The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Overview:

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) was a Science Fiction - Horror Film directed by Eugène Lourié and produced by Hal E. Chester, Bernard W. Burton and Jack Dietz.

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Monsters and Matinees: Creature Feature Fans owe a Debt to ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’

By Toni Ruberto on Feb 12, 2022 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

With its thick legs, protective scales, spiked back and laser-sharp teeth, the 200-foot-long fictional Rhedosaurus is a terrifying creature. As the title character of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), it carries one of the most entertaining and important films in horror/sci-fi history. How... Read full article


The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

By Beatrice on Nov 6, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Directed by Eugene Lourie Written by Lou Morheim and Fred Freiberger from a story by Ray Bradbury 1953/USA Jack Dietz Productions First viewing/Netflix rental A prehistoric monster devours New York City. ?Could this have been the inspiration for Godzilla? A group of sci... Read full article


61 Days of Halloween- The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

By Bernardo Villela on Sep 20, 2011 From The Movie Rat

Most holidays worth their while encompass entire seasons, such as Christmas, for example. However, as you may have noticed there is a corporate push every year for us to think about the next holiday even sooner. While this has many negative side effects I figure I may as well embrace it. Since Labor... Read full article


The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms–Part 3

By Tom on Aug 26, 2011 From The Old Movie House

Production Notes The budget for the film was 210,000 dollars. An extremely low budget for a film with such lofty ambitions. The live action sequences were shot in a two week period. The special effects however, took significantly longer to perfect, to shoot, and to merge into the live action sequenc... Read full article


The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms–Part 2

By Tom on Aug 25, 2011 From The Old Movie House

Dr. Elson, now much more willing to consider the fact there just may be a monster on the loose, sits in on a meeting at the office of Col. Evans navy friend. According to him a fishing vessel has sunk for no apparent reason near the Grand Banks, another was destroyed, a lighthouse was destroyed in ... Read full article


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Before the film was sold to Warner Brothers, it contained an original music score composed by Michel Michelet. Execs at Warners felt Michelet's score wasn't powerful enough so they replaced it with an original score by David Buttolph.
During the octopus/shark sequence, some of the footage was obviously shot in an aquarium, because some of the octopus' suckers are gripping the glass.
Some film aficionados might recognize Alvin Greenman, the first character to speak after the narrator, and the first to notice the beast on on the radar. Six years earlier he played Alfred, the Macys Janitor in Miracle on 34th Street. TV aficionados though might recognize the second character to speak. Playing the part of Charlie is actor James Best, best remembered for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from The Dukes of Hazzard.
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