Monday, November 18, 2013

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Director: Eugene Lourie

Starring: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway

Runtime: 1:20

These assholes are in the arctic doing bomb tests. They call it Operation Experiment. Operation Experiment? Even 50's audiences had to have groaned at that. Maybe it's Operation X-Periment! It's as if the letter X was invented in the 50s. So they're up there dicking around until one of the bombs wakes up a dinosaur. A Rhedosaurus to be exact. Apparently the Rhedosaurus is the baddest ass of all dinosaurs because it can survive in the arctic, underwater and New York City. You would think if all dinosaurs could survive in every one of those extreme environments they'd still be around.

Most of the movie is a scientist trying to prove to people this thing actually exists, which can get boring. There's some cool footage of a shark fighting an octopus towards the end, but the final 20 minutes give you what you came to see.

The effects are fantastic. I love this style, it's alot of fun. Of course it doesn't resemble anything even close to being real, but fuck real. I didn't watch this for an interesting storyline or realistic bullshit. I wanted to see a fucking dinosaur destroy the city and that's what I saw. This is a wonderful awful horror movie.

Fun facts: Lee Van Cleef is in this movie. I had no idea. This son of a bitch was in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, For a Few Dollars More, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Escape from New York. Legend.

Monster Appearances

Film: 6.5
Entertainment: 7.5
Effects: 8.5
Overall: 7.2