The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome. Written by
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The Ymir roars in the film are variations of elephant roars sped up and modulated in pitches at different rates. See more »
During the fight between the Ymir and the elephant, there is a tight shot of three men hiding behind a pillar of the viaduct. When the two animals get close, the turn and flee, one of them falling backwards, and another tripping over him. In a wider shot scene a few seconds later we see the same pillar, the same men run up to it, hide and watch the fight as before then turn and run, as before, tripping over each other. It's then same shot used two times closer/farther perspectives. See more »
Pepe! Is it your desire that the fishes, they swim away? Come on! Pull up on the net, here.
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This is a simple enough film. Rocket returning from Venus crashes near Sicily and a foetal thing grows to become a giant lizardy humanoid type thing. The acting is ordinary and the script predictable.
What makes it better than average for a 1950s monster movie is the Ray Harryhausen animated Venusian, called a Ymir here. Photographed in atmospheric black and white, its progress from small caged creature to being loose and dangerous on the streets of Rome and fighting an elephant is engrossing. You can't help rooting for the Ymir, attacked along the way by dogs and soldiers. The Ymir becomes a character like Frankenstein's creation or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Excellent work by Harryhausen, and far more interesting than the CGI dinosaurs from Spielberg's over praised (and underwhelming) Jurassic Park trilogy.
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