The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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This is a great special effects film, but that is really its only big draw. The acting, writing, and pacing are not horrible but they aren't anything to write home about either. The monster itself is great stop motion animation, and the movie is worth watching just for it.
The movie is a little slow when the monster isn't on screen. Fortunately the film doesn't shy away from showing a ton of monster footage. It was not uncommon for monster movies of the time to wait until the very end of the picture to reveal their monster, but "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" keeps you hooked by showing monster scenes regularly throughout.
If you are a big fan of classic special effects then this film is a must see. If you are a casual cheesy giant monster movie fan then you will have a great time. If you don't care for old school special effects or campy vintage sci-fi then I have to ask why you are even here. For what it is, this film is wonderful. It's no Casablanca, but then again it never tries to be.
I give it a 7 out of 10. If nothing else it's worth renting and fast forwarding to the monster scenes.
Very generic giant monster movie. Quite boring for most of the running time too, although the great special effects from Harryhausen go a little way towards redeeming it.
Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort is not his best but will still please his fans.
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This movie ranks #7 in 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #15 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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