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The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Behemoth the Sea Monster (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 3 March 1959 (USA)
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur that threatens London.

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Steve Karnes
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Prof. James Bickford (as Andre Morell)
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John
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Jean Trevethan
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Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist (as Jack McGowran)
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Henri Vidon ...
Tom Trevethan (as Henry Vidon)
Leonard Sachs ...
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Willis H. O'Brien and Pete Peterson completed a significant amount of the stop motion animation on a table in Peterson's garage. See more »

Goofs

While Karnes is aboard the fishing boat looking for Behemoth, a radio report says the Valkyrie has been reported overdue and for anyone who knows of her whereabouts to report that fact. However, moments later when Karnes is returned to port, a naval officer informs him that the Valkyrie was found beached the night before. See more »

Quotes

[Jean finds her father badly burned]
John: What happened, man? Can - Can you talk to us? Can you hear us, Tom?
Jean Trevethan: Dad? Dad?
Tom Trevethan: From the sea... burning, like fire!
John: What was it?
Tom Trevethan: Behemoth!
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References The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

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Well-done treatment of a standard sci-fi theme.
10 January 2005 | by (Virginia, United States) – See all my reviews

Director Eugene (Gene) Lourie made three similarly-themed giant monster flicks, beginning with 1953's 'Beast From 20,000 Fathoms' to 1961's 'Gorgo', with 'Behemoth' sandwiched in between. The story line is much like a myriad of other films of the era (and very much like 'Beast...") but this one is a cut above. This time, the irradiated creature (weren't they all during the 50s?) turns up in British waters. Unlike 'Beast' and 'Gorgo' (as well as Godzilla and the others), this Behemoth not only was a huge creature, but also had the ability to project 'electrified fields of radiation', causing people to literally burn to death. Scenes with Behemoth climbing out of the Thames, destroying buildings and burning people to death (even kids aren't spared) is pretty exciting. While close-ups of Behemoth are not realistic (compared to Ray Harryhausen's work in 'Beast'), the full-body scenes done by Willis O'Brien are very effective. The acting, untypical of these films, is actually pretty well done. Character actor Gene Evans and Hammer Films regular Andre Morell do splendid jobs, and the supporting cast is fine too. One can quibble over which of these films is the best, but I agree with an observation made in Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film that The Giant Behemoth was "the scariest giant monster-on-the-loose film ever made." At least up to that point, anyway. Well worth having if you're a fan of old sci-fi & horror films.


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