level, it's nevertheless an exemplary B-picture.

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Fernando F. Croce

Visionary from beginning to end

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The work of Ray Harryhausen is front and center in this solid effort.

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Rob Humanick

The third act - a rampage through New York comprised of stop-motion, miniatures, rear projection and other layering processes - ensures that all was worthwhile.

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Steve Biodrowski

...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...

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Ah the old nuclear bomb testing plot idea, a stable diet for vintage sci-fi flicks of the past. Those silly darn Americans up to their misjudged tests that end… More
Henrik Schunk
A solid giant monster movie which pushes itself up the rankings by the help of Harryhausen's magic fingers. Yet, the movie is ridden with a weak cast… More
Alex roy
Terrific and accomplished Sci Fi monster movie about a dinosaur that awakens after a nuclear test done in the Arctic. The beast is unleashed and chaos ensues.… More
Bruce Bruce
.A pretty good Sci-fi Film that looks as if its the US answer to Godzilla. An atomic blast in the artic releases a pre historic monster that swims down the east… More