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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

1953 / 80min / DCP

DIRECTOR: EUGèNE LOURIé

After meeting as young members of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen and science fiction superstar Ray Bradbury finally managed a collaboration of sorts on this exhilarating creature feature, based on a Bradbury short story. Nuclear tests in the Arctic Circle awaken a huge, scaly prehistoric quadruped, the fictional Rhedosaurus—a year before Godzilla, even!—and the big guy isn’t happy about being disturbed, making a beeline for New York City, where Harryhausen’s stop-motion wizardry renders the havoc as superb spectacle, coming to a close in the precincts of Coney Island.