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The Giant Behemoth (1959)
"Behemoth the Sea Monster" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  3 March 1959 (USA)
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Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ...
Steve Karnes
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Prof. James Bickford
John Turner ...
John
Leigh Madison ...
Jean Trevethan
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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Mini Submarine Officer
Henri Vidon ...
Tom Trevethan
Leonard Sachs ...
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The dumping of radioactive waste in the ocean disturbs a prehistoric monster than can project electric shocks and radioactive beams. After terrorizing the English coast, it is discovered that if the creature is destroyed with conventional weaponry it would spread a dangerous amount radioactive contamination over the entire country, with this fact preventing the military from attacking the monster as it nears London. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren. See more »

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As the monster walks through the city, it stops at the corner of a building and roars down at a group of people below. In the next shot, people are seen running away from the monster as it again walks through the city, immediately after which the monster is shown once again standing at the same building corner. See more »

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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist: Oh, it's heading for the Thames. They always made for the freshwater rivers to die. That's where their skeletons have been found - some irrestible instinct to die in the shallows that gave them birth. You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. See, no form of life ceases abruptly, and all those...
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Other subtitle for US release?
20 November 1999 | by (Santa Ana, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was 9 years old and it was the scariest movie I'd ever seen. I vividly recall the scenes of terrified people running from the monster and being melted by the radiation waves emitted by the beast!

I watched the movie again last year and still found it compelling, albeit in a low budget way. I remember the sub-head, or perhaps the trailer to be "It came from the sea." Or, perhaps I was hiding under the sheets and didn't hear it correctly.


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