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The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

 -  Western | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  August 1956 (USA)
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An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle is being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

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Felipe Sanchez
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An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle is being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

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A HORROR BEYOND BELIEF...BREATHING HATE, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION! See more »

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Western | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Valley of the Mists  »

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The beast was animated using two separate stop-motion animation methods. A two-foot-high armatured, rubber-covered model was moved, exposing a frame at a time. Also utilized was replacement animation, a technique that involved several different models of the same character made of plaster, each slightly different to represent a particular action. When filmed in sequence for a few frames per second, the illusion of motion is achieved. The breathing effect of the creature was accomplished by pumping air in small increments into a cavity of the throat of the two-foot-high model and then releasing it in the same manner. When seen on the screen the throat rises and falls creating the breathing effect. Two large rubber feet were filmed for the shots of the monster walking, which were worn as shoes by a technician. See more »

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Jimmy Ryan: Oh, I make it a rule never to be offended at a pretty girl.
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27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How can you not love a cowboys and dinosaurs film? I saw this on TV about 15 or 20 years ago so my memories are somewhat vague, but I do remember being enthralled by the story and finding the stop-motion effects fun, if not realistic. The color must have been pretty washed out, because I was surprised to discover here that this is in fact a color film! If you love westerns and you love dinosaurs, you can't help but love this film. Sadly, there's only this and Gwangi to choose from in this rather narrow genre. I was hoping this would be released on DVD to capitalize on the King Kong publicity, but no such luck apparently. Maybe someone will do a CGI remake of this or Gwangi, since remakes are all that Hollywood seems capable of lately.


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